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1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad

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Address: 222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, SD 57745
Phone Number: +1 605-574-2222
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An 1880 Train ride is a two-hour, narrated 20-mile round trip between Hill...

An 1880 Train ride is a two-hour, narrated 20-mile round trip between Hill City snd Keystone South Dakota in the beautiful Black Hills. Passengers view vistas of Harney Peak, mining encampments and participate in good old-fashioned fun. Trains follow the original route of the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad laid down in the late 1880s to service the mines and mills between Hill City and Keystone. The Black Hills Central Railroad is the oldest continuously operating tour railroad in the nation and operates three steam and two diesel engines throughout the season. One of our steam engines is close to 100 years old!

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Holiday train fun for kids

Took our family on the 1880 Holiday Express train to the North Pole! It was great fun, especially for little ones since the ride is short (only half the normal distance this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2015
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54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This is a great activity when you really want to interact with the people you are with. We all had so much fun. Everyone should do this at least once and I believe I will make it a family tradition

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South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Took our family on the 1880 Holiday Express train to the North Pole! It was great fun, especially for little ones since the ride is short (only half the normal distance this train runs) and not too fast. After you arrive, Santa comes on board and works his magic with all the little ones, handing out little toys and posing... More 

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1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this review

We are so glad you took the Holiday Express! More 

Glendive, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

My wife, daughter, son-in-law, and grandson boarded the 1880 Holiday Express and headed to the North Pole. It was an enjoyable experience and we are glad we did it. Now for the Pros/Cons: Pros: Excellent staff. Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and all the helpers were fantastic. Cookie, hot chocolate, candy cane, and special bell from Santa were all part... More 

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1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this review

Thanks for riding the Holiday Express and listing out the parts of the evening that were enjoyable...the staff and the gifts. Part of the charm of the Holiday Express is that passengers get the experience of riding a vintage steam train. That experience, plus the extras of the Holiday Express, are reflected in our ticket price. We strive, however, to... More 

Fordyce, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We went on the 1880 Train in Sept. 2015. Nice ride, informative, beautiful scenery, would definately do it again.

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1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Great experience for everyone. Ages 64 to 4. Very nice ride. 1 hour each way, Keystone - Hill City. Keystone is very near Mount Rushmore, but too far to walk, so be aware you are really in the middle of significant attractions. Time well spent, BUT... there is some time involved. Roughly 1 hour each way and potentially a layover... More 

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1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this review

Thanks for riding! Great point to plan in advance so you can schedule your ride around your other plans for the day. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Part of a tour package we had and had a great time. Took us back to the days of mining in the Black Hills. The cars that they've reconstructed were done nice. The tour guide gave us quite a good story of the era that was.

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1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have had a gorgeous fall! More 

Northfield, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Our kids had a blast on the 1880s train. We even got the kids lunches that were wrapped up in a bandanna. They loved every minute of the whole experience. I would go again when our second child gets older.

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1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! The bandanna child's meal is available at our High-Liner Snack Shoppe in Hill City. Look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I have traveled on many steam trains in the last 10 years and enjoy a relaxed travel of a bygone era.

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1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and for making the 1880 Train part of the bucket list! More 

Haddenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Having spent so much of our holiday driving or walking to see scenery it was lovely to be able to sit back, relax & let the scenery come to us. At the time of year we traveled there was only one choice of timing to do a return trip from Keystone, so we had less than an hour to walk... More 

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1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this review

Great photos! So glad we were able to accommodate your group. More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

This was a nice experience for the family. A little pricey but worth it one time. A pretty journey from Keystone to Hill City. The kids really enjoyed it. Plenty of time to sight see before the return trip. All of the employees were very friendly. I would recommend for a one time adventure and experience.

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1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this review

Thanks for riding! More 

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