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1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad

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Address: 222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, SD 57745
Phone Number: +1 605-574-2222
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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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We enjoyed the ride however someone told us we could get to mount rushmoore from the stop in keystone. We'll if you are in great health and can walk 3 miles up hill the train... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Wentzville, Missouri
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Charming narrow gage railroad ride. There were snacks and drinks available for sale while riding. The scenery was beautiful and the narrator provided useful information. It is a two hour round trip ride that is well worth the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the ride however someone told us we could get to mount rushmoore from the stop in keystone. We'll if you are in great health and can walk 3 miles up hill the train ride is for you. If you just want to do something fun and relaxing take the train

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Thank Mary V
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train, Mary, and for sharing your review. Mt. Rushmore is quite a walk from the Keystone Depot. We apologize you received incorrect information. Glad to hear you enjoyed the ride! More 

Sioux City, Iowa
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Even though I have been to the Black Hills many times, this was the first time I went on the 1880 train. My husband, two teenagers, and I went on the evening ride. It was a beautiful and relaxing ride...all of us said it was one of the best things we did. It is a little pricey, but it does... More 

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

Thank you so much for joining us on the 1880 Train and for taking the time to share about your experience! We are glad you created some family memories and that your husband was able to enjoy the view! More 

Pemberville, Ohio
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really looked forward to this and encouraged everyone to spend the money and go on this quaint, train ride. I could feel the lack of enthusiasm in the entire train staff. The ticket facility was very friendly, so I expected more. Sit in you seat ! Stay glued to your seat! Over and over again. We took the train from... More 

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1 Thank caamedic
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience on the 1880 Train. We do offer a narration on the way from Hill City to Keystone. On the ride from Keystone to Hill City we give passengers the opportunity to enjoy the ride. The seat backs may be switched to face either direction so you do not have... More 

Greeley, Colorado
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43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great little train ride, round trip is about 2 hours. You get to see a lot of the South Dakota country side, and hear a lot of history. It's a bit pricey at $28/adult ticket and children slightly less. Buy tickets in advance and show up at least 30 mins prior to scheduled time.

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

Thank you for riding the 1880 Train, Julia, and for taking the time to write your review. Adult tickets are $28 and children (ages 3-12) ride for $12. 2 and under ride free. It is a great idea to arrive at least a 1/2 hour early as seating is first come first serve. More 

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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Took the family on the train and nearly dropped a $100 for a steam engine ride to Keystone and back. Only problem is they had problems with the steam engine once we got to Keystone and they had to bring in a diesel to bring us back to HIll City. Would have been nice if they would have offered us... More 

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

Thank you for joining us, Greg, and for taking the time to share your review. With an authentic steam engine, you never know when a break down may occur, but we do our best to stay on schedule. Our crew had our steam engine up and running for the next day. We appreciate your understanding. More 

Wisconsin
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188 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a nice, relaxing train ride! It also included some history, both of the train and the area, and we learned things about train whistles we hadn't known before. The gift shop is very cute and offers many train items (hats, t-shirts, keychains). All the staff both inside the store and on the train were very friendly, wore their best... More 

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

Thank you so much for joining us on the 1880 Train and sharing your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your trip, learned some things and were able to get a few photos. We appreciate you recommending us to others! More 

Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went return Keystone to Hill City. The journey started at Keystone. It was quite interesting but I thought we could have been told more. After about an hour in Hill City which was long enough for us to have lunch etc., we made the return journey. On this we had someone who gave us much more information about what... More 

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

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your trip, Beryl! We offer more narration on the trip from Hill City to Keystone and allow passengers the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the train on the route from Keystone to Hill City. Thank you for spending a portion of your Black Hills vacation with us! More 

Abingdon, Illinois
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a steam powered engine with mostly open cars. The train runs from Hill City to Keystone and back. Take the train from Hill City to Keystone, get off and have lunch, shop, have a drink, go to Rushmore Tramway Adventures (Ski Lift, Alpine Slide, Zip Lines, Aerial Adventure Park, Free Fall Tower and Mountaintop Grille) or hit the souvenior... More 

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

Thank you for joining us, David, and for taking the time to share your review. You hit a lot of sights! Glad to hear you enjoyed the ride. More 

Spokane Valley, Washington
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54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friendly staff, both in the station and on the train. Lots of history and an enjoyable time for all. The train runs between Keystone and Hill City. It takes just about 3 hours for a round trip. About an hour each direction and a 45 minute stop on the other end. Enough time to grab a snack, but not long... More 

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1880trainBHCRR, Owner at 1880 Train/ Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train! We appreciate your feedback and for sharing about your experience. More 

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