Gordonsville to Orange

At Gordonsville (MP 9.0), the original C&O main to Richmond and Newport News turns south and the line towards Washington DC turns north-northeast, past Madison Run, where it turns north and then north-northeast again, a 3,925 ft. siding at South Orange (MP 0.4), where the speed limit falls to 25 mph, and the junction with the former Southern main line, trailing in from the west-southwest at Orange (MP 0.0). From here, the C&O had trackage rights over the Southern into Washington DC, over a route now shared by Amtrak's Southern Crescent and Cardinal.