Royal Deeside Railway, Banchory

4.4
Tour · Scenic Railroad
The Royal Deeside Railway was formed in 1996 with the intention of reclaiming part of the former branch line from Aberdeen to Ballater, constructed between 1853 and 1856 by the Deeside Railway company and closed by British Railways in 1966. Work is underway to reinstate the railway between Banchory and Milton of Crathes, with a new station which has been constructed at Milton of Crathes and one mile of track laid towards Banchory.

The railway offers a passenger train service over 1 mile of track from Milton of Crathes to Birkenbaud Crossing. The first steam-hauled passenger services were operated during 2010.
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  • Very excited grandson was delighted with his balloon monkey while waiting for train. Had juice and biscuits and we had tea and warm mince pie. Had a sing song then santa came and all children...  more »
  • Great outing for the children at Xmas time, been there three years running with grand children. Staff always chatty and cheerful, this year the added bonus of a balloon modeller thrown in, making...  more »
  • Visited Wednesday. Very quiet. The station master/ticket seller was cheerful but everyone else seemed very miserable. We boarded the train...I went to buy coffee which seemed to annoy the staff that....  more »
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  • Excellent journey on short track (1 mile), run by volunteers. We had a diesel train shunting our carriage but they also have a steam train, check the route table time planner before you go. The operator let the kids sit in the cab after the journey and play with the controls which as you can imagine they thoroughly enjoyed. Also they are converting one of the carriages to accept wheelchairs.
  • Deeside Steam Engine Rally was excellent as always a very worth while day out and you are helping local charities. The Train was running as well giving everyone the chance to be in an old train and enjoy the scenery
  • The volunteers who work there are very helpful and welcoming. Cheery and have Plenty of time for children. I could not get my grandchildren to come off the train for lunch .They enjoyed the whole day .It was a great time for them and a memory for the rest of their lives. Thank you the volunteers and members of The Royal Deeside Railway
  • Fab wee place for young and old. Done on groupon vouchers which made the price better. Paid extra for my dad to go up front on plate with driver which was so worth it to see his face.nice walks around the area too with a wee shopping place and eats
  • A vintage treat. It might currently be a short track but so well done. Staff are so genuine and committed. Recommend booking teas. Keep up the good work, maybe one day through to Aboyne.

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