Think I found the class for me—- a behind-the-scenes tour at the 1880 Train. New this year, the train is offering daily Engine House Tours beginning May 25 through October 13 in the Engine House located near the Hill City station. From May 25 to Labor Day, tours will take place at 11:45 am and 3 pm. After Labor Day until October 13, a tour will be given at 11:45 am each day. Tours last 30 minutes and are limited to 30 people per group. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased by calling 605-574-2222 or at the Hill City or Keystone stations.
“We are beginning the Engine House Tours to give our guests a small taste of what it takes to operate and maintain the 1880 Train in terms of maintenance and facilities,” explains Black Hills Central Railroad President Meg Warder. “Experienced railroad firemen Butch Kruse and Charlie Piper will give attendees a history of railroad lines and will talk about the types of engines and coaches used by the Black Hills Central Railroad, as well as the ins and outs of the Engine House.”
The first Old West Shootout will be another highlight of this Memorial Day Weekend. Passengers riding Saturday, May 25, on the 1:15 pm departure will be a part of this added adventure on board the 1880 Train. This is the first of five Old West Shootouts that will be held on board this season. Click here to view the shootout schedule. The full train schedule may be found here for the Memorial Weekend.
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!