The Royal Deeside Railway





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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Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to 2017 All Rights Reserved


Updated 16/4/17

Public transport by Stagecoach buses on routes 201, 202 and 203 from Aberdeen bus station to Crathes Castle.

The SatNav postcode is AB315QH.


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.




Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April

DIESEL hauled


DRIVE A STEAM LOCO : Steam Experience sessions are available for the second half of the year, when you can take the controls of a steam locomotive.   Click HERE for more details.

VOLUNTEER STAFF NEEDED : Part-time volunteers are urgently needed to fill two positions on the railway, see the panel on the right.



Steam experience sessions are available again, when you can take control of a steam loco in a one hour session.  

A special treat not to be missed !

Click the button below for more details and advance booking.

Click for Steam Experience


Click HERE for the 2017 information leaflet.

Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.

Click HERE for details of fares and the timetable.


Volunteers are urgently needed to fill two positions on the railway in 2017


If you interested in becoming involved and would like to know more, please click on one of the committee members below for contact details.

Dave Cowie  - Society Chairman

Dave Pearson - Society Vice Chairman

Sandra Pearson - Membership Secretary

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR - the role is to communicate with the available volunteers to allocate duty sessions on the relevant rotas.

QUEENS MESSENGER EDITOR - the role is to solicit, prepare and edit suitable articles  for the Society magazine, and to arrange printing.

This video shows some of the initial stages of preparation for the relocation of Oldmeldrum station to the MIlton of Crathes.  The poor condition of the building (especially the end rooms), the amount of junk in storage, and the very restricted access to the site can all be seen.