Mainline Tour:Lafayette Indiana

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Cardinal arrival in Lafayette

Cardinal arrival in Lafayette

By Giles Kennedy, Chief Editor and Founder

The Ohio Railroader

Lafayette offers many more activities than just the Big Four Depot in Downtown. Here’s a breakdown of rail related and non-rail attractions you and your family or friends can enjoy.

The tri-weekly Amtrak Cardinal trains stop at the 1903 iconic depot. The actual station was a few blocks away originally. It was moved in 1994 to its current location.

It has an extremely nice plaza. Parking is usually encouraged in nearby parking garages or downtown spots. However on weekends, and if you ask nice enough; Joe (the morning Amtrak volunteer) will give you a day parking pass for your vehicle.

Downtown Lafayette offers many eating opportunities, but one stand out diner on the campus of Purdue University.

Triple XXX family Restaurant was featured on Dives, Diners and Drive Ins on Food Network and worth at least one trip for lunch.

Located up the road from the Big Four Depot on Salisbury and Route 26, it is moderately priced and extremely fresh burgers, fries and homemade root beer.

You finished your lunch, want to chase trains and get a walk after wards?

The Wabash Hertiage Trail, set up by Tippecanoe County Parks; is excellent. Take the trail south of the station to the 2nd Street Pedestrian Bridge. It overlooks the CSX, NS and KBS (Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern) rail lines. It not only offers a great place to grab train photos, but a great picture of trains coming out/in to Downtown Lafayette.

Have the kids along or the wife? Downtown Lafayette has something for everyone. Coffee shops, art galleries, and even a farmers market on Saturdays.

Plus a mini zoo and large water park at Columbian Park east of Downtown, this things offer many side attractions.

Plus the area has many state parks surrounding the history of Early America including Prophetstown State Park, Tippecanoe Battlefield, and many other sites nearby.

For further info please visit the Lafayette/West Lafayette Visitors website

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