Marquette Rail

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  • Marquette Rail is a Class III rail carrier that began operations in 2005 with the purchase of 130 miles of former PM trackage from CSX Transportation. The track operated by MQT consists of the former CSX Baldwin, Ludington and Manistee subdivisions.
  • MQT interchanges all rail traffic with CSX and Grand Elk (via CSX) in Grand Rapids.
  • Headquarters: Ludington - Main Shop: Manistee
  • Marquette Rail was aquired by RailAmerica in 2012. Announced February 1st, Official May 1st.
  • As of December 28, 2012, Marquette Rail as part of parent company Rail America was acquired by Genessee & Wyoming Corp.

Marquette Rail Trains

As of May 1st, 2016

Marquette Rail operates six regularly scheduled trains out of two crew pools: North, serving Ludington and Manistee, and South, serving Sparta.

Click on the train name for details

Z151

Turn Job

Ludington Yard Job

Baldwin Blazer

Manistee Yard Job

Marquette Meteor

Marquette Rail Locomotive Roster

Click the link to view a picture of the locomotive. Many histories available this way as well.

Number Model Built Unit History Paint Scheme Notes
IMRR 81 SD20 1960 ex-CIM 81/ IC 2202 / ICG 6316 / SOU 6316 C&IM Green Built as an SD24. Rebuilt by ICG. Arrived 19 Feb 2017
MQT 2040 GP38-2 1972 ex-MQT 2004 / GMTX 2191 / LLPX 2338 / EMDX 837 / CR 8037 / PC 8037 Patched UP w/ MQT Logos Renumbered Sep-2014; Temprarily assinged to GRE Oct 28-30, 2014
MQT 2041 GP38-2 1970 ex-MQT 2005, GMTX 2183, LLPX 2324, UP 447 MQT Phase II (Patched); G&W MQT Logos Renumbered & Patched Oct-2014; History Cont. UP 1945, EMDX 811, CR, PC 8011
MQT 2042 GP38-2 1972 ex-MQT 2006, GMTX 2188, LLPX 2333, UP 459 Patched UP w/ MQT Logos Renumbered Sep-2014; History Cont. UP 1959, EMDX 825, CR, PC 8025
MQT 2043 GP38-2 ??? ex-MQT 2007, GMTX 2177 Patched UP w/ MQT Logos Renumbered Oct-2014
MQT 2044 GP38-2 ??? ex-MQT 2008, GMTX 2192 Patched UP w/ MQT Logos Renumbered Sep-2014
MQT 3000 GP10 1953 ex-IC 7909 G&W w/ TZPR Logos Reassigned from TZPR in Aug 2013. Re-Stenciled for MQT Oct-2013. Currently OOS
MQT 3389 SD40-2 1972 ex-GLLX 3001, CP 5595 G&W w/ MQT Logos Renumbered/Repainted from GLLX 3001 Sep-2013
MQT 3406 SD40-2 1971 ex-FURX 3001, SOO SD40 750 G&W w/ MQT Logos Added to MQT after purchase and rebuild by VMV Paducah Jun-2014
MQT 3407 SD40-2 1970 ex-FURX 3017, CR 6257 G&W w/ MQT Logos Added to MQT after purchase and rebuild by VMV Paducah Aug-2014
MQT 3408 SD40-2 1971 ex-FURX 3025, BN SD40 7306 G&W w/ MQT Logos Added to MQT after purchase and rebuild by VMV Paducah Jul-2014

