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 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.

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 access for disabled visitors.


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.

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  2/9/15


Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to  All Rights Reserved

Click HERE for the 2015 information leaflet.


Click HERE for details of the timetable and fares.  

DIESEL GALA : The diesel gala will be held next Sunday 6th September, when all our diesel locos will be hauling trains or will be available for inspection.

STEAM EXPERIENCE : Due to high demand, the Deeside Railway Company have now made a number of additional 'Steam experience' sessions available in October.  These will give budding train drivers the chance to take the controls of Andrew Barclay 0-6-0 steam locomotive 'Salmon'.  Click HERE for more details and booking.

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

FOOTPLATE RIDES : Footplate rides are available on most services, click HERE for more details.


Saturday 5th September

Diesel hauled passenger services

Sunday 6th September

DIESEL GALA with all our diesel locos hauling trains or available for inspection.

Services run every 45 minutes from 11.00 - 4.15


No booking required.

An aerial view of the Milton of Crathes


For more information on the appeal for funds to extend the line to the Bridge O'Bennie and to make a donation, click HERE.


Following the recent vandalism, supporters of the railway can make a donation towards the repair of the coach.  Donations can be made by credit/debit card, PayPal, cheque or in person.  

Click HERE for details.


More steam taster sessions now on sale !

Click HERE 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.


For more information on the services and to make an advance booking to secure your preferred visit time and avoid disappointment, click HERE.