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1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad

103 Winter St., Keystone, SD
+1 605-574-2222
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Ranked #10 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 older children, Activities for young children
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Regina, Canada
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135 reviews 135 reviews
20 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

But, that's it, you really experience very little else!!! View wasn't anything special! They come around with blue coolers of water or pink lemonade, and it was "warm" you can also purchase candy or popcorn! We expected to see historical buildings and scenic views, pretty dull and uneventful! $29. Per person! If you've never been on an old train, great,... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We left from Keystone and went to Hill City. It takes about an hour to go one way. Saw lots of deer and you got a nice view of the Black Hills. My one complaint is we only on 15 minutes in Hill City so you are basicly just on a slow moving train for 2 hours.

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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242 reviews 242 reviews
80 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately, we called just before they closed and inquired on tickets. There were still spots and we were told to come early for the morning train. Apparently they sold out online overnight, because we didn't get to go. Had they told us that this could happen, we would've purchased them online. I guess it's our fault but I felt they... More

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Wildwood, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The ride was very relaxing and you see some nice scenery. The tour includes some information as to what mines and small settlements used to be along the route.The ride takes about 1 hour,one way,then a 15 minute stop,and then return (1 hr) to your original point. Not a very exiting ride,some children were asleep on the return trip ,along... More

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Dearborn, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Train ride was a lot of fun, saw historic landmarks along the way and many deer! Train moves slow, but there is a lot to see. In busy times get in line early so your party gets to sit together. We rode from Hills City to Keystone then spent 5 hours in Keystone before we went back. 5 hours was... More

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Burlington, Iowa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Our family of 5 enjoyed this tour very much. The scenery was breathtaking. Yes there are peoples yards...not a big deal for us! We have a 16 year old and she said the tour was one of her favorite parts of our trip to the Black Hills. We saw many deer and wild turkey. Honestly we saw more wildlife on... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the train ride, but the layover a bit short for those who need to get a beverage or need a bathroom break.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Train ride was fine. Nothing spectacular. Tough to see anything if you don't have a window seat, but I don't think there was much to see anyway. I think there was one deer along the way. Nice to have a "guided tour" through the speaker system, but it was difficult to hear over the noise of the train. The trip... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Not worth the money,you don't see anything.The ticket lady said we would see the back side of Mount Rushmore,you don't even get close.Not worth $50.00

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Started in Hill City. All ages of our group enjoyed the ride. Get in line early if you have a large group that wants to sit together (otherwise head for the back of the train).

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