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3/26/2002



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KCS to open 41st specialized transloading center


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Kansas City Southern plans April 1 to open a new 40-acre TransLoad Center (TLC) in Kansas City, Mo., on the site of a former GST Steel plant.
The TLC includes 10 tracks designed to hold more than 300 rail cars; KCS plans to use six tracks for transloading and four tracks to hold forward-storage or storage-in-transit loads. The facility, which is designed to serve customers who don't have a siding or who prefer truckload or small-lot shipments, also includes a rail and truck scale, and 10- and 20-ton cranes.
KCS operates 40 TLCs across its system, each offering customers a single-bill, door-to-door service package — including rail cars, warehousing and trucking services — for commodities such as potash, rock, food products, non-hazardous liquids, aluminum nitrate, petroleum oil, pipe and steel.
For the Kansas City TLC, Pavlich Inc. plans to transload dry-bulk products needing a conveyor; Liquid Transport would transload dry and liquid bulk products via pneumatic transfer and GST Steel would handle switching.


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