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        Hills Central Railroad, aka 1880 Train
The Black Hills Central Railroad, aka the 1880 Train, runs between Hill City and Keystone throughout the summer months.

1880 Train

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Distance 1 mile
Time Needed: 4 hours+
Best Time To Go: Keystone departures at 8:30 a.m.; 11 a.m.; 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. during peak season. Closed for winter after Oct. 31. Visit the 1880 train web site for complete timetable. Note: if you depart from Keystone, make sure you take one of the early trains so you can catch a later train back.
Directions: Trains depart from the Keystone Depot near the town's only traffic light. We recommend you walk there, about 10 minutes from the hotel. If you wish to take later trains you will need to drive to Hill City.
Highlights: Great views of the Harney Range
Description: Train winds up the canyon along Battle Creek past Oblivion and then back down to Hill City. About 10 miles in roughly 50 minutes. The 1880 Train runs on a regular schedule four times per day between Hill City and Keystone during the summer. We recommend that you buy a round-trip ticket in Keystone and take a morning train to Hill City. Once in Hill City, you can disembark to shop, eat or visit the Black Hills Institute's Dinosaur museum for a couple of hours then catch an afternoon train back to Keystone. You should also wear clothing that will not be damaged by soot from the steam locomotive. Info: 605-574-2222 (Toot, Toot, Toot, Toot ... get it?)  Write: Black Hills Central Railroad, Box 1880, Hill City, SD 57745.  
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