Kansas City Terminal Railway
The Kansas City Terminal Railway (reporting mark KCT) is a Class III terminal railroad that serves as a joint operation of the trunk railroads that serve the Kansas City metropolitan area, the United States' second largest rail hub. It is operated by the Kaw River Railroad.
The railway was created after a series of floods in 1903, 1904, and 1908 inundated the West Bottoms each time and temporarily closed the Union Depot there. The 12 original trunk railways of the city at the time joined together to build the new Union Station and to coordinate the bridges and switches that serve the city.
Under an Interstate Commerce Commission order, the railway operated and then oversaw the liquidation of the Rock Island Line from 1979 to 1980.
The railway owns and dispatches 85 miles of track (25 in Kansas and 60 in Missouri) and leases six locomotives and no freight cars. It no longer owns Union Station. It has subcontracted its maintenance operations to BNSF.
The original trunk railroads that were owners of the Kansas City Terminal were:
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Chicago Great Western Railway
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Kansas City Southern Railway
Missouri Pacific Railroad
St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
Union Pacific Railroad
It now serves the Class I railroads BNSF, Canadian Pacific Railway, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern Railway and Union Pacific as well as Class III Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad/Genesee and Wyoming plus Amtrak.
Kansas City Terminal Railway Overview
Reporting mark: KCT
Locale: Kansas, Missouri
Dates of operation: 1906 – present
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters: Kansas City, Missouri
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A Kansas City Terminal Railway Slideshow.
A postcard depiction of the Kansas City Terminal Railway's Bicentennial locomotive.
Kansas City Union Station, home of Kansas City Terminal Railway.
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