KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As people from all over prepare for the Great American Eclipse, Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) wants all sky-gazers to be safe. While KCS’ U.S. subsidiary, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR), operates in four states in the path of the total solar eclipse, only portions of the network in Missouri and Tennessee are anticipated to be directly affected. Nonetheless, because the railroad operates around the clock, those watching the sky are urged to do so away from railroad property.
“First and foremost, KCS is committed to the safety of our employees, customers, contractors and the communities we serve,” said executive vice president and chief operating officer Jeffrey Songer. “The total solar eclipse that crosses the U.S. and our network is sure to be an exciting event. We also want it to be a safe one for everyone taking part.”
Standing or walking on or close to railroad tracks is dangerous and illegal. A freight train traveling 50 miles per hour can cover 2.1 miles and take more than a mile to come to a complete stop. Those seeking the best view of the eclipse should not walk on or alongside railroad tracks or congregate near tracks, and should cross only at designated railroad crossings.
In addition, anyone planning to watch the eclipse should not do so without proper eye protection. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Only four companies sell eclipse glasses that meet the international standard (ISO 12312-2) recommended by NASA and others.
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 KCSR, 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 railway network linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.