Kansas City Southern Railway

Kansas City Southern Railway

The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, the smallest U.S. Class I railroad, is owned by transportation holding company Kansas City Southern, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City Southern Railway is a primarily north-south line linking the central United States to Mexico, where it connects with Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., which is also owned by Kansas City Southern. KCS de Mexico serves northeastern and central Mexico, providing connections to the ports of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz.

Founded in 1887, KCSR operates approximately 3,500 route miles in a 10-state region, serving the central and south central U.S.

Holding company KCS also has a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Co., which provides rail service along the Panama Canal.

In 2013, KCS had a profit of $351.4 million on record revenue of $2.37 billion — up 5.8 percent year-over-year.

KCSR recorded revenue of $649.7 million in the second quarter of 2014, up 12.2 percent from year-earlier revenue of $579.3 million. 2014 half-year was $1.25 billion, up 11 percent from the previous year.

Key Coverage

KCS intermodal facility to tap growing Dallas market

KCS Confident Mexico Won’t Strip Its Concession Agreement

Kansas City Southern Reports Record Revenue

KCS Bullish on Intermodal Growth South of the Border

Kansas City Southern auto train
22 Apr 2015
Kansas City Southern Railway is scaling back its outlook for intermodal growth this year after service and equipment issues slowed first-quarter growth in domestic and cross-border traffic.
20 Feb 2015
Kansas City Southern Railway’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, who has helped lead the railroad’s successful push into the U.S.-Mexico cross-border market, has been promoted to president.
23 Jan 2015
Kansas City Southern Railway’s intermodal traffic increased 8 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2014, despite congestion from other U.S. railroads and cross-border diversions that cost it some volume.
Erik Hansen
19 Dec 2014
Erik Hansen, Kansas City Southern’s Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Intermodal, on Mexico’s rising importance as an importer, natural benefits of the Port of Larazo Cardenas and its potential for growth, as well as investment in domestic U.S. intermodal.
Railroad crossing
27 Oct 2014
Canadian Pacific Railway CEO E. Hunter Harrison sees railroad consolidation as possible and a way to greatly improve service, but the majority of his Class I counterparts aren’t on board.
 Kansas City Southern Railway
24 Oct 2014
Kansas City Southern Railway is talking with ocean carriers and beneficial cargo owners about diverting shipments bound for the U.S. Gulf region away from congestion-wracked Los Angeles-Long Beach to the Port of Lazaro Cardenas in south-central Mexico.
21 Oct 2014
The book is closed on a three-year cross-border trucking pilot project, but the debate over cross-border trucking with Mexico is far from finished.
20 Oct 2014
Kansas City Southern Railway said it’s investing in its network at a higher rate than most other Class I railroads, as the company expects to increasingly handle more U.S.-Mexico cross-border intermodal, vehicle, crude oil and agriculture and mineral shipments.
18 Oct 2014
Kansas City Southern Railway rode a rebound of container traffic at Lazaro Cardenas port in the third quarter, helping the company hit record revenue in the period.
06 Oct 2014
A new survey of U.S. shippers suggests poor U.S.
Intermodal train
22 Aug 2014
The U.S. rail regulatory agency is asking the seven major U.S. and Canadian railroads, along with short lines, to explain how they will handle the expected surge of intermodal traffic, noting the situation has been “challenging.”
04 Aug 2014
An announcement last week that a Chinese consortium would build a rail line connecting a planned port on Mexico’s Pacific Coast to a manufacturing hub along the U.S. border was heavy on fanfare but short on details.