The Royal Deeside Railway



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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Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to 2017 All Rights Reserved


Updated 6/11/18

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

The SatNav postcode is AB315QH.


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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CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS : The railway will be hosting two events in March 2019 that would make ideal Christmas presents.  For details of the PHOTOGRAPHER'S CHARTER click HERE, and for learning to drive a steam loco on a STEAM EXPERIENCE SESSION, click HERE.

SANTA SPECIALS : The next services will be Santa Specials starting on Saturday 24th November.  Many services are now SOLD OUT and the others are filling up fast, so don't delay, click HERE for details and booking.

PROJECT UPDATE : Two projects are in progress to extend services to West Lodge in time for the 2019 season, click HERE for details.




Level crossing construction - 09/2010

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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.

Services will be running from 10.30 until 3.30, every Saturday and Sunday from 24th November, including Friday 21st December and Christmas Eve.

SANTA SPECIALS start Saturday 24th November



For more information on the services and to make an advance booking to secure your preferred visit time and avoid disappointment, click HERE.

Spaces are limited, so book now !

Click for Santa


Steam experience sessions are available again as unique Christmas presents when you can take control of a steam loco.  

A special treat not to be missed !

Click HERE for details.



  The railway will be running a charter specifically for photographers in March.

Click HERE for details.

Click HERE for the 2018 leaflet

Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.

Click HERE for details of fares and the timetable.