Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad
|Dates of operation||2001–Present|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Length||820 miles (1,320 kilometres)|
The Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (reporting mark KO) is a shortline railroad operating in the midwest United States. Despite the name, it is primarily located in Kansas but extends into Colorado, not Oklahoma.
The KO is a subsidiary of Watco Companies, which took over the operations of the Central Kansas Railway (CKRY) at midnight on June 29, 2001. The KO started operating at 12:01 A.M. on June 30, 2001. The CKRY property (which by this time included the merged Kansas Southwestern Railway) was purchased from OmniTrax and was named the Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad.
The KO consists of trackage radiating north and west from their headquarters at Wichita, Kansas. Most of this trackage was originally operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, although a few segments were originally operated by the Missouri Pacific.
The tracks Kansas & Oklahoma RR operate on also includes portions of the former Missouri Pacific Kansas City to Pueblo main line in Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado.
As of March 2005, the K&O consisted of the following subdivisions:
- Hutchinson Subdivision (Wichita, Kansas to Hutchinson, Kansas)
- Conway Springs Subdivision (Wichita, Kansas to Kingman, Kansas via Conway Springs, Kansas)
- Kingman Subdivision (Garden Plain, Kansas to Pratt, Kansas)
- Isabel Subdivision (Coats, Kansas to Graham, Kansas)
- Great Bend Subdivision (Hutchinson, Kansas to near Pawnee Rock, Kansas)
- Geneseo Subdivision (Sterling, Kansas to Geneseo, Kansas)
- Scott City Subdivision (Great Bend, Kansas to Scott City, Kansas)
- Hoisington Subdivision (Geneseo, Kansas to McCracken, Kansas and Healy, Kansas to Towner, Colorado)
- Salina Subdivision (Salina, Kansas to Osborne, Kansas)
- McPherson Subdivision (McPherson, Kansas to Conway, Kansas)
- Newton Subdivision (Newton, Kansas to McPherson, Kansas)
- Marion and McPherson Railroad, defunct railroad that connected Ellinwood (west end), Lyons, McPherson, Marion, Florence (east end). K&O currently uses the parts that haven't been abandoned.
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