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Railmark Holdings, Inc. is an American rail industry holding company whose subsidiaries provide railroad services in railroad operations, track construction and maintenance, rail freight logistics, rail development, and railroad mechanical services. Railmark Holdings was founded in 1998 by B. Allen Brown, who serves as Railmark's President & CEO. The company will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2013.[1]

Railmark primarily operates in the United States, but has had railroad business experience in fifteen countries outside of the United States.[2]

The current subsidiaries are Railmark Track Works, Rail Freight Solutions, Railmark Transit Services, and Railmark Railcar Services. Railmark Transit Services serves the light rail and regional rail industry. Previous subsidiaries include Michigan Air-Line Railway and Railmark's Rail Entertainment USA. Railmark’s operations are divided into five business segments: railroad operations, rail logistics, track construction and maintenance, railcar services, and rail development.

The Railmark Track Works subsidiary supplies a line of bio-based, biodegradable rail curve and switch plate lubricants. Ultralube brand railroad lubricants are manufactured from renewable USA-grown crop based oils. RAILheat utilizes an environmentally safe and energy efficient Far Infrared (FIR) technology that is designed to prevent freezing in railroad equipment and operations. These products meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Environmental Preferable Purchasing (EPP) criteria.[3]

Rail Entertainment USA used to run the Star Clipper Dinner Train, Steel Wheels Party Train, and Pullman Palace Bed & Breakfast, along with a scenic railway operation located in Oakland County, Michigan. The Star Clipper Dinner Train is the first and oldest dinner train in the United States, dating back to early 1986. The final run of this train was on December 31, 2008.[4]

In March 2015, it was announced that the passenger operations of Canadian National subsidiary Algoma Central Railway would be assumed by Railmark Canada Ltd. with the intention of increasing services and marketing.[5]

In early May, 2014, it was announced that Railmark was one of four private bidders which had submitted proposals for the Chicago-Indianapolis Hoosier State passenger train, currently operated by Government-owned Amtrak.

On November 12, 2009 the company sold its Michigan Air-Line Railway to Nebraska-based Browner Turnout.[6]


  1. ^ "Company Overview of Railmark Holdings, Inc.". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Railmark Launches International Subsidiary" (PDF). Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Railmark Launches Two New Eco-Safe Product Lines". Business Wire. Business Wire. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Final Train to Depart Walled Lake Dec. 31, 2008". Retrieved 2009-01-07. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Railmark finalizes agreement to run ACR passenger rail service". Northern Ontario Business. Northern Ontario Business. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Railmark Sells Michigan Railroad". DBusinessNews. November 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 

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Railway Gazette International

Railway Gazette International
Sun, 13 Sep 2015 23:00:00 -0700

USA: Railmark Holdings Inc has announced the formation of a Railmark Transit Services business unit, consolidating its lubrication, equipment heating and rolling stock component activities alongside its train operations, rolling stock maintenance ...


Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:23:31 -0700

The president of a rail company hiring for the “Sault to Hearst market” says it has deep roots in the industry and continues to pursue another deal with CN in the London, Ont. area for three short-line rail spurs. B. Allen Brown's company Railmark ...


Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:52:49 -0700

B. Allen Brown, CEO and president of Railmark Holdings, Inc. says the city of Sault Ste. Marie overstepped its authority by requiring the Wixom, Michigan company to provide proof of financing, which he said was not required by CN or Transport Canada.

London Free Press

London Free Press
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:18:41 -0800

Michigan-based Railmark Holdings chief executive Allen Brown says his company is negotiating with CN to aquire three lines and set up a freight rail operation in the St. Thomas area, including logistics, rail-car repair and possibly a “dinner train ...


Tue, 05 May 2015 11:15:28 -0700

B. Allen Brown, CEO and president of Railmark Holdings, Inc, told SooToday in a brief interview on Monday that passenger service will resume Thursday. “It wasn't completely smooth, but it's manageable,” said Brown, of the transition. In March, Wixom ...


Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:40:31 -0700

The EDC and Mayor Christian Provenzano had called on CN to resume interim passenger rail service to Hearst after the company cancelled a third-party operator agreement with B. Allen Brown's Wixom, Michigan-based Railmark Holdings, Inc last week.

Northern Ontario Business

Northern Ontario Business
Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:10:38 -0700

Railmark Holdings was CN's hand-picked choice in March to run the service after a request for proposals process was initiated last fall. CN had repeatedly made it clear it was not interested in running a passenger or excursion service. But the Wixom, Mich.


Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:08:53 -0800

As a federal subsidy that keeps the Algoma Central Railway passenger service between the Sault and Hearst alive threatens to run out, a new operator has emerged looking to hire rail jobs for "the Sault to Hearst market." Railmark Holdings and ...

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