Here’s what you can expect riding the 1880 Train to Mile Post 1:
When the 1880 Train leaves the Hill City station (formerly the original Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad depot), it goes north briefly and then turns eastward up Tin Mill Hill. It’s named that for the huge tin processing plant erected there by the Harney Peak Company in the late 1800s. The four to six percent grade puts a considerable strain upon the locomotive, and the engineer usually takes this opportunity to blow sand through the locomotive’s boiler flues to cleanse the soot from them. Check back for what you can experience to Mile Post 2, or see for yourself and reserve a seat on the 1880 Train this season!