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.


Deeside Way to be Temporarily Closed


8 Hours During the First Week of December

The Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society has announced that their Bridge of Bennie Project will reach a conclusion in the week commencing the 30th November.

After several years of careful planning and a massive amount of hard work by a small and dedicated team of volunteers the RDRPS will finally begin the installation of their new Deeside Way Bridge over the Bennie Burn, Banchory next week.  

This will involve the delivery of the 16m long, 23 tonne bridge to the site on a McIntosh Heavy Lifting, Echt 34 wheel low loader. The new bridge will then be lifted onto the new reinforced concrete abutments by Global Port Services of Aberdeen using a Liebherr LTM 1250-5.1, 250 tonne crane, in a single lift.

As access to the site is restricted both vehicles will have to reverse approximately 500m along the Deeside Way from the “Lay-By” to the new bridge site - a delicate and hazardous operation. The final lift operation is a slow and a delicate procedure requiring maximum concentration. As public safety is paramount it will be necessary to completely close the Deeside Way and the adjacent Riverside Path to the public for the duration of the installation process in-order to comply with Health and Safety Regulations.

The extent of the closure will be from the new platform at the Railway’s work area know as the “Lay-By” in the east to approximately 30m west of the Bennie Burn site. Closure times will be kept to a minimum. The RDRPS expect the lifting operation to take place between 30th November and the 3rd December, depending on weather conditions as we require a windless and dry day.

Safety marshals and warning signs will be posted at the east and west ends of the affected section of the Deeside Way to advise the public of progress and to ensure public safety.

The bridge will finally open to the public in early 2021.

The RDRPS apologise for any inconvenience to the public.  

The RDRPS would like to acknowledge the following organisations and people who have helped with this project;

The Leys Estate

McIntosh Heavy Lifting and Plant ltd., Echt

Global Port Services, Aberdeen

Messrs Fairhurst Consulting Civil Engineers, Aberdeen

Messrs CHAP Construction, Westhill

Aberdeenshire Council

With generous sponsorship from;

McIntosh Heavy Lifting and Plant ltd.

The Barrack Charitable Trust

Viridor Credits

And many private individuals.

For more information please contact;

RDRPS Project Manager Mr Fergus McGhie on 07554 011825


RDRPS Planning Manager Mr Michale Rasmussen on 07968 196888