Marquette Rail

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Marquette Rail Overview

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. The railroad is headquartered in Ludington and its main mechanical shop is located in Manistee.

Marquette Rail was acquired by RailAmerica in 2012. That same year in December, RailAmerica would be acquired by Genessee & Wyoming. MQT remains a subsidiary of Genessee & Wyoming.

MQT interchanges all rail traffic with CSX and Grand Elk (via CSX) in Grand Rapids.

Marquette Rail Radio Frequencies

Frequency Channel Description
160.440 22 MQT Road Channel
161.310 80 MQT Yard Channel
CSX Frequencies (Used South of Turner Street)
160.230 08 CSX Road Channel
160.320 14 CSX RN Dispatcher

Marquette Rail Train Symbols

As of May 1st, 2016:

Marquette Rail operates six regularly scheduled trains out of two crew pools: North (Ludington and Manistee) and South (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

Number Model Built Unit History Paint Scheme Notes
MQT 2040 GP38-2 1972 Ex-MQT 2004/GMTX 2191/LLPX 2338/UP 469/UP 1969/EMDX 837/CR 8037/PC 8037. Patched UP w/ MQT Logos Renumbered Sep. 2014. Temp. assigned to GRE Oct 28-30, 2014.
MQT 2041 GP38-2 1972 Ex-MQT 2005/GMTX 2183/LLPX 2324/UP 447/UP 1947/EMDX 811/CR 8011/PC 8011. G&W w/ MQT Logos Renumbered & Patched Oct. 2014.
MQT 2042 GP38-2 1972 Ex-MQT 2006/GMTX 2188/LLPX 2333/UP 459/UP 1959/EMDX 825/CR 8025/PC 8025. Patched UP w/ MQT Logos Renumbered Sep. 2014.
MQT 2043 GP38-2 1972 Ex-MQT 2007/GMTX 2177/LLPX 2308/UP 421/UP 1921/EMDX 764/CR 7964/PC 7964. Patched UP w/ MQT Logos Renumbered Oct. 2014.
MQT 2044 GP38-2 1972 Ex-MQT 2008/GMTX 2192/LLPX 2339/UP 445/UP 1945/EMDX 809/CR 8009/PC 8009. Patched UP w/ MQT Logos Renumbered Sep. 2014.
GR 2104 GP38-2 1979 Ex-CFE 3885/NREX 4619/CNW 4619. G&W w/ GR Logos Reassigned from GRE Dec. 2019
MQT 3389 SD40-2 1972 Ex-GLLX 3001/CP 5595. G&W w/ MQT Logos Renumbered & Repainted Sep. 2013.
MQT 3391 SD40-2 1974 Ex-HESR 3391/GLLX 3003/CP 5803. G&W w/ MQT Logos Renumbered & Repainted Oct. 2013. Reassigned (and relettered) to HESR from Jan. 2015 to Oct. 2019.
MQT 3406 SD40-2 1971 Ex-FURX 3001/SOO 750. G&W w/ MQT Logos Added to MQT after G&W purchase. Rebuilt by VMV Paducah Jun. 2014.
MQT 3408 SD40-2 1971 Ex-FURX 3025/BN 7306/MP 3081/MP 781. G&W w/ MQT Logos Added to MQT after G&W purchase. Rebuilt by VMV Paducah Jul. 2014.

