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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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Rails & Ales – September 9

Rails & Ales

If you enjoy good, local beer and the beauty of the Black Hills as only seen on a historic steam engine, you will love our newest event, Rails & Ales! Enjoy live music by The Hill City Slickers and beer tasting during the social hour, then board the train where you will enjoy a unique ride on a steam engine while sipping craft beer paired with local fare.

Beer from the following breweries will be served during the social hour:

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$58 Adults - One ticket price

Must be 21 years of age or older

Ticket includes food, local, craft beer, keepsake glass and live entertainment. One menu offered. Feel free to bring your own food on board to meet your individual dietary needs. Nonalcoholic beverages will also be available.

Passengers must arrive in advance to check in with ticket agent and pick up tickets in the Hill City Depot. Tickets are listed under the last name given at the time reservation was made. Passengers who appear intoxicated will not be allowed to board the train.

Schedule & Departure

3:30 - 4:30 pm Social Hour & Live Music by The Hill City Slickers
4:45 pm Board the Train
5:00 pm Train Departs Hill City Station
6:00 pm Train Arrives in Keystone
6:15 pm Train Departs Keystone
7:15 pm Train Arrives in Hill City

There is no restroom on board the train, so plan accordingly!


  • Dots Pretzels
  • Pasta Salad and BBQ sandwich from Hill City’s own B-S BBQ Outlaws
  • Beer infused chocolate cupcake from Star Spangled Batter

Enjoy a beer tasting during social hour, one beer en route to Keystone and one beer en route back to Hill City. Additional beer and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

One menu offered. Feel free to bring your own food on board to meet your individual dietary needs. Nonalcoholic beverages will also be available.


Seating is assigned. 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.