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.

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 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.

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

The SatNav postcode is AB315QH.



PHONE (answerphone except service days)

01330 844416


The Royal Deeside Railway

Milton of Crathes



AB31 5QH




DRIVE A STEAM LOCO : Steam Experience sessions are now available again, when you can take the controls of a steam locomotive.  

Click HERE for more details.

VOLUNTEER STAFF NEEDED : Part-time volunteers are urgently needed to fill two positions on the railway, see the panel below.


SERVICES : Click the button for the timetable and fares.




Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April

DIESEL hauled


Volunteers are urgently needed to fill two positions on the railway in 2017


If you interested in becoming involved and would like to know more, please click on one of the committee members below for contact details.

Dave Cowie  - Society Chairman

Dave Pearson - Society Vice Chairman

Sandra Guyan - Society Secretary

Sandra Pearson - Membership Secretary

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR - the role is to communicate with the available volunteers to allocate duty sessions on the relevant rotas.

QUEENS MESSENGER EDITOR - the role is to solicit, prepare and edit suitable articles  for the Society magazine, and to arrange printing.