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1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad

103 Winter St., Keystone, SD
+1 605-574-2222
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Ranked #11 of 18 Attractions in Keystone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Duluth, Minnesota
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We were in Hill city staying in a great log home, so we decided to add to the enjoyment by making reservations for the reenactment train ride. We arrived and saw the characters for the "show" standing around the train station, great costumes, seriously looked like they stepped through a time machine, so we really were excited to get on... More

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Thermopolis, Wyoming
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Our first encounter with the 1880 train was hearing the whistle during our tour of Mt. Rushmore. So we began debating whether or not we should purchase tickets (they were quite pricy.) The thing that clinched the deal was seeing an authentic locomotive pull into the station with its whistle blaring and steam billowing out. About an hour later, we... More

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Fairport, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My husband loves trains but this ride was definitely about the 20 crossroads we went through. Nothing spectacular. Might have been better if we had had the option to spend some time in Hot Springs before returning to Keystone but that was not an option.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We weed staying in Custer and found out there was a historic train running from Hill City to Keystone and decided to ride it given my partner loves trains! It was a lovely journey through scenic mountains with a recording playing telling you about the area. There are no toilets on the train or food so come prepared for that!... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

makes me glad we do not normally take steam locomotives these days. Fun, though, and interesting history of the mining in the Black Hills-I never realized how many different minerals were mined-much more than gold. Good information while on the train, and a guide book for $3.00 very informative. Mile markers matched with the book make it more interesting -... More

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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My husband is a train enthusiast. We really enjoyed this trip. The information on the area during the train ride was interesting and the staff was very attentive.

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Sherman, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

First of all, I do NOT like trains. I will force myself to take scenic rides on trains like this and this was the best one I have ever done. There was no rocking, or creaking, or jolting, or screeching. The scenery was beautiful. The train sort of follows alongside the road between Hill City and Keystone, but you still... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Went with our 6&8 year old. Definitely was cool to see. Perhaps a little long. Bank on over 2 hours round trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The ride is an hour each way and there is an hour or less break at either Hill City or Keystone (depending on where you start). A longer lay over would have been ideal.

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Bel Aire, KS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Similar to train rides in other areas. Relaxing and scenic. Narrator did a good job on the history and renovation of the cars and engine.

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