General discussion related to Rail Trails nationwide, including proposed rail trail routes. The official site of the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy can be found here: www.railstotrails.org.
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I just took a quick look on Historic Aerials at some old topo maps of the area, and the trail right-of-way is definitely not an old railbed. The Wisconsin Central was west of the river, and the trail itself is within the river's flood plain, to the point that parts of the trail are sometimes closed due to flooding.
When it's a tie at the railroad crossing, you lose.