ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Excursion train travel will once again return to Union Station, signaling the revitalization of the historic landmark.
The rail car Ohio River arrived Thursday on Track Eight carrying Union Station’s new owner Steve O’Loughlin.
“This is an exciting day,” O’Loughlin says. “Years ago when we came to St. Louis and we started buying hotels, little did we know when we bought the hotel at Union Station along with it came a train station and now we have trains.”
He is convinced people will love the romance and nostalgia of riding the train out of Union Station once again.
In addition to renovations and bringing back excursion trains, O’Loughlin is working on another deal that sports and non sports fans will like.
“We’ve had some conversations with the Rams about maybe doing a program with them over to the Kansas City Chiefs preseason game to have fans go over there,” he says. “We can do Cubs-Cards weekends. We can go to the wine country. Some companies just want to circle St. Louis.”
The trains are the first phase of renovating and re-purposing Union Station.
“Our renovations of the hotel, which we are spending over $25 million dollars refurbishing,” O’Loughlin says. “We’re in the process right now spending $5 million dollars on a large exhibition hall that will hold up to 148-by-10 booths.”
O’Loughlin told KMOX that five conventions are already booked for Union Station.
O’Loughlin says he will bring the historic station back to the glory days once the renovation is on track. Union Station was developed in 1894 and was one of the largest train stations in the United States.