When it comes to the preservation and restoration of historic railroad equipment, Railmark's teams are demonstrated true craftsmen and preservationists. Led by RAILMARK FOUNDATION's Bob Carr, Vice President - Restoration Operations and working out of the foundation's shop located in Acme Michigan (Traverse City) and elsewhere, this group of talented and experienced men and women have restored a steam locomotive, three early diesel switchers and ten late 1880's and pre-war passenger cars spanning a period of eighteen years. Bob Carr and his company "Vintage Train Carrs" has provided specialty transport for a steam engine, four historic diesel engines, twenty-three steel passenger cars and fifteen wooden passenger cars. Railmark Railcar Services Inc has moved four passenger cars by rail flatcar, three on over the road flatbed trucks and has shipped over twelve locomotives and twenty four railcars on their own wheels. RAILMARK FOUNDATION is fortunate to have this level of experience and talent available to preserve historic, vintage rail equipment.
Example of Restoration From Bob Carr and his Team
RAILMARK FOUNDATION maintains a restoration shop in Acme Michigan, just outside of Traverse City Michigan, a major tourist destination. Current Railmark plans include the establishment of a Michigan-based "Interactive Rail Museum" focusing on preserving almost lost history of the great Michigan shortline railroads of the past that have contributed to today's Michigan rail network and of advancing rail travel in Michigan and in North America. Railmark's vision for this type of facility would be interactive and educational while creating a depository of historic documents and equipment. In the near future RAILMARK FOUNDATION will establish such a facility in the State of Kentucky.
RAILMARK FOUNDATION and its team led by Bob Carr are positioned to succeed where others cannot. With the direct experience and ability to move historic rail equipment internally, Railmark can act quickly and has demonstrated our mastery in "11th hour action" and are proud of our record of saving historic rail equipment. When the right of way was being sold by the railroad placing historic railcars in danger, Railmark's team stepped in and rescued a rare Barney & Smith passenger car. When the Wisconsin Central (WC, later CN) divested itself of its antique equipment, Railmark's team stepped in and saved all pieces. When the Ludington Ferry Company was disposing of its historic rail equipment Railmark's team saved all pieces. When the City of Rochester divested its three historic coaches Railmark's team stepped in and saved them all. When the Greenfield Village (Ford) Museum divested its two, turn of the last century Pullmans, Railmark's team stepped in and saved both of them.
Working with developing nations preparing a professional, certified and progressive Economic Rail Plan and then assisting them with its implementation and training of personnel. Current projects include three countries in Africa and two in the Caribbean.