South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad

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South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad
Road Block.jpg
#102, an EMD GP7 still in Southeast Kansas Railroad markings.
HeadquartersCherryvale, Kansas
Reporting markSKOL
LocaleKansas, Missouri and Oklahoma
Dates of operation1991–
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Length511 miles (822 km)

South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (reporting mark SKOL) is a short line railroad which operates 511 miles (822 km) of rail lines in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri that used to belong to Missouri Pacific, Frisco and Santa Fe lines. SKOL is a unit of Watco Companies. The present railroad was created in July 2000, when WATCO merged one short line railroad, the Southeast Kansas Railroad (SEKR), with another short line, the South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad. SKOL was the surviving company.[1]

Rail lines of the present SKOL include:[1]

  1. Tulsa, OK to Humboldt, KS,
  2. Cherryvale to Oxford, KS,
  3. Cherryvale to Sherwin, KS to Liberal, MO,
  4. Cherryvale to Coffeyville, KS,
  5. Sherwin to Columbus, KS,
  6. Owasso, OK to Catoosa, OK.

The only part of the former SEKR system that still operates is Sherwin, KS to Liberal, MO.[1]

SKOL was honored as Regional Railroad of the Year for 2008 by rail industry magazine Railway Age.[2]

SKOL has Class I railroad interchanges with the BNSF, Kansas City Southern, and Union Pacific.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad SKOL #701." Accessed November 24, 2016.
  2. ^ Bronson, Carol (2008-03-21). "Watco earns accolades for rails". Pratt Tribune. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
  3. ^ "South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (SKOL)". WATCO Companies. Retrieved November 18, 2020.

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Media related to South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Florida East Coast Railway
Regional Railroad of the Year
Succeeded by
Wisconsin and Southern Railroad