The Royal Deeside Railway


Public transport by Stagecoach buses on routes 201, 202 and 203 from Aberdeen bus station to Crathes Castle.

The SatNav postcode is AB315QH.


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.





Tel. 01330 844416 (Answerphone except service days)

eMail : 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 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.


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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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.




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CREAM TEA SERVICES :  More of the ever popular cream tea services are coming in May.  Click HERE for details and booking.

WEST LODGE PLATFORM : The installation of the platform bases at West Lodge has been completed and work is onging to complete the fencing, access steps and ramps, lighting etc.  Click HERE for details.

STEAM EXPERIENCE SESSION : The steam experience sessions still have some places available when you can learn to drive a steam locomotive in a 45 minute session.

New dates now released for late Summer and Autumn !    Click HERE for more details.


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The cream Tea services are always popular, next services on 5th and 26th May.  

Click HERE for details and booking.


Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.

Click HERE for the 2018 leaflet

Click HERE for details of fares and the timetable.



The next services will run on  Sunday 28th April.



Bob-Accord returned to service at the Deeside Railway Sunday 24th March 2019.

Photo courtesy Phil Morrison