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)

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Updated 24/7/16

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.  




Wed 27th & Sat 30th July - Diesel

Sunday 31st July - STEAM

Services run every 45 minutes from 11.00 - 4.15


CREAM TEA SERVICE: The railway will be providing the popular cream tea service on all steam services on Sunday 14th August.  Click HERE for details and advance booking to reserve your table.

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.  Click HERE for more details.

DEESIDE STEAM & VINTAGE RALLY : The annual rally will be held in the field adjacent to the railway on 20th and 21st August and is a family day out not to be missed.

Steam services will be operating on both days.


'Bon-Accord' and 'Salmon' have been in top and tail service at the Royal Deeside Railway, hauling the Cream Tea Specials.


Cream teas will be available on all train services on

Sunday 14th August 2016

Click HERE for more information.


20th & 21st August

The annual Deeside Steam and Vintage Rally will be held in the adjacent field.

This is a top day out for all the family and the railway will be operating steam services all weekend.