US-based Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) has announced plans to invest $25m this year in construction and improvement projects throughout its Beaumont Subdivision.
The investment will be used to improve rail, cross tie and crossing between DeQuincy and Hornbeck, Louisiana. Expected to begin this month, the work will continue until April.
KCS CEO Patrick Ottensmeyer said: “KCS, through its US and Mexican subsidiaries, continues to invest in capital projects to expand network capacity, keep maintenance in a regular and healthy cycle, and enhance the safety of our operation.
"These investments also help us be an economic growth partner to our customers and the communities through which we operate."
KCSR will work with communities including DeQuincy, Singer, DeRidder, Rosepine, Leesville, Anacoco and Hornbeck.
As part of the project, around 24 miles of rail, 70,000 cross ties will be replaced and improvements would be made to 56 road crossings.
KCS offers transportation throughout North America and beyond with service to intermodal ramps, ports and transload centres, as well as through partnerships with all Class I railroads and several short line tracks.
The company has railroad investments in the US, Mexico and Panama. Its North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system that connects the commercial and industrial centres.
Image: A KCS unit train of unprocessed frac sand passes the Jaudon siding south of Kansas City near Belton, Missouri, destined for a processing facility in Oklahoma. Photo: courtesy of Kansas City Southern.