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Special Event Rates

Mother's Day
Adult: $38.00
Child (3-12): $18.00
2 and under ride FREE
Father's Day
Adult: $38.00
Child (3-12): $18.00
2 and under ride FREE
Rails & Ales
Adults only: $58.00
Wine Express
Adults only: $58.00
Adults only: $58.00
Holiday Express
Value: $32 Adult, $15 child (3-12)
Peak: $35 Adult, $16 child (3-12)
2 and under ride FREE

Holiday Express Spiked!: $45, Adult only

Shuttle Schedule


Available after the 5:00 Keystone Departure on the following dates ONLY:

July 7-9
July 14-16
July 21-23
July 28-30

Pick up outside of Hill City Depot at 6:15 pm.

  • Cost is $6 per passenger PLUS TAX, no matter the age.
  • Car seats must be provided by guest.
  • Guests may reserve by calling the 1880 Train office at 605-574-2222 or emailing

2017 Train Schedule


#1 Click on a month name to view the train schedule for that month.

#2 Note your preferred trip date.

#3 Enter your trip date in the Tickets panel on the right side of the page, then select other reservation details.









As with any railroad, motive power, schedules and fares are subject to change without prior notice.

 2017 Schedule

#1: Choose Date

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2017 Rates
  Round Trip One Way
Adult: $29.00 $24.00
$14.00 $12.00
2 and under ride FREE
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#2: Choose Tickets

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Holiday Express – November & December

Holiday Express

Experience the magic as you take a journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will be waiting to get on board the train. Each ticket includes: Train ride, Hot Chocolate, Sugar Cookie, Candy Cane, a Small gift for each child and a visit with Santa.

Experience the magic and a spiked hot cocoa as you take a one hour journey from Hill City to the North Pole! Each ticket includes: Train Ride, Spiked Hot Chocolate, Sugar Cookie, Candy Cane, Keepsake thermal cup, Assigned seating in adult only car, Visit with Santa

Dress for Success: Train cars are enclosed and slightly heated, but the boarding area is outdoors so dress appropriately.


Photos with Santa

Enjoy a keepsake photo of your Holiday Express experience by getting a professional photo with Santa! Photos are $10 each or 3 for $25 and are taken in the caboose at the North end of the train yard. Santa photos will be taken from noon - 4:00 pm each day of the Holiday Express rides.



Holiday Express
Value: $32 Adult, $15 child, December 2, 9 & 17

Peak: $35 Adult, $16 child; November 24, 25, December 16, 22, 23
2 and under ride FREE

Holiday Express – Spiked!
$45 Adults only

Your credit card is charged at the time of purchase. Please pick up tickets 30 minutes in advance at the Hill City Depot.

Tickets Include

Holiday Express

  • Train Ride
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar Cookie
  • Candy Cane
  • Small gift for each child
  • Visit with Santa

Holiday Express – Spiked!

  • Train Ride
  • Spiked Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar Cookie
  • Candy Cane
  • Keepsake thermal cup
  • Assigned seating in adult only car
  • Visit with Santa

This option available on the following trips only:

  • November 24, 4:15 pm
  • December 2, 9 & 16, 4:15 pm


Seating is NOT Assigned for regular ticket holders. First come, first served. In order to sit together, passengers must be under ONE reservation and ONE payment.

Cancellation Policy

Credit card is charged at time of reservation. Like any ticketed event, all sales are final and no refunds or cancellations are offered unless ticketed train does not operate.

Bad Weather: Please prepare for winter road and traffic conditions! The 1880 Train is not liable for road closures or delays. This event will run no matter the weather.


If you need lodging, follow the links below for options available during the Holiday Express:

Super 8
Palmer Gulch KOA
Cabins near Hill City

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