(Photo courtesy Kansas City Southern)
(Photo courtesy Kansas City Southern)

Kansas City-based Kansas City Southern Railway is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.

Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, which serves the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lazaro Cardenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal.

KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

In 1887 in suburban Kansas City, Arthur Edward Stilwell began construction on the first line. From 1940 to 1969, Kansas City Southern operated the Southern Belle passenger train, which operated between Kansas City and New Orleans.

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Kansas City Southern Facts & Figures

Here are some facts and figures about Kansas City Southern (numbers are estimated):

  • Route Miles: 3,130
  • Number of Employees: 2,700
  • Locomotives: 430
  • Freight Cars on System: 15,000

Kansas City Southern Reporting Marks

Railroads have many reporting marks, identification assigned by the American Association of Railroads. Kansas City Southern reporting marks include:

  • KCS

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