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1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad

103 Winter St., Keystone, SD
+1 605-574-2222
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Ranked #9 of 19 Attractions in Keystone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Owner description: An 1880 Train ride is a two-hour, narrated 20-mile round trip between Hill City snd Keystone South...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

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
8 helpful votes 8 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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Rapid City, South Dakota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I have been on the 1880 Train many many times over the years and it just keeps getting better. The owners continue to make to make improvements and showcase with pride this attraction. New events continue to be added throughout the year.

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

You are correct...the Holiday Express is going on right now until Christmas. More 

Santa Monica, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is truly a great ride for those who love trains as I do. The engineers are very nice and inform you about all kinds of interesting historical facts regarding the train and the surrounding area. Jump on board and enjoy the adventure. I highly recommend this family excursion.

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Maybrook, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Was a nice and relaxing ride through the black hills on a vintage steam engine pulling vintage cars.

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Palm Coast, Florida, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
39 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Must see for all ages. Took this round trip ride and enjoyed every minute of the narration and scenery. The trip is 1 hour each way and we did a several hour layover before our return trip. Plenty of free parking. There is a railroad museum there also which charges a small admission fee which is well worth it.

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Nashville,Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I gave the review an average rating due to the fact that we went during off season and it was not what I had expected. The snack shop had already closed for the season. We ate lunch at the local Subway. The staff were very friendly. There are a lot of photo props with old train cars. We rode round... More 

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

During the off-season, there are several special events that add something a little extra to the ride such as the Holiday Express going on now for kids of ages. More 

Arizona
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157 reviews 157 reviews
59 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Took the wine train that was accompanied with food. Well worth it. Able to try several kinds of wine and had cheese and other food to go with it. The train was slow but that was okay because we were able to see all the views and coming back, saw an abundance of wildlife.

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Thanks for riding the Wine Express into the West! More 

Grunthal
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The 1880's Train is well worth the trip to the Black Hills. It is a must do on any vacation. It is about a 2 hour return ride from your starting depot. The people who operate it are friendly and always willing to answer any questions you may have. My wife and I have taken the trip twice and had... More 

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

Thanks for riding the 1880 Train! We are glad you had a great time. Just a note that we do have enclosed cars for those rainy, snowy days. More 

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20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We took the special Oktoberfest Train and had a great time. The day was beautiful and the event was fantastic. We started out with a welcome beer, popcorn, and a German band. Then we boarded and were served another type of beer that was paired with German potato salad from the famous Alpine Inn restaurant in Hill City. Then, we... More 

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

Thanks for riding the Oktoberfest Express! We run this train every year. Next year we plan to provide another Beer Train. Stay tuned! More 

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