Kirkwood, MO (KWD)

Built in 1893 by the Missouri Pacific Railroad, the depot is the heart of community life. Volunteers staff the station, greet customers, host civic gatherings and provide tourist information.

110 West Argonne Drive
Kirkwood, MO 63122-4202

Station Hours

Annual Ticket Revenue (FY 2023): $1,531,083
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2023): 43,128
  • Facility Ownership: City of Kirkwood
  • Parking Lot Ownership: City of Kirkwood
  • Platform Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
  • Track Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad

Derrick James
Regional Contact
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The Romanesque-style Kirkwood station was built in 1893 by the Missouri Pacific Railroad. For townspeople, it represents more than just a place to alight and depart – it is the heart of the community.

Kirkwood owes its existence to the railroad and was named for the chief engineer of the Pacific Railroad, James Pugh Kirkwood. In 1852, land was acquired from Owen Collins by the Pacific Railroad for a right-of-way and the track to Kirkwood was completed the following year. The first train pulled into Kirkwood on May 11, 1853, for an auction sale of lots. The town subsequently became the first planned suburb west of the Mississippi River.

The original station was a wood frame depot built in 1863, but it only survived for 30 years. In 1893, the Missouri Pacific Railroad hired Douglas Donovan to replace it with a more permanent stone structure. The depot exhibits many similarities to the work of famed Boston architect Richard Hobson Richardson, whose buildings were usually constructed with unfinished stone in dark red, tan, brown and gray hues. The asymmetrical compositions were pierced by deep-set, round arches reminiscent of Medieval Romanesque structures found in Europe. Constructed of random ashlar, light colored, rock-faced stone, the depot features a porte-cochere and a main entrance set within a large round arch accented by decorative voussoirs. A curved bay facing the tracks is topped by a turret with a conical roof and finial.

A train turn-table was located near the present-day Farmers Market to turn engines for the return trip to St. Louis. Freight trains frequently used helper engines to endure the “Kirkwood Hill,” prior to dieselization. Commuter trains traveled through Kirkwood until 1961.

In 2003, Amtrak discontinued agents at the Kirkwood station at the state’s request, in order to cut costs, yet the station did not remain closed for long. City administrator Mike Brown led an initiative to buy the station from the Union Pacific Railroad and then institute a pioneer management program. The city called for volunteers to staff the Amtrak station, and 199 citizens showed up to perform their civic duties.

One year later, Amtrak awarded station volunteers the 2004 President’s Service and Safety “Champion of the Rails” Award. Not only do station volunteers provide arrival and departure times, they meet and greet customers, beautify the station, host civic gatherings and parties, provide tourist information, and run a lending library for passengers. The station is run entirely by volunteers.

As a continuing sign of the community’s dedication to their station, the Historic Kirkwood Train Station Foundation was formed in the late 2010s to seek ongoing funding sources for maintenance and construction projects. Funds are being raised for a planned building restoration that includes installing a new roof and geothermal heating/cooling system, tuckpointing stonework, restoring doors and windows, and more.

Today, the city is called the “Queen of the St. Louis Suburbs.” Kirkwood is often likened to Bedford Falls, the fictional town in the film, It’s a Wonderful Life, because of its stately tree-lined avenues, vibrant downtown and historic homes. Attractions in Kirkwood include the Powder Valley Nature Center, The Magic House, downtown Kirkwood, beautiful parks, and festivals.

The Missouri River Runner is financed primarily through funds made available by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Station Building (with waiting room)


  • ATM not available
  • No elevator
  • Payphones
  • Quik-Trak kiosks
  • Restrooms
  • Unaccompanied child travel not allowed
  • No vending machines
  • No WiFi
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure
  • Indicates an accessible service.


  • Amtrak Express shipping not available
  • No checked baggage service
  • No checked baggage storage
  • Bike boxes not available
  • No baggage carts
  • Ski bags not available
  • No bag storage
  • Shipping boxes not available
  • No baggage assistance


  • Same-day parking is available; fees may apply
  • Overnight parking is available; fees may apply
  • Indicates an accessible service.


  • Payphones
  • Accessible platform
  • Accessible restrooms
  • No accessible ticket office
  • Accessible waiting room
  • Accessible water fountain
  • Same-day, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
  • Overnight, accessible parking is available; fees may apply
  • No high platform
  • No wheelchair
  • Wheelchair lift available


Station Waiting Room Hours
Mon08:00 am - 05:00 pm
08:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Tue08:00 am - 05:00 pm
08:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Wed08:00 am - 05:00 pm
08:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Thu08:00 am - 05:00 pm
08:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Fri08:00 am - 05:00 pm
08:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Sat08:00 am - 05:00 pm
08:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Sun08:00 am - 05:00 pm
08:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Ticket Office Hours
No ticket office at this location.
Passenger Assistance Hours
No passenger assistance service at this location.
Checked Baggage Service
No checked baggage at this location.
Parking Hours
No parking at this location.
Quik-Track Kiosk Hours
Mon06:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue06:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed06:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu06:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri06:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat06:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun06:00 am - 10:00 pm
Lounge Hours
No lounge at this location.
Amtrak Express Hours
No Amtrak Express at this location.