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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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New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This steam train runs from Keystone to Hill City, SD and back. You really get to see some beautiful land and these two towns have some great souvenier shopping.

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Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was a great family adventure. A 2.5 hour total trip from Hill City, SD to Keystone, SD and back. The kids loved it. It was time we spent together. Great for a group.

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Jackson
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

You will hear this steam engine roar plenty. It is a scenic ride with a view of the hills in South Dakota and homes along the route. You can spot wildlife along the way, a turtle by a stream, birds and deer. Staff are very friendly, dressed in railroad attire, they are happy to pose for pictures. Very pleasant experience... More

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The 1880 train in the Black Hills is just good fun. The ride isn't too long. It isn't too expensive. It offers an experience not available in the car. I admit, I'm a train nerd. So here's the bad stuff for we the Railroad oriented. There is no effort to preserve a history of this train. They do tell about... More

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pa
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I think this was a little pricey but it takes you back in time. They take you to a town called Hill. It is a lovely town with a great restaurant for lunch. You have an hour and that is about all you can do is have lunch. 2 hours would have been better. It is a nice family thing... More

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Franklin, North Carolina
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163 reviews 163 reviews
46 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This is one of the few places that uses a steam locomotive on it's daily runs between Hill city and Keystone, SD. Just riding in a car that is pulled by a steam locomotive is exciting. There are nice views from the train and we saw lots of deer roaming through the woods.

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Storm Lake, Iowa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful ride great way to the see the hills of South Dakota! very much worth the money round trip is best

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The train ride was expensive for the 2 hour ride to and from keystone to hill city. We saw mostly trees and rocks. No big deal and it was relaxing but if you drive the side road to hill city you basically get the same ride for free. We got to hill city and only got to stay for 15... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We loved this train ride through the Black Hills. We took the steam engine, which is really neat. Look for coupon in visitors guide. Highly recommend!

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Iowa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

One way is probably enough if you are traveling with kids, but got to see wildlife on the route. Clean, pleasant atmosphere. Employees gave information on the area, but did not overwhelm the trip.

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