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.

Rent the Train Station!

The historic downtown Kirkwood Train Station can be rented during the day time or in the evenings.  Rental details are listed below.   To learn more about the history of the Kirkwood Train Station, please visit this page (click here).

 

For evening rentals, use the "Evening Rental Application" form on the right.  Complete the application, and hit submit.  For daytime rentals, please use the "Daytime Rental Application" form on the right.

 

INFORMATION AND RULES: DAYTIME RENTALS

  • Daytime reservations are accepted on an hourly basis only.  See below for hourly rates.
  • Reservations will not be accepted for more than a year in advance. Example:  You may apply to reserve the Train Station on March 1, 2016, for a February 28, 2017, event, but no earlier.
  • Reservations must be made online. If you (or your organization) do not have computer access, you may call 314-822-5806, and a staff member will enter your reservation electronically.
  • Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and the electronic date stamp of your online reservation will determine the order of reservations.
  • A contract must be signed within five (5) business days of the acceptance and confirmation of the reservation.  All fees and the deposit will be due at the time the contract is signed, with the exception of the Host Fee (see below). 
  • Fundraisers are allowed in the Train Station, including silent auctions.
  • Product sales are not allowed in the Train Station.
  • *Indoor capacity is 40 people, per the Fire Marshal of the City of Kirkwood.
  • *Combined indoor/outdoor capacity is 70 people.  However, this number of attendees will require that tables be set up outdoors.
  • The Host Fee must be paid in cash, on the date of the event, directly to the host.
  • Daytime rentals will be accepted for every day of the week, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., only. The Station may be closed on some holidays and City events.
  • Businesses may rent the Train Station for parties only, not to sell products or merchandise.
  • The Kirkwood Train Station is a smoke-free environment. Renters are responsible for ensuring there is no under-age drinking. Please see the additional list of on-site rules included in your contract.
  • A security deposit may be required, depending on the nature of the event.

DAYTIME RENTAL FEES:  The daytime rental rate for all individuals and organizations is $75 per hour, with a minimum rental of two hours.  All set-up and clean-up must be completed during the hourly rental times (start and stop times).  The host fee of $50 applies and must be paid to the host in cash at the start of the event.  Please note: Businesses may rent the Train Station for parties only, not to sell products or merchandise.


INFORMATION AND RULES:  EVENING RENTALS

  • Reservations will not be accepted for more than a year in advance. Example:  You may apply to reserve the Train Station on March 1, 2016, for a February 28, 2017, event, but no earlier.
  • Reservations must be made online. If you or your organization do not have computer access, you may call 314-822-5806, and a staff member will enter your reservation electronically.
  • Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and the electronic date stamp of your online reservation will determine the order of reservations.
  • A rental agreement must be signed within five (5) business days of the acceptance and confirmation of the reservation.  All fees and the deposit will be due at the time the contract is signed, with the exception of the Host Fee (see below).
  • Fundraisers are allowed in the Train Station, including silent auctions.
  • Product sales are not allowed in the Train Station.
  • Indoor capacity is 40 people, per the Fire Marshal of the City of Kirkwood.
  • Combined indoor/outdoor capacity is 70 people.  However, this number of attendees will require that tables be set up outdoors.
  • The Host Fee must be paid in cash, on the date of the event, directly to the host.
  • Evening rental times are: 5:30 to 11:00 p.m., including set-up.  Clean-up must be completed within 30 minutes of the end of the event.
  • The Kirkwood Train Station is a smoke-free environment. Renters are responsible for ensuring there is no under-age drinking. Please see the additional list of on-site rules included in your contract. 

EVENING RENTAL FEES: The following fees are for a five-hour rental time.

  • Kirkwood Resident or Business*:  $300
  • Kirkwood Nonprofit Organization:  $100
  • Nonresident Individual or Business:  $400
  • Nonresident Nonprofit Organization: $200
  • Security and Cleaning Deposit:  $200, paid by all renters. This will be returned if the Station is left clean and returned to its normal setup (tables and chairs).
  • Host Fee:  $70, paid by all renters (Note: This must be paid in cash, to the host, on the day of the event.)

*Businesses may rent the Train Station for parties only, not to sell products or merchandise.