White River Junction to Essex Junction

From the 7,400 ft. siding at White River Junction (MP 14.8), where speeds are restricted to 30 mph, the former Central Vermont heads west-northwest, there is a flat crossing between the rump of the former B&M line to Concord, which connects with the former CV to the west, and the former B&M line north along the river, which connects with the former CV south of the crossing, and a depot in the 'vee' of the CV and river B&M lines, the former CV line turns away from the river and heads NNW across Vermont, through the lushly-wooded hills, single track, OCS, unsignaled line, with overall speed limit 59 mph for passenger trains and 40 mph for freight trains, passes MP 15.5, where full line speeds resume, Hartford, the north-facing spur for P&C at MP 17.1, a bridge over the White River to its east bank, where the line turns curvily north-northwest following the river, MP 20.6 to MP 21.7, where the passenger speed limit is 45 mph, West Hartford, MP 26.3 to MP 27.9, where the passenger speed limit is 55 mph, and MP 28.1 to MP 28.6, where the passenger speed limit is 50 mph.

The line bridges back to the west side of the river, and turns curvily east-northeast, past the dual-ended spur at the Sharon Runaround (MP 29.7), the 4,894 ft. siding at South Royalton (MP 32.0), Royalton, a bridge back to the east side of the river, MP 33.2 to MP 34.4, where the speed limit is 45/35, a turn curvily north-northeast, the north-facing spur for the Bethel Mill at MP 38.7, the 3,944 ft. siding at Bethel (MP 39.0), a bridge back to the west side of the river, the 4,344 ft. siding at Randolph (MP 46.0), a bridge to the east side of the river as the line and river turn curvily north, the north-facing spur for House at MP 46.7, the north-facing spur at Braintree (MP 52.5), East Granville, MP 56.9 to MP 57.2, where the passenger speed limit is 50 mph, the 5,263 ft. siding at Roxbury (MP 61.0) as the line passes from the White River to a north-flowing river valley, and a turn east from MP 62.1 to MP 62.5, where the passenger speed limit is 50 mph, and then north again, following the east bank of the river.

There is a south-facing spur at Northfield House (MP 67.4) , MP 67.8 to MP 68.1, where the passenger speed limit is 50 mph, MP 69.5 to MP 70.4, where the passenger speed limit is 50 mph, Riverton, MP 73.8 to MP 75.3, where the passenger speed limit is 50 mph, the south-facing spur for Carrigan at MP 76.2, the 4,672 ft. siding at Montpelier Junction (MP 76.4), where the Washington County Railroad heads away east-northeast and the main line turns curvily west-northwest, following the east bank of the river, past MP 76.6 to MP 76.8, where the passenger speed limit is 45 mph, the double-ended spur for  Dubois Salt at MP 77.0, MP 79.3 to MP 81.1, where the passenger speed limit is 50 mph, the north-facing Middlesex Spur (MP 81.3), a bridge to the west bank of the river between MP 83.4 and MP 83.8, where the passenger speed limit is 45 mph, the 5,038 ft. siding at Waterbury (MP 85.0), the north-facing East Track (MP 85.9), a bridge back to the east bank of the river between  MP 89.3 and MP 90.4, where the passenger speed limit is 45 mph, the 4,630 ft. siding at Bolton (MP 93.4), the double-ended spur for Vt. Reserve at Jonesville (MP 95.1), and the 5,012 ft. siding at Richmond (MP 99.0).

The line turns north past Williston and a bridge to the west side of the river, and then west, following the river, bridging back across the river and turning north past the south-facing spur for IBM at MP 106.7, the south-facing spur for Straight at MP 107.7, and the 1,348 ft. siding at Essex Junction (MP 108.0), where the speed limit is 20 mph, an erstwhile Rutland line once trailed in on the west side, an erstwhile CV line once headed away northeast and the former CV line to Burlington turns away northwest, while the main line continues northward.