Kansas City Southern has converted a poorly maintained and marginally profitable route spanning the states of Mississippi and Louisiana into a raceway of modern commerce. Cast off as having little hope by previous owner Illinois Central, this line is now part of what KCS calls its Transcontinental Division.
Travel the length of the Meridian Subdivision, across Mississippi from the city of Meridian, through Jackson, to Vicksburg. KCS has a three-carrier alliance with NS and BNSF to haul trains between Atlanta and Dallas. KCS freights, pulled by a fleet of modern diesels, are seen in action on the 140 miles of upgraded track. Local freights ply the line and there are plenty of pulpwood yards and feed elevators to keep them busy. Hotshot intermodal trains and road freights race across the rebuilt track and stop at a newly built yard outside Jackson.
The sleepy South has risen to a booming economy and the region is keeping the railroad busy. But the quaint, small towns and hamlets along the line are a joy to view, retaining the charm of the old South. The hills, curves, and streams presented a challenge to the builders but make a fantastic backdrop for watching trains. Enjoy the history, drama, and excitement of big time railroading as we explore KCS operations across the Meridian Subdivision.