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Kansas City Southern Timetables (August, 1952)


Published: Febtruary 23, 2024

By: Adam Burns

Presented below is public timetables from the August, 1952 issue of The Official Guide Of The Railways, during Kansas City Southern's "classic" era.

Kansas City Southern Railway, known as KCS, stands as a vital link in the North American rail network, serving ten central and southern U.S. states along with significant parts of Mexico.

Founded in the late 19th century by Arthur E. Stilwell, KCS today spans a system of roughly 3,200 miles of track, connecting midwestern and southeastern U.S. to critical shipping ports along the Gulf Coast. KCS is owned by Kansas City Southern (KCS), a Fortune 500 transportation holding.

In 2005, KCSR brought the Mexican Railroad TFM under full ownership, which was rebranded to Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM), creating a seamless international rail system enabling growth of North American trade.

It primarily transports various commodities including automotive, chemical & petroleum, industrial & consumer products, agriculture & minerals, and energy.

In 2020, Canadian Pacific Railway proposed to merge with KCS, augmenting the scale of North American rail networks. However, in 2021 the Canadian National Railway made an even higher offer for the acquisition, sparking a bidding war.

Once completed, this merger will create the first rail network connecting Canada, the United States, and Mexico. KCSR's pivotal role holds significant influence over North American trade and transportation.

Public Timetables (August, 1952)



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