August 12, 1988

UP Acquires Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad

Informally known as “the Katy,” the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad was nearly as old as the transcontinental railroad itself. By the 1980s, it served six Midwestern states over more than 3,300 miles of track. One of its greatest assets was its short, straight route that began in Kansas and ran to Texas. In 1985, Union Pacific formally submitted an application to buy the Katy. The merger was approved by the ICC three years later.

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The M-K-T shares its roots with UP. To attract investors, the original name of the M-K-T was Union Pacific, Southern Branch.

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