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.
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.