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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". Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  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
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

B. Allen Brown's company Railmark Holdings, Inc. appears to be the last standing in the bidding process to find a third-party operator for the CN-owned Algoma Central Railway passenger service between the Sault and Hearst. The federal government pulled ...

Northern Ontario Business

Northern Ontario Business
Tue, 05 Jan 2016 10:22:30 -0800

It's the second search launched this year after a disastrous effort from a Michigan company, Railmark Holdings, which was the hand-picked choice by CN to run both the passenger service and the Agawa Canyon tour train excursion on the 470-kilometre line ...
Columbia Heart Beat
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 05:41:43 -0700

Brown's misadventures in Columbia started when his company, Michigan-based Railmark Holdings, took over the city-subsidized dinner train, a pet project of deputy city manager Tony St. Romaine. City government gave the train's first owner, Mark Vaughn, ...

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 ...

Northern Ontario Business

Northern Ontario Business
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:48:45 -0700

CN's selection last March of Railmark Holdings of Wixom, Mich. to run both the passenger service and the iconic Agawa Canyon Tour Train excursion on the same line turned out to be an exercise in frustration. Railmark's inability to obtain private ...


Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:21:09 -0700

Yesterday, Brown, Railmark Holdings Inc.'s CEO, presented a proposal to Tom Dodds, CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, asking that the Wixom, Michigan-based company be allowed to run the service on an interim basis, with ...

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.

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