ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- After seven years of sitting idle, Union Station is bringing train travel back to its tracks.
This 1920's-era private train car, known as the Ohio River, rolled to a stop on Track 8 at Union Station at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon, marking the first time in nearly 7 years that these tracks were host to actual train travel at Union Station.
Union Station has new ownership that knew that a crucial element was missing from their new property.
Bob O'Loughlin immediately turned to Ed Boyce, a former railcar operator at Union Station before the facility closed all train travel.
On Thursday, the two rode the first car from Chicago to Union Station in 7 years, marking a new era for train travel at Union Station.
Ed was all smiles on Thursday, as the station he loves so much will soon have a meaningful name again.
Mayor Francis Slay was all smiles too at the potential more train activity can have on the downtown St. Louis economy.
Hotel officials expect train travel to return within the next few months, and hopefully begin the process of bringing Union Station back to the level of significance it once had.
Bringing trains back is just one of many changes the new hotel ownership is bringing to Union Station.
They are already having discussions with the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Cardinals regarding fan excursions to Kansas City for the Rams Chiefs preseason games, and to Chicago for Cardinal baseball series at Wrigley.