MQT serves West Michigan and operates approximately 126 miles of railroad. The primary rail route extends from connections with CSX and Norfolk Southern/Grand Elk at Grand Rapids northward to Ludington and Manistee. These lines, formerly part of the Pere Marquette Railroad network that covered most of the state’s Lower Peninsula, have been in continuous operation since 1874.
Marquette Rail serves about two dozen online customers in six West Michigan counties, transporting chemicals, paperboard, grain, salt, petroleum products and other commodities.
Marquette Rail also serves as a storage agent for fleet owners requiring convenient accommodations for seasonally inactive or off-lease rolling stock. Capacity is in excess of 500 railcars. Connections with both major Eastern trunk lines make Marquette a preferred source for box car, hopper and tank storage accessible to the upper Mid-West. All car types are routinely received and delivered on short notice, and inspection, running repairs and testing services can be provided upon request.
In other Farmrail news, the Federal Railroad Administration issued in June a temporary waiver allowing Farmrail movements of 10-car blocks of crude oil and up to 20 empties over excepted FMRC track between Sayre and Elk City, OK.