We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad

222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, SD 57745
+1 605-574-2222
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Hard to Sit for That Long!

We knew the ride was an hour. We thought we'd see lots of wildlife and get an idea of the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Activeisgood
,
Michigan City, Indiana
Wonderful Train Ride!

It was lots of fun to ride the steam train from Hill City to Keystone roundtrip! What a way to... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2017
Marcia J
,
Columbia City, Indiana
via mobile
Read all 1,185 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Overview
More
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!
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“round trip” (174 reviews)
“steam engine” (98 reviews)
“return trip” (83 reviews)
LOCATION
222 Railroad Ave., Hill City, SD 57745
CONTACT
Website
+1 605-574-2222
Write a Review
Reviews (1,185)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

11 - 20 of 1,168 reviews

Reviewed 2 October 2017

We knew the ride was an hour. We thought we'd see lots of wildlife and get an idea of the environment there. The train is very slow. We saw many homes for sale along the way and very little wildlife. I'm not sure you could...More

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

Thank you for joining us on the 1880 Train. We appreciate your feedback. Wildlife are typically present so we are sorry to hear they were not out when you rode!

Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

It was lots of fun to ride the steam train from Hill City to Keystone roundtrip! What a way to spend a leisure morning! The staff was very nice & you can get a souvenir photo to remember your trip for $20.00!

Thank Marcia J
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2017

Thank you for joining us on board the 1880 Train! We appreciate you choosing to ride with us and for taking the time to post your feedback.

Reviewed 29 September 2017

We enjoyed our trip from Hill City to Keystone and back. By mid-September the crowds weren't bad but we still reserved our ticket in advance. The trains have been beautifully restored, and the seats are comfortable. There are no restrooms on board, and you cannot...More

Thank a_elkins1
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2017

Thank you for joining us and for taking the time to post your informative review. We are glad you enjoyed the experience and the time we spend refurbishing and maintaining our equipment.

Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I did the round trip and really enjoyed the ride. The train is well restored and gives you a glimpse of the old mining days. The commentary was well balanced. Not too much, but enough. There are some great photo opportunities!

2  Thank DMcG_11
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

We appreciate you joining us and are happy to hear you enjoyed the experience!

Reviewed 23 September 2017

This train is very well restored and gives you a good idea of old time railroading. The commentary is worthwhile although some might have liked more detail. (Others might prefer the limited commentary as having less detail makes it less intrusive.) Not too exciting, but...More

1  Thank Wander18539
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

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

Reviewed 23 September 2017

Round trip train from Hill City to Keystone, SD. The narrative during the trip was great. No hurry you can enjoy Keystone & catch the next train back to Hill City. Great views!

2  Thank RLlovetotravel
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

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

Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

My husband is a huge railroad buff and found this a great place to visit. The museum is small, but very well done. Friendly and helpful staff. Inexpensive. Includes a complete caboose, interior and exterior. Run an articulated tank engine.

1  Thank EarthyNP
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you for joining us and appreciating all of our grounds, museum and equipment. So glad you enjoyed the experience!

Reviewed 22 September 2017

A great experience on a rare 1880's steam powered train. Travel from Hill City to Keystone & back OR Keystone to Hill City & back. Round trip about 2 and 1/2 hours. My wife and I loved it.

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

Thank you for joining us, Ron! We are glad to hear you and your wife enjoyed your ride on the 1880 Train.

Reviewed 22 September 2017

The round trip train ride between Hill City and Keystone is well worth the cost. We enjoyed the narrative during the trip which enhanced the beautiful scenery with good background information. The train itself is worth the price of admission as the locomotive and cars...More

1  Thank EasyEight22407
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you for joining us and we are happy to hear you enjoyed the experience that included riding in our refurbished cars pulled by an authentic steam engine. We spend a lot of time and finances making sure all equipment and our grounds are in...More

Reviewed 21 September 2017

We happened to be here when they were doing a wine train event and so we decided to go. It was really fun to ride the train and also be served wine and food during the ride. We were told we would need to bring...More

1  Thank Michelle K
1880trainBHCRR, Manager at 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you for joining us on the Wine Express. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the experience and were filled up on wine, food and fun!

Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
Alpine Inn
1,507 reviews
.17 km away
Desperados Cowboy Restaurant
904 reviews
.27 km away
Bumpin Buffalo Bar & Grill
621 reviews
.19 km away
Hill City Cafe
417 reviews
.18 km away
Nearby Attractions
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
197 reviews
.18 km away
Wades Gold Mill
146 reviews
1.30 km away
South Dakota State Railroad Museum
43 reviews
.05 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Swadini V
28 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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.
0
Votes
katiedembiec
14 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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
0
Votes
Pamelaschmidt
4 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from 1880trainBHCRR | Property representative |
We agree with the above suggestions that you switch sides on the return trip.
0
Votes