ON the TRAIL
Pere Marquette Railway
Lake County- North Country Trail crossing of the railroad tracks on South Branch Road.
Pere Marquette Railway (reporting mark PM) operated on track in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Ontario. It was named for Pere Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit missionary associated with Michigan history.
The Pere Marquette began business in 1900 with the merger of several smaller Michigan roads. At its peak, it had track from Buffalo, New York, to Chicago, Illinois, and from Petoskey, Michigan, to Toledo, Ohio. In addition, it operated rail car ferries on the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers to Ontario, and at Ludington, Michigan, to several ports in Wisconsin.
PM 1225, built in 1941, served as the model for the engine used in the movie Polar Express, as well as providing the actual sounds. Yearly excursion trains pulled by the PM 1225 operate from Owosso, Michigan, at Christmas.
The North Country Trail crosses former Pere Marquette Railway tracks in many places.
Pere Marquette Historical Society
North Pole Express
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