Spotlight

Refurbished Antique Railroad Scale on Display at Kirkwood Train Station

On the scale of such things, a rusting, 100-year-old, wooden contraption, covered in cobwebs and looking like it’s only good for running over toes, may have seemed destined for a landfill or a scrap metal recycler.  Kirkwood and the region at large are lucky that Bill Burckhalter, the Kirkwood Train Station manager, saw "the contraption’s" value and resisted that temptation.

When the City of Kirkwood purchased the Train Station back in 2003, it inherited a variety of old furniture and equipment, including one cast-iron-and-wood, 100-year-old railroad scale, which Bill found in a storage closet.  It was manufactured around the turn of the 20th century by Fairbanks-Morse, a company that still makes scales.  Even the manufacturer was unsure exactly how old the scale is, but they were able to furnish some important details that helped in its refurbishing.

Bill enlisted the help of fellow City staff in Fleet Services, and they went to work on its restoration.  First, they talked to representatives at Fairbanks-Morse, who donated new decals and provided the original paint colors.  The scale was then disassembled, bead blasted (similar to sand blasting), painted, its brass polished, and then re-assembled.  Ace Hardware in Des Peres donated the paint.

Most modern scales are metal, but the Kirkwood scale is largely made of wood (everything in blue in the photo is wood).  It was likely used by the Missouri Pacific Railroad to weigh freight.  The fleet staff constructed a wooden platform to secure the scale and prevent it from rolling so it could be kept on display at the Train Station, where Kirkwood residents can visit it any time the station is open.



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City Clerk: Betty Montano
Email: montanbk@kirkwoodmo.org
Phone: 314-822-5802
Fax: 314-822-5863

Mayor of Kirkwood:  Timothy E. Griffin



Phone: 314-822-5804
Elected Mayor:  2016-2020
Elected City Council:
1993-1994
1994-1998
1998-2002
2004-2008
2008-2012
2014-2016
Email:  griffite@kirkwoodmo.org

KIRKWOOD CITY COUNCIL:




Paul Ward
Phone: 314-504-6705
Elected City Council:
2000-2004
2008-2010
2010-2014
2014-2018
Email: 

wardpw@kirkwoodmo.org

 
  

Bob Sears
Phone: 314-965-5726
Elected City Council:
2010-2014
2014-2018
Email:

searsjr@kirkwoodmo.org

Nancy Luetzow
Phone: 314-965-1470
Elected City Council:
2012-2016
2016-2020
Email:

luetzong@kirkwoodmo.org


 
 
Maggie Duwe
Phone: 314-287-0023
Elected City Council:
2016-2020



Ellen Edman
Phone: 314-749-1705
Elected City Council:
2016-2020
Email:
edmanez@kirkwoodmo.org
 

 
Mark Zimmer

Phone: 314-560-3992
Elected City Council:
2016-2018
(Unexpired Term)
Email:
zimmermd@kirkwoodmo.org