A ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of a new Amtrak station in Hermann will take place Friday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m.

The Missouri River Runner train scheduled to arrive in Hermann at 10:49 a.m. that morning will be held briefly for photos, according to city officials.

Officials from Amtrak, the Missouri Department of Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad and the city of Hermann, as well as architects and contractors involved with the project, will be ond hand for the ceremony.

Hermann’s new Amtrak station has been eight years in the making, with plans first approved in 2006.

“All of the citizens of Hermann are thankful for our Amtrak station,” said Hermann Mayor Tom Shabel. “This project took the efforts and cooperation of many citizens, MoDOT, Union Pacific Railroad and city officials. The results were worth the effort.”

The Amtrak Missouri River Runner line, which runs between Kansas City and St. Louis, makes four daily stops in Hermann, bringing thousands of visitors to the histroic German community each year for festivals, special events and weekend getaways.

“Hermann has waited a long time for this facility to come to fruition,” said City Administrator Mark Wallace. “We are very proud and excited to have a new Amtrak station to serve our visitors.”

“Missouri has a strong tradition of communities working to improve station facilities to offer travelers a warm welcome,” said Amtrak representative Patric Kidd, citing similar projects in Independence, Kirkwood, LaPlata and Sedalia.

Kidd said the last new Amtrak station to open in Missouri was the St. Louis County Gateway Transportation Center in November of 2008.