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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CREAM TEA SERVICES :  More of the ever popular cream tea services are coming in August and September.  Click HERE for details and booking.

STEAM EXPERIENCE SESSION : The steam experience sessions still have some places available when you can learn to drive a steam locomotive in a 45 minute session.


Click HERE for more details.

SANTA SPECIALS : Advance booking online will open on 1st September.



Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.

Click HERE for the 2018 leaflet

Click HERE for details of fares and the timetable.




The new platform at West Lodge is now complete.  

For more photos click HERE.


Advance booking online will open

on 1st September.

Click HERE for the

timetable & fares

Services run every hour from

11.00 - 4.00


Volunteers are urgently needed to help keep the railway running, especially engine drivers, firemen, guards, station shop 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.....