The Black Hills Central Railroad operates the 1880 train over the former Burlington Northern Railroad Keystone Branch between Hill City and Keystone. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad originally built the line to support gold mining in the Black Hills.
Pulling out of Box Elder, South Dakota, the road paralleled the Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern tracks. It just so happens the morning freight was thundering past! So, I grabbed my trusty camera and rolled down the window. The morning air was crisp as I leaned out precariously. The shutter snapped. The whistle blew. It was another day of chasing freights in Box Elder.
Pulling into Wall, South Dakota, we were greeted by this Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern truck. It was meant to be!
The record as to the precise cause of the 1869 wreck at Budds Creek is somewhat hazy. In the immediate aftermath of the July 28, 1869, wreck on the Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville Railroad, speculation was rampant, but accounts disagree on details, including the cause, the number of cars on the train and the names of those involved.