The winner will be selected by the 1880 Train board of directors and announced on May 21, 2016, during the 1880 Train Appreciation Day at 9:30 am. The winner will receive a 1880 Train Gift Basket, four complimentary train passes to use for any regular train ride during the 2016 regular season AND four Holiday Express passes.
Number 403 arrived in Hill City in late January, 2016, without seats in the car to make the load as light as possible in transit from Iowa to the Black Hills. The BHC Engine House crew constructed the metal bases and wooden arms for each of the seats. The seat cushions were upholstered in Rapid City and assembled back at the Engine House. The seats are now installed and the car can accommodate 60 passengers.
Restoring rolling stock continues to be integral to the BHC mission. Some of the other cars the railroad has restored and maintain include: Edward Gillette, Keystone, Oreville, Rochford, Hilyo, Redfern, Mystic, Harney Canyon and Blue Bird. For more on BHC rolling stock, go to our website for a list.