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For Train Lovers: The Spirit of Jasper is Departing!

I love trains. One thing Indiana is blessed with are two heritage train lines – the more well known White River Vallery Railway and now the new Spirit of Jasper.

From the Depot in Jasper, Indiana you have the option of taking the train to French Lick, Indiana for a night of fun on the town or riding the Ride & Dine featuring fine dining in a classical setting.

You can ride in style on three beautifully renovated, climate-controlled lounge cars complete with restrooms and comfortable seating.

The Jasper to French Lick express spends the evening whisking people away to the Casino in French Lick, returning them back to Jasper at the end of the night.

The Ride & Dine features a meal and beverage catered by theĀ Schnitzelbank, a locally owned authentic German restaurant, and a cash bar. The train rides up to Dubois then returns to Jasper at the end of the evening.

Here are the dates for the Jasper to French Lick express:

  • July 10th
  • July 24th
  • August 14th
  • August 28th
  • September 11th
  • September 25th

Here are the dates for the Dubois Ride and Dine:

  • July 2nd
  • August 13th
  • September 3rd

For departure times and ticket information, check out the website here. The trains are filling up far in advance so if you’d like to experience the Spirit of Jasper, you are advised to book ahead.

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Written by : Jonathan Thomas is a blogger based in Northwest Indiana. He's passionate about the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan and wants to share all the fun possible in the area with the rest of the world. When not blogging for Travel Indiana, he hangs his hat at his Anglophile blog - Anglotopia and Niche Blogger Today. If you want to connect with him, you can contact him on Twitter @jonathanwthomas Jonathan receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development in exchange for blogging. For more information, please see our FTC Disclosure page.