Past Marquette Rail Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built Notes
GLLX 4 SW9 1951 Leased, now off the property
CSX 465 CW44AC Leased briefly during 2005 start up
CSX 517 CW44AC Leased briefly during 2005 start up
GLLX 921 GP18 Used briefly in 2006 then returned to Lansing, MI Conrad Yelvington stone yard
FGLK 1702 GP9 Leased; Returned to Finger Lakes in 2006
GMTX 2635 GP38-2 1-1971 Leased; Returned to GMTX in 2011
GMTX 2648 GP38-2 7-1969 Leased; Returned to GMTX in 2011
GMTX 2652 GP38-2 4-1971 Leased; Returned to GMTX in 2011
GMTX 2653 GP38-2 7-1970 Leased; Returned to GMTX in 2011
GMTX 2676 GP38-2 6-1969 Leased in 2006; Returned to GATX in fall 2009
GMTX 2680 GP38-2 5-1964 Leased in fall of 2009; Returned to GATX in spring 2011
NREX 2903 GP50 Leased during startup
NREX 2911 GP50 Leased during startup
NREX 2933 GP50 Leased during startup
NREX 2935 GP50 Leased during startup
NREX 2939 GP50 7-1980 Leased during startup
NREX 2943 GP50 9-1980 Leased during startup
FURX 3018 SD40-2 Leased briefly during start-up
NREX 3181 SD40-2 1972 Arrived Apr-2014; Departed Jan-2015
ISRR 3388 SD40-2 4-1980 Reassigned from ISRR to MQT [2-25-14]; Reassigned from MQT to ISRR [8-3-14]
MQT 3390 SD40-2 1972 Renumbered/Repainted from GLLX 3002 Oct-2013; Reassigned to HESR Apr-2016
MQT 3391 SD40-2 1974 Repainted/Renumbered from GLLX 3003 Oct-2013; Reassigned to HESR 1-30-15
KRR 3805 GP35M 1964 Reassigned from GRE 7-2015; Activated 4-2016; Severe electrical fire 4-2017, sent for scrap
OHCR 4223 SD40-2 8-1978 Leased in early 2006; Returned to Ohio Central in winter 2006
RLK 3585 HR412W Never actually ran while on property
RLK 3586 HR412W Never actually ran while on property
GLLX 4433 GP9 1954 Leased. Left property 4-11-14, currently used by CHS plant in Wayland, MI
MPEX 5000 MK-50-3
NREX 5418 SD40-2 1976 Leased. Arrived 4-20-14, departed 4-10-15
CSX 8604 SD50-2 Leased briefly during winter 2008
OHCR 9934 SD40-2 5-1979 Leased in early 2006; Returned to OC in winter of 2006

Marquette Rail Radio Frequencies

Frequency Channel Description
160.440 22 MQT Road Channel
161.310 80 MQT Yard Channel
160.230 08 CSX Road Channel*
160.320 14 CSX Dispatcher*
  • CSX Frequencies used while on CSX property south of Turner Street. Channel 14 is the RN Dispatcher, 08 is the CSX Road channel.

Marquette Rail Customers

Customer Location Receives/Ships Notes
Van's Logistic Services Walker Boxcars / Flatcars - Lumber
Harris Rebar Comstock Park Gons - Steel
Weekes Forest Products Comstock Park Centerbeam Flats / Boxcars - Lumber
Quality Liquid Feed Comstock Park Tanks - Molasses & Feed ingredients
Michigan Rail & Storage Comstock Park CHs / Tanks / Steel on flats
Flat Rock Bagging Sparta Covered hoppers - Salt
Packaging Personified, Inc. Sparta Covered Hoppers - Plastic Pellets
Kent City Farm & Garden Kent City Covered Hoppers - Fertilizer
Willbur-Ellis Co. Grant Tank Cars / Covered Hoppers - Fertilizer
Michigan Agricultural Commodities (MAC) Newaygo Unit Grain / Corn / Bean
Koppers Baldwin Green railroad ties from local sawmills
Cal Chlor Corp. Ludington Covered Hoppers / Boxcars
Occidental Chemical Ludington Tank Cars / Covered Hoppers
Harsco Track Technologies Ludington Flatcars - MOW Equipment
Indian Summer Cooperative, Inc. Ludington haven't shipped yet, (in works)
Towns Brother Construction Ludington Gons of used oil filters
Sargent Sand Co. Ludington CHs - Outbound Sand
Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties LLC Stronach CHs - Lime inbound / Tank cars out
Morton Salt Manistee CHs / Boxcars
American Materials( Manistee Interstate Asphalt terminal- Tank cars
Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) Filer City Boxcars / CHs / Tanks

External Links

Official Website

Unofficial Fan Site

Grand Rapids Sub Timetable

Ludington Sub Timetable

Manistee Sub Timetable

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