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.
Parks & Recreation

Kirkwood Community Center

The Kirkwood Community Center was built in 1966. At that time the building consisted of a 400 seat theater, gymnasium, meeting rooms, recreation offices, warming room and ice skating rink. The facility was expanded in 1992 to include a second gym, new offices, and renovated meeting rooms.
The Kirkwood Community Center has rooms and gyms available for rent. These rooms and gyms can be used for meetings, dances, showers and parties.

ROOM NUMBER

CAPACITY

FEES*

200

60

$40 - $65/Hour

201(Kitchen)

60

$40 - $65/Hour

202

20

$30 - $50/Hour

302

30

$30 - $50/Hour

300 (Kitchen)

75

$40 - $65/Hour

East Gym (Kitchen)

220

$470 - $775/Day**

West Gym (Kitchen)

400

$575 - $1000/Day**

Theater

386

Please Call

The gyms and several of the rooms are equipped with kitchens.

*Fees are calculated upon a variety of factors and discounted fees may be available for merit groups.

**Hourly rates are available for groups/sports teams requesting the gym for training.

Please call 314-822-5859 for more information.

GYM RENTAL POLICY AND PROCEDURE PDF (RTF)

ROOM RENTAL POLICY AND PROCEDURE PDF (RTF)

RENTAL CONTRACT PDF (RTF)

If you would like further information, please call 314-822-5859 or email stongess@kirkwoodmo.org.