Time to catch a train.
Today, we took a train ride. Not just any train but a old steam train. The train travels between Hill City, SD and Keystone, SD through the mountains. It does not pass through any tunnels but does cross several bridges and 15 road crossings. The 1880 train is a bit of creative naming as the track and trains were not from that time but closer to 1950's.
Here comes our train.
The original plan was to ride with our friends, Bill and Kelly, but they had an air conditioner problem and could not go.
We boarded in Hill City for a round trip ride to Keystone. "All Aboard!"
The train pulled out of the station and headed for Keystone. We had some very nice views along the way.
Time to let off some steam. Yes, that is where the saying comes from.
We continued to Keystone. At every road crossing the whistle would blow two long a short and a long blast. This is Q in Morris Code. The origin was from the Queen of England. That code would blow on boat or train to say the Queen was on board and should have the right of way. Trains have the right of way over other modes of transportation. So now you know.
When we arrived in Keystone many of the passengers left and new ones came on board Two police officers from Las Vegas joined us for the return trip to Hill City.
We had a fun time and decided to stop by the Firehouse Brewery and Winery for something to drink and eat.
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