WICHITA, Kansas – A 262,000 pound “Wooo Shock” will begin pulling freight and pulling angry across the Kansas prairie.
On Tuesday, the Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad unveiled a newly painted locomotive with several Shocker logos.
“I think it’s great. I think we’re going to roll right through the competition. I think it’s great the community is coming together,” said Spencer Sherman, Wichita State Student.
“We wanted something to represent the Wichita State Shockers and their great play this year,” said Jimmy Patterson, Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad General Manager.
Patterson says they approached the school with the WuShock idea and gave them the naming rights to the engine.
“I don’t think they fully understood what we wanted. Once we showed them our idea and gave them a couple of sketches and showed the video of what we did in Pittsburg State, they were like let’s do this. We are excited.”
“This is sure a big Shocker. We are surely excited about it,” said Dr. John Bardo, Wichita State University President. “I look forward to see this train running through Wichita.”
The locomotive will be pulling freight from Wichita to Colorado.
It will make appearances in Wichita, Hutchinson, Great Bend, Dodge City, Kingman and Pratt.
Patterson says the Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad has the exact same colors as Wichita State and the engine was easy to match Wichita State’s colors.