The Royal Deeside Railway



We’re at the Milton of Crathes Art & Craft village on the A93 Aberdeen to Banchory road, about 3 miles east of Banchory, Aberdeenshire.  Click HERE for a map of our location.

Tel. 01330 844416 (Answerphone except service days)

eMail : click HERE to send an email to the Operations Director.

Snail mail : The Royal Deeside Railway

                    Milton of Crathes


                    Aberdeenshire         AB31 5QH

Charters : Click HERE to contact the Charter Manager.


The Royal Deeside Railway is a standard gauge steam and diesel hauled heritage railway, in a beautiful setting running alongside the River Dee.  The line is currently about one mile long and the return journey lasts about 15 to 20 minutes.



The Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society (RDRPS) is a Registered Scottish Charity No. SC027686

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and many local companies

All services are operated by the Deeside Railway Company Ltd, registered in Scotland No.241603

Station shop telephone 01330 844416 (Answerphone except service days)

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Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to 2017 All Rights Reserved


Updated 18/4/18

Public transport by Stagecoach buses on routes 201, 202 and 203 from Aberdeen bus station to Crathes Castle.

The SatNav postcode is AB315QH.


At the Milton of Crathes, we have an award-winning Victorian station, a railway carriage tearoom, a shop with ice creams etc., all with a wonderful view of the surrounding hills.  The Milton of Crathes complex includes craft shops, a restaurant and art gallery.  For a short aerial video of the east end of the railway, click HERE.






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A short aerial video of the east end of the railway

Volunteering Opportunities :  If you have some free time, would like to give something back to the community, and you would like to assist with the extension of the Royal Deeside Railway, please, click HERE to email one of our volunteers.

WEST LODGE PLATFORM : Work is continuing on the construction of the West Lodge platform, new photos available HERE.

CREAM TEA SERVICE : The next cream tea service will run on Sunday 6th May, click HERE for details.

STEAM EXPERIENCE SESSIONS : Want to learn how to drive a steam loco ?  Booking is now open again for steam experience sessions.  

All sessions in the first half of the year are booked up but more sessions in the later part of the year are now available on a first come, first served basis.  

Spaces are limited and the sessions are very popular, so don't delay and book now.  

Click HERE for details.



The railway will be operating several cream tea services throughout the year, including Mother's Day services, Cream tea services and Strawberries and Cream tea services.  Click the button below for more details.

Click for cream tea information & booking

Saturday 21st April - Diesel

Sunday 22nd April - Diesel

Services run every hour


11.00 - 4.00


Click HERE for the 2018 leaflet

Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.

Click HERE for details of fares and the timetable.


New photos of the West Lodge platform progress are HERE.