Kansas City Terminal Railway
|Kansas City Terminal Railway|
|Dates of operation||1906–present|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Headquarters||Kansas City, Missouri|
The Kansas City Terminal Railway (reporting mark KCT) is a Class III railroad 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:
- Alton Railroad
- 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-Kansas-Texas Railroad
- Missouri Pacific Railroad
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
- Union Pacific Railroad
- Wabash 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 plus Amtrak.