Elysian Fields to Flomaton

At Elysian Fields (MP 803.5), the former L&N line leaves the former New Orleans Terminal on the north side, heading north-northeast, making a flat crossing with the former Southern Main Line at NE Tower, after which it turns just north of due east, past a flat crossing with the New Orleans Public Belt at South Gentilly, a drawbridge over the Industrial Canal (MP 801.4), and spurs leaving to the north, south, and southeast at the east end of the bridge, just west of Gentilly Yard (MP 800.4), where the yard is on the south side of the line. East of the yard, the line has an overall speed limit of 79 mph for passenger trains, 60 mph for intermodal trains, and 50 mph for freights, but is limited to 40/20 in the vicinity of the yard, and 15/10 to the west of the yard, with a local 60 mph limit for passenger trains east of the yard. There is a second track on the south side, used by freights only, with a speed limit of 25 mph east of the yard, and 29 mph at the yard and further west (to Elysian Fields).

The line continues heading just north of due east, past East New Orleans (MP 799.0), Lee, Michoud (MP 793.2), where the second track on the south side ends, and single track, DTC, starts (the Lake Catherine Block), with full line speeds, a dragging equipment detector at MP 791.9, MP 787.7, where passenger speeds drop to 60 mph, MP 787.3, where speeds drop to 45 mph, the Chef Menteur Drawbridge (MP 787.2), with speeds 45/25 on the bridge and full line speeds resuming to the east, and the line turns east-northeast, past a west-facing spur at Chef Menteur (MP 786.9), a detector at MP 786.7, Lake Catherin alongside to the north, a dragging equipment detector at MP 781.9, the 7,480 ft. south side siding at Lake Catherine (MP 781.1), where there is extra track on the south side, the Lake Catherine Block ends (MP 780.3) and the Clairborne Block starts, an east-facing spur at Rigolets (MP 776.5), and the Rigolets Drawbridge (MP 775.4), with speed limits 45/25 on the bridge, rising to 45mph (both) to MP 775.4, and 60 mph (passenger) to MP 774.5), where full line speeds resume and the line turns east.

There is a double-ended spur at Northside (MP 773.3), where the line turns east-northeast again, following the north shore of Lake Borgne, a dragging equipment detector at MP 770.9, the Pearl River Drawbridge (MP 768.9), with speed limits 45/25, rising to 45 mph (both) to MP 768.8 and full line speeds thereafter, where the line leaves Louisiana and enters Mississippi, the 10,020 ft. north side siding at Claiborne (MP 767.2), where the Claiborne Block ends (MP 766.3) and the Nicholson Block starts, a connection with the Port Bienville Railroad, on the north side and an east-facing spur at Port Bienville (MP 764.1), a detector at Lake Shore (MP 761.7), MP 758.5, where freight speeds fall to 45 mph, Waveland (MP 758.3), MP 756.9, where passenger speeds fall to 60 mph, the 8,635 ft. north side siding at Nicholson Avenue (MP 755.6), where there is extra track on the north side, MP 755.1, where passenger speeds fall to 45 mph, the Nicholson Block ends (MP 754.7) and the Harbin Block starts, and an east-facing spur at Bay St. Louis (MP 754.2), where there is a passenger station.

The line turns east past MP 754.0, where speeds rise to 60/50, MP 752.7, where speeds fall to 45 mph, the Bay St. Louis Drawbridge (MP 752.5), where speeds return to 60 mph east of the bridge, MP 750.8, where freight speeds fall to 45 mph as the line turns just north of east to follow the shore line of Mississippi Sound (northernmost part of the Gulf of Mexico), MP 750.2, where passenger speeds fall to 45 mph, a dragging equipment detector at Pass Christian (MP 749.2), MP 748.5, where passenger speeds rise to 60 mph, the 8,910 ft. south side siding, flat crossing with the KCS, and north side siding at Harbin (MP 746.0), where the Harbin Block ends (MP 745.1) and the Beauvoir Block starts, MP 744.4, where passenger speeds fall to 45 mph, a detector at Long Beach (MP 743.6), and Gulfport (MP 739.4), where there is a flat crossing with a KCS line and a passenger station.

