A Mid-continent Major Rail System
Kansas City Southern Railway
Louisiana & Arkansas Railway
and later
Kansas City Southern de Mexico
Panama Canal Railway


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KCS/L&A
May 26, 1940
KCS Herald

KCSM Herald
> The Kansas City Southern Industries(KCSI), is an international transportation holding company comprised of three primary railroads: The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS), Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) and Panama Canal Railway Company (PCR).
The original KCS of the 30's and 40's is a combination of the former Kansas City Southern and the Louisiana & Arkansas Railways which operated in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas. The 1993-94 merger with MidSouth Corporation added the States of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. The expanded KCS area serves much of the U.S. petroleum, chemicals, zinc, lead, bauxite, coal, natural gas, timber, livestock and grain production and transport (wik)(rp).
KCSI is unique since it started as a relatively small railroad that resisted the forces of consolidation which merged almost all railroads into six major conglomerates that dominate most of the US and Canadian long haul rail scene from the 1950's until today. The KCSI, on the other hand has expanded from it's small position to become a major player and now ranks among the big rail companies.(rp)
The original Kansas City Southern Railway Company, 1,711 miles long, was not one of the pioneer lines that opened vast areas of virgin land. Rather, the railway was built after the major settlement of the Midwest, as a means of marketing the region's fast increasing productivity. But the building of the Kansas City Southern did result in many new cities and towns, including Port Arthur, Texas, now one of the nation's largest ports. The railway also tapped important resources in the six Midwestern Southwestern States through which it originally passed Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana
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Kansas City Southern
October 22, 1944

L&A Herald
L&A Herald
and Texas. In 1938 the KCS introduced a diesel-electric powered passenger train the "Flying Crow" from Kansas City to Port Arthur, Texas with connections at Hope, Arkansas to St. Louis on the MoPac.
The Louisiana and Arkansas Railway was a railroad that operated in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. The railroad's main line extended 332 miles, from Hope, Arkansas to Shreveport and New Orleans, Louisiana. Branch lines served Vidalia, Louisiana (opposite Natchez, Mississippi), and Dallas, Texas. The KCS obtained control of the L&A in 1932 and merged it in 1992. In 1940 the KCS/L&A introduce a streamlined diesel powered passenger train the "Southern Belle" from KC to New Orleans. All passenger service on the KCS/L&A was discontinued in 1968-69.
The Kansas City Southern de Mexico was formed in 1996 when Kansas City Southern Industries and Transportacion Maritima Mexicana (TMM) purchased a government concession to operate on a rail system in Mexico. The most sought after portion of the concessions, called the Northeast Railroad, was bid on by many major companies, including the United State's largest railroad company, Union Pacific Railroad. This concession contained about 4,000 km (2,500 miles) of track with connections to many key cities, including Monterrey, San Luis Potosi, Mexico City, and Laredo. This track carried 46% of all rail traffic in Mexico and 60% of all freight coming from the United States. KCSM and TMM bid and won the concession for $1.4 Billion USD for the rights to operate the concession, each paying 49% and 51%, respectively. In 2006 KCSI purchased Transportacion Maritima Mexicana's share and renamed the Mexican lines Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. . Today, KCSM consists of 2,661 track miles, serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lazaro Cardenas, Tampico, and Veracruz among others.
The Panama Canal Railway was formed in 1998 when the government of Panama turned over control of the Panama Railway to the private Panama Canal Railway Company (PCR), a joint venture between the Kansas City Southern Railroad and privately held Lanigan Holdings, LLC. This has provided KCSI the opportunity to share a portion of the goods and services flowing across the Isthmus of Panama.

