The Royal Deeside Railway



Wednesday 20th July

2 pm until 8 pm


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)

Terms & Conditions                   Privacy Policy


Updated 28/6/16

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.




Saturday 2nd July - Diesel

Sunday 3rd July - STEAM

Services run every 45 minutes from 11.00 - 4.15


DEESIDE DANCE VIDEO : See the video recently made by the Deeside Dance Centre at the Milton of Crathes station by clicking HERE.

CREAM TEA SERVICE : The ever popular cream tea service will be operating on the steam hauled services running on Sunday 17th July.  For more details and to make a booking to reserve your table, click HERE.

STEAM LOCO DRIVING EXPERIENCE : Ever wanted to try your hand at driving a steam loco?  Well now you can by taking a 1 hour steam experience session on steam loco 'Salmon' at the Deeside Railway.

There are sessions held every Sunday in July, tickets are selling well with July 3rd and July 17th now sold out.  Click HERE for more details.


Ever fancied being an engine driver, guard, engineer or trackworker, shop assistant or helping in our Buffet car.

Well now is your chance, come along to the Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society, Milton of Crathes, Banchory, AB31 5QH, on the above date, and give it a try,

No experience is necessary, as full supervised training will be given, teas and coffee will be available.

Why not fulfil your secret ambitions, come along, all welcome, we look forward to seeing you all.

Experienced staff will be on hand to answer all your questions, and demonstrations will be given.

New Members are always welcome on our friendly heritage railway.

The steam services with the Andrew Barclay loco 'Salmon' are always popular