Sunday, October 1, 2017
On the road again - Hill City, SD - 1880 Train
Searching the name on the Internet I was able to determine that the Skagit River is a special track inspection car that had been built from a bi-level commute car. This train operates all over the BNSF system so we really did spot an unusual train.
Black Hills Central Railroad, also known as the 1880 train.
It runs on about 10 miles of what had been a narrow gauge branch line between Hill City and Keystone. The line had been rebuilt to standard gauge for the 1880 train.
While it is called the South Dakota State Railroad Museum, it is private and has no connection to the state government.
There are still tracks in the floor that led to a set of doors at one end of the building so I suspect that they could swap exhibit cars from time to time.
This is the museums website: