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. 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]

A Southern Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad locomotive parked in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Rail lines of the present SKOL include:[1]

  1. Tulsa, Oklahoma to Humboldt, Kansas,
  2. Cherryvale, Kansas to Oxford, Kansas,
  3. Cherryvale to Sherwin, Kansas to Liberal, Missouri,
  4. Cherryvale to Coffeyville, Kansas,
  5. Sherwin to Columbus, Kansas,
  6. Owasso, Oklahoma to Catoosa, Oklahoma and Tulsa Ports.[2]
    The last hopper car on the South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad in Owasso, Oklahoma, December 28, 2021

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

SKOL was honored as Regional Railroad of the Year for 2008 by rail industry magazine Railway Age.[3]

SKOL has Class I railroad interchanges with the BNSF, Kansas City Southern, and Union Pacific.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad SKOL #701". Union Pacific. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  2. ^ "Transloading". Tulsa Ports. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  3. ^ Bronson, Carol (2008-03-21). "Watco earns accolades for rails". Pratt Tribune. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
  4. ^ "South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (SKOL)". Watco. Retrieved September 20, 2021.

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Regional Railroad of the Year