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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
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Hiawatha, Kansas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this so much, wish our grandsons were with us. The train goes from Keystone to Hill City. Our hostess on the train, Marsha, pointed out many points of interest on the way and gave us interesting information about the history of the train and the area. It was a fun and relaxing two hour round trip.

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We took the Oktoberfest Train Ride and thoroughly enjoyed it. We started with polka music and a welcome beer at the train station in Hill City. Then on the train we enjoyed a meal with beer paired to each food. There was German potato salad with beer. Brats and sauerkraut with a different beer and a large cookie with a... More

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Barmouth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We arrived in Keystone too late to travel so we saw the very pleasant lady in the depot who booked us in for the next day. The train begins and ends its journey in Hill City so whilst there were two trips available from there it was only possibly to travel at one time from Keystone and catch the same... More

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Littleton, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Beautiful little two hour ride up from Keystone to Hill City and back. Rails were in good shape as were the rail cars and engine. A very pleasant afternoon. The lunch/snack break was a bit short, and for those who must be Gluten Free, well we are out of luck there. Better back our own.

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Newell, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Started the train ride in Hill City and headed for Keystone. Learned local history along the way with the excellent narrator we had on the train. Saw deer and turkeys. The ride lasts an hour one way. If at all possible have someone pick you up instead of doing the round trip. It was a little boring going back since... More

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Garden, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

this trip is worth taking very interesting and a nice ride through the Black Hills where you can just look around and enjoy as opposed to driving,if you get uncomfortable easy WE recommend the rail cars with the leather seats we rode one way in those and the other on the wood seats after a while the wood seats are... More

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Imperail Beach
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

A perfect thing to do when it was snowing and stay warm inside the train. Great guide during the train ride from Keystone to Hill City. Take a lunch with you because the train station food in Hill City was not very good and there is not enough time to go elsewhere. Saw alot of wildlife and beautiful vistas.

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

We are glad you stayed cozy in our enclosed train cars. The sell basic snack food at our Hill City station and on the train. More

Richmond, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We love riding on old trains, especially when they have a steam engine. This ride was very good. Lots of history in the Black Hills and this train ride had an audio tour that helped make the ride more interesting.

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

Thank you. We do have narration that goes over a PA system. More

Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Ok, so you can buy your tickets with plastic but, if you want to buy the guide or get the souvenir pictures (which, btw, were FABULOUS) on the train, you need cash. The guide is $3 and the photos (you get two--they put you in front of Mt. Rushmore and the 1880 train) were amazing--the best 'tourist memory' photos we've... More

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

We are glad that you had a fabulous time and wanted to make additional purchases. Cash is necessary on the moving train due to intermittent Internet connection. It's something we will continue to look at for our customers' convenience. Thank you! More

Naples, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was a relaxing and educational 2.5 hour ride from Hill City to Keystone. The trains are kept up very well and it is a clean, friendly environment. It was a beautiful sunny day and felt like a trip back in time. You can begin by watching the water being added in the engine and just sit back and relax... More

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

Thank you for the kind review! More

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