Ruislip Lido Miniature Railway

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The Ruislip Lido Railway is a 12-inch (305-mm) gauge miniature railway, running around the popular tourist attraction of ‘Ruislip Lido’ in Ruislip, Greater London, just 14 miles (22.5 km) from the centre of London. The railway runs from the main station at Woody Bay by the lido’s beach, round a 1.5-mile (2.4-km) track around the lake, through the Ruislip woods to ‘Water’s Edge Station’ by the lido’s car park.

The line runs through 2 disused stations (formally termini stations), these being ‘Eleanor’s Loop’ and ‘Haste Hill’. The section of track between Woody Bay and Wellington Junction is double track, with passing loops at Eleanor’s Loop and Haste Hill. These loops allow two-train operation on certain days of the year to take place. There is also a level crossing between Haste Hill and Water’s Edge station (also known as Ruislip Lido Station).

The railway has recently been quoted by HM Rail Inspectorate as “probably the best run, well maintained narrow gauge railway in Britain, with an extremely smooth ride.”

The railway has 6 locomotives – 5 diesels and 1 steam.


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