Tel. 01330 844416 (Answerphone except service days)

eMail : click HERE to send an email to the Society secretary.

          : 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.

Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.


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.

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

The SatNav postcode is AB315QH.

Click HERE for details of the timetable and fares.  



The Royal Deeside Railway

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 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.

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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Updated  23/4

NEW STEAM LOCO :  The Andrew Barclay steam locomotive 'Salmon' has now arrived at the Royal Deeside Railway.  Don't miss the inaugural service with this new loco, come along for a ride when it commences service on Sunday 4th May.

To see a video of the loco arriving at the railway, click HERE.

SERVICES : The next passenger services will be diesel hauled on the weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April.

BRAKE VAN RIDES : There'll be brake van rides included with all train tickets on the weekend of 3rd and 4th May.


Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April

Services run every 45 minutes from 11.00 - 4.15


Click HERE for the 2014 information leaflet.


Diesel hauled passenger services from the Milton of Crathes station.

  Andrew Barclay steam loco 'Salmon' has now  arrived  at the railway