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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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Steam train through Black Hills

We just completed the round trip Steam Train ride from Hill City to Keystone. It was a leisurely journey through scenic countryside. My companion is a train afficianato. He really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Covington, Washington
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Regina
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a great experience! Great staff, authentic period train takes you back in time. Listen to the whistle, hear the chugging engine, and relish the feeling. You can choose between steeam, or diesel, and they have an array of times, and trips. Not a cheap attraction, but one you should really take at least once in your Old West Black... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great ride, beautiful scenery. Worth the time and cost. Don't skip this treasure! Our favorite was the open air car.

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

Thank you for joining us Jerry and Jolene! We appreciate you taking the time to share about your experience and are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience on the 1880 Train. More 

Reno, Nevada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a ride on an old locomotive and so I give it a 3 for that, but then it goes down. The ride is through a mountain residential community with little to see and the cute little town of Keystone has little to keep your attention for the 3 1/2 hour layover until the return trip. I would only... More 

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

We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your 1880 Train experience. The ride aboard an authentic steam engine through the Black Hills National Forest offers sites and sounds that many enjoy. It is an opportunity to step back in time and learn about the history of our area and how railroads played a part in that history. Depending... More 

Valley View, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The train was a lot of fun. We sat in the open car on wooden benches - it was great for sight seeing and taking lots of gorgeous pictures! The scenery was outstanding! The steam train is great - love the whistles and the steam chugging out of the engine. Very neat ride for all ages! Its a two hour... More 

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

Thank you for your review, Sue. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience on the 1880 Train! More 

Covington, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just completed the round trip Steam Train ride from Hill City to Keystone. It was a leisurely journey through scenic countryside. My companion is a train afficianato. He really enjoyed the ride, and looking at the engines & equipment in the yard.

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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, Tina! We are glad to hear you and your companion enjoyed the ride. More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we took this 2 hour ride yesterday, and it is such a waste of time and money, you don't see any thing other than few deer , if you really want to enjoy take your car drive to cluster state park .The fee for the whole car is 28 $ and the drive is absolutely gorgeous and beautiful, you will... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We absolutely enjoyed this scenic trip thru the hills. The staff @ the station & gift store were super friendly and those on the train were as well. They narrate the entire ride with lots of information about the history of the rails and the area. My son is 11 and a huge train buff so this was right up... More 

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

Thank you for joining us, Jackie, and for taking the time to share your review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. We will share your positive comments with our staff and appreciate you letting us know they were friendly at all locations. More 

Saint Joseph, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came to Hill City this middle day in August to ride the 1880 Train. Tickets for the 2 hour ride were $28 per person and well worth it. It is narrated, telling of some of the sites along the way. The track was originally laid for the lumber and mining industry and the tour goes from Hill City to Keystone... More 

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

Thank you for joining us and for posting your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the ride and the information shared along the way. More 

Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a narrated train ride on an old steam engine train. It was an hour to Keystone then an hour back to Hill City. Loved every moment of it.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The train station in Hill City offers plenty of parking, plenty of photo opportunities with other engines a very nice atmosphere that included very clean public restrooms. The train was definitely restored beautifully even if you're not a train enthusiast you can appreciate the beauty of the restoration. We purchased round trip tickets which were kind of pricey for 4... More 

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

Thank you for joining us and for taking the time to post your review! We appreciate your detailed response in order that we may follow up appropriately with Scott and also our other staff to make certain we are communicating clearly with our passengers regarding any special stops. More 

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