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  The steam engine
by tarced

The 1880 Train leaves from Keystone and Hill City. The Keystone location is right downtown. It's exciting to ride behind a real steam engine and the grades of the hills are quite steep which adds to the excitement. Going up the inclines we often wondered if the train would make it and we were strongly reminded of Casey Jr. saying "I think I can, I think I can, . . . ." It was amazing to think that this span of track has existed as long as it has and even more amazing that it was built with such steep grades. The scenery is beautiful and you get a nice view of Harney Peak from the train. We spotted a lot of deer and wild turkeys and supposedly a week prior to our ride, someone had spotted a mountain lion. The ride takes about 2 1/2 hours round trip and I would highly recommend finding a car that has the cushioned seats.

Address: Downtown Keystone or Hill City
Website: http://www.1880train.com

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 13, 2006
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