Barrington to Crystal Lake

From Barrington (MP 31.9), with its Metra station (two side platforms, depot to the northeast, parking on both sides), grade crossings with East Main Street and North Cook Street in close proximity, a grade crossing with North Hough Street (SR 59), and the flat crossing with the eponymous single track railroad at  EJ&E (MP 32.3), with an erstwhile connector in the west quadrant, and three extra tracks on the northeast side, the main line continues northwest, Double Track, current-of-traffic, Automatic Block Signals, Automatic Train Stop, with overall speed limit 70 mph for passenger trains and 60 mph for freights, out into the countryside, past a bridge over a stream, an extra track on the southwest side and three extra tacks on the northeast side, a signal bridge over all tracks, the end of the extra tracks, Old Northwest Highway alongside to the northeast, then Northwest Highway (US 14) returning alongside to the northeast and Hart Road alongside to the southwest, then turning and crossing at grade, a grade crossing into a business on the southwest side,  woods on the southwest side, a grade crossing with West Cuba Road, Intermediate Signals, woods and then West Cuba Road alongside to the southwest, and a grade crossing with North Kelsey Road (or Plumtree Road), as West Cuba Road ends.

There is a bridge over a stream, Front Street alongside to the southwest (with Northwest highway (US 14) still alongside to the northeast), a grade crossing with Foxmoor Road as Front Street ends, a grade crossing with Algonquin Road, the Metra station at Fox River Grove (MP 37.3), with two side platforms, depot to the northeast (between line and US 14), parking to the southwest, and a grade crossing with Lincoln Avenue within the platforms, a speed restriction of 70/50 on the deck girder bridge over the Fox River (MP 37.3), somewhat west of the station, Northwest Highway turning away, Jandus Road beginning alongside to the southwest, a grade crossing with Jandus Cutoff Road, a spur trailing in from the south (from industry across Jandus Road), a grade crossing with West Main Street as Northwest Highway (aka Crustal Street, US 14) returns on the northeast side, the Metra station at Cary (MP 38.6), with two side platforms, depot and parking to the southwest, a grade crossing with Cary Algonquin Road, industry on the southwest side, and a grade crossing with 3 Oaks Road.

The line now heads out into the countryside, with Northwest Highway (US 14) paralleling to the northeast and fields on both sides of the combination, past a bridge over Northwest Highway, with Smitana Road replacing it alongside to the northeast, a grade crossing with Sands Road, where Smitana Road ends, warehouses on either side, dual road bridges overhead carrying SR 31, industry on both sides, a grade crossing with Pingree Road, the  very recent (in 2008) Metra station at Pingree Road (MP 40.5), with platforms on booth sides, depot to the north and parking to the south, extra track on the south side, the start of Yard Limits at Crystal Lake Junction (MP 42.8), where the line north to McHenry departs the main line, a grade crossing with East Crystal Lake Avenue just beyond the junction, a bridge over a line that trails into the McHenry Line just to the north, and is now a 2-mile industrial spur to the south (that once went through to Elgin), with an erstwhile west quadrant connector as well, through what is now a parking lot, a grade crossing with North Main Street in another suburban interlude, the Metra station at Crystal Lake (MP 43.2), with two side platforms, depot and most parking to the south, and a grade crossing with Grant Street within the platforms, where many of the trains terminate and where there is a two track storage yard for Metra trains on the north side, west of the station, including a grade crossing at North Walkup Avenue, after which Yard Limits end.