Canadian Pacific Kansas City

CP, KCS: First Lázaro Cárdenas-Chicago Interline Service

The first dedicated intermodal train between Lázaro Cárdenas and the U.S. Midwest arrived at Canadian Pacific’s (CP) Bensenville Yard in the Chicago area on March 8, reported CP, which worked with merger partner Kansas City Southern (KCS) on an interline basis for the move.

In September 2021, Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern agreed to combine, forming Canadian Pacific Kansas City, the first U.S.-Mexico-Canada rail network. The Surface Transportation Board on Nov. 23, accepted for consideration their merger application.

STB Advances Environmental Review of CPKC

The Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) is moving forward with its assessment of Canadian Pacific Kansas City’s (CPKC) potential effects on the environment.


Railway Age’s 2022 Railroader of the Year Award, our 59th annual, goes to two exemplary and visionary North American rail industry leaders: Canadian Pacific President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel, and Kansas City Southern President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. The two are reconfiguring the North American rail landscape by completing, if all goes as planned, what will be the first Class I merger in more than 20 years, and creating North America’s first transnational freight railroad, Canadian Pacific Kansas City, or CPKC.

CP, KCS Close Into Voting Trust

Canadian Pacific (CP) on Dec. 14 completed its acquisition of Kansas City Southern (KCS); KCS shares have been placed into a voting trust until the Surface Transportation Board (STB) issues a decision on railroads’ proposed combination, Canadian Pacific Kansas City, which is expected in fourth-quarter 2022.

KCS and CP locomotives at the top of the westbound grade at the Continental Divide in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. Photo by David Duffin

Mexican Authorities OK CPKC

Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) have received the required Mexican regulatory pre-transaction control approvals for their proposed combination, Canadian Pacific Kansas City.

Rivet Counting, Railroad-Style

In model railroading, there’s an annoying practice known as “rivet counting.” It involves people who have nothing better to do than finding fault with what someone else has created closely examining a painstakingly reproduced miniature (pick your scale—G, O, S, HO, N, Z—doesn’t matter) of a particular locomotive or car and finding some minuscule flaw, because the finished model doesn’t reproduce the actual equipment with 200% accuracy.

CP: Debt Offerings for CPKC Transaction

In two separate offerings, one in Canada, one in the United States, Canadian Pacific (CP) is issuing several billion dollars in debt to “indirectly fund, in part, the cash consideration required for the acquisition of common and preferred stock of Kansas City Southern (KCS) in connection with the CP-KCS transaction to create Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), North America’s first transnational Class I railroad.

Next Step Under Way For CPKC

It’s mainly procedural: On Oct. 29, Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern jointly filed a railroad control application with the Surface Transportation Board transaction to create Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), “the only single-line railroad linking the United States, Mexico and Canada.”