The Royal Deeside Railway needs your help to guarantee that they can restart railway services in 2021.  2020 has been a tough year for everyone and the Royal Deeside Railway is no different.  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 all the train services and events at the Royal Deeside Railway have had to be cancelled.  The volunteers were hoping that they would be able to operate their successful Santa Specials as usual, however this is no longer possible.

Whilst we have had no income this year, we continue to pay bills and maintenance costs.  Consequently, the railway now has a funding shortfall, and there is no guarantee that services can restart in 2021; operating through Birkenbaud crossing to the new Riverside Halt platform as planned.

We are appealing to our friends, supporters and passengers who would normally travel along the length of the railway, to support the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society in achieving this aim by donating to our cause.

You can donate any amount online by clicking the donate button below,

or by sending a cheque to :

The Royal Deeside Railway

Milton of Crathes


Aberdeenshire   AB31 5QH

or by making a bank transfer to :

The Royal Deeside Preservation Society

Bank of Scotland

Sort code : 80-05-14

Account No. : 00808701 with the reference SOS

or by getting in touch with us by e-mail to   

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

Milton of Crathes



AB31 5QH



PHONE (answerphone except service days)

01330 844416



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.

The Royal Deeside Railway



Donate any amount online using either a credit/debit card or a Paypal account

Very many thanks for your help !

We greatly appreciate the support we are receiving and look forward to welcoming our visitors and supporters back to the railway in 2021.