City of Kirkwood Celebrates 7th Annual Rail Safety Day April 20

On Saturday, April 20, the City of Kirkwood will host its 7th Annual Rail Safety Day at the Kirkwood Train Station (110 W. Argonne). There will be an open house at the station from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with a variety of activities scheduled throughout the day. The event is sponsored by the Kirkwood Police Department and aims to educate the public about staying safe around trains and railroad tracks.

This year’s Rail Safety Day will also celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the City of Kirkwood taking kwoodownership of the Kirkwood Train Station. The City of Kirkwood purchased the station from Amtrak in 2003 after learning that Amtrak was considering closing the station due to budget cuts. Because of the purchase, Kirkwood Train Station is still open today. It is now run by volunteers and remains a valued and historical part of Kirkwood. A ceremony featuring Mayor Art McDonnell commemorating the 10 year anniversary and thanking volunteers will begin at 10:30 am.

Join Kirkwood for Rail Safety Day on April 20 and enjoy the following exhibits and activities:

  • Special display on the hazards of not following safety rules at railroad crossing and around railroad tracks
  • Amtrak will host a drawing for free train tickets to Chicago or Kansas City
  • Free food will be provided by the Kirkwood American Legion Post
  • Live music will be performed by Robin Lopate (courtesy of the American Legion) from 11:00 am until 2:00 am
  • An operating model  train will be on display

Additional displays by:

  • Kirkwood Fire Department
  • Kirkwood Police Departmen
  • Missouri Operation Lifesaver
  • National Museum of Transport
  • Amtrak
  • Kirkwood Historical Society
  • National Railroad Historical Society
  • Big Bend Model Railroad Club
  • Morse Telegraph Club
  • Union Pacific Railroad Police Special Agents

Kirkwood Train Station is located at 110 W. Argonne, Kirkwood, MO  63122.

For more information, contact Kirkwood Police Officer Cliff Kierstead 984-6900, ext. 6142 or visit the City of Kirkwood website.