There is a west-facing spur at Mississippi City (MP 735.9), MP 735.8, where passenger speeds rise to 60 mph, Edgewater Park, as the line curves east, following the shore, the 8,085 ft. north side siding at Beauvoir (MP 731.1), where the Beauvoir Block ends (MP 730.3) and the Ocean Springs Block starts, MP 728.0, where passenger speeds fall to 45 mph, the north side siding at Biloxi (MP 727.0), where there is a passenger station, a road crossing at Caillavet Street (MP 727.0), right at the station, a road crossing at Reynoir Street (MP 726.9), MP 725.4, where speeds rise to 60/50, a turn east-northeast, away from the shore, the Biloxi Bay Drawbridge (MP 724.5), with speeds limits 45/25, rising to 45 mph (both) to the east, MP 724.4, where speed limits rise to 60/50, MP 723.8, where freight speeds fall to 45 mph, road crossings at Cox Avenue (MP 723.1), Church Street and Washington Avenue (MP 722.7) in Ocean Springs, where the line turns east-southeast, and the 3,080 ft. north side siding at Ocean Springs (MP 722.8), where the Ocean Springs Block ends (MP 722.5) and the Gautier Block starts.

The line now runs parallel to the shore, but well back from it, past MP 722.5, where passenger speeds fall to 45 mph, MP 720.0, where passenger speeds rise to 79 mph, a detector at MP 719.3, MP 718.3, where freight speeds rise to 50 mph, a road crossing at MP 716.5, an east-facing spur at Fontainbleau (MP 716.4), the Gautier Block ends (MP 713.0) and Yard Limits start, a west-facing spur at Quinn (MP 712.3), the 7,865 ft. north side siding at Gautier (MP 710.7), a bridge over an inlet, West Pascagoula, MP 709.3, where freight speeds fall to 45 mph, a wye on the south side with a spur to the Watts Grain Yard (MP 707.3 and MP 707.1), MP 707.2, where passenger speeds fall to 60 mph, a bridge over the Pascagoula River (MP 706.9 to MP 706.7), where the speed limit is 10 mph, rising to 45 mph to the east, a spur on the south side at Pascagoula (MP 706.7), where there is a passenger station, and a road crossing at Pascagoula Street (MP 706.3).

The line turns northeast, past MP 704.8, where passenger speeds rise to 60 mph, sidings on both sides, then a yard on the south side at Bayou Casotte (MP 703.5), a flat crossing, with connector in the southwest quadrant, with the Mississippi Export Railroad line, which  heads away north-northeast, east of the yard, MP 703.0, where freight speeds rise to 50 mph, a west-facing spur at Kreole (MP 702.3), where a line from Mississippi Phosphates trails in from the south and another heads away to the north, the 8,910 ft. north side siding at Orange Grove (MP 700.3), where Yard Limits end and the St. Elmo Block starts (MP 699.0), MP 698.9, where passenger speeds rise to 79 mph, and a detector at Pecan (MP 696.5), and the line turns east-northeast as it enters Alabama, past Grand Bay, the 8,855 ft. north side siding at Saint Elmo (MP 686.5), where the St. Elmo Block ends (MP 685.6) and the Brookley Block starts, and Irvington.

The line turns north-northeast, past a west-facing house track at Theodore (MP 679.8), where a Mobile & Ohio line once crossed on the flat, a wye with a track on the east side (to Kerr-McGee Corporation) at Theodore (MP 679.5 and MP 679.3), MP 675.0, where freight speeds fall to 45 mph, a detector at River Du Chien (MP 674.9), a turn northeast past Navco, MP 671.5, where passenger speeds fall to 75 mph, the 10,395 ft. north side siding at Brookley (MP 670.8), where the Brookley Block ends (MP 670.1) and Yard Limits start, MP 670.0, where passenger speeds fall to 45 mph, a spur trailing in on the south side, from the Brookley Industrial Park at MP 669.9, a flat crossing with the ICG at Lawrence Street, between MP 668.5 and MP 668.4, speed limit 25 mph, rising to 45 mph to the east, and spurs on the east side to Frascati Yard.

