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1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad

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Address: 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...

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 decided to try the train on our trip for something different. The history was good and the information about the area was very interesting. We got to see some wildlife during... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lisa H
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love riding old steam trains and this ride did not let me down. All of the sounds and smells, only added to the ride experience. Be sure to go to the train museum. It is well worth the time.

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

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train, Gary, and for taking the time to share about your experience! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the ride and your visit to the South Dakota State Railroad Museum located right next to the Hill City Depot. More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to try the train on our trip for something different. The history was good and the information about the area was very interesting. We got to see some wildlife during the train ride. We had our 10-11 year old boys and Grandma and Grandpa with us and everyone enjoyed!

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

Thank you for joining us, Lisa, and for taking the time to post your review. We are so happy to hear all generations of your family enjoyed the trip and made memories together! More 

Valby, Denmark
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Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

We all loved the train, even though our one year-old thought it a little too noisey. Lots of great views from the train.

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

Thank you for your review! We appreciate your family joining us on the 1880 Train. More 

Kelseyville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Even better the 2nd time. Yes we did South Dakota twice it was our 6th state of our 50-State Quest done in May of 1981 the first time. But this review will be our second time around in August of ((1999 not 2016)). Here we saw Mount Rushmore a second time too. It just happened to cross paths in seeing... More 

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

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train and for posting your review! We hope you are able to make it back as we have added new cars and a new steam engine since your last visit! More 

Lewellen, Nebraska
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Reviewed February 4, 2017

We took the steam engine- this was a great attraction. It was nice to take a break from driving, be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the view with my daughter. If you pick a car in the middle, you are able to get some great views of the engine and cars as you go around some of the... More 

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

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train and for taking the time to post a review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the opportunity to see the sights along the way without having to worry about driving yourself! More 

Juneau, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2017

Lots of information on the history of the railroad. Employees were very informative, learned a lot of information that I knew nothing about before going there. There is only so much you learn in our history in school and until you go to places like this you don't know it all

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

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train and for taking the time to post your review! We are happy to hear you took away some information that you were not aware of before. Hopefully you took away some great memories as well! More 

La Verne, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed January 1, 2017

Take the steam engine vs. the diesel one. I’d recommend it for families with children or if you have time. My husband and I had time to just sit, relax and veg while the train went through the different landscapes.

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Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

We did the Holiday Express train ride. My granddaughters loved seeing Santa enter the train and talk with them. He had his picture taken with them and handed out bells to each child on the train. They served hot chocolate and sugar cookies to everyone. They also gave everyone a candy cane. It was a great experience for the entire... More 

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

Thank you for joining us on the Holiday Express, Marsha! We appreciate you taking the time to post your review and are glad to hear you and your granddaughters enjoyed the experience. Happy New Year! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

Favourite activity in Keystone, besides Mt Rushmore of course! Enjoyed the scenery very much. Lots to see along the route between Keystone and Hill City. Enough time to have lunch and get back on board. Great way to spend the day.

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

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience on board the 1880 Train. More 

Westville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2016

This is a great family activity. The 1880s train was a highlight of our vacation! Runs between Hill City & Keystone.

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

Thank you for your review and for joining us on the 1880 Train! To be the highlight of your trip is a compliment we do not take lightly. Thanks again! More 

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