Railmark Holdings coming to Henderson

Railmark Holdings coming to Henderson
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 5:37 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2022 at 6:52 PM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - A piece of Henderson’s history is getting a facelift before it becomes the corporate headquarters of a business moving to the city.

Few people appreciate railroads more than Allen Brown.

“The rail has so much more to do with the economy and the success for our economy than most people realize,” said Brown.

Brown is the CEO of Railmark, a rail services company that bought Henderson’s Union Station in December.

The station first opened its doors 120 years ago. At the time, it was state-of-the-art, complete with tile floors and high ceilings. It’s since fallen on hard times, but Railmark is determined to renovate the building and make it their new headquarters.

They want Union Station to be a testament to the railway’s continued importance to the country.

“The railroad in America was then, and continues to be, a huge economic driver,” said Brown.

Their plan is to turn the northern half of the building into their offices, while the southern half will be dedicated to the history of the building as well as the area’s railroad history.

“You actually could build a whole television series like ‘Downton Abbey’ on just the stories of the Henderson rail entrepreneur groups,” said Brown.

Railmark says there are some unique challenges to updating a building that’s so old, including adding modern utilities and joining the north and south sides of the building, since the station was segregated when it first opened.

Railmark is currently headquartered in Madisonville, and company leaders are excited to get into their new place.

“I think it’s a good choice, we’re really happy,” said Brown.

Railmark officials say they plan to have all the offices up and running by fall of 2022, and they are working on plans for the museum portion of the building.

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