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 20/8/17

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 26th - Diesel Hauled

Sunday 27th August - STEAM HAULED




(Advance booking not necessary - except where indicated.)


The one-hour steam engine driving taster session continue to be highly popular and so some additional sessions have now been made available.  If you're interested, book now as when they're gone, they're gone !  

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STEAM EXPERIENCE : One hour steam engine driver experience sessions are still available for next Sunday 27th August, click HERE for details and booking.  Other dates this year also still available.

CREAM TEA SPECIALS : The ever popular Cream Tea Specials will be back again in September.  Click HERE for details.

SANTA SPECIALS : Advance booking online for the Santa Specials is expected to open here on the website 1st September.

SOCIETY AGM : The RDRPS AGM will be held on Saturday 21st October at 2 pm in the Crathes Hall, click here for details.


Click the button below for more details and advance booking.


Cream teas will be available again on many train services on

several dates in 2017

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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.