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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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Nice ride

It was fun to see the scenery but the weather was not great when we went. The staff is knowledgeable and informative. The time in hill city feels a bit rushed to even grab lunch... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was fun to see the scenery but the weather was not great when we went. The staff is knowledgeable and informative. The time in hill city feels a bit rushed to even grab lunch, but probably ok to just walk around. The flock of greedy tourists flood the train, grabbing every possible seat to spread out, which is a... More 

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Chicago IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Just went on our train ride today. Staff beyond friendly. The experience is just what we wanted - cutting through the black hills and seeing some wild life. You see both mountains and creeks and open land. The narrations are informative. They try really hard to make every aspect as fun as possible and I am very thankful there are... More 

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

Thank you so much for saying it like it is! We give an authentic steam train experience through the beautiful Black Hills. Please come again. More 

Kingston, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We really enjoyed the 1880 train ride from Hill City, SD to Keystone, SD. The train cars have been refurbished and they are so nice. We rode in the Edward Gillette car. Also, they have a very nice gift shop back at the terminal. Since it was the first day of the season, the museum was not open for another... More 

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

Thank you for the review. The South Dakota State Railroad Museum is next to the Hill City Depot and is now open. More 

Missouri City, Texas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I think everyone should do take this ride at least once! I usually take it from Keystone to Hill City and back down again. Sit inside if you don't want soot "spit" on you! But if it is hot outside who cares just bring a cheap umbrella and enjoy the ride through the country side.

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

Thanks for taking the time to review our authentic steam train experience. More 

Rapid City, South Dakota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Colorado is the state best known for its scenic steam trains, so many do not think "steam trains" when they think of South Dakota! All train buffs should add this attraction to their bucket list! It is affordable - $28 adults & $12 children. You may also reserve ahead of time. The train and depots are clean and well-maintained. The... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time for a review and the reminder for passengers to reserve online. More 

Brandon, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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

Great to hear! More 

Mesa, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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
43 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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123 reviews 123 reviews
35 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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