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 19/7/18

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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MIDWEEK SERVICES : Services will operate every Wednesday up to and including 15th August.

CREAM TEA SERVICE  : The next cream tea service will run on Sunday 12th August.   For more information and booking, click HERE.

SUMMER TICKET SALE ! : All steam and diesel service fares now have a 20% discount until the end of July.

SANTA SPECIALS : Due to popular demand, advance booking for the Santa Specials is now open.  Click HERE for details and booking.

STEAM EXPERIENCE SESSIONS : Want to learn how to drive a steam loco ?  Booking is still open for steam experience sessions, ONLY 3 SLOTS LEFT and the sessions are very popular, so don't delay and book now.  Click HERE for details.

Services run every hour


11.00 - 4.00


Click the button below for more details and advance booking.


Cream teas will be available again on many train services on

several dates in 2018

Click for Cream Teas

Another terrific wedding held at the railway recently


Make that special day even more memorable by holding the ceremony on a steam train !

Click HERE to contact our Charter Manager for more details on what we can offer.


1894 LNWR Coach Restoration

Good progress is being made on the restoration, although lack of funds may limit future progress.

Click HERE for more details.

Wednesday 18th July - Diesel

Saturday 21st July - Diesel

Sunday 22nd July - STEAM

20% off all fares until end July !



For more information on the services and to make an advance booking to secure your preferred visit time and avoid disappointment, click HERE.

Click HERE for the 2018 leaflet

Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.

Click HERE for details of fares and the timetable.