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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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Relax and enjoy a trip off the beaten path

This is a pleasant diversion if you're tired of driving, shopping, craning your neck to see mountains and rock, or any of the other things to do in the Black Hills. It's not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Sawyer, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a pleasant diversion if you're tired of driving, shopping, craning your neck to see mountains and rock, or any of the other things to do in the Black Hills. It's not expensive, there's a bit of local history/geography in the narrative offered by the guide, and you can take it one way or round trip between Hill City... More 

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Conway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Nice ride! We took the morning train, my husband didn't notice that the steam 1880's train doesn't run until the afternoon. We went one way and it was very nice. The people speaking did a very good job. Unfortunately we sat by some children who were not well behaved and their parents remained seated in a separate booth behind them.... More 

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I accidentally stumbled on the depot in Hill City while on my way somewhere else. This is an authentic steam locomotive, one of the very few still in existence and operational. The line is part of an old mining route that was restored as an attraction. Most of the daily trips take you to Keystone, which is really a tourist... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

they are very efficient and the staff is very friendly. the tell you about many things along the way. very pretty/scenic views and wildllife to see along the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This was one of the funnest things we did while in South Dakota. I have 2 kids under the age of 6 and they loved it. Actually one took a nap. To be able to get out in hill city to check it out is to get an earlier ride (one way ticket) and buy a ride back for a... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This round trip train can be boarded at either the town of Hill City or Keystone. We were staying in Custer, SD and so Hill City was the closer town to board at. We arrived about 45 minutes before departure time and there were about 20 people in line ahead of us. The ride to Keystone took about 1 hour.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We travelled from Keystone to Hill City on the early morning run, using a diesel locomotive looking forward to the return trip by steam engine, but as with anything old it broke down and they had to use the diesel once more. The trip was well worth this minor inconvenience and a fun time was had by all.

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

Thanks for the review. Yes, sometimes breakdowns happen. Glad you were able to enjoy the ride on the historic train. More 

kansas city
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I actually enjoyed this more than I expected. My teenager picked this and wanted to take the round trip. I was more in favor of going one way (later afternoon routes offer a shuttle back). However, I'm glad we took the full round trip train ride. The scenery was beautiful, we saw lots of deer, and I enjoyed learning a... 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. In the summer, the wildflowers are beautiful. More 

Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We had a great time on the train. We took the early train from Keystone. There was a little history shared on the ride, but mostly it was just a great train ride. I would suggest staggering your return time so that you have a little time to explore Hill City.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

As the other reviewers have said, you see beautiful scenery, numerous deer but you also have to breathe some light coal dust and endure the sun if you sit on the sunny side. Wear sun screen! You can bring your own water or snacks which probably isn't a bad idea. My wife is actually the one who wanted to take... More 

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

A ride on the 1880 Train gives passengers a realistic feel to what it would be like riding a steam train in the 1880s. For those concerned about heat, departures are available in the morning. Narration is provided as you're following the original rail line. Think of it as a moving museum. More 

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Address: 103 Winter St., Keystone, SD
Phone Number: +1 605-574-2222
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Keystone

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