Black Hills History & Museums: 1880 Train, Black Hills Railroad

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Black Hills 1880 Central Railroad Train

Travel back in time when you take a 2 hour journey through the Black Hills between the towns of Keystone and Hill City aboard a vintage American steam engine train.

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  • Take a 2 hour ride on one of the oldest American steam engines still in operation. 
  • Bring your camera for views of Harney Peak, Old Baldy Mountain, and wildlife. 
  • The 1880 Train chugs along from early May through mid October. 
  • Round-trip prices are $24/adult and $12/child. 
  • Call: (605) 574 - 4915.


Experience the beauty of the Black Hills as you chug along on the 1880 steam engine train. Pass by Harney Peak, Indian Cliffs, Old Baldy Mountain and more on this 2 hour and 20 minute round-trip journey in between the towns of Keystone and Hill City.

Fall back in time with friends and family when you climb aboard one of the oldest steam engines still in operation, built in 1919 by Baldwin Locomotive Works.

Grab a bite to eat at the Highliner Snack Shoppe, stop in the Depot Gift Shop, and learn more about Black Hills railroad history at the South Dakota State Railroad Museum.


The 1880 Train runs through the Black Hills between the towns of Keystone and Hill City.

Keystone Depot
The Keystone Depot is located just minutes from Mt. Rushmore, at: 103 Winter Street, Keystone, SD 57751. From Mt. Rushmore turn left onto S Dakota 244 and travel 1.6 miles before taking a slight left onto US-16 Alt E/Iron Mountain Rd. Continue 1 mile.

Hill City Depot
The Hill City Depot is located 12 miles from Mt. Rushmore, at: 222 Railroad Avenue, Hill City, SD 57745. From Mt. Rushmore turn right onto S Dakota 244 W and continue 9 miles before turning right at US-16 E/US-385 N and travel 3 miles.

Contact Information

Call: 605-574-4915


The Black Hills 1880 Railroad Train operates daily from mid May through mid October. Check schedules for specific departure and arrival times.


Ticket prices are:

  • Adult Round Trip: $29
  • Adult One-Way: $24
  • Child (3-12) Round Trip: $14
  • Child (3-12) One-Way: $12
  • Children (under 2): Free

*Tickets must be purchased 45 minutes prior to trip.
**Reservations are recommended.

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Be sure to check out 1880 Train specials including Mother’s Day Express, Wine Express, and the late season Holiday Express.