At AY (MP 1.7 on the former RF&P, the former location of a tower), the main double-track, CTC, former ACL "West Line" turns southwest and the lines (at least three tracks wide) into the center of Richmond continue south-southeast. Overall speed limits are 79 mph for passenger trains, 70 mph for intermodal trains, and 60 mph for all other trains. On the ex-RF&P tracks between AY and James River (bridge) Pier 5 (MP 0.0 on both RF&P and ACL), speed is restricted to 40 mph for all trains, rising to 50 mph on the first 0.1 miles at the south end of the bridge.
The ex-RF&P line passes a road bridge overhead just south of AY, an old depot located on the west side south of AY, a road bridge overhead, after which the line runs down the middle of a highway, a road bridge overhead, Intermediate Signals, and a highway exit ramp overhead, turns south about halfway between AY and the river bridge, bridges over a divided highway, and turns southwest just north of the river, crossing above the former C&O main freight line on the north bank of the river, crossing the James River, and then crossing above the former Southern on the south bank of the river as the (now former ACL) main line turns south, with full speed limits, past a road bridge overhead, a grade crossing, and Intermediate Signals at Meadow (MP 1.0 on the former ACL), where the main line turns south-southeast and an erstwhile ACL line once headed southeast to South Richmond. Between MP 1.2 and MP 1.4, the speed limit is 60 mph for all trains.
The line passes a grade crossing, a road bridge overhead, a grade crossing, Intermediate Signals and detectors at MP 3.0, a grade crossing, and two road bridges overhead. At the signals and crossovers at FA (MP 5.6), where the speed limit is 60 mph for all trains through the curve and junction, the line turns south as a line from South Richmond trails in from the north (i.e on the east side), past a grade crossing, a bridge over a river, and two road bridges overhead. At Drewry's Bluff, tracks once began on the east side serving a Department of Defense Supply Center, which is still there but no longer rail-served from this direction. These tracks ended (and may still do so) by trailing into the track that heads east from the signals at Bell Bluff (MP 8.7), while the main line passes two grade crossings, a bridge over a stream, and a road bridge overhead. At Centralia (MP 10.7), the post-SCL connection from the former SAL "East Line" from Bellwood trails in on the east side of the line.