The Royal Deeside Railway



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.

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.




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.



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 25/8/16

Click HERE for the 2016 information leaflet.

Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to  All Rights Reserved

Click HERE for details of the timetable and fares.  




Saturday 27th August - Diesel  

Sunday 28th August - STEAM

Bon-Accord will be in service again !

Services run every 45 minutes from 11.00 - 4.15


WEDNESDAY SERVICES : Please note that Wednesday services have now come to an end with the start of the school term. Any unused ITISON vouchers remain valid for any weekend service, up to end September.

CREAM TEAS: The ever popular cream tea services will be available again on 11th September.  Given the high demand for these services, advance booking to reserve your table is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Click HERE for more details.

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

Sessions are now available for several Sundays in August and September.  Click HERE for more details.

FOOTPLATE RIDES : You can take a ride on the loco footplate on many of our diesel and steam services.  Click HERE for more.....

Loco footplate rides are available on most services

Click HERE for details.





Steam experience sessions are still available during August and September, 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.


Cream teas will be available again on all train services on

Sunday 11th September.

Given the high demand for this service, we highly recommend advance booking to reserve your table and avoid disappointment.

Click HERE for details

Painiting of the coach makes major progress