The city of Jasper gave 14 News a preview look at their Spirit of Jasper train this Thursday afternoon, and this year they've added an additional luxury car.
The Spirit of Jasper is set to get underway for the 2013 season, and on Thursday during a quick jaunt between Jasper and Dubois, 14 News got a first-hand look at what visitors can expect.
"If you've had a train ride, you haven't had one like this," says Jasper's Mayor, Terry Seitz.
For four years now, the Spirit of Jasper has carried passengers through Dubois County to as far away as French Lick while offering some great meals courtesy of Jasper's Schnitzelbank Restaurant.
"Our current trains have three different offerings," says Seitz. "We have a dinner train featuring food from the Schnitzelbank, the Jasper to French Lick Express, which is a train that goes up to French Lick, stops around four or five hours and returns, and in the fall we do foliage tours on Saturdays and Sundays."
This year, the train is adding a fourth car that is in the process of being restored. The Spirit of Jasper has partnered with Evansville marketing company Axiom, and their president, Randy Lientz, says the fourth car will be complete by August.
"June 1st is the first day for the Spirit of Jasper. They will go into October and early November," says Lientz. "We have travelers that come from quite a number of hours away, because the Spirit of Jasper is so unique. There's very few other historic trains that still operate in the way that they do."
Both Lientz and Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz say the goal is to make the Spirit of Jasper the pride of the Tri-State, and at a cost no more than $45 a ticket, that could very well happen.
"It's a trip unlike any other," says Lientz. "You just won't find anything. You'd have to drive several days to find anything like this. And it's right here in Jasper."