Parkwood to Talladega

The former Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast leaves on the west sdie of the former L&N line south from Birmingham, at  Parkwood (MP 404.4/968.3), where it once trailed in from the north, coming from Bessemer, heading south, single track, CTC, Automatic Block Signals, maximum speed 50 mph, but local speed restriction 25 mph to MP 967.5, past Elyton (MP 967.7), and a 35 mph speed restriction, from MP 967.5 to MP 966.1, turning east, through a tunnel, with a 40 mph speed restriction, from MP 966.1 to MP 963.9, where the full line speed prevails, bridging over an erstwhile L&N line and then the L&N Montgomery line, past Helena and a former junction with a spur from Acton, south, with a 40 mph speed restriction, from MP 961.4 to MP 958.0, past the 9,600 ft. north-side siding, with extra track and spurs to the north of that, from NE Pelham (MP 960.2) to SE Pelham (MP 958.3), southeast and then south again, with a 35 mph speed restriction, from MP 958.0 to MP 957.0, where the full line speed prevails, past a detector at "Pelham" (MP 957.3).

The line turns northeast, past Deerhurst, Simmsville, and the 9,118 ft. north-side siding, from NE Watkins (MP 949.9) to SE Watkins (MP 948.1), turning curvily east, past Chelsea, a 40 mph speed restriction, from MP 948.0 to MP 943.7, the west-facing south-side spur at Wheeler Lumber Company (MP 943.9), a 35 mph speed restriction, from MP 943.7 to MP 942.0 , the west-facing south-side spur at M Lumber (MP 940.6), and the 6,037 ft. north-side siding, from NE Westover (MP 939.8) to SE Westover (MP 938.6), southeast, with a 35 mph speed restriction, from MP 939.1 to MP 934.6, past a detector at "Westover" (MP 937.4) and the wye with the Wilsonville Branch, on the south side, from Addison (MP 936.5) to Wilsonville (MP 936.0), where it turns east-northeast.

Passing Harpersville and Arkwright, the line bridges over the former Central of Georgia's Birmingham line to the 10,266 ft. south-side siding, with a wye junction (with a line south to Childersburg), and a separate set of extra tracks, on the south side, from NE Coosa Pines (MP 927.2) to SE Coosa Pines (MP 925.1), and then past Grasmere and St. Ives, turning curvily east, past Renfroe, where there were once junctions on both south and north sides with the erstwhile Birmingham & Atlantic, jogging south and then east again, with a 45 mph speed restriction, from MP 917.7 to MP 916.6 and a 35 mph speed restriction, from MP 916.6 to MP 914.0, past a detector at "Shocco" (MP 915.5) and the 6,022 ft. north-side siding, from NE Shocco (MP 913.8) to SE Shocco (MP 912.4).

There is a 25 mph speed restriction, from MP 911.4 to MP 910.3, a junction with a line to the Coosa River Depot Annex, where the line turns south-southeast, past the flat crossing, with south quadrant connector, with the NS Anniston to Childersburg line, at NS Xing Talladega (MP 910.9), turning east at the wye on the south side with the EARY (Eastern Alabama Railway) Branch (a former L&N line, with a 45 mph speed restriction, from MP 910.3 to MP 907.5 and extra tracks on both sides, with east-facing spurs on the north side, to Bama Junction (MP 908.4), where another former L&N line trails in on the south side and once continued east and then north.