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 markGDLK
LocaleIndiana and Michigan
Dates of operation2009–
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
HeadquartersKalamazoo, 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 from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo. From Kalamazoo to Elkhart, IN they use a former Lake Shore & Michigan Southern branch. 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 and Kalamazoo), CSX (Grand Rapids) and Canadian National (Kalamazoo, Michigan via CN Kilgore Yard) as well as three short line railroads, the Marquette Rail (Grand Rapids), Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad (Grand Rapids), and Michigan Southern Railroad (White Pigeon, Michigan).[2][3][4][5]


  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.
  3. ^ "Marquette Rail company website". Retrieved 2015-04-20.
  4. ^ "Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad company website". Retrieved 2015-04-20.
  5. ^ "Michigan Southern Railroad Co. company website". Retrieved 2015-04-20.

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