Snowden to Minot/Surrey

East of the 12,267 ft. siding at Snowden, where a short line to Glendive (on the former NP main line) departs to the south-southwest, the single track, CTC, 79-60 mph line continues southeast to Fort Union, curves east with redstone bluffs on the north side and the Missouri River on the south side into North Dakota, past Fort Bend and a detector at MP 142.6, east-northeast past Marley, northeast to the 15,021 ft. siding at Marley (MP 133.2), east-northeast past Koch (MP 130.7) and Todd, right on the north bank of the Missouri, northeast, east-northeast, and east into Williston.

West of Williston, Two Main Tracks begin again (MP 125.0), the speed limit drops to 60-55, and there are many rail-served grain elevators on the north side of the tracks. At Williston (MP 121.1), where the speed limit drops to 55-50, the yard is on the south side of the tracks and the depot is on the north side, there are crossovers between the two tracks east of the depot, and there are rail-served grain facilities on the north side of the tracks. East of Williston, the speed limit rises to 60 mph at MP 119.3, the line bridges over an arm of the lake occupying the Missouri River valley, turns northeast past Avoca and Spring Brook, where the speed limit rises to 79-60, east past Epping (MP 104.5), where single track starts again (with speed limit 50 mph through the switch), east-northeast past the 8,665 ft. siding at Wheelock (MP 99.0), northeast past Ray and a detector at MP 92.1, and the speed limit drops to 70-60 at MP 90.1, past the 12,448 ft. siding at Temple (MP 87.4), and east to Tioga (MP 81.8), where the speed limit is 50 mph.

East of Tioga, there is a rail-served oil facility on the north side of the tracks and another rail-served industry on the south side. The speed limit rises to 65-60, the line turns southeast at the 6,708 ft. siding at White Earth (MP 73.5), the speed limit rises to 70-60 at MP 72.4 and 79-60 at MP 69.3, the line turns east and then just south of east, there is a detector at MP 67.5, Manitou, the 8,264 ft. siding at Ross, and the line turns east.

At Stanley (MP 54.3), where there is only a single main track but a number of sidings (12,662 ft. on the north side, 9,863 ft. on the south side), there are several grain elevators on the south side of the track, west of the depot. and the depot is on the south side of the track. East of Stanley, a branch line heads northeast, and then around to the west to Powers Lake, the line edges further north to Palmero and then east past a detector at MP 46.5 to the 9,090 ft. siding at Blaisdell (MP 39.4). and Togus, east-southeast past Roach Siding, the 9,880 ft. siding at Berthold (MP 22.7), where a secondary main line from Whitetail trails in from the northwest, a detector at MP 20.1, Lone Tree, and Des Lacs (MP 13.9), where 2MT begin again.

The line turns east past Ralston, the speed limit drops to 60-55 at MP 11.2, the line turns southeast past West Gassman (MP 5.9), where the line reduces to single track for the crossing of the Gassman Coulee Bridge (MP 5.2), where the speed limit is 40 mph, and East Gassman (MP 4.7), where the speed limit returns to 60-55 and 2MT begin again, and the line turns east and then northeast. The speed limit falls to 35 mph at MP 1.2. At Soo Tower (MP 0.5), the single track Soo Line between the Twin Cities and Regina, Saskatchewan crosses just west of the station, and there are crossovers as the line turns east-northeast. The Minot (MP 0.0/203.2) depot is on the south side of the tracks, the line turns just south of east, east past the end of 2MT at MP 199.7, where the speed limit rises to 60-50, and a spur on the north side, and the freight yard (Gavin Yard, MP 197.9)) to the north of the tracks, before reaching the junction at Surrey (MP 196.3), where the New Rockford Subdivision—the main freight line— heads east-southeast and the main passenger line continues east.