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1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad

222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, SD 57745
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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“steam engine” (97 reviews)
“return trip” (83 reviews)
“nice ride” (49 reviews)
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222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, SD 57745
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"steam engine"
in 97 reviews
"return trip"
in 83 reviews
"nice ride"
in 49 reviews
"black hills"
in 192 reviews
"open car"
in 27 reviews
"open air"
in 26 reviews
"both ways"
in 20 reviews
"passenger cars"
in 19 reviews
"fun trip"
in 18 reviews
"round trip ride"
in 17 reviews
"two hours"
in 22 reviews
"enjoyable ride"
in 15 reviews
"padded seats"
in 14 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 37 reviews
"turkey"
in 24 reviews
"saw deer"
in 18 reviews
"slow ride"
in 13 reviews
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Reviewed today

After doing all the driving myself for days on end (as a solo traveler), it was nice to kick back and relax! I went off-season so it was not crowded. I did the round trip from Hill City to Keystone, and we saw a variety...More

Thank Becky R
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took the round trip and it was an hour out and hour back. We have a 6 year old and 2 year old and they loved it. Loved the buffalo mascot as well. Recommend

Thank jbailey77
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train and taking the time to post your review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a great find , a steam train in the black hills , run by very friendly people . It can get booked out so it is wise to check . In the summer there were 7 coaches , a choice of open or closed...More

Thank oldtimekopie
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for sharing all of this great feedback! We appreciate you joining us!

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My 9 year old liked it. The staff was kind. It is a unique way to hit two towns without driving. Go ride it. It is a great way to put on your 1880's boots and experience how they got around back then.

Thank faljas
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded today

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your ride on the 1880 Train! Thank you for joining us!

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Riding the 1880 train was a highlight of our trip. Our kids (2.5 & 5) love trains and enjoyed it a lot (so did mom & dad!). We rode from Hill City to keystone and returned right away. It went well. We packed a few...More

Thank SNPalumbo
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for joining us and taking the time to post your review! We appreciate you offering suggestions for others and are glad to hear the staff was friendly!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a perfect day for history buffs. relaxing and beautiful sights. the ride both ways is approx. 2 hours. If you have children this may be a little too quiet, We had a great time.

1  Thank Debbie C
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you, Debbie!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Had a blast on the train. Nothing fast but was a great experience! I think going at a slow pace helps make it more enjoyable. The information on the train was interesting, saw several deer and got a kick out of everyone not on the...More

Thank Jamie C
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded today

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience on board the 1880 Train, Jamie! Thank you for joining us!

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took the 3:30 round trip. The old steam engine ran great and there is narration that tells u what u r seeing. When you r in some spots all u see is the rocks 3 feet from the window but the most part you...More

1  Thank AlnSue
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We appreciate you joining us and offering your review!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the steam train ride and the engine is a true work of art! The way it pulls up the grades, the sound of the whistles as it lets some of the steam out! Nothing beats a steam train ride. The scenery is quite...More

1  Thank mkrisk
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train! We appreciate your feedback and so are happy to hear you enjoyed the unique adventure on an authentic steam engine!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took the round-trip tour and for me, it was a bit long/slow. The train whistle sounds 20 times on each leg due to the multiple road crossings and is VERY loud, which starts to grate on the nerves after awhile. There are beautiful woods...More

1  Thank Kristen S
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us Kristen. If passengers prefer, they can request to be further away from the engine so the whistle is not as loud! You can choose your return time, so if you would like to spend a few hours in Keystone or...More

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Doug W
May 8, 2018|
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Response from pattiandjack | Reviewed this property |
We had a rental but I would have loved an open car
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judyawagner
February 11, 2018|
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Response from pattiandjack | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t see any but that doesn’t mean there not allowed
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Swadini V
April 28, 2017|
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Response from 1880trainBHCRR | Property representative |
We recommend booking early to ensure there are seats on the ride you prefer. All rides typically sell out. We open for the 2017 season May 14.
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