The Royal Deeside Railway


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.



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 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.



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 the 2016 information leaflet.

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 25/9/16

Click HERE for details of the timetable and fares.  

Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to  All Rights Reserved




Saturday 15th October  

Sunday 16th October


Services run every 45 minutes from 11.00 - 4.15


END OF THE SUMMER SERVICES : The summer season is now over and the next services will be the weekend of 15/16 October (half term holiday).  This will be the last chance to take a ride on the railway before 'Santa Specials' start late November.

STEAM EXPERIENCE SESSIONS : Due to popular demand, a couple of sessions allowing budding engine drivers to take the controls of a steam loco have now been made available in October, click HERE for more details and booking.

SOCIETY AGM : The railway society AGM will be held on Saturday 1st October in the Crathes village hall, see the members area for details, HERE.

SANTA SPECIALS : Advance booking online for the Santa Specials is now open.  Click HERE for more details.

Loco footplate rides are available on most services

Click HERE for details.


Advance booking online is open,

click the button for details.

Santa will be at the Milton of Crathes again this year with a sack full of presents for the children, and hot mince pies and drinks for the adults.

Click for Santa

Bon-Accord in operation recently at the National Railway Museum, Shildon 'Autumn Steam Gala'



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

A special treat not to be missed !

Click HERE for details.