Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad KO #380

Nature of Firm

KO operates over 920 miles of rail lines in Kansas and Colorado. Connected lines include 1) Lyons to Great Bend to Scott City, 2) Great Bend to Larned to Hanston, 3) Larned to Garfield, 4) Towner, CO to Scott City to Healy, 5) McCracken to Geneseo, 6) Geneseo to Lyons to Sterling 7) Great Bend to Sterling to Wichita, 8) Wichita to Conway Springs to Kingman, 9) Kingman to Rago to Coats, 10) Pratt to Kingman to Garden Plain. Disconnected lines include 1) Osborne to Salina with trackage rights to Abilene, and 2) Conway to McPherson to Newton. Traffic includes grain, grain products, fertilizers, LPG chemicals, and general commodities.


In April 2000, OmniTRAX, a non-carrier holding company, merged Central Kansas Railway and Kansas Southwestern Railway, with Central Kansas Railway as surviving short line. In June 2001, Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (WATCO company) acquired and operated approximately 678 miles of rail lines from the Central Kansas Railway (CKRY). KO also acquired by assignment from CKRY the lease of approximately 225 miles of rail lines and incidental trackage rights over segments of rail lines owned by UP and BNSF.

Company Information

Web Site www.watcocompanies.com
Company Affiliation WATCO, Inc.
Interchange Points Hutchinson, Salina and Wichita, KS
Agreement Type Handling Carrier
Information Exchange Method RMI