Chicago Ridge to Manhattan

From the Metra station (two side platforms, depot to the southeast) at Chicago Ridge (MP 16.4), the double-track ABS-controlled line continues southwest, past an Interstate highway bridge overhead, a grade crossing with an east-west street, an embankment, signals at MP 17.6/7, the Metra station (two side platforms, brick depot to the southeast) at Worth (MP 17.8), a through girder bridge over a north-south street and an east-west street, the Metra station (two sides, brick depot to the southeast) at Palos Heights, just northeast of the through truss bridge over the Calumet Sag Channel, and past signal bridges and crossovers, a bridge over an east-west street, a bridge over a north-south street, a bridge over an east-west street, the Metra station at Palos Park (MP 19.9), with two side platforms, stone depot and parking lot to the southeast, an east-west street bridge overhead, MP 20, a cutting, a grade crossing, signals at MP 21.9, an east-west road bridge overhead, a grade crossing with an east-west street, MP 22, a bridge over a north-south street

There is a Metra station at Orland Park–143rd Street (MP 23.2), where ABS double track ends and TC single track resumes, that is in the process of being rebuilt (in November 2006) from the former end-of-line station to a new through station, with two side platforms and depot away to the southeast, and the line turns south-southwest, past a grade crossing over an east-west street, a bridge over an east-west street, a grade crossing with a north-south street, a wooded area, a grade crossing with a southeast to northwest street, the Metra station at Orland Park–153rd Street (MP 25.0), with southeast side platform, brick depot, and parking lot, a grade crossing with an east-west street, signals at MP 26.5, a grade crossing with a north-south street, a grade crossing with an east-west street, a bridge over a stream, a grade crossing with a north-south street, a grade crossing with an east-west street, and the Metra station (platform and depot to the northwest) at Orland Park–179th Street (MP 28.67), where the line briefly heads southwest again and there is a four track Metra storage yard on the northwest side of the line, just west of the station.

The line heads south-southwest, a bridge over the former Rock Island line just east of its Lenox location, Steele, where the line turns almost due south and a Michigan Central line once crossed, a Metra station at Lawley Street (?), a bridge over the EJ&E, Brisbane  (MP 34.6), where TC single track ends and ABS double track resumes, a Metra station at Manhattan (MP 39.6), and the current end of the line at MP 40.9.

The Wabash line once continued south-southwest to Decatur and St. Louis.