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1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad

103 Winter St., Keystone, SD
+1 605-574-2222
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Ranked #8 of 16 attractions in Keystone
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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Menomonie, Wisconsin, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This was a family vacation consisting of 8 adults ranging in age from 26-76. We all enjoyed the trip. Maybe we got lucky the day we rode, but the train wasn't crowded and we could sit wherever we wanted. So many reviews say it's boring. The pastoral settings, wooded peaks and wildlife were great. It's not a video game to... More

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Sundance, Wyoming
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53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Took this trip last year and had a great time so tood Grandson this time. It was great to see his face when Santa talked to him!! May go again next year. Wonderful!!!

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

The worst part was the expense. The train ride was a bit pricey, but I'm really glad we did it. What a gorgeous ride! Stunning views and there was a very entertaining speaker/tour guide narrating the trip. It was a peaceful and relaxing ride and we took some gorgeous photos of views we wouldn't have otherwise seen.

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28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

Key stone is a beautiful place, very western cowboy town, however hill city it's a waste of time visiting! The 1800 train is well worth going on however only one way of I'm honest, you can buy snacks on the train. I would recommend getting to the station early and queuing as the seats are on a first come first... More

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Custer, South Dakota, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

We did the round trip option, the guide we had going to Keystone was good. He was informative but I fell asleep for awhile. Coming back it was one long commercial, they were trying to sell souvenirs. Maybe one way is enough, not really worth doing round trip. I can say at least I did it. The food establishment at... More

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

Thanks for the feedback about the return-trip narration. We always try to give info about Black Hills history and steam train history during our presentations...perhaps the gift shop portion became too long. I will pass that on. Thanks! More

Mesa, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We made the mistake of booking a round-trip ride on the 1880 train. One way would have been more than enough. It's a slow moving train ride through forest areas which are mostly composed of people's front or rear yards. Some kept better than others. We (there were 4 of us) could not wait for the return trip to end.... More

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Missouri
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116 reviews 116 reviews
76 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We enjoyed our train ride from hill city to keystone and back. It was slow and rainy and relaxing. We saw lots of deer and some scenery along the way. Nothing to spectacular but it was enjoyable.

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

Glad you had an enjoyable ride! More

Point Cook, Victoria, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We travelled from Keystone to Hill City on a hot late September day. The train was quite full, and you would definitely need to buy tickets in advance. Having been on steam trains in Australia such as the Puffing Billy, this trip didn't really measure up. There wasn't much to view, except people's back yards and grass. The scenery was... More

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

Thank you for the feedback. Yes, we do recommend buying tickets in advance. Our train stays booked throughout the season! Our goal is to keep the history of the steam train alive along established track between Hill City and Keystone. More

St. joseph mo.
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

It was a very nice train ride to Hill City we rode in the enclosed to Hill City and in the open car on the way back.

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

Thank you for the review! More

Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is a nice train, especially if you're a train buff. The scenery is nice, but you are literally going through people's backyards. It was 100 degrees the day we rode the train so it was quite warm on the train. Glad we rode it, but not a train I need to ride again.

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

Thank you for the review. We hope you come again for one of our special events which adds something a little extra to the trip! More

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