The 1880 Train Shows Some Appreciation

451px-Star_Spangled_Banner_Flag_on_display_at_the_Smithsonian's_National_Museum_of_History_and_Technology,_around_1964Even if you rode on the Mother’s Day Express last weekend (more on my experience later), make sure you return for the 1880 Train Appreciation Weekend May 18-19. During these two days, kids (ages 0-12, riding with an adult) and active military ride for FREE. This is the perfect opportunity to ride the 1880 Train with your family. Passengers will also enjoy western-themed characters on board the train for the 1:15 pm departure both days. Adult ticket price is $28. Tickets can be ordered online or by calling 605-574-2222.

The 1880 Train has hosted the special weekend for a couple reasons, explains Black Hills Central Railroad President Meg Warder. “One reason is to recognize the significance and appreciation we have for the active military in the United States, and the second reason is to thank the general public for their continued support of the 1880 Train.”

Ticket holders have the choice of the following options:
May 18
Hill City Departures: 10 am & 1:15 pm | Keystone Departure: 11:15 am

May 19
Hill City Departures: 10:00 am & 1:15 pm | Keystone Departure: 11:15 am

Events are ongoing throughout 2013. The next special event is the Old West Shootout on May 25 and the start of the Engine House Tours. Check www.1880train.com for updates and to subscribe to eblasts. A daily train schedule and booking information are also available on the website.

Written by Debbie Ketel, the new 1880 Train blogger. By night, on weekends and between kids’ events, I convey the vision of the 1880 Train to YOU. (I’m also learning about trains.) Join the blog and take part in my journey!

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