Meet Chug

Stop by during one of his scheduled appearances to meet our bison mascot, Chug. He’s a railroad engineer who knows all about Trains and safety, and loves to share fun facts about the fascinating history of trains. He likes getting his picture taken too!

Click below to learn about Chug!

Fun Facts

  • Chug is a bison.
  • Chug’s birthday is August 18 – we celebrate his birthday every year!
  • Chug is a train engineer.
  • Chug’s favorite sound is a train whistle.
  • Chug is really good at playing the matching game – you can play his favorite game here.
  • The “Chug”omotion is his favorite dance.
  • Chug loves all kinds of animals and you will get to see some of them on your train ride!
  • Chug normally eats plants but his favorite thing to eat is popcorn.
  • Chug loves history. Just like the 1880 Train has historical ties to this area, Chug and his bison friends have ties to this area as well. Learn more about the history of bison in this area.

Games and Fun

1880 Train Memory Game: Match the image tiles in as few steps as possible!

Chug Coloring Page: Bring your finished artwork or email it to us at office@1880train.com and a winner will be selected each month who receives a prize from Chug!

Appearance Schedule

  • May 11 – #7's 100th Birthday Celebration, 1880 Train, Hill City Depot
    • 12:45 – 1:15 pm
  • May 25-26 - Memorial Day Weekend, 1880 Train, Hill City Depot
    • 9:30 – 10:00 am
    • 12:45 – 1:15 pm
  • June 16 – Father’s Day, 1880 Train, Hill City Depot
    • 9:30 – 10:00 am
    • 12:45 – 1:15 pm
  • August 18 – Chug’s birthday party – 1880 Train, Hill City Depot
    • 9:30 – 10:00 am
    • 12:45 – 1:15 pm
  • September 1–2 – Labor Day Weekend – 1880 Train, Hill City Depot
    • 9:30 – 10:00 am
    • 12:45 – 1:15 pm
    • 3:15 – 3:45 pm