ST. LOUIS, MO — The glamourous era of train travel is returning to St. Louis Union Station with excursions on historic rail cars now available around the metro area. it was announced May 31.
Beautifully restored rail cars will leave the National Historic Landmark train station for corporate outings and pre-planned rolling or stationary events under the train shed, including receptions, smaller meetings and parties. The new excursions are ideal for corporate and incentive groups, boards of directors meetings and unique VIP experiences.
Nine rail cars are available for private, three-hour excursions around the St Louis metro area’s rails. Non-moving events can be held on the cars located on the tracks at Union Station’s train shed. Cars range in capacity from 12 to 40 passengers.
The beautiful Southern Hospitality seats 40 or can be configured for a reception of up to 60. The Silver Chalet seats 34 passengers or can host a reception for 50. Silver Express seats 12 people or accommodates a reception for 50. Silver Shore seats 12 or offers a reception space for 30 people. The Silver Lodge can also be added to an excursion as a sleeper car with 16 beds.
Each car features audio-visual capabilities, and creative food and beverage options are available to enhance onboard events.
Beyond the train excursions, Union Station owner Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) has announced major changes and enhancements designed to transform the National Historic Landmark train station by adding new attractions, train-themed guestrooms and food outlets, and an outdoor plaza.
The project will transform the property’s existing indoor and outdoor retail and entertainment spaces, positioning Union Station as one of the region’s premiere gathering and entertainment destinations. The site will feature a 200-foot observation wheel, a new food-train park under the facility’s massive train shed, added green spaces, light shows and a fountain and fire show at the lake as a focal point of the new outdoor experience.
St. Louis Union Station opened in 1894 and closed in October 1978. After a $140 million renovation and restoration, the station reopened in 1985. In October 2012, LHN purchased the National Historic Landmark.