Kansas City Southern Announces 12th Annual Holiday Express Charitable
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- November 19, 2012
Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) announced today that its 12^th Annual
Holiday Express will distribute $107,650 in gift cards to the Salvation Army
to provide warm clothing and other necessities for children in need at stops
along the Holiday Express route. Since its beginning in 2001, the Holiday
Express project has raised over $1.18 million for this cause.
Special thanks to the major sponsors, who helped make this year’s charitable
contribution possible, including The Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund,
Michael and Marlys Haverty Family Foundation, Chatham Asset Management, LLC,
DST Systems, Inc., ITS Technologies & Logistics LLC and Sinclair PLLC.
The six-car train with Santa Claus and his elves will be open to the public on
24 dates in 22 communities in seven states through KCS’ U.S. service
territory, including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma,
Missouri and Kansas. Access to the train is free.
Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes
a smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a
miniature village; a ginger bread boxcar; the elves’ workshop; the reindeer
stable; and a little red caboose. The Holiday Express was created in 2001
after volunteers dedicated over 8,000 hours to the rigorous transformation of
the previously retired rail cars.
The Holiday Express was built on the tradition of the Santa Train, which ran
on a segment of the network purchased by KCS in 1997. In 2000, KCS employees
noticed that the Santa Train was the only Christmas some kids had, and that
some did not even have essential items like coats, hats and gloves. KCS
employees were so touched that they committed to elevating the project. In
2001, volunteers transformed a retired freight train to the experience that
communities throughout KCS' U.S. service territory enjoy today.
More information is available at www.kcsouthern.com or at KCS Holiday Express
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company
that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S.
holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and
south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de
Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port
cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in
Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger
service along the Panama Canal. KCS' North American rail holdings and
strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking
the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Kansas City Southern
Kevin McIntosh, 816-983-1987
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