Track extension to West Lodge


If you would like to make a donation to help the railway complete the construction of the track extension to West Lodge, you can make a donation of any amount online by clicking on one of the 'Donate' buttons below.  Donations can be made with debit or credit cards, or with a PayPal account.

If you prefer to send a cheque, then please mail it to our office at the following address, including your name and address :

The Royal Deeside Railway

Milton Of Crathes



AB31 5QH

A very big thank you for your support, no matter how small !


To enable train services to be extended to the West Lodge platform location, three workscopes need to be completed :

1) Installation of a semi-automatic barrier in place of the existing manual crossing gates at Birkenbaud, (£ 15,000 to be raised).

2) Completion of the new platform at West Lodge, ( £3,500 to be raised),

3) Upgrading of the track at the new  West Lodge platform (£ 2,460 to be raised).

More details below.

The Office of the Rail Regulator requires that a new semi-automated crossing barrier be installed in place of the current manually operated gates at Birkenbaud.  Current workscope is 10% complete and it is hoped to finalise this project in time for the 2019 season.

The cost of the work is estimated to be £15,000.




If you may be able to provide significant assistance in helping support what has become an extremely popular tourist attraction, please contact our Managing Director Keith Robertson in the first instance on 07808 257304 or 01224 781234.

Donate online to the Track Extension Project

Donate online to the Crossing Barrier installation

Donate online to the new platform construction

Donate online to the track upgrade


Work is ongoing to install a new platform at Crathes West Lodge (the old A93 lay-by).  

The platform is being built using a number of 20 ft half-height containers laid end to end, with timber decking and fencing, and suitable access ramps, steps and lighting.  Current workscope is 80% complete and construction is planned for completion by mid 2019.

Remaining funds to be raised are £3,500 for access walkways, fencing and paint.

This project involves applying additional top ballast to the existing track and then rail levelling at the location of the new platform at West Lodge.

The main expenditure will be the supply and transport of approximately 6 x 20 ton loads of 20/40 aggregate ballast at a cost of over £400 per load. The ballast plus consumables will cost a total of £ 3,000.

This work has not started but it is planned to be complete during the 2019 season.