All aboard! Train service was at one time considered the most luxurious way to travel, and brought millions of visitors from around the country to Southern Indiana during the late 1800s and early 1900s. While train rides are no longer considered a necessity to get around, the railway is still a beloved part of our history. Today, you can climb aboard replicas of historic locomotives for a fun ride throughout the area.
Spirit Of Jasper offers an array of train rides for families, groups, and even adult only rides. Guests will take a journey while enjoying a meal. Special rides include a Beer and Pizza Ride; a Chocolate, Wine, and Dine Ride; and the Jasper Strassenfest “Zugfahrten”, held in conjunction with Jasper’s annual celebration of its German heritage each summer. The beautifully restored Spirit of Jasper Passenger Train is a remarkable experience you don’t want to miss.
The French Lick Scenic Railway gives guests an opportunity to experience history themselves by taking a journey on operating passenger trains on an 18-mile round trip experience. Winding through the Hoosier National Forest, the train passes sites such as an 1850’s log cabin and through the 2200-foot long Burton Railroad Tunnel. Other seasonal rides include the popular Polar Express Ride - a family experience that makes the beloved book and movie come alive.