From the KCSNotes group in Yahoo: KCS Officially Gobbles Up Gateway Western Today Author: TO News from KCS Today, July 1, the Gateway Western Railway (GWWR) markings will be officially consolidated into one KCS identity, after months of complex accounting and information technology preparation. While the consolidation will be virtually transparent to customers, and have only minor implications for employees, it will streamline basic processes and improve operating efficiencies. Transportation and customer service employees, who previously logged onto MCS separately for KCS and GWWR, will now find all activity in KCS MCS. The preparation completed by revenue and car accounting and the information technology group will affect all areas as follows: The GWWR standard carrier alpha code (SCAC) will be eliminated from bills of lading, service requests and waybills dated July 1st and after. GWWR routings and events will be replaced or consolidated with KCS. All rates, routes, divisions, tariffs, contracts, and agreements held by GWWR are adopted by KCS effective July 1, unless canceled. At midnight on June 30, all GWWR equipment inventory will be interchanged to KCS, and all active, pending or suspended GWWR routed waybills will be transferred to KCS systems to complete service as KCS. After this, GWWR MCS systems will only be available for inquiry and reference. Corporate Master and Industry Reference files have been expired, updated or translated, either mechanically or manually, to support GWWR traffic as KCS traffic after June 30, according to planned business rules, tariffs and notices. GWWR routed waybills and car movement events dated June 30 and prior will continue to be processed to completion through GWWR revenue and car accounting systems. This includes, but is not limited to car hire, revenue recognition, price applications, interline and haulage settlement, freight billing, demurrage, switching, collections and cash applications. Beginning with the July service month, all car hire claims, switching exceptions and overcharge or railroad claims against months prior to the consolidation will be processed as KCS. The Class III, Gateway Eastern Railway, operating in East St. Louis, Ill. remains unaffected by the consolidation.