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Railmark Holdings changes Coe Rail's name to historic 'Michigan Air-Line' moniker

Railmark Holdings Inc. recently obtained Surface Transportation Board approval to rename Coe Rail Inc. the Michigan Air-Line Railway Co. — the railroad’s original name when it was formed in 1883.

In June, Railmark purchased the nine-mile Coe Rail, which operates a former Grand Trunk Western Railway (GTW) line from a CSX Transportation interchange point in Wixom to West Bloomfield, Mich. Formed in 1984, Coe Rail also operates the Michigan Star Clipper dinner train.

In 1884, the original Michigan Air-Line Railway (MAL) sold its line to GTW predecessor Grand Trunk of Canada. The line served as a second access route into Chicago from southern Michigan.

Headquartered in Walled Lake, Mich., the current MAL offers freight transportation and transloading, and rail logistics services. Railmark Holdings provides track construction and maintenance, and freight-rail logistics services, and manages product development and sales for the new BLACKBEAUTY™ line of environmentally friendly wood ties, bridge components and rail-car decking.

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