Pere Marquette Railway
Exact Location:
Lake County- North Country Trail crossing of the railroad tracks on South Branch Road.
Pere Marquette Railway historic map
1925 map of the Pere Marquette Railway system (public domain)

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.

Pere Marquette Railway engine drawing
Pere Marquette Railway steam engine order. (public domain)
In 1947 Pere Marquette Railway came under control of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, which ultimately became CSX. Most of the track that is still in use in Michigan is former Pere Marquette lines.

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.

Also see:
Marquette Rail
Chicago & West Michigan RR

Pere Marquette Historical Society
North Pole Express
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