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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
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Augusta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Ten miles at 10 miles an hour. We saw deer and other little animals along the way. You can take drinks and they sell popcorn and candy on board. It's a good way to get to Mt. Rushmore and to see some pretty scenery. You get a little history lesson along the way.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

On a day when part of our group went golfing, the girls rode the 1880 train round-trip from Hill City. We pre-ordered tickets and had no issues picking them up. Seats on the train were cramped but could be flipped so you could face either way while looking out the window. We saw more wildlife than we had seen anywhere... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I loved the train. Some in our group of 9 were a bit bored as it went about 10mph, but scenery was nice, and you got a feel for what it was like to ride a steam train 100 years ago. Was a bit spendy at $28 each, but how often do you get a chance to ride an old... More

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Gurley, Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We had a great time on the train. Our car was restored and they did a beautiful job. We had a great time we saw several deer along the way. A good lunch in Hill City.

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Seaside, OR
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

2 hours train ride (round trip) for $28. It was a great ride from Hill City to Keystone and back. We rode in the open car and the breeze was great. We saw about 40 deer, and 15 wild turkeys. Along the way you see beautiful mountain views, old mines, and other historical places/buildings. Would definitely do it again!

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Lakewood, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is a nice little ride. We started in Keystone and went to Hill City. There was a snack break in Hill City. There is a snack bar type place and that's the only place to eat in the allotted 30 minutes. The food was average for fast food. The open car was a little chilly on the way over... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We went on the train from Keystone to Hill city. I had my three kids with me and my husband. We all loved it. We had a stop in Hill city to eat and get back on the train. The train ride was 2 1/2 hours. My kids never got board are restless!! They do offer drinks and popcorn on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It was fun taking the train. Glad we started in hill city - don't know what people do there other thAn eat and shop. Saw some interesting sites, but not enough to do again. We weren't happy about the constant attempts to buy things - snacks, photos, booklets.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My wife and I took the train round-trip from Keystone to Hill City and back. It was nice and relaxing after a day of driving through the Black Hills. One way would have been good enough, however. Unless you can arrange to get back to your starting place you are stuck with the round trip. While it is interesting, the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We went round trip from Keystone to Hill City on our first day in the Black Hills. The staff were all in character, very courteous, and knowledgable. It was great to see the scenery and learn about its history. Great way to kick off a Black Hills vacation.

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