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 17/9/17

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.



Saturday 23rd &Sunday 24th September

Diesel hauled




(Advance booking not necessary - except where indicated.)

CREAM TEA SPECIALS : Advance booking is open for Cream Tea services on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October.  Click HERE for details and booking.

CREAM TEA VOUCHERS for 2018 services are now on sale as Christmas presents.  Click HERE for details and purchase.

SOCIETY AGM : The RDRPS AGM will be held on Saturday 21st October at 2 pm in the Crathes Hall, click here for details.


booking online for the Santa

Specials is open, click HERE

for details and booking.

DRIVE A STEAM LOCO : A one hour steam loco driving session makes a great Christmas present with a difference, click HERE for more details and booking.


Click the button below for more details and advance booking.


Cream teas are available on several train services

in 2017

Click for Cream Teas 2017

Services run every 45 minutes from 11.00 - 4.15



Click for Santa Specials


A one hour steam driving taster session makes a unique Christmas present.

Looking for a Christmas present with a difference ?



Bon-Accord steam loco is due to return to the Deeside Railway and haul services on the weekend of September 30th / 1st October.

Click for steam loco

UNDATED CREAM TEA VOUCHERS for 2018 services are now on sale as Christmas presents.  

Click the button below for more details and purchase.

Click for Cream Teas 2018

Click HERE for the 2017 information leaflet.

Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.

Click HERE for details of fares and the timetable.