|The Kansas City Terminal Railway is a Class III railroad that serves as joint operation of the trunk railroads|
that serve the Kansas City metropolitan area, the country's second largest rail hub.
The Railway was created after a 1903 flood in the West Bottoms that closed the Union Depot, which was
located there. The 12 original trunk railways of the city at the time joined together to build the new Union
Station on higher ground 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. It no longer owns Union Station and has subcontracted its switching operations to the
Kansas City Southern and its maintenance operations to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
It now serves the Class I railroads Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Canadian Pacific Railway, Kansas City
Southern, Norfolk Southern Railway and Union Pacific.
They also serve Class III Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad plus Amtrak at Union Station.
The twelve 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 and St. Paul 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