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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Updated 29/9/2020

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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RIVERSIDE HALT PROGRESS : Work is ongoing at the new station to prepare the trackbed for track panel installation.  Click HERE for some photos.

BRIDGE OF BENNIE UPDATE : The new bridge has been been rolled out of the workshop ready for installation and will be moved into position onsite later this year.   For an update on the bridge of Bennie project, click HERE.

CORONAVIRUS : The Deeside Railway Company regrets to advise that due to the continuing Covid-19 situation and the limitations imposed by social distancing, the railway is currently expected to remain closed until 2021.

The railway apologises for any inconvenience caused by these unfortunate circumstances and we hope to be back providing fun days out for all our visitors next year.


Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.

Click HERE for details of fares and the timetable.




Old Meldrum station being dismantled and relocated to the Milton of Crathes.

April 2012

This video shows the first train arriving into the new platform at west lodge.  The track is currently being re-aligned and the volunteers are working hard to get ready for passenger services in 2021.

The track laying train working its way west.

March 2008