Former Marquette Rail Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built Notes
GLLX 4 SW9 1951 Leased, now off the property. Currently stored in Hartford, MI.
KLWX 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, left 7/3/18.
CSX 465 CW44AC 2000 Leased briefly during 2005 start up.
CSX 517 CW44AC 2001 Leased briefly during 2005 start up. Wrecked in Indiana on 1/6/2012, later scrapped.
GLLX 921 GP18 1959 Used briefly in 2006 then returned to Lansing, MI Conrad Yelvington stone yard. Currently stored in Hartford, MI.
FGLK 1702 GP9 1959 Leased; Returned to Finger Lakes in 2006.
GMTX 2635 GP38-2 1971 Leased; Returned to GMTX in 2011. Now leased to MBTA.
GMTX 2648 GP38-2 1969 Leased; Returned to GMTX in 2011. Now FGLK 2005.
GMTX 2652 GP38-2 1971 Leased; Returned to GMTX in 2011. Now on the W&W as GMTX 2689.
GMTX 2653 GP38-2 1970 Leased; Returned to GMTX in 2011. Now leased to UP.
GMTX 2676 GP38-2 1969 Leased in 2006; Returned to GATX in fall 2009. Now leased to UP.
GMTX 2680 GP38-2 1964 Leased in fall of 2009; Returned to GATX in spring 2011. Current status unknown.
NREX 2903 GP50 1980 Leased during startup. Stored at NRE Mt. Vernon.
NREX 2911 GP50 1980 Leased during startup. Stored at NRE Mt. Vernon.
NREX 2933 GP50 1980 Leased during startup. Now FWWR 2012.
NREX 2935 GP50 1980 Leased during startup. Now NKCR 5102.
NREX 2939 GP50 1980 Leased during startup. Now FWWR 2011.
NREX 2943 GP50 1980 Leased during startup.
MQT 3000 GP10 1953 Reassigned from TZPR in Aug 2013. Re-Stenciled for MQT Oct-2013. Sold to LTEX 11/18.
FURX 3018 SD40-2 1970 Leased briefly during start-up.
NREX 3181 SD40-2 1972 Arrived Apr-2014; Departed Jan-2015.
ISRR 3388 SD40-2 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 3407 SD40-2 1966 Added to MQT after G&W purchase. Rebuilt by VMV Paducah Aug. 2014. Reassigned to TP&W in 2020.
KRR 3805 GP35M 1964 Reassigned from GRE 7-2015; Activated 4-2016; Severe electrical fire 4-2017, sent for scrap.
OHCR 4223 SD40-2 1978 Leased in early 2006; Returned to Ohio Central in winter 2006.
RLK 3585 HR412W 1981 Never actually ran while on property.
RLK 3586 HR412W 1981 Never actually ran while on property.
TPW 4056 GP40X 1978 ex-SP 7200, reassigned to CF&E July 2019.
GLLX 4433 GP9 1954 Leased. Left property 4-11-14, currently used by CHS plant in Wayland, MI.
MPEX 5000 MK-50-3 1999
NREX 5418 SD40-2 1976 Leased. Arrived 4-20-14, departed 4-10-15.
CSX 8604 SD50-2 1985 Leased briefly during winter 2008.
OHCR 9934 SD40-2 1979 Leased in early 2006; Returned to OC in winter of 2006.

Marquette Rail Customers

Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Van's Logistic Services Walker Lumber Products Boxcars/Flatcars
Weekes Forest Products Comstock Park Lumber & Building Materials Centerbeam Flats/Boxcars
Quality Liquid Feed Comstock Park Liquid Feed Tank Cars
Michigan Rail & Storage Comstock Park Transload Facility & Warehouse Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars/Flatcars
Flat Rock Bagging Sparta Packaged Salt & Ice Melt Covered Hoppers
Packaging Personified Sparta Food Packaging Covered Hoppers
Kent City Farm & Garden Kent City Fertilizer Supplier Covered Hoppers
Willbur-Ellis Grant Fertilizer Supplier Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers
Michigan Agricultural Commodities (MAC) Newaygo Grain, Corn, & Bean Elevator Covered Hoppers
Ceres Solutions White Cloud Feed Manufacturing Covered Hoppers
Koppers Baldwin Railroad Ties Gondolas Green ties from local sawmills.
Cal-Chlor Ludington Calcium Chloride Packaging & Distribution Covered Hoppers/Boxcars
Sargent Sand Ludington Sand Transload Covered Hoppers Ended?
Occidental Chemical Ludington Calcium Chloride Products Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers
Towns Brother Construction Ludington Used Oil Filter Transload Gondolas
Martin Marietta Magnesia Chemicals Stronach Magnesium Chemicals Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Inbound lime & outbound tank cars.
Morton Salt Manistee Salt Factory Boxcars/Covered Hoppers
Rieth-Riley Manistee Asphalt Terminal Tank Cars
Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) Filer City Containerboard Mill Boxcars/Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars

External Links

Unofficial Fan Site

Grand Rapids Sub Timetable

Ludington Sub Timetable

Manistee Sub Timetable


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