Albia/Maxon to Burlington

There are two sets of crossovers at Maxon (MP 301.9), as the lines come back together again from the southwest and west-southwest, and a former Minneapolis & St. Louis line leaves to the northeast as the main line, now TWC (formerly current-of-traffic) DT, ABS, again continues northeast for awhile, and then again splits into two parts, one (eastbound) turning east past a dirt track grade crossing, a spindly road bridge overhead, a dirt road grade crossing, a detector at MP 298.4, and Avery and then northeast, past a dirt road grade crossing, and the other (westbound) continuing northeast and then turning east-northeast to Fredric, where the tracks come back together again, heading east past a grade crossing, a bridge over a stream, Intermediate Signals, Dudley, and a dirt road grade crossing, to the crossovers at ISU Switch (MP 289.1), where there is a spur on the north side to the ISU Chillicothe Power Plant on the west bank of the Des Moines River, and a road bridge overhead just east of the crossovers.

The line turns south-southeast, past grain elevators on the south side, no longer rail-served, a grade crossing, a bridge over a stream, a road alongside to the south, two dirt track grade crossings, and Intermediate Signals, to Chillicothe, on the west bank of the river, and east-southeast on a through truss bridge across that river, with a 45-35 speed limit from MP 281.3 to 280.5, past Intermediate Signals, a dirt track grade crossing, and a bridge over a stream, along the east bank of the Des Moines River,  and 30-25 from MP 280.5-279.0, past Soo Line Xing (MP 280.4), where the former Soo Line crosses at grade with a southwest quadrant connector,  extra track on the south side, a grade crossing, the extra track trailing in, two grade crossings, and a road bridge overhead, and crossovers west of the station, to the passenger station at Ottumwa (MP 279.6), where the stone depot is on the north side of the line, there is a platform between the tracks with umbrella sheds with steel supports, and there are crossovers east of the station, where the des Moines River is still just to the south, followed by two grade crossings, a road bridge overhead, extra track on the south side, trailing in, a grade crossing. three tracks on the south side connecting the west end of a five-track yard, and a grade crossing.

A spur to South Ottumwa leaves to the south east of the yard, and the line curves east past a road bridge overhead, a bridge over a street, Intermediate Signals, East Ottumwa, where a Rock Island line headed southeast, with speed limit 40-30 from MP 279.0 to 277.6, extra track on the north side, southeast where a Chicago, Fort Madison and Des Moines (CF&D) line once crossed at grade, east past a dirt road grade crossing, a cemetery on the south side, three grade crossings, Agency City, with speed limit 60-50 from MP 277.6 to 276.5 and 79-60 resuming thereafter, a spur on the south side trailing in, a dirt road grade crossing, detectors at MP 271.3, MP 271, Intermediate Signals, a road bridge overhead, a dirt road grade crossing, Intermediate Signals, a dirt road grade crossing, and a grade crossing, to the two sets of crossovers at Batavia (MP 266.1), where there is extra track trailing in on the north side, serving  grain silos, and  the CF&D once crossed at grade, continuing past a bridge over a dirt road, MP 263, two dirt track grade crossings, Intermediate Signals at MP 262.x, MP 262, new (2007) dual road bridges overhead, a spindly road bridge overhead, MP 261, Intermediate Signals at MP 260.x, two road bridges overhead, Intermediate Signals at MP 257.4, Bernhart, a rail-served industry on the north side with the spur facing west, a grade crossing, a 60-50 speed limit (head-end only) from MP 256.9-255.5, a spur into a power plant on the south side, two grade crossings, extra tracks on the south side, a grade crossing, a bridge over a street, a grade crossing, a brick depot on the south side (not used for passengers), a grade crossing, and the two sets of manual crossovers at Fairfield (MP 255.4), where there are extra tracks on the north side and a Rock Island line once crossed at grade.

There are two grade crossings, a road bridge overhead, Intermediate Signals at MP 252.5, a dirt road grade crossing, a detector at MP 251.6, a dirt road grade crossing, the crossovers at Beckwith (MP 250.1), two dirt road grade crossings, a divided highway alongside to the south, Intermediate Signals, jogging south-southeast past Glendale, three dirt road grade crossings, with a 79-50 on the westbound main from MP 250.0 to 243.0, MP 246.5, and a spindly road bridge overhead, and continuing east past Intermediate Signals at MP 245.0, a bridge over a road, a cemetery on the south side, Lockridge, Intermediate Signals, two dirt road grade crossings, Intermediate Signals, Rome, a rail-served industry on the north side, a bridge over a road, a bridge over a river, Intermediate Signals, dual road bridges overhead, a road bridge overhead, a bridge over a stream, a road bridge overhead, Intermediate Signals, three grade crossings (the last is Adun Street, MP 233.4), the brick depot on the south side at the Mount Pleasant passenger station, with a platform on the north side, a grade crossing east of the depot, 3-4 extra tracks on the south side, two grade crossings, the extra track trailing in, and a road bridge overhead, to the two sets of  manual crossovers at Mount Pleasant (MP 233.2), with a head-end-only speed limit of 60-50 between MP 233.8 and 232.8.

The line turns east-southeast, past Intermediate Signals at MP 232.0, a spur from industry trailing in on the north side, a grade crossing, dual road bridges overhead, a third road bridge just to their east, Intermediate Signals and detectors at MP 229.9, a dirt road grade crossing, Intermediate Signals at MP 226.4, a dirt road grade crossing, a bridge over a road, grain silos on the south side, a grade crossing, and grain silos on the south side, with a spur trailing in on the south side, the crossovers at New London (MP 224.6), and then southeast past three dirt road grade crossings, Intermediate Signals at MP 219.8, a dirt road grade crossing, a grade crossing in Danville, where there are silos and a spur on the south side, a dirt road grade crossing, two dirt track grade crossings, a dirt road grade crossing, a dirt track grade crossing, and a dirt road grade crossing, east at Middletown past dual road bridges overhead, a grade crossing in Middletown, a dirt track grade crossing, MP 214, a grade crossing, extra track on the south side, a dirt track grade crossing, a grade crossing, and  crossovers at Dayman (MP 212.5), where there are spurs south into the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, as well as extra track on the south side.

There is a grade crossing, MP 212, a dirt road grade crossing, MP 211.6, dual road bridges overhead, the speed limit becomes 79-50 at MP 211.0, two grade crossings, MP 210, extra track on the south side, a footbridge overhead, two sets of crossovers at West Burlington (MP 209.3), with West Burlington Shops on the north side of the line, sidings for Maintenance of Way on the south side, and an industrial track heading south, a road bridge overhead, the speed limit drops to 50-40 at MP 209.0, and the line heads southeast down the hill, past a road bridge overhead, MP 208, and MP 207, the speed limit drops to 40-20 at MP 206.8, and 2MT, CTC, replace the DT, ABS, TWC at Lucas Street (MP 206.7), where there is a signal bridge. There is a road bridge overhead, dual road bridges overhead, a road bridge overhead, three grade crossings, a dirt road grade crossing, a road bridge overhead at MP 206, and a grade crossing, and the speed limit drops to 12-8 mph at MP 205.9, where the line turns south as a spur (the remains of a former line along the west bank of the Mississippi trails in from the north) trails in from the north, three grade crossings (one is Third Street, MP 205.81), and the concrete Burlington (MP 205.4) passenger depot is on the west side of the line with two platforms with concrete umbrella sheds, to the west of the westernmost track, and between the tracks, and a stub south-facing track on the west side of the western platform, south of the depot, as well as 6-8 yard or staging tracks on the east side of the line.