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Pere Marquette
The Pere Marquette is a passenger train operated by Amtrak as part of its Michigan Services on the 176-mile (283 km) route between Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois. It is funded in part by the Michigan Department of Transportation and is train 370 eastbound and train 371 westbound.

The train is named for a named train of the defunct Pere Marquette Railway, and in turn for Pere Marquette, Michigan, an early name for Ludington. The town was named for Father Jacques Marquette, a French explorer of the Great Lakes region.


The Pere Marquette was a named train of the Pere Marquette Railway, which ran between Detroit and Grand Rapids six times a day. When the Pere Marquette Railway was absorbed into the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway in 1947, the name was maintained and extended to Chicago.

The Amtrak years
Amtrak revived the name for its Grand Rapids–Chicago service on August 5, 1984, with financial support from the state of Michigan. Initially it served Chicago, Hammond–Whiting, New Buffalo, St. Joseph, Bangor, Holland and Grand Rapids. Service at Hammond–Whiting ended April 29, 2001, (other trains still stop there). Service at New Buffalo ended October 26, 2009, when a new station opened on a different alignment.

2007 crash
On November 30, 2007, the southbound Pere Marquette collided with a Norfolk Southern freight train in Chicago, injuring 30 people. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the probable cause of the collision was the failure of the Amtrak engineer to interpret the signal at Englewood interlocking correctly and Amtrak's failure to ensure that the engineer had the competence to interpret signals correctly across the different territories over which he operated. The NTSB released its findings on the crash on March 31, 2009.

The Pere Marquette operates over Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation trackage:

Norfolk Southern between Chicago and Porter, Indiana
CSX between Porter, Indiana and Grand Rapids

During fiscal year 2016, the Pere Marquette carried 89,508 passengers, a decrease of 6.6% from 2015, when it carried 95,807 passengers. Ticket revenue in 2016 was $2,906,782, a decrease of 4.4% from 2015's $3,040,677.

On-time performance
During 2008, the on-time performance of train 370 (Chicago-Grand Rapids) was 33.6%, of train 371 (Grand Rapids-Chicago) 13.5%. By September 2010, these figures had changed to 63.3% and 13.3% respectively. Amtrak owns 10 miles (16 km) of this line, freight railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern the remainder. Track and signal delays and freight train interference make up the majority of delays.

Station stops
In October 26, 2009, the New Buffalo Amtrak station was relocated from the CSX trackage to the Amtrak-owned alignment closer to the shore of Lake Michigan. This new station is ADA-accessible and has a more extensive shelter. As a result, the Pere Marquette no longer stops in New Buffalo, which is served by Wolverine and Blue Water trains. The Pere Marquette made a special round trip train to/from Harbor Shores Golf Course for the 2018 Senior PGA Championship. This special train made an additional stop at the Hammond/Whiting station and terminated at Benton Harbor-Golf Course station, a few blocks away from Harbor Shores.

Chicago, Illinois - Chicago Union Station 
St. Joseph, Michigan - St. Joseph Station
Bangor, Michigan - Bangor Station
Holland, Michigan - Padnos Transportation Center 
Grand Rapids, Michigan - Grand Rapids Station 


Sample consist on May 26th, 2018
Location: St. Joseph, Michigan
Train: Southbound No. 377
Siemens Charger No. 4614
Superliner II coach No. 0001
Superliner II snack coach
Superliner II coach
Siemens Charger

A normal Pere Marquette consists of:
One Siemens Charger locomotive
Three Superliner coaches
One Ex EMD F40PH (Non-Powered Control Unit)

Pere Marquette Overview
Service type: Inter-city rail
Status: Operating
Locale: Midwest United States
Predecessor: Pere Marquette
First service: 1984
Current operator: Amtrak
Ridership: 106,662 (FY16)
Start: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Stops: 3
End: Chicago, Illinois
Distance traveled: 176 mi (283 km)
Service frequency: Daily
Train numbers: 370, 371
Track gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
Track owners:

See also:


Pere Marquette Railway

Pare Marquette Passenger Train

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad

Named Passenger Trains

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Amtrak P42DC locomotive No. 184 in Phase IV heritage paint scheme on the Pere Marquette at Grand Rapids station in October 2015.

Amtrak P42DC locomotive No. 184 in Phase IV heritage paint scheme on the Pere Marquette at Grand Rapids station in October 2015.

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Amtrak 156, the 40th-anniversary Phase I heritage GE Genesis, pulls the Pere Marquette through southwestern Michigan.

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