Sunday, August 24, 2014

Finally, A Train Ride

We love to ride trains, but we haven't been able to find one since we left on this trip in April. Until, that is, we arrived in Custer, SD, and learned about the 1880 Train that runs through the Black Hills between Hill City and Keystone. The trip is one hour each direction.

It wasn't just any old train, it was a steam train! The engine that pulled our train was an oil burner with a saddle tank.  We had lots of opportunity to take pictures of the train engine on the curves.

They also have a wood burning engine. It is even prettier.

We rode in an open car.

The countryside is beautiful and interesting and we had and sunny, dry day for the trip.

There is a lot of uphill grades along the line and, at one point, the engineer had to clean the boiler by blowing out steam.

When we got to Keystone, the was a big crowd waiting to board for the ride back to Hill City. One whole car was reserved for a group waiting to board.

The engine had to disconnect from the front of the train, change tracks, and back by us so it could attach to the other end of the train for the trip back to Hill City.

Apparently, train engines are just as powerful backing up as going forward. This isn't the first time we have ridden on a train with the engine going backwards.


  1. Yeah, but those backwards engines look really weird for pictures.

  2. You were so lucky, your engine that day was one of the few Articulated Tank Mallets in existence. A real Beauty, we rode that train a few years ago when we were there. But the Mallet was in the shop. Sam & Donna..

  3. We rode the same train from Keystone to Hill City and back in 08. The old cabin looked the same back then as well.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. That reminds me of our ride in Colorado from Durango to Silverton...what fun!!!