Spirit of Jasper Train

2024 train excursions go on sale, April 1, 2024!

All aboard the Spirit of Jasper for a scenic excursion from the Jasper Train Depot. Three renovated, climate-controlled lounge cars have restrooms, comfortable seating, and a cash bar. Relax aboard the train for specialty rides including “Ride & Dine” dinner rides. The Spirit of Jasper Train Depot is located in the heart of the “Old Jasper” district near the Patoka River. The depot is a replica of the former structure build in 1906 featuring an old-fashioned ticket window, rolltop desks, pot belly stove, and authentic memorabilia.

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The History

This one-of-a-kind passenger train has three different cars that were restored by the City of Jasper employees and generous local corporations and businesses as well as one car leased from the Monon Railroad.

The Club Car #200 was originally built for the Milwaukee Railroad in the 1940s and used as an overnight coach car. It was rebuilt as a passenger car with club-seating for 40 passengers.

The Lounge Car #300 was built between 1917 and 1922 and was originally equipped with shelving and used as a “coffin car” to transport deceased World War I soldiers back to their hometowns. It was rebuilt in a dining car seating configuration and seats 48 passengers.

The Parlour Car #400 was believed to have been built in the 1940s and used for a military hospital car. It was renovated and is set up in a modern contemporary seating configuration with leather couches, an LCD flat screens, and a 19-foot-long bar. It holds 26 passengers but is not used for dining purposes. The Monon Car is leased from its owners “The Monon Railroad Historical – Technical Society, Inc”. It was built in 1924 for the Great Northern Railroad and name the “Great Spirit”. In 1954 the Monon Railroad purchased it and modernized for the use of Warren Brown, President of the Monon Railroad. This car provides seating for 30 passengers who will experience luxurious dining with table side service and plated meals.

Attractions in the Heart of Jasper

Just across the river, tour the Jasper City Mill, a working grist mill. Take a tour and watch the workings of the waterwheel as it grinds corn to make cornmeal that is sold in the gift shop. Admission is FREE.

Hours of Operation
Spring/Summer (April 1 – October 31)
Monday -Wednesday     Closed
Thursday-Saturday         9am-5pm
Sunday                              Noon -5pm

Fall/Winter Hours (Nov. 1 – March 31)
Monday -Thursday          Closed
Friday-Saturday               9am-5pm
Sunday                              Noon -5pm

For more information or to schedule school/group tour, call 812-482-5959 ext. 1505.

 

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A beautiful addition to the downtown area, the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center is home to the Jasper Public Library  Jasper Community Arts, featuring three art galleries with artists work from around the world. Visit the Jasper Community Arts page for a listing of exhibits.

This new venue offers a variety of spaces available to rent, directly across the street from the Fairfield Inn & Suites. The venue is capable of hosting an event holding 230 people down to small meeting rooms for business meetings & organizational meetings.

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