Fort Worth to Dallas

Leaving Fort Worth, a Texas Eagle passes through Tower 55 twice more, once in reverse from the Transportation center across the flat crossing at Tower 55 to South Tower 55, and then forward on the southeast quadrant connector (signals, CPT 94) to East Tower 55 (MP 245.3), where the speed limit picks up from the 30 mph across the flat crossing in the west-east direction to 40 mph at the east connectors, and 60 mph to the east of there, on this Two Main Track, CTC, line. There is an Interstate connector ramp overhead, a bridge over I-35 below, and an Interstate connector ramp overhead. The line heads east, past crossovers just east of the connectors at East Tower 55, East Yard on the north side of the line, and Ginnie Yard on the south side of the line, with a bridge over a street within the yards, at the east end of which a former MoPac (IGN) line heads south, on the remaining stub of an erstwhile line to Waco.

The main line then curves just north of east, past a bridge over a limited access divided highway, a bridge over a street, Intermediate Signals at MP 244.0, east-southeast past a bridge over a river, two bridges over streets, and Intermediate Signals at MP 243.2, and east again past  a bridge over a street, a street alongside to the south, two grade crossings, crossovers at Poly (MP 241.0), a grade crossing, a major street alongside to the south, a grade crossing, a bridge over a divided street, a bridge over a limited access divided highway, two grade crossings, Handley, a spur trailing in from the southwest, Intermediate Signals at MP 237.6, detectors at MP 237.4, a wide road bridge overhead, two bridges over streets, a dirt track grade crossing, a bridge over a stream, signals for the crossovers, a grade crossing, crossovers at Bowen, a street bridge overhead, a grade crossing, a grade crossing with a divided street, and Arlington, where the Texas Rangers’ baseball field is on the north side of the line.

This entire line runs through urban areas, with much industry along both sides of the line. The line continues past a bridge over a street, two grade crossings, a bridge over a stream, Great Southwest (MP 231.0), where a connecting track into the Great Southwest Industrial Park departs to the north, a grade crossing, Garrett Yard (MP 230.0), along the south side of the line, a rail-served plant on the south side of the line (autos?), a bridge over a limited access divided highway, a grade crossing, a divided street alongside to the south, a grade crossing, signals and crossovers at CP T228 (MP 227.8), a grade crossing, a spur trailing in from the southwest, a bridge over a divided street, a grade crossing, a grade crossing at SW 2nd Street, a grade crossing, a grade crossing at SE 3rd Street, two grade crossings, and Signals at Grand Prairie (MP 225.5), where additional track serves an aviation facility to the south.

There are extra tracks on the south side used for autoracks, a grade crossing, a spur trails in from the southwest, June Pit (MP 223.2), where a spur from Gifford Hill trails in from the north, a bridge over a SE to NW street, a bridge over a stream, detectors at MP 223.0, where the speed limit is 40 mph, Intermediate Signals at MP 222.4, a bridge over a stream, a trunk road bridge overhead, a bridge over a limited access divided highway below, and the line turns east-northeast, past additional track at Cloudy (MP 222.0), a grade crossing just west of Eagle-Ford (MP 220.0), where industrial tracks trail in from the north, crossovers at Chalk (MP 219.9), where the speed limit is 60-50 and industrial tracks once trailed in from the south, extra track on the south side, a grade crossing, a grade crossing with a divided street, a grade crossing, extra track on the south side, and Gates.

The line turns to the east, past a wide street bridge overhead, a grade crossing, GAF Building Materials, a bridge over a divided street, a spur southwest to Lone Star Cement, a signal bridge at CPT T916, crossovers at Browder (T916, MP B215.6; MP 218.0=B218.0 and MP 217.7=B215.0), where there is a yard on the south side of the line, a bridge over a street below, a through truss bridge over the Trinity River, a long spur from Cargill trailing in from the north, crossovers at Industrial X-over (CPT T219, MP 217.5), a bridge over a divided street, a bridge over I-35E, and signals at DFW Junction.

The speed limit falls to 20 mph on the approach to the major junctions at DFW Junction, a flat crossing with connectors in all but the southeastern quadrant, where a Texas & Pacific line once continued east to MP Junction, crossing the former MKT line (and the line now used by the Trinity Railway Express) on the flat, with today's main line using the southwest quadrant from TRE Junction (MP 217.4), past a bridge over a divided street on the connector/quadrant, to JFK Junction (MP 217.3), where the ex-MKT/TRE line trails in from the north with the DART line alongside to the east.