Hoboken Terminal (MP 0.0) is a multi-track stub-end terminal, with head-end buildings against the Hudson River, and nine platforms, with umbrella sheds, serving 18 tracks, facing west, reducing to four tracks in the station throat at brick Terminal Tower (MP 0.1), with carriage yards on both the north and south sides, a locomotive yard on the north side, two through girder bridges over streets, the station throat, and two through girder bridges over streets, all operated in Yard Limits, maximum speed 15 mph, electrified with 25 kV, 60 Hz, overhead AC catenary. Two additional tracks, 19 and 20, are used for storage. They lack catenary and platforms. There are also platforms at Hoboken Terminal serving PATH trains to Manhattan and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail trains along the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.
The multi-track line heads just north of due west, with the NJT Hoboken Yard on the north side of the tracks, past crossovers at East End (MP 0.7), where an erstwhile Lackawanna freight line from a pier further south than Hoboken Terminal, once trailed in from the south, a through girder bridge (MP 0.91) over a double track former Erie/Conrail line that once carried Erie's passenger trains to its erstwhile Jersey City terminal, and now provides the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit service, the two sets of three Bergen Tunnels, carrying two tracks each, through the ridge, a through truss bridge over the former Erie line that once carried Erie's passenger trains to its erstwhile Jersey City terminal, and now provides freight connections to the Jersey waterfront piers, and the crossovers and junction at West End (MP 2.2), where the four tracks of the non-electrified lines (Track 4 is electrified for about a mile, formerly serving the erstwhile Lackawanna EMU car shops), heading north-northwest, split off on the north side of the four tracks of the electrified lines, heading west, there is a bridge over another freight connection south from the former Erie, the New York, Susquehanna & Western, and the former New York Central West Shore line, and the west leg of a wye with the non-electrified lines trails in on the north side.