Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad

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Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad
Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad Route Map.svg
Reporting mark KO
Locale Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado
Dates of operation 2001–Present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 820 miles (1,320 kilometres)[1]
Headquarters Wichita, Kansas

The Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (reporting mark KO) is a shortline railroad operating in the midwest United States.


The tracks Kansas and Oklahoma operate on include parts of the Kansas City to Pueblo main line formerly operated by the Missouri Pacific and later Union Pacific railways.

The KO is a subsidiary of the Watco Companies, which took over the operations of the Central Kansas Railway (CKRY) on June 29, 2001. The KO started operating at 12:01 A.M. on June 30, 2001. The CKRY property was purchased from OmniTrax and the KO also assumed operations of CKRY's sister Railroad Kansas Southwestern Railway on the same date.

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.

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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