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 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.


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.

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 1/5/16

Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.


Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to  All Rights Reserved

Click HERE for details of the timetable and fares.  



Click HERE for the 2016 information leaflet.

SERVICES : The next services will be diesel hauled, operating on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May.




Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May

- Diesel hauled

Services run every 45 minutes from 11.00 - 4.15


A short aerial video of the east end of the railway


If you buy goods by online shopping, you can help raise funds for the railway by logging on to and selecting Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society as your chosen charity, at no cost to yourself.  

Then from the same web site, select the online shop such as Amazon, John Lewis, Boots, Argos, RSPB etc that you wish to use.  Once you make your purchase, a small percentage of the value of your purchase is paid to the RDRPS as a donation from the online shop, not from you.   We have raised over £400 to date by using easy fundraising and hope to raise more.   Your help would be greatly appreciated.