Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad

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Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (K&O)
Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad Route Map.svg
A yellow and black locomotive at rest by grain elevator
K&O Railroad locomotive at Ness City, Kansas
Parent companyWatco
HeadquartersWichita, Kansas
Reporting markKO
LocaleKansas, extending into Colorado
Dates of operation2001–present
PredecessorCentral Kansas Railway
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 Midwestern United States. It is primarily located in Kansas and extends into Colorado, but despite its name, not into Oklahoma.


The KO is a subsidiary of Watco, which took over the operations of the Central Kansas Railway (CKRY) on June 29, 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 & 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.

KO owns 820 miles (1,320 km) of track, and another 84 miles (135 km) is accounted for in trackage rights.[2]


As of March 2005, the K&O consisted of the following subdivisions:[citation needed]

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  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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