Double track starts at MP 667.1, with freight speeds 45 mph on Track 1 and 30 mph on track 2 (to the east), as the line turns north along the west bank of the Mobile River, past the passenger station at Mobile (MP 666.7); with passenger speeds rising to 79 mph to the north, MP 666.0, where freight speeds fall to 30 mph on Track 1, as a connector from the ICG trails in on the west side, spurs on the east side to the Alabama State Docks, Sibert Yard on the west side, ending at Three Mile (MP 665.2), MP 664.2, where the speed limit is 20 mph as the double track ends, and Three Mile Creek Drawbridge (MP 664.1), where there is a bridge tender and the speed limits are 30/25, rising to 30 mph (both) to the north.

The line turns just east of due north, still following the west bank of the river, past MP 663.9, where the speed limit rises to 45 mph, Chickasawbougue Drawbridge (MP 663.2), where there is a bridge tender and the speed limits are 45/25, rising to full line speeds to the east, MP 663.1, end of Yard Limits, where the Akka Block starts, MP 662.9, where a stretch of double track starts, with speed limit 30 mph on Track 2 (the south side), sidings on both sides at Aladocks (MP 662.8), with tracks into Scott Paper on the north side and a spur on the south side, MP 660.6, where the second track ends, Akka (MP 660.3), where the Akka Block ends and the Hurricane Block starts, as the line turns north again, MP 658.7, where the speed limit drops to 45 mph, and Bayou Sara Drawbridge (MP 658.3), where the speed limits are 45/25, rising to 70/50 to the east, as the line turns east-northeast.

There is a detector at MP 656.2, a bridge over a side river, Otiz, MP 653.7, where the speed limit drops to 45 mph, the Mobile River Drawbridge (MP 653.5), where there is a bridge tender and the speed limits are 45/25, rising to 70/45 to the east, MP 651.7, where the speed limit drops to 45 mph, the Tensas River Drawbridge (MP 651.6), where the speed limits are 45/25, rising to 50 mph to the east, with the line heading just north of due east, the 9,680 ft. south side siding, speed limit 30 mph, at Hurricane (MP 650.3), where a spur trails in on the south side, where the Hurricane Block ends (MP 649.3) and the Bay Minette Block starts, a detector at MP 646.2, Dolives, MP 643.0, where the speed limit drops to 45 mph, and MP 642.4, where the speed limits rise to 55/50.

The line turns northeast at the 7,150 ft. south side siding at Bay Minette (MP 642.1), with a spur going off at a wye on the south side, where the Bay Minette Block ends (MP 641.3) and the Nokomis Block starts, past MP 641.1, where full line speeds resume, a detector at Pinchonia (MP 638.3), MP 637.9, where the passenger speed limit drops to 55 mph, Carney, MP 637.1, where full line speeds resume, Dyas, MP 630.1, where the passenger speed limit drops to 50 mph, a double-ended spur at Perdido (MP 629.9), where the line turns east across two branches of the Perdido River, past MP 627.2, where the passenger speed limit rises to 55 mph, the 10.065 ft. south side siding, speed limit 30 mph, at Nokomis (MP 625.5), with a spur going off on the south side, where the Nokomis Block ends (MP 624.6) and the Wawbeek Block starts.

There is a bridge carrying the Alabama & Gulf Coast Railroad overhead, with a connector in the northeast quadrant trailing in, MP 623.2, where the speed limit falls to 45 mph, a double-ended spur at Atmore (MP 621.7), where there is a passenger station, MP 620.4, where full line speeds resume, a detector at Canoe (MP 616.0), the 3,905 ft. siding at Wawbeek (MP 613.6), with a spur going off on the south side, and the line turns east-southeast, past MP 612.8, where the passenger speed limit falls to 50 mph, the start of double track at Miles (MP 609.3), where the Escambia Railroad once crossed on the flat, the Wawbeek Block ends and the Welka Block starts, MP 607.6, where the speed limit falls to 30 mph and the line turns east, a spur trailing on on the south side, a wye with the PD subdivision heading south to Pensacola, a spur heading away on the south side, and the Southern Alabama subdivision heading away on the north side, at Flomaton (MP 607.0).

The countryside in this area is a low-lying mixture of wetlands and watercourses, very similar to the bayou country in east Texas and southern Louisiana. There are subtle changes along the line, sometimes on somewhat higher, drier ground, sometimes in actual swamp country.