Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad

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Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad
Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad Route Map.svg
HeadquartersWichita, Kansas
Reporting markKO
LocaleKansas, Colorado
Dates of operation2001–Present
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length820 miles (1,320 kilometres)[1]

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.

820 miles of track are owned by KO, and another 84 miles is accounted for in trackage rights.[2]


As of March 2005, the K&O consisted of the following subdivisions:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad full page map" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (KO)". Watco. Archived from the original on 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2016-04-18.

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