Grand Rapids Subdivision

FORMERLY Pere Marquette Railroad/Chesapeake & Ohio Railway
(Chicago Subdivision)
CONSTRUCTED 1870-1872 by Chicago & Michigan Lake Shore Railroad (New Buffalo-Grand Rapids)
OPENED 1903 (Porter-New Buffalo)
ABS installed 1913-1920
CTC installed 1945-1948
PASSENGER SERVICE: Amtrak Pere Marquette

Trackage rights have always been used west of Porter on the former New York Central line, as far as Pine Jct. Until 1971, Pere Marquette and C&O passenger trains used the former Baltimore & Ohio route northwest of Pine Jct., serving Grand Central Station until 1969 and Northwestern Station from 1969 until 1971. A route considerably more circuitous than Amtrak's present NS routing.

Radio Frequency - 160.230 (AAR Channel 08)
Dispatcher - 160.635 (AAR Channel 35)

Stations/Milepost Locations

Direction is eastward from Porter to Grand Rapids
Distance is from Grand Rapids

136.3 Porter
131.3 Doran
127.0 Michigan City
115.2 New Buffalo
108.9 Lakeside
105.6 Sawyer
100.0 Bridgman
98.3 Livingston
95.0 Stevensville
92.0 Vine
87.9 St. Joseph
87.5 Benton Harbor
82.8 Grey
80.1 Riverside
76.2 Coloma
73.8 Watervliet
71.2 Kirk
68.8 Hartford
62.0 Gross
60.5 Bangor
54.0 Grand Jct.
48.0 Pullman
44.2 Pearl
42.5 Wells
40.6 Fennville
36.0 New Richmond
32.5 East Saugatuck
25.3 Holland
24.4 Waverly
19.1 Zeeland
12.0 Hudsonville
6.0 Grandville
3.5 Lamar
2.0 Plaster Creek
0.7 Sunnyside
0.0 Grand Rapids

1 track, CTC in use, controlled by CSX "RN" Dispatcher in Calumet City. 2 tracks between Benton Harbor and Riverside, and between Grandville and Lamar.

Between Lamar and Grand Rapids, line is part of Grand Rapids Terminal Subdivision.



Known discontinued passenger railroad stations. Includes zoomable Google maps.


Past and present towers and interlockings.

PERSONAL NOTE: - In the mid 1970's, when I first learned that the passing siding near Fennville was identified as "Wells", I was intrigued. Because my great grandfather had the last name Wells, and for many years he was the operator/agent at the station in Fennville. I wrote to the Chesapeake & Ohio headquarters about it, and I received the following response.