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Welcome to the official web site of the Pere Marquette Historical Society, Inc.!

PM Wyoming Back Shop
The Pere Marquette's Wyoming Back Shop, circa 1947


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PMHS Members' Meeting to be Held June 8 in Plymouth - May 10, 2024 - On Saturday, June 8 the PMHS will be holding a member's conference at the Plymouth Historical Society, 155 South Main St., Plymouth, MI, 48170. The Business meeting starts at 10:30am, with conference speakers starting at 1:00pm.

Our last conference was in Lansing, Michigan in 2018. At that time, we elected a new Board of Directors who agreed to serve terms of three years each. Well, they have graciously served far longer and it is time to let them off the hook. We will be accepting nominations for BOD members at the conference. Elections will follow.

The BOD will also lead a discussion on plans for the organization going forward, some of those items will include adjusting our interaction with the members from strictly face-to-face meetings and announcements through Tracks, to possibly moving Tracks to an e-Magazine format. We need to discuss and set plans for how we will continue our interactions with the Plymouth Historical Museum that is now housing our archive. Importantly, we will discuss the Society's financial status and our plans going forward.

We will have two N scale layouts on display for your entertainment. We will be breaking for lunch. If there is interest, we can arrange for a box lunch style meal to be delivered. Please notify John Young - if you are interested.

Speakers this year will be Al Kresse sharing his knowledge of Pere Marquette railroad bridges in Michigan, and Dean Pyers, Superintendent of the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, home of 1225. Dean will give a presentation on the restoration of the running gear of 1225.

We had a well-attended members' meeting earlier this year, with many new faces. Please plan to join us for the 2024 Members Conference.


Select PM Employee Records Now Available Through the Plymouth Historical Museum - Apr. 28, 2024 - In late 2022, the PMHS received a sizeable quantity of records related to PM employees who worked on the east side of the State of Michigan. Our partners at the Archive at the Plymouth Historical Museum have sorted and indexed them and are now making them available for research.


Pere Marquette HO Modelers' Guide Updated - Aug. 16, 2023 - An updated copy of the Pere Marquette HO Modelers' Reference Guide has been posted to the Model Railroading Resources page on this site.


New Short Line Begins Operation on Former PM Trackage -  Posted June 4, 2022 - On May 31 Hamilton Northwestern began operating a 6.6 mile stretch of former CSX, ex-PM trackage between the south side of Holland and the mill in Hamilton. This is a segment of what was once the line connecting Allegan and Holland.


PM and C&O Historian John Paton Passes at 78 -  Posted April 12, 2022 - It is with sadness that we must report that John C. Paton passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 2, 2022. John was a Charter Member of the PMHS and served as its Secretary and Treasurer from its founding until 2019. He is best known for his published works, including Pere Marquette Revenue Freight Cars with Art Million, Chesapeake & Ohio BL2 Diesels and Alleghany with an “A” and was a long-time member of the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, having served as its Modeling Editor.


Plymouth Historical Museum Holding an Archive Fund Drive to Support PMHS Holdings -  Updated Oct. 19, 2022 - The Plymouth Historical Museum, which now houses the PMHS’ Archive, has begun a fund drive to update and modernize their facilities. While their facility is already a huge improvement over previous PMHS archive sites, this is the result of a methodical and professional assessment of their infrastructure supporting their local history archive as well as ours. They are conducting this drive through an online GiveSendGo campaign, at:

As we will be a major beneficiary of this facility update, the PMHS Board matched donations to this effort made by PMHS members, up to a maximum combined amount of $2,500. We reached this goal in April, 2022.

Funds raised by this campaign will be used to purchase lighter and more practical desks and tables for research work, purchase new computer imaging devices including improved book and microfilm scanners, perform website technology upgrades to add digital collections to their archive page, and to partialy fund additional archive personnel to process and catalog our incoming collection.

The campaign's goal is to raise a total of $30,000. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Elizabeth Kerstens, Plymouth Historical Museum Executive Director, if you are interested in sponsoring a portion of the archive upgrade.

PM 1225 at the Hamburg Fmaily Fun Festival, June 18, 2016

Pere Marquette Berkshire #1225 at the Hamburg Family Fun Festival, June 18, 2016


The Pere Marquette Historical Society, Inc. (PMHS) was founded in 1995 as a means of collecting and disseminating information regarding the Pere Marquette Railroad. Our membership is made up of historians, former employees, modelers, and railfans. If you are interested in the PM, we encourage you to join.

Please Note: The PMHS is unable to provide information regarding specific PM employees, as we do not possess any of the PM's employment records.


Joining the PMHS

PMHS 2001 Get-Together BookletPere Marquette Historical Society members receive four issues of PM Tracks, the PMHS newsletter each membership year. Members also receive notices of special projects, such as our custom-run PM freight cars.

We hold an annual "get-together" for members and their immediate families at a town of significance to the PM.

To join the Pere Marquette Historical Society, send a check or money order for $30.00 (Canadian residents $35.00 US) payable to the "Pere Marquette Historical Society" to:

Pere Marquette Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 233
Perry, MI 48872-0233

A copy of our membership application form is available on this Web site.

The Pere Marquette Historical Society, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization incorporated in the State of Michigan and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.


This site would not be possible without the gracious assistance of fellow PMHS members and numerous others who have contributed information and photographs for use on this site, most notably:

  • Tom Amrine
  • Dennis Bean-Larson
  • Willard Benedict
  • Ben Boshoven
  • Gary Boyer
  • J.C. Carlson
  • Art Chavez
  • Bob DeClerg
  • William Dewey
  • T.J. Gaffney
  • Eddie Gross
  • Hugh J. Hales II
  • Max S. Hanley
  • E.L. Huddleston
  • Roger Kirkpatrick
  • Chuck Neal
  • Paul Quintus
  • Bob Sanford
  • Leon Schaddelee
  • Phil Shuster
  • Leon Schaddelee
  • Robert Vande Vusse
  • Cliff Vander Yacht
  • Dave Zelisse

And of course, no work on the PM would be complete without acknowledging the fine work of late PMHS President Art Million, who was not only a pioneer PM historian, but has written most of the books and articles published about the PM over the past several decades. Art provided valuable background information (and error-correction!) for this site.

PMHS, P.O. Box 233, Perry, MI 48872-0233

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