Kansas City Terminal Railway

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Kansas City Terminal Railway
Reporting mark KCT
Locale Kansas, Missouri
Dates of operation 1906–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 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.[1][2]

Union Station

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:

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.


  1. ^ Watco, Inc., Kaw River Railroad, accessed November 2009
  2. ^ STB Finance Docket No. 34830, March 22, 2006