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1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad

Hill City, SD, USA
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About 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad
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 four steam and two diesel engines throughout the season.
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husker24fan wrote a review Oct 14
Omaha, Nebraska14 contributions2 helpful votes
I know everyone has an opinion, but SD isn’t much on mask mandating. This was a great trip. One hour to Keystone, a 15-minute stop and then head back. When you choose your round trip sweats, choose the opposite side when returning so you can see what was on the other side. Get yourself some pictures before the ride and also get a souvenir.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Carl M wrote a review Oct 13
Framingham9 contributions
Really nice steam train. Conductor did a great job. Tour narration also good. Nearby rail museum also well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Pdsmith56 wrote a review Oct 9
Indianapolis, Indiana66 contributions12 helpful votes
Went on the train this afternoon, excellent weather and gorgeous scenery combined for a delightful afternoon. Staff was extremely helpful and very friendly. Good value for the money, don’t think you can go wrong with this one.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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alskx3 wrote a review Oct 9
Columbia, Missouri104 contributions39 helpful votes
Wouldn’t recommend due to no observance of masking due to COVID, no social distancing, no reminders to mask or social distance. Train was packed. About 75% of people riding train were neither masked or social distanced. Staff were warm & friendly, some wearing masks and others not. Scenery okay, but nothing that cannot be observed from private automobile. Train was beautiful.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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TravelBug63366 wrote a review Oct 8
179 contributions86 helpful votes
If you want to feel like you're in an episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, this is the experience for you! Loved the whistle of the train, the friendly and kind staff, the beautiful wooden train cars, and the scenery in the fall was breathtaking. Never seen so many deer in my life! You also get to see some gorgeous homes, and the residents all waved as we went by! Masks are not required, so enjoy the fresh air, the smiles of your fellow passengers, and your beautiful freedom. What a tremendous experience! Oh, and the kettle corn in the train station is a tasty snack if you get hungry, or feel free to bring your own food onboard.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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