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.

Parks & Recreation

Adult 55+ Programs: Fall/Winter 2017-18

Day Trips

Garden Glow at the Botanical Gardens Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
Join us for the Garden Glow at the Botanical Gardens! This is an event not to miss! Take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the beautiful lights that glow throughout. Walking is the primary means of viewing the exhibit. It is just over one mile of walking to experience every element of Glow. The path is handicap accessible. After taking a stroll through the garden, spend some time inside at the gift shop and the holiday train exhibit! Don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth for a stop at Ted Drewes on the way back. Fee includes Garden Glow, transportation, and tip (Ted Drewes is on your own).
Reg. Deadline: Nov. 7 R&NR $40 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

St. Louis Zoo Wild Lights                          Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017
Get in the Holiday spirit on our trip to the Saint Louis Zoo Wild Lights display! The display boasts over 500,000 lights, illuminated animal displays, music, and more festive fun for all. The trip includes entry to the Wild Lights display, transportation and driver tip, and Holiday snacks. Food is also available for purchase at the Zoo concessions and cafés. Please note this trip requires a large amount of walking.
Reg. Deadline: Dec. 5 R&NR $35 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Sheldon Concert Hall Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018
The Sheldon Concert Hall was opened in 1912 and has hosted a variety of speakers and musicians. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Brian Owens as he performs timeless love songs. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be served at the Sheldon starting at 9am with the concert at 10am.
Reg. Deadline: Jan. 30 R&NR $60 8:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.*
*return time subject to change based on length of concert

PLEASE NOTE: All refunds will be assessed a minimum $5 program charge. Participants who cancel less than one week prior to the trip may only receive a partial or pro-rated refund based on the type of program and time of cancellation.


Senior Programs

Greentree Bingo Tournament & Luncheon Thursday, Sep. 28
Catch up with friends and enjoy 12 games of Bingo. All participants may play two cards, and prizes are given to the winners. Lunch will be catered. Bingo starts at 11 a.m. Ages 55+
Please pre-register by 9/21 R $14 NR $17

Greentree Pool Tournament & Luncheon Thursday, Sep. 28
Try your skills at Eight Ball and win prizes! Lunch will be catered. Tournament begins at 10 a.m. Ages 55+
Please pre-register by 9/21 R $14 NR $17

Senior Drop-In Softball
Get your glove ready and join the senior softball group in Kirkwood Park. In the event of bad weather, call the Field Rainout Hotline at 433-4313 for field status after 8:00 a.m. No pre-registration required.
Mon., Wed., & Fri. Apr. - Oct. 9 a.m. - Noon Field #3

Senior Fitness
Gather your friends or make new ones when you join us for this 10-week, low impact aerobics class at the Kirkwood Community Center. Mon., Wed. & Fri. 8-8:45 a.m.
R $35 NR $50 per session M1: 9/25 - 12/1 M2: 12/4-2/9

Senior Volleyball
All skill levels welcome!
Mon. & Wed. Aug. 7 - Dec. 13 (no class 9/4) 9:00-11:30 a.m.
R $10 NR $15 per session Kirkwood Community Center

Tai Chi     Activity #6013  
Tai Chi is a form of martial arts that boosts the body’s self-healing power. Slow and smooth movements strengthen the body, increase energy, and improve balance to prevent falls. Learn how to promote coordination, reduce blood pressure and stress, and even improve sleep patterns from a certified holistic healer. Instructor: Alex Chen
Thurs. 4:30-5:30pm H4: 9/21-11/9 H5: 11/30-1/25 (no class 12/28)
R $64 NR $72 per 8-week session

Card Club
Come play bridge starting at 10:30 a.m. every Friday. There is a fifty cent weekly charge.
Call CORP at 481-9999 for more information.