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Special Event Rates

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

Group Rates

$28.00 round trip, plus tax
$23 one way, plus tax
Children (3-12)
$13.00 round trip, plus tax
$11 one way, plus tax
2 and under ride FREE

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 by Dakota Frontier Tours.

  • 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: When selecting your depart from/time, this is the station you will leave from. You will arrive at your first destination one hour after the time listed.

#2: When selecting your return from/time, the time listed is the time you leave that station. You will arrive at the final destination one hour after the time listed.

Please note the red colored circles designate the diesel engine in use and the black circles designate the steam engine in use. The Diesel engine is always used for our 7:30 am and 8:45 am departures and is also used when the steam engine undergoes routine maintenance.


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

 2017 Schedule

#1: Choose Date

2017 Rates
  Value Peak
Adult: $32.00 $35.00
(ages 3-12)
$15.00 $16.00
Under 2:
(ages 3-12)
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#2: Choose Tickets

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Introducing Chug

We are excited to introduce our new 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.

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 and a winner will be selected each month who receives a prize from Chug!

Appearance Schedule

  • April 27-29Kid’s Fair – Rapid City
  • May 13 – Mother’s Day, 1880 Train
  • May 26–27 - Memorial Day Weekend, 1880 Train
  • June 17 – Father’s Day, 1880 Train
  • July 21 – Gold Discovery Days Parade, Custer
  • August 18 – Chug’s birthday party – 1880 Train
  • September 1–2 – Labor Day Weekend – 1880 Train