The Royal Deeside Railway


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 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.





The railway is delighted to advise that a limited service will begin on Sunday 25th July.  Trains will run every Sunday until early September and will be steam hauled by the famous Bon-Accord locomotive.

All services leave from and return to the Milton of Crathes station, with a travel time of 20 - 30 minutes, a distance of about 1 mile each way.  The Riverside Halt platform at the west end of the line is unavailable for use at this time.

Travel is by advance booking online, or  over-the-counter on the day up to 30 minutes before departure.

On arrival, seating will be allocated by platform staff on to ensure social distancing in accordance with applicable requirements.  Seating and tables will be sanitised betwen services.

Passengers can check-in with Test and Trace via a barcode placed on every table.

All visitors are required to wear masks on the train unless eating or drinking, and inside the station building.