Growth of the KCS

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Growth of the KCS

Post by RAILROADTRAINING » Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:54 pm

since kcs has been operating since the late 1800's and they are the second oldest class 1 railroad, why is it that kcs is the smallest class 1 railroad?
by this I mean why havent they grown since the past, do they just want to stay in a certain area, or what?

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Re: kansas city southern history?

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Sat Feb 06, 2010 4:49 pm

While the KCS growth in the US has been modest, same can hardly be said of their growth within Mexico and the Republic of Panama.

Most of the lines that comprised the state owned NdeM, Nacionales of Mexico are now Kansas City Southern Mexico.

In Paama, Panama Canal Railway

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Re: kansas city southern history?

Post by 3rd Gen. Brakeman » Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:23 pm

I'm sure Mr. Haverty would be happy to answer that question! :-D
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Re: Growth of the KCS

Post by ShortlinesUSA » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:35 pm

I think the shortest answer is easy: they haven't been involved in a major merger along the way. Their absorption of the MidSouth lines pales in comparison to the consolidation the other class 1s have undergone in the last 20 years or so to reach their present size.
Mike Derrick

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