(JASPER, IN) – The City of Jasper announces its Spirit of Jasper train excursion schedule for 2014. The schedule includes four types of trips: Jasper to French Lick Excursion, the Ride & Dine Excursion, the Cowboy Ride & Dine Excursion, and the Fall Foliage Excursion. The first of 22 weekend trips will begin on Saturday, June 7, 2014 and run through Saturday, November 1, 2014.
Passengers ride in luxuriously restored, climate-controlled vintage railroad cars complete with restrooms and comfortable seating. Ride & Dine Excursions feature a dinner catered by the Schnitzelbank, Jasper’s authentic, locally-owned German restaurant. Trains to French Lick depart from the Jasper Depot at 10:00 am. Ride & Dine Excursions generally depart on Saturdays at 6:00 pm. Cowboy Ride & Dine Excursions depart on Saturdays at 4:00 pm and Sundays at 11:30 am. Five Fall Foliage trips are included in this year’s schedule. These excursions depart on Saturdays at 4:00 pm and Sundays at 11:30 am.
Returning for 2014 is the Monon dining car. With a seating capacity of 30, this private car will feature table-side dining service, china and linen for guests during the Ride & Dine Excursions August through November. Guests who purchase tickets for this car will also receive a souvenir piece of Spirit of Jasper glassware. Also returning for 2014 are three Cowboy Ride & Dines. This excursion features a dinner catered by the Schnitzelbank, a cowboy hat for each passenger, and an exciting cowboy experience with real cowboys, horses, and even a train robbery. Guests receive dinner and a show!
For a complete schedule, online ticketing, pricing and reservations, visit www.spiritofjasper.com or call the Jasper Park and Recreation Department at 812.482.5959.