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1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad

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“return trip”(97 reviews)
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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...more
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222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, SD 57745
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My brother is the biggest train fan, we were raised very close to the Union Pacific tracks in Western Nebraska. But we thought this would be a fun excursion, but we hadn’t planned how cold today would be when we scheduled our reservation a few...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train! The snow does give the trip a magical touch. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the experience and thank you for taking the time to post your review.

Reviewed 1 week ago

This narrow-gauge railroad offers an excursion train ride pulled by historic steam or diesel locomotives that travel back and forth between the towns of Hill City and Keystone in the Black Hills. Our train used locomotive #110, one of only two remaining 2-6-6-2T Mallet articulated...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, CrankingChick! Thank you for your informative review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. This is such great information and we appreciate you taking the time to share this with others. We hope you are able to join us again!

Reviewed January 21, 2019 via mobile

Please believe some of the previous reviews. Even after reading the reviews, we thought it would still be fun to take the train ride. After all, the train looked really cool in person. The staff was dressed for the time period. The gift store was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2019

We appreciate your feedback and are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience. The trip is meant to take you back to a simpler time and it is one of the steepest grades (4-6%) traveled by a steam engine in the US. We...More

Reviewed December 12, 2018

My ride on the train was a great experience. To see how people used to travel, the closeness to the beautiful surroundings, and the sounds of the engine and whistle were great. It rained pretty hard while we were on the trip so we also...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2019

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train! We are happy to hear you enjoyed this step back in time and the gift of rain along the way! We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us!

Reviewed December 11, 2018

Been on many train rides and this one ranks towards the bottom end. Nothing spectacular about this ride. Attendants were friendly enough.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank judyelroy
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2019

We appreciate you joining us, Judy, and taking the time to post your review.

Reviewed November 29, 2018

We have been on the train before during the summer and had enjoyed, so we thought we should try it when they had the holiday train. It was a great time, kids got to see Santa, hot chocolate and cookies plus it was snowing, so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2018

We appreciate you joining us the Holiday Express! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the experience. We hope to see you again next year!

Reviewed November 24, 2018

What a great trip we had on an old fashioned train with a real steam engine and a real steam powered whistle. Staff all dressed in old fashioned clothing. Great service as we road along through the Black Hills. Very efficient staff with good wine...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2018

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train, Brian! We appreciate your review and are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us.

Reviewed November 13, 2018

We took the train off of the recommendation of a friend. I could not have been more satisfied. The train ride to Hill City and back to Keystone was beautiful, the scenery was unforgettable, and the whole experience was a delight. We rode on both...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2018

Thank you so much for joining us on the 1880 Train, Beth! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and appreciate you taking the time to share about your ride.

Reviewed November 9, 2018

My wife, Karen, and I took a ride on the 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad when we traveled to South Dakota to see Mt. Rushmore. Our hotel was in Keystone, SD where we boarded the train, traveling to Hill City, SD The ride went through...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2018

Thank you for joining us and for taking the time to post your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the experience and your time in Hill City!

Reviewed November 6, 2018

When we planned our trip to the Black Hills, on the top of our list was Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and to round out the activities and give some variety we added the 1880 Train Ride. The train ride was so much fun for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank douglaslane
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience aboard the 1880 Train! Thank you for joining us and for taking the time to post your informative review. We hope to see you and your family again!

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Response from pasherry | Reviewed this property |
I believe only service dogs are allowed.
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Response from Howianna | Reviewed this property |
It doesn't matter; they're ALL good seats!
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Response from AnnetteS713 | Reviewed this property |
None on the train. There are restrooms at both ends/at the station!
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