Griffith to South Bend

Griffith was a long-time northwest Indiana hotspot, with erstwhile flat crossings of the Erie and its C&O of Indiana tenant (the C&O split off just east of this location) adding to the EJ&E and GTW, here.

From the manually-controlled flat crossing (40 mph on the crossing) with the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern, where there are south-quadrant and east quadrant connectors installed to facilitate the merger of the EJ&E into Canadian National, long-time owner of GTW, and erstwhile 3,960 ft. siding at Griffith (MP 36.1), the GTW continues east-southeast, Two Main Tracks, CTC, maximum speed 65 mph for passenger trains, 60 mph for intermodal trains, and 55 mph for freight trains, past the west-facing Griffith Storage Track on the north side, MP 37, Intermediate Signals at MP 37.4 and MP 37.9, MP 38, a grade crossing with Hendricks Street, Intermediate Signals at MP 39.6, a grade crossing with Cleveland Avenue, and Intermediate Signals at MP 39.7.

The line turns just south of due east at Lottaville, then east and then just north of due east, past Sadley (MP 50.4), just south of due east, past a 40 mph speed restriction from MP 52.6 to MP 52.8, a flat crossing with the former Nickel Plate at Spriggsboro (MP 52.6), and a flat crossing with the former PRR Fort Wayne Line at Spriggsboro (MP 52.6), east-southeast, just north of due east, past Valparaiso (MP 57.3), 4,160 ft. north-side and 4,600 ft. south-side sidings at Haskells (MP 63.3), a detector at MP 67.5, and Union Mills, and east-northeast past a flat crossing (40 mph on the crossing) with the former B&O Chicago Line and with the former Pere Marquette, and the 3,850 ft. siding at Wellsboro (MP 71.1).

There was once a flat crossing with the erstwhile Wabash at Kingsbury, and the line then passes the flat crossing with the former Lake Erie & Western (now NS) and the 4,020 ft. siding at Stillwell (MP 80.2), Mill Creek, Cruthstown, a detector at MP 93.3, a junction with the rump of the NYC Vandalia line, coming from the southwest, and a former Wabash line coming from the south, at Vandalia Junction, where the stub of a former Michigan Central line heads east, the junction with the erstwhile Michigan Central, coming from tthe west, at MP 98.5, where joint trackage with CR/NS starts, the former MC Oliver Yard on the south side, and Olivers (MP 99.2), turning just south of due east to the manual junction with the Water-level Route at Arnold Street (MP 99.5), where a 20 mph speed restriction starts (10 mph on crossovers), past Bend Tower (MP 100), the erstwhile South Bend Union Station and the current Amtrak station, and southeast, to the manual junction with the Water-level Route at High Street (MP 101.1), where the GTW turns away northeast.