Switch sides of the car on your return trip (AB one way and CD the other). Our engine moves from the front to the back. The train does not turn around.
All seat backs flip forward and backward so you do not have to face backwards on either trip.
Car availability depends on the time of year. For more information, see our Seating Options page.
* Please note, seating assignments cannot be changed the day you arrive due to a change in weather. Choose an open-sided car knowing it could rain the day you ride!
The 1880 Train is accessible to those in wheelchairs. We are able to accommodate 2 wheelchairs per departure.
Wheelchair seating is Bluebird 1ABCD. The wheelchair person is seated in front of row 1 and guests will be seated directly behind them. We suggest families select either the AB or CD side, to leave room for another party who may need accessible seating on the opposite side.
The Hill City Depot utilizes a lift to board the Blue Bird car. The Keystone Depot has a platform that is even with the cars so no lift is needed.
Restrooms at both depots are handicapped accessible as well as the gift shops and snack bar located in Hill City.
Accessible parking is noted on the maps.
The High-Liner Eatery
Located right next to the Hill City Depot, the Eatery offers many options. Items may be enjoyed on the covered deck, taken on the train or taken with you.View Menu
Gift Shop Snacks & Beverages
All food items available in our depots are allowed on the train. The Hill City Depot offers
alcoholic beverages, which are also allowed on the train.
Holiday Express Map
HC Depot Map
KY Depot Map
Town of Keystone Map
Hill City Depot Parking
Free parking (including RV) is available at the Hill City Depot. Please refer to the Hill City Depot map for parking location information.
Keystone Depot Parking
City parking near the Keystone Depot is all 3 hour public parking. We suggest parking in one of two paid lots in Keystone. The first is located north, across the street from the train station. The second is located in front of the Borglum Story Museum, 1 block south of the Keystone Depot. The cost is $5 for all day, payable at a self-serve station in either of the parking lots. Please refer to the Keystone Depot map for parking location information.
Updated itineraries coming soon!
Restrooms are located at both depots, but not on board the train. Hill City Restrooms are located in the brick building next to the Hill City Depot. Keystone Restrooms are located inside the Keystone Depot. Public restrooms are also located right across the street at the information center.
Hill City & Keystone both offer a depot gift shop. Similar items are offered at both depots.
The Hill City Depot features a guest picnic area between the Depot and the SD State Railroad Museum
Kids Play Area
The Hill City Depot offers an area where kids can “let off some steam!”
Photo ops with Chug are available at both the Hill City & Keystone Depots
Points of Interest
Hill City Depot – an ATM is located inside the Hill City Depot
Keystone Depot – an ATM is nearby in the Turtle Town store
Hill City Depot – A drinking fountain is located outside of the restroom building
Various Summer Dates
Old West Shootouts
Engine #110 & #108 Double Header & 65th Anniversary
November & December
Hill City – within walking distance
Outside of Hill City