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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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Fun, but Engine quit

It was a fun experience, but the engine broke down and that resulted in about a two hour delay... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Q8252NPjamesh
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Trinity, Texas
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I'm glad I didn't read the bad reviews before going.

If I would have read the bad reviews, I probably would have missed out on a great experience. It... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
Jake H
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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” (174 reviews)
“steam engine” (98 reviews)
“return trip” (83 reviews)
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222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, SD 57745
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a fun experience, but the engine broke down and that resulted in about a two hour delay. The museum at the station was interesting.More

Thank Q8252NPjamesh
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train and for taking the time to post your review. We apologize you experienced a delay the day you rode. Operating a vintage steam engine can be unpredictable and we appreciate your understanding! Our crew tries their...More

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

If I would have read the bad reviews, I probably would have missed out on a great experience. It wasn't at all boring, we learned a lot. We had a blast. The staff where fantastic. Everyone around us on the train had big smiles on...More

1  Thank Jake H
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thank you for joining us, Jake, on the 1880 Train! We are so glad you enjoyed your ride. Your comments are appreciated!

Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Amazing views and totally breathtaking!! Perfect weather and wonderful peaceful day. Ride the train and shopped and had lunch. Saw lots of wildlife and bicycles, people come out and wave. Just lots of fun!! A"must do" in Hill city

Thank Bert H
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience on board the 1880 Train! Thank you so much for joining us and for taking the time to post your review!

Reviewed 9 October 2017

We had 2 full weeks in the Dakotas so we had plenty of time. If I had to make a decision between this and another attraction, the train ride probably wouldn't be my choice. The staff were super nice and I was impressed to see...More

Thank dduck62
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train and for taking the time to post your review!

Reviewed 8 October 2017

This is the absolute best way to see The Black Hills in all of it's glory. The fall trip shows off the vibrate colours and the route travels through some of the most historic scenery in The Black Hills. The train is most often pulled...More

1  Thank Paul G
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

We appreciate you joining us on the 1880 Train, Paul, and for posting your informative review. Our goal is to take passengers back to a simpler time, and we are glad you enjoyed that opportunity. Thanks again!

Reviewed 7 October 2017

My wife loves trains and we took the trip from Hill City to Keystone. About a hour each way. The view is OK but a lot of time only going 10 miles per hour. Narrative tour with some nice information...preferred Needles Highway for scenery

Thank Bruce H
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thanks for joining us, Bruce, and for taking the time to post your review.

Reviewed 4 October 2017

We took a short ride on the 1880 Train from Keystone to Hill City, SD. It was a pleasant trip on an original 1880 train car thru the mountains. There was a narration for most of the short trip and the scenery was beautiful. You...More

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1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thank you, Phyllis, for joining us, and for taking the time to post your review. We are glad you enjoyed the ride!

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

After visiting the Crazy Horse Monument I had on my bucket list to get an arial view of this great monument. We pulled into Black Hills Arial Tours. The team was awesome and the experience was worth the investment. We did the $99 tour. We...More

Thank mehank
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

We appreciate you leaving a review, but this review is for Black Hills Arial Tours. We are happy to hear it was a great experience!

Reviewed 3 October 2017

A very nice train ride sure to please young and old alike. My advice is to arrive early as tickets sell out fast. Lots of scenery, historical sights and an occasional glimpse of wildlife ranging from deer and different birds. Try to schedule your trip...More

Thank 305gary
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your feedback regarding your ride on the 1880 Train! We recommend reservations so you are sure to have a seat on the departure that works best for you. We typically sell out on our departures. The steam schedule is posted on our...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

The train is an authentic steam train. The ride goes thru the Black Hills to Keystone.The cars are filled with beautiful stain glass windows. The train was used in the tv show Gunsmoke. It is a must do when you visit there.

Thank brucedenisepeyton
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you so much for joining us on the 1880 Train and for taking the time to post your review!

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Swadini V
29 April 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
15 January 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
4 August 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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