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Kansas City Southern posts 2019 Holiday Express train schedule

Rail News Home Kansas City Southern 8/21/2019 Rail News: Kansas City Southern
image The six-car festive train will depart Nov. 27 from Shreveport, Louisiana.Photo – Kansas City Southern

It still may be summer, but it's not too early for Kansas City Southern to roll out the 2019 schedule for its 19th annual Holiday Express train.

The six-car festive train will depart Nov. 27 from Shreveport, Louisiana, on this year's tour, which will stop in 20 communities in five U.S. states on 25 dates. The route will end Dec. 22 at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Kansas City Southern posts record Q2 results

Kansas City Southern today reported record second-quarter revenue of $714 million, a 5 percent increase on flat volumes compared with the previous year's same quarter.

Year-over-year revenue growth for the quarter was led by a 19 percent increase in chemicals and petroleum shipments, particularly to Mexico, as well as a 5 percent increase in automotive, KCS officials said in a press release.

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Kansas City Southern employs PSR to improve service performance, forge a traffic-growth foothold

The new mantra "service begets growth" was developed by KCS to emphasize the correlation between optimal operational performance and accelerated business generation. Senior execs believe a fluid and resilient railroad is much better positioned to capitalize on traffic-growth opportunities.Photo – Kansas City Southern

By Jeff Stagl, Managing Editor

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BMW opens KCSM-served plant in Mexico

Rail News Home Kansas City Southern 6/13/2019 Rail News: Kansas City Southern
image KCSM operates more than 2,000 miles of track in Mexico, where it expects to serve 14 automotive plants by next year.Photo – Kansas City Southern

BMW Group and Mexican government officials last week marked the opening of the automaker's new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

To be served by Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM), the more than $1 billion plant is designed to produce up to 175,000 vehicles annually. The facility will be used to produce the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the company's most successful model series, BMW Group officials said in a press release.

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From the editor: Ottensmeyer to receive 2019 Railroad Innovator Award

By Pat Foran, Editor

Progressive Railroading and RailTrends® have named Kansas City Southern President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Ottensmeyer the 2019 recipient of the Railroad Innovator Award, which recognizes an individual’s outstanding achievement in the rail industry. KCS’s president since 2015 and CEO since 2016, Ottensmeyer has helmed the railroad during a pivotal stretch in its history.

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