The Royal Deeside Railway


SANTA SPECIALS : All dates are now sold out except Friday 22nd, when there are still plenty of seats available to see Santa. Click HERE  for details and booking.  

Walk-ins also very welcome on all services while seats remain available.

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

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



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 10/12/17

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.






Click the button below for more details and advance booking.



Click for Santa Specials


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

Looking for a Christmas present with a difference ?

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, dates and purchase.

Click for 2018 Cream Tea vouchers


Santa will be at the Milton of Crathes again this year with a sack full of presents for the children, and hot mince pies and drinks for the adults.

He’ll be there every Saturday and Sunday from 25th November up to and including Sunday 24th December  - Christmas Eve, also Friday 22nd December.

Next services

Sat 16th & Sun 17th December

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Santa Special Sunday 10th December 2017

Video courtesy James West

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.