Grand Elk Railroad

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Grand Elk Railroad
WAMX Loco No.4124.jpg
Grand Elk (WAMX)#4124 is headed to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Reporting mark GDLK
Locale Indiana and Michigan
Dates of operation 2009–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Grand Elk Railroad (reporting mark GDLK) is a Class III railroad which operates in the states of Indiana and Michigan. It is one of several short-line railroads owned by Watco Companies of Pittsburg, Kansas.

The company leases a 123 miles (198 km) line from the Norfolk Southern running south from Grand Rapids, Michigan through Kalamazoo, Michigan to Elkhart, Indiana. The line they lease was a former Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad mainline. Watco Companies projects 22,000 carloads per year from 55 customers. Operations began on March 8, 2009.[1]

The railroad connects with three larger railroads, the Norfolk Southern (Elkhart), CSX (Grand Rapids) and Canadian National (Kalamazoo, Michigan)(Via CK&S Line(Kalamazoo Spur.), as well as four short line railroads, the Marquette Rail (Grand Rapids), Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad (Grand Rapids), Michigan Southern Railroad (White Pigeon, Michigan), and Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad (Grand Rapids).[2]


  1. ^ Nixon, Alex (December 4, 2008). "Rail line lease sought". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  2. ^ Wheelock, Chris; Shandra Martinez (2009-04-20). "Grand Elk roars into town". Grand Rapids Press. p. A10. 

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