Short Timeline of Kansas City Southern Railway
The KCS was a result of the passion of Arthur Stilwell to build from Kansas City to the Gulf
1886 - Option to build a Kansas City Suburban Belt Railroad is financed and construction Started
1887 - KCSBR incorporated in January
1889 - Kansas City Nevada and Fort Smith Railroad organized to build south to coal, lead and zinc mining areas
1890 - "Belt line" starts operation westward to Argentine, Kansas and eastward to Independence, Missouri a distance of 40 miles. Switching service and connections to other railroads provided as well as passenger service to Independence.
1891 - KCN&FS tracks completed to Hume, Missouri, some 80 miles south of Kansas City
1892 - A line building north from Texarkana across the Red River, the Texarkana and Fort Smith Railroad is purchased by the KCN&SF. A reorganization forms the Kansas City Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad.
1893 - Joplin. Missouri reached
1893 - Kansas City Fort Smith and Southern purchased extending lines south to Suphur Springs, Arkansas
1893 - Panic of 1893 hits country. Stock sale in Holland give KCP&G funds to continue construction to link line from Texarkana to the north line at Sulphur Springs
1996-97 - Stilwell saved railroad from receivership by agility in gaining funds to continue
1897 - Decision to forego buying a line to Galveston, and build a new land locked Port called Port Arthur, in Texas, proves to be fruitful and line to Port Arthur is completed
1897 - KCP&G becomes a primary grain mover to Port Arthur
1898 - Pullman builds first all-steel business car for Arthur Stilwell
1900 - Lack of funds for cars required for coal and timber, and death of George Pullman puts KCP&G into receivership
1900 -Reorganized as Kansas City Southern Railway by eastern interests, including E.H.Harriman. Stilwell begins building future Santa Fe line from KC to southwest
1901 - Oil boom in Beaumont, Port Arthur, Lake Charles area and subsequent industrial development helps KCS
1907 - Oklahoma becomes a state and KCS prospers
1929 - Kansas City and Grandview Railway ownership completes link into KC, eliminating use of SLSF to reach KC
1939 - KCS obtains control of Louisiana & Arkansas in October. L&A retains identity
1992 - KCS and L&A merged. Four wholly owned branch line subsidiaries were also merged into KCS on this date, July 6, 1992: Kansas and Missouri Railway and Terminal Company (K&M); Fort Smith and Van Buren Railway Company (FS&VB); Arkansas Western Railway Company (A&W); and. Maywood and Sugar Creek Railway Company (Maywood).
1995 - KCSL&A purchases Santa Fe segment into Dallas
Short history of Louisiana and Arkansas Railway Company
1896 - L&A started in Stamps, Arkansas as a logging line by William Buchanan
1896-1902 - Shreveport and Red River Valley Railroad built from Shreveport to Alexandria, and south to Mansura, Louisiana, west of L&A
1898 - Chartered as a common carrier and extended into Louisiana
1899-1900 - Purchase of Arkansas Louisiana and Southern and construction to Ashland Louisiana completed
1902 - Winnfield Louisiana reached
1903 - Extension north to Hope Arkansas to connect to MP and Frisco Completed
1906 Line to Alexandria Louisiana completed
1910 - Line extended Minden to Shreveport
1917 - Line to Vidalia, Mississippi on Mississippi River leased from MP
1903 - Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co. organized to purchase S&RRV and build south to New Orleans
1907 - New Orleans reached in April
1923 - MKT lines west into Texas from Shreveport purchased and trackage rights on T&P from Waskom, Texas to Shreveport gives LR&N operations into Texas as Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co. of Texas
1928-29 - L&A and LR&N reorganized as Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Co.
1928 - L&A passenger train "The Shreveporter" inaugurated, connecting to MKT at Hope Arkansas
1930 - LR&NofT name changed to Louisiana Arkansas & Texas Railway Co.
1932 - Trackage rights on MKT give LA&T access to Dallas, Texas
1937 - Trackage rights to Dallas switched to Santa Fe
1939 - LA&T purchased by L&A in July
1939 - KCS obtains control of L&A in October. L&A retains identity
1992 - KCS and L&A merged
1995 - KCSL&A purchases Santa Fe segment into Dallas
Later history of KCS Lines
The Deramus years
1930's-40's - 127 pound rail, improved grading and passing tracks, radio-telephone, improved yards and shops established
1938 - Diesel powered "Flying Crow" passenger train KC to Port Arthur
1940 - "Southern Belle" streamliner from Kansas City to New Orleans and Houston
post-1945 - New passenger equipment ordered
1951 - KCS completely dieselized
post 1961 - New EMD SD40 diesels purchased, 136 pound rail installed, and computerized systems established. Bridges and other infrastructure improvements
1962 - Kansas City Southern Industries incorporated to pursue diversification and expansion
1968-69 - Passenger service discontinued
KCS recent expansion as a large Class 1 Railroad
1991 - Unit trains and intermodal transport of coal, grain, soda ash, wood and paper products, and petrochemicals to and from Gulf of Mexico through trackage rights on UP
1993 - Graysonia Nashville and Ashdown Railroad merged into KCS providing connection north of Texarkana and running east
1994 - Midsouth Railroad Corp. merged into KCS connecting KCS at Shreveport due east to to Vicksburg, Jackson and Meridian, Mississippi, then north to Artesia, Mississippi and east again to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and through trackage rights to Birmingham, Alabama. The Midsouth also provided a north line to Counce, Tennessee and a south line to Gulfport, Mississippi
1994 - KCS now has an east-west line from Dallas, Texas to Birmingham, Alabama
1995 - Michael Haverty is president of KCSI
1996 - KCS in joint venture forming Kansas City Southern de Mexico
1996 - KCS, in joint venture with Lanigan Holding LLC to take over Panama Railroad, as Panama Canal Railway Co.
2006 - KCS purchases full interest in KCSM
Kansas City Southern de Mexico
1996 - KCSM formed when Kansas City Southern Industries and Transportacion Maritima Mexicana (TMM) purchased a government concession to operate on a rail system in Mexico.
2006 - Kansas City Southern Industries purchased Transportacion Maritima Mexicana's share and renamed the Mexican lines Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
Panama Canal Railway
1998 - The government of Panama turned over control of the Panama Railway to the private Panama Canal Railway Company ("PCRC"), a joint venture between the Kansas City Southern Railroad and privately held Lanigan Holdings, LLC
2000- 2001 - PCRC upgraded to handle large shipping containers, to complement the Panama Canal in cargo transport. The line is now single track with some strategically placed sections of double track.
2006 - PCRC motive power includes 10 ex-Amtrak F40PHs and 1 GP10. Rolling stock is notable for a 1938 dome car

KCS genealoy


KCSmap44
KCS/L&A Timetable Map
October 22, 1944
KCSmap08
Kansas City Southern
Railways -2008

Our Sources
Private Collection of Richard R. Parks(rp)
Wikipedia the free Encyclopedia [web](wik)
Official Guide- April 1940
Kansas City Southern -www.kcsouthern.com(kcs)
April 27, 2009, revised June 10, 2011