The primary subsidiary of Kansas City Southern (KCS), Kansas City Southern Railway (KCSR) transports freight over a network of more than 3,200 miles of track in the midwestern and southern US. The company's system spans parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Freight carried by KCSR includes general commodities (agricultural and mineral products, chemical and petroleum products, and forest products and minerals), coal, intermodal containers, and motor vehicles. Through another KCS unit, Texas Mexican Railway, KCSR connects with sister company Kansas City Southern de México (KCSM), a major Mexican rail carrier. KCSR was founded in 1887.
About 600 miles of KCSR's system consists of trackage rights that allow the company to operate its trains over other railroad's tracks. – less