Upon further review, it appears that most all of the Tipton County roads crossing the IMC (north of Tipton) have gotten the plastic / striping of crossbucks and stop road markings. This is very unusual for the area. The last time this happened was perhaps in the mid 1980's at the last major rehab of the line that included replacing the grade crossing rail. There have been no such street markings in the town of Sharpsville though. I did notice that the crossbuck sign posts in town have new NS blue ID signs (reporting phone number) attached to them. The only signal protected street crossing did not get this "upgrade." The railroad did spray / mow the ROW through town, as per usual, but there is an abundance of growth elsewhere along the line.
In Kokomo, the damaged rail that resulted from last fall's tornadoe (where the house was moved across the railroad) is still in disrepair. The city has immaculately maintained the entire ROW along the walking trail.
Maybe some day some life will return to this section of the IMC.