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1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad

222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, SD 57745
+1 605-574-2222
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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 good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“round trip” (172 reviews)
“steam engine” (90 reviews)
“return trip” (77 reviews)
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222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, SD 57745
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We traveled from Hill City to Keystone. We didn't stay very long in Keystone. If you have a longer lay over, I would recommend having the layover in Keystone vs Hill City. Bathrooms at the train station were clean. There is not assigned seats, which...More

Thank sarafochs
Reviewed yesterday

Nice ride from Keystone to Hill City and back. If you want to take the steam train, take the later train rides. They use the Diesel train first thing in the morning until the steam train is ready. Naration of the trip as you go,...More

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

Thank you for joining us, Joe. The first round trip of the day is always the diesel engine, as you mentioned. The schedule is posted in January, reflecting the diesel engine departures. All of our trips are able to be purchased as one way rides...More

Reviewed yesterday

Went with husband and son, the train is cramped on leg room - cannot state that enough. The price at $30 a person for a two hour ride doesn't seem bad until you do it and you realize that you're on an old train with...More

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

We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience on board the 1880 Train, Cherri. The wooden seats in our open cars offer more leg room and the seat backs in our enclosed cars are able to face forward or backward, with facing...More

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What an opportunity! We started in Keystone and went to Hill City. It was so nostalgic! And there was a guide that talked over the speakers and told a little history. The seats were surprisingly very comfortable and we were able to move around in...More

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

We appreciate you joining us on the 4th of July and are happy to hear you enjoyed the experience. Thanks for posting your review!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place is phenomenal. The people are knowledgeable and friendly. Very fun and cheap! It's a 2 hour journey through the center of the Black Hills and very inexpensive!! Check this place out!

Thank JDubbEv
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 are glad you enjoyed your 1880 Train experience!

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our trip but would not do it again. We did it for the kids but one time is enough. The train does give you a chance to see the countryside which is a great reason to go. After this trip we decided if...More

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

We appreciate you joining us on the 1880 Train. A ride on a vintage steam engine is a great way to see the unique countryside and have time to relax without having to worry about navigating the curves! Thanks for your review.

Reviewed 3 days ago

My mom and I wanted to ride the train, so I made reservations online, and we rode the 7:00 am train.The early morning train ride is recommended, for the train is not as full, and the ride is smooth with the announcer giving the history...More

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

Thank you for joining us on our early morning departure. It is a beautiful time to ride and much less busy than the middle of the day! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the trip.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went into the station to purchase tickets. The train we wanted was sold out for the day so we purchased tickets for the next day. We went to get on the train and noticed that the wrong date was on the ticket. So once...More

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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We apologize there was a mix up with your tickets and hope it was taken care of. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance as our departures sell out this time of year. Tickets are printed right before you get on the train, so passengers must...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took a round-trip from Hill City to Keystone and back with children (10, 6 and 2 y.o.). It's a nice and relaxed ride (relatively slow), and you get to enjoy the Black Hills. Not too long even for a 2 y.o. Buy tickets in...More

Thank Emil L
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us on the 1880 Train and for posting your review. We are happy that you enjoyed your experience and we appreciate you sharing your comments regarding our staff!

Reviewed 6 days ago

We did a roundtrip ride from Hill City on the Steam Engine. If you sit in the back you don't get much smoke. My husband is a train buff and loved it! I would have liked to book the ride back a little later to...More

Thank Jerrilyn G
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for joining us, Jerrilyn! We are glad you enjoyed the experience. It is a great tip to offer regarding the one way option. It is also a good idea to break up the trip with a layover in between departures so the little...More

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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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katiedembiec
January 14, 2017|
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Response from 1880trainBHCRR | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your question! As the others have mentioned, it is a bit of a walk to the Alpine Slide, but many people take the opportunity to do so while on a layover so there is no need to worry about parking... More
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Pamelaschmidt
August 4, 2016|
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Response from 1880trainBHCRR | Property representative |
We agree with the above suggestions that you switch sides on the return trip.
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