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BMW opens KCSM-served plant in Mexico

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image KCSM operates more than 2,000 miles of track in Mexico, where it expects to serve 14 automotive plants by next year.Photo – Kansas City Southern

BMW Group and Mexican government officials last week marked the opening of the automaker's new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

To be served by Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM), the more than $1 billion plant is designed to produce up to 175,000 vehicles annually. The facility will be used to produce the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the company's most successful model series, BMW Group officials said in a press release.

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From the editor: Ottensmeyer to receive 2019 Railroad Innovator Award

By Pat Foran, Editor

Progressive Railroading and RailTrends® have named Kansas City Southern President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Ottensmeyer the 2019 recipient of the Railroad Innovator Award, which recognizes an individual’s outstanding achievement in the rail industry. KCS’s president since 2015 and CEO since 2016, Ottensmeyer has helmed the railroad during a pivotal stretch in its history.

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UP and KCS: A tale of two PSR interpretations — analysis by Tony Hatch

Tony Hatch is an independent transportation analyst and consultant, and a program consultant for Progressive Railroading’s RailTrends® conference.

Last month, two western (well, west of the Mississippi) railroads reported above-consensus first-quarter earnings: Kansas City Southern, which grew year over year (YOY) by 18 percent (adjusted, versus Street estimates of around 10 percent); and Union Pacific Railroad, in its weather-dominated quarter, by 15 percent YOY (versus around 12 percent). KCS lowered its operating ratio by 160 basis points (bps) to (adjusted) 64.2, and UP lowered its OR by a point — having absorbed a 160bps weather impact — to 63.6. It was also noted that “at Union Pacific, we do not include real estate sales in our OR.” Zing! But more than the results — it was the differing tones and tenors of the earnings' webcasts that struck me.

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KCS appoints new leaders of chemical and petroleum, industrial and consumer groups

Kansas City Southern has reorganized its leadership in charge of the chemical, petroleum, industrial and consumer commodity groups, the Class I announced today.

KCS has appointed Ginger Adamiak vice president of energy and chemical products, adding chemical and petroleum in the United States and Mexico to her responsibilities. She previously served as VP energy, industrial development and innovation.

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KCS revises two service metrics

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image As part of the railroad's precision scheduled railroading transition, Kansas City Southern has revised the definitions of two service metrics it uses to measure operating performance, KCS officials announced on Monday. "Operational Cars Online" (formerly "Cars Online”) is a metric representing the number of rail cars on the KCS network that are not at a customer’s location. "Gross Velocity (formerly "Train Speed") is a metric measuring the average velocity of a train between its origin and destination, calculated as the sum of the miles traveled divided by the sum of total transit hours.  Transit hours are measured by calculating the difference between a train's origin departure and destination arrival date and times broken down by segment across the train route. This metric includes all time spent at intermediate locations between a train origin and destination, including all crew changes, terminal dwells, delays and incidents. “These revised metrics will give stakeholders a more accurate understanding of [our] operational performance as we strive to improve customer service,” KCS Executive Vice President of Precision Scheduled Railroading Sameh Fahmy said in a prepared statement.  

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