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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Updated 12/1/19

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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SERVICES : The railway is now closed for the winter.  Services will be begin again at Easter.

2019 TIMETABLE : The 2019 timetable and fares are now available, click HERE for details.

PHOTOGRAPHER'S CHARTER : The railway will be running an one day event in March 2019 specifically for photographers. There will be a series of static and moving scenes available using a wide variety of rolling stock.

The charter is now sold out, however a further session may be held later in the year if there is sufficient interest.  click HERE for more details.

STEAM EXPERIENCE SESSION : The ever popular steam experience sessions will be availale again in 2019, when you can learn to drive a steam locomotive in a 45 minute session.  Click HERE for more details.



Groundworks for the new platform at West Lodge are presently underway



Steam experience sessions will be available throughout 2019, 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 an event specifically for photographers in March.

The event is now sold out, however a further session may be held later in the year if there is sufficient interest.

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.