Temple to Fort Worth

At Opal (MP 217.4), where the speed limit is 30 mph across the flat crossing with the former MKT line, there is a connector in the northwest quadrant used by the Amtrak Texas Eagle to head for Fort Worth. There are two grade crossings, MP 218, a grade crossing and a wide road bridge overhead, and the speed limit on the 2MT, CTC, line drops to 20 mph at Temple (MP 218.1), where there is a 7,580 ft. siding as the 2MT reduce to single track, CTC. Adjacent to the large Temple depot on the east side of the line, on extra tracks on the east side, is some preserved steam-era equipment, including a locomotive (former AT&SF 4-6-2 3423), a troop sleeper (9826), a heavyweight sleeper, former Amtrak sleeper 2986, Pine Mesa, north of the depot, and other artifacts, south of the depot. There are yard tracks on the west side of the line, from the south end of the yard opposite the depot, The Central Texas Area Model Railroading Buildings on the east side, north of the depot, a road bridge overhead, a grade crossing (Adams Street), and the north end of Temple siding.

The yard continues as far as Belco (MP 221.2), and the speed limit rises to 79-70, as the line continues past a bridge over a major highway, grain elevators on the east side of the line, with the spur serving them trailing in, a grade crossing, a bridge over drainage, a grade crossing, a grade crossing and Intermediate Signals at MP 222.2, collocated, a bridge over drainage, a detector at MP 224.8, a grade crossing, the 10,050 ft. west side siding at Pendleton (MP 225.4), with extra track on the east side and a dirt track grade crossing and grade crossing within the siding, two dirt road grade crossings, four grade crossings, a road alongside to the east, and a grade crossing, and the 11,200 ft. east side siding at Moody (MP 233.5), with a rail-served grain elevator to the east, two grade crossings, extra track on the east side, and a grade crossing, all within the siding, a wooden road bridge overhead, hilly heathland to the east, two dirt track grade crossings, and a bridge over a stream, and curves north-northwest, past a grade crossing and "empty" fields to the east, and back north again, past the 10,930 ft. west side siding at McGregor (MP 242.8), where there is a bridge over drainage, three grade crossings, passenger station with depot on the west side, a spur curving away to the east where a Cotton Belt line once crossed at grade, and a grade crossing just north of the depot.

The line edges west of due north, past a bridge over a divided highway, a cemetery on the east side, a grade crossing, a dirt road alongside to the east, to housing, a grade crossing, a bridge over drainage, a grade crossing, a dirt track grade crossing, a detector at MP 247.3, formerly rail-served elevators on the west side with a south-facing spur on the west side, and a bridge over a stream, and just east of due north at the additional track curving away east at Franklin Limestone (MP 249.7) past two grade crossings in town, Crawford (MP 249.9),, a bridge over a stream and a bridge over a river, turning northwest past a dirt road grade crossing and a bridge over a stream, and then north past a dirt track grade crossing, the 10,840 ft. west side siding at Manhattan (MP 255.3), with a dirt track alongside to the east, and two dirt track grade crossings within the siding.

There is a bridge over a dirt road and a river, a dirt road grade crossing, hilly heathland to the east, and a wooded hilly area where the line turns west-northwest near the additional track at Valley Mills (MP 259.2), past a road bridge overhead, a dirt track grade crossing, two grade crossings in town, a road bridge overhead, then north-northwest, past fields bordered by trees, a road bridge overhead, three dirt track grade crossings, and a bridge over a river, north past three dirt track grade crossings,  Pendell, a bridge over a dirt track, a detector at MP 265.8, and additional track on the east side at the quarry on the west side (with a spur) at Clifstone (MP 266.5), three dirt track grade crossings and fields bordered by trees, and edging west of due north again past the 11,130 ft. east side siding at Clifton (MP 270.4), with two dirt track grade crossings, a road alongside to the east, rail-served grain elevators on the west side, with a north-facing spur on the west side, more rail-served elevators with a north-facing spur on the west side, rail-served grain elevators to the east, a grade crossing, and the spur from the grain elevators trailing in on the east side, all within the siding.

There is a bridge over a stream, a dirt track grade crossing, a bridge over a dirt track, a dirt road grade crossing, a bridge over a small stream, Bosque, a grade crossing, and north past a bridge over a stream, a dirt road grade crossing, the 10,700 ft. east side siding at Meridian (MP 280.7), where the speed limit is briefly 75-70 and there are two dirt track grade crossings within the siding, east-northeast past grain silos on the south side, a grade crossing, an areas of woods and scrub with no track features, a dirt track grade crossing, a bridge over a river, a grade crossing, the 6,950 ft. east side siding at Morgan (MP 287.8), where the speed limit is back to 79-70 and an MKT line once crossed at grade, a dirt road grade crossing, and a detector at MP 289.9.

