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

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.”
Majestic Maersk in Copenhagen
27 Dec 2013
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12 Nov 2013
U.S.-based major railroads’ profit growth surged back in the third quarter, as resilient pricing and increased operational efficiencies overcame a 2.8 percent drop in total volume hauled compared to the same period last year.
24 Oct 2013
Patrick Ottensmeyer, Kansas City Southern’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, explains the appeal of near-shoring in Mexico and addresses the question of security and safety concerns there.
Brian Bowers, Kansas City Southern’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, intermodal and automotive
24 Oct 2013
Brian Bowers, Kansas City Southern’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, intermodal and automotive, on activity in Mexico, specifically the growth of Lazaro Cardenas and the impact of recent relocations by car manufacturers.
Kansas City Southern Railway
21 Oct 2013
Kansas City Southern reported its profit in the third quarter jumped 31.2 percent from $90.7 million in 2012 to $119.0 million in 2013.
Kansas City Southern Mexico intermodal train
01 Oct 2013
Rising costs for truckers in Mexico will drive more U.S.-bound freight from highways to rail networks, fueling strong intermodal growth, a Kansas City Southern Railway executive told the JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
18 Sep 2013
Kansas City Southern Railway’s cross-border intermodal volume will continue to expand not just because of Mexican manufacturing growth, but because of the strong advantage rail has over the trucking industry south of the border, Patrick Ottensmeyer, chief marketing officer at the railroad, told conferees Wednesday at The Journal of Commerce's Inland Distribution Conference in Kansas City.