The Royal Deeside Railway


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

The SatNav postcode is AB315QH.


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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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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MOTHERS DAY : It will soon be Mothering Sunday (31st March), and what better way to spend some time with your family than admiring the scenery of Royal Deeside from the comfort of a heated railway carriage.  

On board refreshments serving sandwiches, scones, butter, jam, assorted cakes, juice, tea and coffee.  Booking is open for Mothers Day services so make sure you reserve your places,  click HERE for details.

BON-ACCORD : Bon-Accord has been back in steam service at the Deeside railway, following major overhaul.  The loco can be seen on many weekends in the coming season.

WEST LODGE PLATFORM : The installation of the platform bases at West Lodge has been completed and work is onging to complete the fencing, access steps and ramps, lighting etc.  Click HERE for details.

STEAM EXPERIENCE SESSION : The ever popular steam experience sessions will be available again in 2019, when you can learn to drive a steam locomotive in a 45 minute session.  Click HERE for more details.


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Installation of the new platform at

West Lodge is presently underway

More photos are HERE.




Volunteers are urgently needed to help keep the railway running, especially engine drivers, firemen, guards and catering staff.

Full training is given, if needed, in a most sociable and friendly group.  If you are interested in learning more about getting involved, click HERE for some details of what we do and how to contact Bill who can explain further.

Come along and see if it's something you would enjoy.....

Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.

Click HERE for the 2018 leaflet

Click HERE for details of fares and the timetable.



Booking is open for Mothers Day services next Sunday, click HERE for details.


Bob-Accord returned to service at the Deeside Railway Sunday 24th March 2019.

Photo courtesy Phil Morrison