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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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Definitely recommend

Having spent so much of our holiday driving or walking to see scenery it was lovely to be able to... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2015
Gaz_n_Gill
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Haddenham, United Kingdom
Fun for the Family

This was a nice experience for the family. A little pricey but worth it one time. A pretty journey... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2015
mypottery
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Kansas City, Missouri
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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 good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“round trip” (186 reviews)
“steam engine” (96 reviews)
“return trip” (81 reviews)
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222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, SD 57745
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Reviewed October 11, 2015

Having spent so much of our holiday driving or walking to see scenery it was lovely to be able to sit back, relax & let the scenery come to us. At the time of year we traveled there was only one choice of timing to...More

2  Thank Gaz_n_Gill
1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2015

Great photos! So glad we were able to accommodate your group.

Reviewed October 10, 2015

This was a nice experience for the family. A little pricey but worth it one time. A pretty journey from Keystone to Hill City. The kids really enjoyed it. Plenty of time to sight see before the return trip. All of the employees were very...More

2  Thank mypottery
1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2015

Thanks for riding!

Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

It is an informative 2 hour drive into the Black Hills. A little overpriced but we enjoyed it. The train car in rode in was over 100 years old. Overall it was a good attraction.

1  Thank dipina78666
1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2015

Thanks for spending some time with us,

Reviewed October 8, 2015

We went on the train ride on a rainy day. It was still a interesting ride. A announcer pointed out things of interest along the way. We did the round trip for the price difference it is well worth it. A nice way to spend...More

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1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2015

/and for those who don't want to be rushed, schedulee a later departure time at the city that the train turns around at.

Reviewed October 7, 2015

Although we loved the antique steam train, we thought this trip was priced at least twice as much as the value received. The route from Hill City to Keystone is just boring. All our tour guide talked about was the trees, plants, flowers, weeds, berries,...More

Thank NotForFish
1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2015

Narrators also point out other landmarks such as, a view of harney Peak, They also discuss railroading in the Black Hills wi=hich is only being done at the 1880 Train,

Reviewed October 6, 2015

We were here off-season, so the train probably wasn't as crowded as it could be. We started in Hill City, which seemed to be the better option if you have a choice. Seating was comfortable and relatively uncrowded. When passengers boarded in Keystone, the train...More

Thank HowlnBubba
1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2015

Thanks for the review!

Reviewed October 6, 2015

Even though they recommend purchasing your tickets 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure, we were able to get our tickets and board a pretty full train about 5 minutes before they yelled "All aboard." The ticket collector was incredible and spent a good bit of...More

Thank tamilynw2015
1880trainBHCRR, Guest Relations Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2015

Thank you for riding! i'm glad you got tickets at the last minute but we do encourage passengers to make selections way beforehand to make sure departure times work for you.

Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

My husband wanted to go on the train. I went on very reluctant. Especially with the price they charge. I love the black hills and wanted a different view then you normally get. I enjoyed the trip except for the views of peoples back yards...More

Thank Krista O
1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2015

Thank you!

Reviewed September 30, 2015

This train ride was a lot of fun. They explain a lot about the train and what whistles mean, you go from Keystone to Hill City stop in Hill City for about an hour enough to grab quick lunch or shopping. You get back on...More

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1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2015

Thanks for reviewing! We pride ourselves in maintaining our engines and cars.

Reviewed September 29, 2015

We took the round trip on the 1880 train from Keystone to Hill City on a gorgeous late summer day. The train was on time and the views of the Black Hills were only surpassed by the golden sounds of the train's whistle as it...More

1  Thank Larry G
1880trainBHCRR, Public Relations Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2015

Thanks for reviewing. When making return plans from either Hill City and Keystone, passengers can select later departure times to give them the chance to walk around that town.

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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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