Classic trains roll into Union Station

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - It takes a lot of care to restore a classic car, especially one that weighs more than 20 tons.

"It was built in 1948 for the president of the Milwaukee railroad," says Sherrie Conover, owner of the Old Milwaukee Wisconsin train car.

Sherrie Conover`s vintage train car is one of twenty classics that have trekked into where else, historic Union Station, for the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners (AAPRCO) annual convention.

"I married a railroad buff and became one," says Connover.

With names like southern hospitality and silver star, this private group of historians shares a love for locomotives.

"I think my two cars are the best ones out there but you ask every owner and they`ll give you the same answer," says Dave Hoffman, train car owner. "Each car is unique in its own way. We have light weight cars if you call them built in 1955 and 1956."

Some of these date back to the 1920`s.

Just like the board game, to own a real life piece of the railroad most owners won`t say, but imagine the cost of a house and you too can be full steam ahead on this hobby.

"It`s really something special for a car owner to have our annual convention at a facility like this but this one is still here is really unique and it`s just beautiful," says Hoffman.