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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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Train ride through the Black Hills

The ride lasts two hours. You'll travel from Hill City to Keystone with a short fifteen minute rest stop. Nice place to use restroom or shop for a souvenir. There are no restrooms... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Seminole, Florida
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Seminole, Florida
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The ride lasts two hours. You'll travel from Hill City to Keystone with a short fifteen minute rest stop. Nice place to use restroom or shop for a souvenir. There are no restrooms on the train. The scenery is lovely. You may even see various wildlife. All the passenger cars have been restored. They all are beautiful and come with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Best time...come every year.you see lots of wildlife and scenery.the kids love the train . open air windows and they sell refreshments.

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

Thank you for coming back each year to join us on the 1880 Train! More 

Rock Island, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The train was clean and the people were friendly, but if you are looking for wildlife, you will not see it from the train. The only wildlife we saw were deer. If you have never been on a train, it is worth the money and time. It is also good for people that have a problem walking, they can still... 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! More 

Henrico, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This train was used in many movies. Orphan Train. and 4or 5 others. Saw many deer and Turkey. Nice signed book for $4. From Conductor Joe. 2 Gift shops ..Lot of history

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

Thank you for joining us, Bailey. So glad you got a signed copy of the Guide Book! More 

Budapest
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was a very nice park with steam engine locomotives. We just passed by and I hope we will have time to see it next time!

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

We would love to have you visit next time! More 

Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice trip especially if you like steam trains. My advise is to start in Hill City because there is plenty of free parking and motels to choose from. Keystone only has 3 hour parking and the trip takes 3 hours so go figure.

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

Thank you for posting your review and for joining us on the 1880 Train. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your ride! More 

Aurora, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was really cool knowing you were riding on a train with so much history! The conductor was very knowledgeable, funny and friendly. As you ride around, they explain different spots, fun facts, and history. You would pretty much start at one place (either hill city or keystone) and ride to the other city. You would get to spend some... 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 your detailed review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My whole family went on this and we really enjoyed ourselves. My two younger nephews really liked it. The conductor was very knowledgeable and the attendants were so kind. Every time one went by they gave my nephews a high five. They were thrilled! The weather was perfect when we went. The gift shop in Hill City was very nice.... More 

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

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience! Thank you for choosing to spend part of your day with us. More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fun train adventure for our family (7,11,12) and 2 adults. We got to see and experience climbing the mountains powered by a steam train. Along the way we saw many beautiful sights along with wildlife and scenic landscapes. The speaker system provided loads of information about the area and it's history. The adults enjoyed the entire trip,... More 

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

We appreciate you and your family joining us, Benjamin. Thank you for taking the time to post your review. More 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ride on this train was all you'd imagine it to be. It leads you to a nearby town alongside a back road trail. The ride was pleasant and comfortable, but the break wasn't long enough. My son and I made our way to a quaint German restaurant across the street, but had to rush through our food because we... More 

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

Thank you for joining us and posting your review. You are able to choose your return time and can schedule a later trip to allow for more time in either station.We are glad to hear you enjoyed the ride! More 

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