The line turns northeast, still through a wooded area with few features, past the 10,730 ft. west side siding at Kopperl (MP 294.4), a bridge over a road, a dirt track grade crossing, a dirt road grade crossing, and the deck girder bridge over the Brazos River, cuttings in the wooded area north of the river, and a road bridge overhead, east-northeast past additional track at Brazlime (MP 300.1) and a detector (box on the south side) at MP 301.1, northeast past the 11,150 ft. west side siding at Blum (MP 303.4), with a dirt track grade crossing, a grade crossing, extra track on the south side trailing in, and a dirt track grade crossing within the siding, and a dirt road grade crossing, and north past a bridge over a river, a dirt track grade crossing, a dirt road grade crossing, a dirt track grade crossing, a grade crossing, a bridge over drainage, a detector at MP 307.8, two grade crossings, the 11,050 ft. east side siding at Rio Vista (MP 310.3), a grade crossing,  CP 3146 (MP 314.6), a bridge over a stream, a bridge over a highway, a grade crossing, a bridge over a river, and a grade crossing.

At Cleburne (MP 317.5), where the speed limit is 40-30, a line to Dallas departs to the east at a wye (a line curves away northeast, and then one trails in), there is extra track on the east side and the west side, a box labeled "North X-Over Cleburne", a  grade crossing, a road bridge overhead with a closed grade crossing below it, the depot for the passenger station is on the west side of the line, and a grade crossing, and north of it there was once a large Santa Fe locomotive shop on the east side that had once repaired steam locomotives, but latterly had been responsible for rebuilding Santa Fes F-units to its home-grown CF-7 road switchers. There are now yard tracks on the east side where the shops once were.

Along this stretch of the Santa Fe, each town has at least one grain elevator. On the north side of town, there is a road bridge overhead, more yard tracks on the east side, a grade crossing, a line now operated by the Fort Worth & Western heads northwest for Cresson, a box labeled "Midway X-Overs", a road bridge overhead, and a connector on the west side to the FW&W line trailing in, and the main line continues north past the 7,468 ft. east side siding at Midway (MP 320.6), where the speed limit is back to 79-70, three grade crossings, an area that is scantily wooded on both sides, and the 8,437 ft. west side siding at Joshua (MP 325.3), with a grade crossing in the siding and three grade crossings in town.

The line turns northeast, past a grade crossing, new signals still turned sideways (on 6-3-07), and a dirt road grade crossing, and then just east of north past a bridge over a road and stream, a grade crossing, a road alongside to the east, Keeler, a detector (box on the west side) at MP 331.3, where the speed limit is 55 mph, a closed (temporarily) grade crossing, a bridge over a stream, and the 7,908 ft. east side siding at Crowley (MP 333.7), with a large rail-served lumber yard on the west side, a bridge over a limited access divided highway and three grade crossings within the siding, a road bridge overhead, a grade crossing, and a dirt road grade crossing, and then north, past a small air strip on the east side, and a grade crossing with a divided road, turning east-northeast past dual road bridges overhead, a bridge over a river, a grade crossing, a wide road bridge overhead, Intermediate Signals at MP 340.5, four grade crossings, the 6,054 ft. east siding at Birds (MP 342.8), with extra track on both sides, where the speed limit is 40 mph and a Fort Worth & Western connecting track trails in from the west, a bridge over a divided street, and a bridge over a street, within the siding.

Approaching Fort Worth, there was once a flat crossing with the SP line northwest from Corsicana, which led to an erstwhile ex-SP Yard on the west side of the line, past a grade crossing, extra track trailing in on the east side, an acute angle grade crossing, a closed acute angle grade crossing, an ex-SP line approaches on the east side, with huge grain elevators (labeled 'LOC') on the east side of that line and a road bridge overhead at an acute angle splitting the grain elevators, a road bridge overhead, a grade crossing, a bridge over an angled street, and a street bridge overhead. An additional two UP tracks (ex-MKT) approach from the east side, from the ex-MKT Yard to the east side of the line. The SP line once trailed into the BNSF line at Polk, and there is a bridge over a street just south of South Tower 55.

The Santa Fe line, along with the former MKT line, crosses the former Texas & Pacific line at the location of the erstwhile fabled Tower 55 (MP 355.6), where the speed limit is 20 mph and there are connectors in all four quadrants (leaving at South Tower 55), the tower  (still standing, in June, 2007) was once in the southeast quadrant, the intersection of I-20 and I-35W now bridges overhead on multiple concrete bridges (two ramps and two main roadways cross over the line), and the north connectors trail in at North Tower 55.

The BNSF line then turns west-northwest with speed limit 10 mph, bridges over a divided street below, passes a grade crossing at the south end of the station area into the area between the lines, and the former Santa Fe Fort Worth station (MP 346.0), with its depot on the west side of the line, and enters the Intermodal Transportation Center that now serves as the Fort Worth station, which has an island platform with two tracks to its west and one to its east, that come together north of the platform into a track that holds the Heartland Flyer trainset on 6-3-07, with the multi-track BNSF Downtown Yard on its east side and the UP (ex-MKT) lines beyond that (further east, beyond a concrete area).