Spirit of Jasper excursions return in June

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JASPER — The City of Jasper has announced its Spirit of Jasper train excursion schedule for 2014. The schedule includes four types of trips: Jasper to French Lick, Ride and Dine, Cowboy Ride and Dine and Fall Foliage excursions. The first of 22 weekend trips will leave the Jasper Train Depot at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 7, and the train will make its final trip of the season Saturday, Nov. 1.

Passengers ride in luxuriously restored, climate-controlled vintage railroad cars complete with restrooms and comfortable seating. Ride and Dine excursions feature a dinner catered by the Schnitzelbank Restaurant. Trains to French Lick depart from the Jasper Depot at 10 a.m. Ride and Dine excursions generally depart at 6 p.m. Saturdays. Cowboy Ride and Dine excursions depart at 4 p.m. Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. Sundays. Five Fall Foliage trips are included in this year’s schedule. These excursions depart at 4 p.m. Saturdays and 11:30 p.m. Sundays.

Returning for 2014 is The Monon dining car. With a seating capacity of 30, this private car will feature table-side dining service with china and linen for guests during the Ride and Dine excursions from 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 — three Cowboy Ride and Dines. This excursion features a dinner catered by the Schnitzelbank, a cowboy hat for each passenger and an exciting experience with real cowboys, horses and 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.

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