Here's my passenger rail plan for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It's a very poor part of the country, but heavy winter snows and a large retiree population make it attractive for rail service.
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MDOT_ ... 0897_7.pdf
- all CN: Escanaba, MI - Powers, MI - Stephenson, MI - Menominee, MI/Marinette, WI - Oconto, WI - Green Bay, WI - (Milwaukee, WI).
- CN, LS&I, and E&LS: Marquette downtown - Northern Michigan U. - Negaunee - Ishpeming - Humboldt - Republic - Channing - Iron Mountain - Norway - Powers - Escanaba - Sawyer Int'l Airport (fmr. KI Sawyer AFB) - Marquette downtown.
Some short sections of track need to be reconstructed for the Loop, and all will need better signaling. The Escanaba & Lake Superior and the Lake Superior & Ishpeming, and possibly some of the CN track, would need track work as well. For equipment, a fleet of 20 used single-level cars would be more than enough, with perhaps 10 cars in service at any one time on all trains. Power would be diesel locomotives, either a GP unit rebuilt with a HEP generator or a used F40.