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    Cyburbian mgk920's avatar
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    Wisconsin rail-trail to be returned to rails?

    There is a lot of chatter in railroad enthusiast circles here in Wisconsin about a proposal by the Wisconsin & Southern railroad (WSOR) to restore a couple of abandoned railroad grades, including a 'railbanked' public trail, to railroad service.

    http://www.wsorrailroad.com/news/news.html

    The major part of this proposed restoration involves the former Milwaukee Road grade from Monroe, WI to Mineral Point, WI (now a public trail owned by the State of Wisconsin under a 'railbanking' agreement) along with a branch off of it to Shullsburg, WI. The former last saw railroad traffic in the mid 1980s and the latter, now mostly reverted to private ownership, in the 1950s.

    WSOR also claims to have three major grain shippers lined up that will generate 4000 to 6000 outbound carloads per year.

    Reports that I have seen also state that the communities along the routes are very supportive of the idea of seeing rail service restored, as it is an economically depressed area.

    WSOR is also proposing to restore the former Chicago and Northwestern trackage between Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls, WI to service. This one is encountering some NIMBY resistance, even though the track is still in place (albeit heavily overgrown - unused for over 20 years).

    This will be interesting to follow.

    Mike

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    and we can all thank ethanol for this!

    uhg. I'm getting bored w/this ethanol rush.
    You're more boring than you know.

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    Why bother, everyone knows Michigan will be the center for ethanol! (at least thats what our government tells us).
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    Looking for a case or attempt where rails-to-trails return to be rails again has occurred for the purpose of transit or LRT. Has this happened?

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    The state of Wisconsin holds some of the former RoW of the North Shore Line, held for the specific purpose of "future transit use". I don't know if this precludes any rail-to-trail conversions.

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    Why bother, everyone knows Michigan will be the center for ethanol! (at least thats what our government tells us).
    Huh. I wonder if they have ever looked at the location of corn (#1) or soybean (#2) production in the US. By the way, when we make the switch to cellulosic ethanol, these same areas still have the highest potential for production.
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    Forget about science, I'm talking politicos.

    Michigan has a lot of corn, soy, and sugarbeets; and plenty of fallow fields to grow more of them. The state is investing in lots of these ethenol plants.
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