Wednesday, May 17, 2017

KCS plans upgrades in five states

Written by  Stuart Chirls, senior editor, Railway Age

Kansas City Southern Railway Co. is investing approximately $24.6 million in 2017 on construction and improvement projects on its Pittsburg, Heavener and Shreveport Subdivisions.

Rail, crosstie and crossing improvements are planned in 20 communities between Neosho, Mo. and Blanchard, La. The work is expected to begin May 30 and continue through late August.

In total, the project will include the replacement of approximately 7.7 miles of rail and approximately 90,000 crossties, as well as improvements to more than 130 road crossings.

"KCS, through its U.S. and Mexican subsidiaries, continues to invest in capital projects to expand network capacity, keep maintenance in a regular and healthy cycle, and enhance the safety of our operation," said President and Chief Executive Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. "These investments also help us be an economic growth partner to our customers and the communities through which we operate."