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1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad

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Address: 103 Winter St., Keystone, SD
Phone Number: +1 605-574-2222
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Description: 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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Riding on the Steam Locomotive

We took the one way trip to Hills City of the 1880 Steam Locomotive. The scenery was very pretty and we saw a lot of interesting land marks. The train only goes about 4 miles per... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Medicine Hat, Alberta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I can't understand how anyone could call this over-priced entertainment! It is very reasonable and you are treated fantastically by all the staff you encounter. The train staff do a great job explaining the area you pass through. There is much to see as you travel from Keystone to Hill City and back. Loved it!

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

Thank you very much for the kind review! More 

Olive Branch, Mississippi
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We took the one way trip to Hills City of the 1880 Steam Locomotive. The scenery was very pretty and we saw a lot of interesting land marks. The train only goes about 4 miles per hour and we had to stop a couple time for the locomotive to cool down. Would recommend the ride if you need a relaxing... More 

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Nyack, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We took train ride August 29th the ride was not worth the money it was overpriced . We took the road next to the train the road was parallel to the train, and saw the same thing that we could up on the train. They didn't really talk about anything.

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

What makes our attraction unique is that you get to ride on an authentic steam engine in the Black Hills between Hill City and Keystone. Educational narration is provided during the trip. More 

maplewood
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We have enjoyed this ride many times-my husband is a steam engine lover. It is a relaxing ride and has informational narration. Even the young children seemed to enjoy it. We stayed awhile on Keystone ,shopping and having lunch at the Red Garter Saloon before heading back to Hill City

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed this train ride. It's an hour ride each way, and you can sit in an enclosed car with padded seats or an open air car, which I did and loved it! Seen lots of deer, turkeys, and learned more about the local history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Excellent two hour plus trip on a genuine 1880s train. Great scenery, great people to take you, and lots of information about the way the area was in the last hundred plus years. Definitely a do over for us and should be a must do for you!

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Couldn't say it better. Thanks! More 

Neosho, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was a perfect activity on our one rainy day. The train does a loop from Hill City to Keystone. There are many scenic views. They have narration on the train to explain the history or the locale you are riding by. The train itself is very clean. They have open cars if you want the wind in your hair... More 

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

Thanks for the review. Just to clarify, it is a roundtrip on the same piece of track between Hill City and Keystone. It doesn't take a loop. More 

Anaheim, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is totally worth it if you time in your travels! Historic and charming! My kiddos ages 7, 9, and 11... including the grandparents had a ball!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

My husband was probably the most excited member of the family for this, probably because the kids (9 and 10) don't really comprehend the historical significance of steam trains. But everyone enjoyed the round trip between keystone and hill city. A few pointers: we were there towards the end of the season and the line to get on the train... More 

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

Thanks for the review. It is important to arrive early to get the best seat for your group, as seats are first-come, first-serve. You can select a later departure for either town to have more time to shop or eat. More 

Mankato, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Fantastic crew, very friendly. Sit in an open car if the weather is nice, round trip was about two hours. The guides had interesting facts and overall was a very good time.

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