Marquette Rail
Exact Location:
Lake County- North Country Trail crossing of the railroad tracks on South Branch Road.
Marquette Rail Engine
Marquette Rail engines in the newest colors (photo by jhy)

Marquette Rail (reporting mark MQT) is currently owned by Genesee and Wyoming, Inc. G&W now owns at least controlling interest in over 100 short line railroads around the world, including their namesake subsidiary the Genesee and Wyoming Railroad in western New York state. The short lines are allowed to keep their names, but the logos are redesigned in the orange and black color scheme to echo the parent Genesee and Wyoming design.

Marquette Rail logo
Marquette Rail logo. (photo by jhy)
There are 126 miles of track in the Marquette Rail system, from Grand Rapids to Ludington and Manistee via Baldwin. Primary customers are Packaging Corporation of America (Manistee) and Dow Chemical and Harsco Rail (Ludington). They offer freight connections to CSX and Grand Elk Rail.

This line is a remnant of the large Pere Marquette Railroad system made famous in 2004 by the movie Polar Express.

The is the only North Country Trail crossing of Marquette Rail.

Also see:
Pere Marquette Railway

Marquette Rail
personal experience
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