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 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.

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  11/10


Friday 31st October & Saturday 1st November

Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to  All Rights Reserved

HALLOWEEN : Climb aboard the “Ghost Train” and enjoy our “Steam & Scream” experience on the evenings of 31st October and 1st November.  Details on the panel to the right.

SANTA SPECIALS : Ticket sales for the very popular 'Santa Specials' are now in full swing, so don't delay, click HERE to make your booking and reserve your place at the time and on the day of your choice.

ROYAL DEESIDE RAILWAY PRESERVATION SOCIETY AGM : The AGM of the RDRPS will be held at Crathes Community Hall at 2.00 pm on Saturday 25th October 2014.

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 enquiry about Santa bookings

          : click HERE to send an email to the Society secretary.

          : click HERE to send an email to the Charter Manager.

          : click HERE to send an email to the Operations Director.

Snail mail : The Royal Deeside Railway

                    Milton of Crathes


                    Aberdeenshire         AB31 5QH



Click HERE for the 2014 information leaflet.



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.

He’ll be there every Saturday and Sunday from 29th November up to and including Christmas Eve.   Click HERE  for more information.

All trains will be steam hauled leaving Milton Of Crathes at 4.00, 4.45, 5.30, 6.15, 7.00 &  7.45 pm.

Tickets priced at £6 for Adults, £3 for Children and £4 Concession.  Each paying child will be given a glow band to warn off the ghosts and ghouls.......

Climb aboard the “Ghost Train” & enjoy our “Steam & Scream” experience.

Enjoy a trip down the line in the dark but look out for the strange things hanging around !  

On board catering will be serving teas, coffees etc and warm soup.

No advance booking required.