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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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RetiredBeachers29526 wrote a review Yesterday
Conway, South Carolina569 contributions273 helpful votes
My wife and I enjoyed a relaxing tour of the Black Hills area via the 1880's train ride. The trip lasted about 90 minutes and was narrated by a member of the crew, telling the riders about the train/railroad and pointing out several interesting areas along the trip. The narration was informative and well done and we loved the entire ride. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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turtlegirlkita wrote a review Aug 7
Woods Cross, Utah296 contributions48 helpful votes
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So much fun! Especially if you have kids! I would 100% opt for the shootout ride if you can swing it! Really fun (especially for the kids again), just make sure you are on the LEFT side of the train (looking up towards the engine when you depart Hill City) so that you are on the correct side to see the shootout. We switched sides on the way back and that was nice to get to see the scenery on both sides (so again, we sat on the LEFT side if your facing the direction the train is going to go, both ways). Gorgeous views of the black hills. The lady narrating was kind of silly and awkward, but the kids loved it!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Sherpa32380880540, Front Office Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad
Responded 6 days ago
Glad your family enjoyed the shootout. We hope you come see us again the next time you are in the Black Hills.
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Dennis J G wrote a review Aug 3
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A wonderful, wonderful experience. How often do you get a chance to travel the way they did in the olden days? It was very relaxing & was able to take in some great scenes.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Sherpa32380880540, Front Office Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad
Responded 1 week ago
So Glad you enjoyed you ride on the 1880 Train.
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AndreaM2011 wrote a review Aug 2
Chicago, Illinois222 contributions46 helpful votes
Our first day after landing in Keystone, we took a ride up to Hill City. Nice way to see the countryside. Then we enjoyed a lunch, tour of the State Railroad Museum and wandered shops, before returning. I called ahead prior to reserving our seats and it was suggested a middle car is better to hear the narrators. You have an option of selecting an open car or one with closed windows (although ours did open). Very friendly staff contributed to the overall experience. The boarding is different at each station, so be aware if you have accessibility issues you will need to ask for the lift at Hill City. It's accommodated quickly.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Sherpa32380880540, Front Office Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad
Responded 1 week ago
We are so happy you enjoyed your experience on the 1880 Train. Our window enclosed cars have windows that are always open, however if it is chilly or raining, you can close them. Our Blue Bird car is handicap accessible and thank you for mentioning the availability of the lift. Including the need for an accessible car or the lift can be requested at the time of booking to ensure everything is ready to make the experience more enjoyable.
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aebooth221 wrote a review Aug 1
Sacramento, California44 contributions15 helpful votes
Would have been better if we could have seen the shootout. We booked tickets for the middle train but when we got there we were given tickets in the last car on the right side. We couldn’t see a thing that was going on. Our kids were so sad. There was a lady talking throughout the train ride but we couldn’t hear what she said over everyone talking. Okay scenery. Mostly people’s houses. So many other things to do, I’d put this toward the bottom of the list.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from Sherpa32380880540, Front Office Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad
Responded 1 week ago
We are so sorry your train ride didn't meet your expectations. You are right. It is best to be in one of the middle cars or when booking online reserve seats on the AB side of the train. The website guides you through the process or a reservation agent can assist with questions. We hope you will ride with us again in the future.
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