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1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad

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Address: 103 Winter St., Keystone, SD
Phone Number: +1 605-574-2222
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Description: An 1880 Train ride is a two-hour, narrated 20-mile round trip between Hill...
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!
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Enjoyable Steam trip through wonderful countryside

Add a Steam engine, amazing landscape and the timing (not to short, not to long), all equates to a really fun trip for the whole family

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
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Brandon, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The train itself is very cool; unfortunately it's a little too packed for comfort and the seats are not overly comfortable (however, I realize it's not supposed to be modern day comfort). With the windows open, it's "natural air conditioning". We went from Keystone to Hill City and then back again. Trip there was neat, trip back was kind of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Shameful to say, being a rabid rail fan,I just stumbled on the Black Hills Central on the way from Wounded Knee to the Little Big Horn,sorta of Custer's 7th in reverse.What a wonderful surprise! Enjoyed talking with the agent in the museum who let me place my Coastal Plain & Southland boxcar on the layout for photos.The ride behind the... More 

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

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Mesa, Arizona
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I love trains and was excited to take this little train from Hill City to Keystone and back. It was a fun and relaxing ride complete with narration, refreshments, creaks, rattles and swaying. Great family attraction. This is one attraction that is really great for children. Make an on-line reservation so no one will be disappointed. Have Fun!!

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

Great tip about online reservations. That's the best way to reserve the departure you need. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Add a Steam engine, amazing landscape and the timing (not to short, not to long), all equates to a really fun trip for the whole family

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Minneapolis, MN
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35 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The 1880 is a MUST while in the Black Hills. It is fun & educational for all ages. They even sell popcorn & beverages on the train. You can choose a one way from Keystone or Hill City, or a RT from either city. Each train car is a little different, some with cushion seats & windows that open. The... More 

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

Thanks for the review and the great tip about reserving a seat online. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The ride was great with beautiful scenery. We enjoyed the cookies and hot chocolate. As we arrived at the North Pole, the announcer stated that Santa would be joining us on the ride back to Hill City and the kids can tell him what they want for Christmas. When Santa actually came to see us, he took a picture with... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We will keep this in mind for next year. More 

Prescott, Arkansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

#7 steam engine located there was originally from our home town when my father-in-law was working for the railroad and worked on that train in the 1930's. We missed getting to ride on the other train from Keystone to Rapid City but heard from people getting off that it was a lot of fun. There was also a museum and... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We made reservation to ride the train in advance (the weather wasn't suppose to snow when we made reservations) and when time came to the ride, since we travel out of state (the roads were terrible, no travel advisory) they wouldn't accommodate us at all! They were still going to charge us even though we couldn't get there!!!!! They wouldn't... More 

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

This is a great idea for your family - see the Black Hills and learn some history at the same time. Many scenic opportunities for pictures. The round trip takes a couple hours - not too long that the kids get restless. We had a great time. They also have special runs for wine tastings, etc. Very worthwhile!

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Sidney, Nebraska
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Took the 1880 Train to the North Pole the day after Thanksgiving - the kids, my wife and I loved the ride. Our steam engine had a small malfunction that caused a short delay, but the experience was still exceptional. The amount of wildlife we saw was incredible as whitetails were still in the rut so we even got to... More 

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