Morton to Guthrie

From Morton (MP 267.7), where the Cut Off rejoins on the east side, single track resumes, CTC, maximum speed 60 mph for intermodal trains and 50 mph for other freight trains, heading south, past a turn south-southeast, Chesley, where an erstwhile branch to Homestead once headed southwest,  a 50 mph speed restriction from MP 264.9 to MP 264.3, a turn south, a 25 mph speed restriction through Nortonville, from MP 264.3 to MP 263.3, the 8,547 ft. west side siding at Nortonville (MP 264.2), a flat crossing with the Paducah & Louisville at MP 264.2, a turn just west of due south, a detector at "Romney" (MP 262.0), Newold, where there were once spurs on the west side, Mannington, Sheldon, and a turn south-southwest to Empire.

The line turns curvily south-southeast past a dragging equipment detector at MP 254.0, a 40 mph speed restriction through Crofton, from MP 253.8 to MP 252.8, the 6,762 ft. east side siding at Crofton (MP 253.3), a turn curvily south, a 50 mph speed restriction from MP 250.6 to MP 250.3, a 55 mph speed restriction from MP 250.3 to MP 248.0, the 5,457 ft. east side siding at Kelly (MP 247.6), a dragging equipment detector at MP 246.9, a 50 mph speed restriction from MP 245.5 to MP 240.5, the 4,884 ft. east side siding at Latham (MP 240.8), where the line turns south-southwest, a 40 mph speed restriction from MP 240.5 to MP 240.0, a 15-car north-facing spur at MP 240.1, a 25 mph speed restriction through Hopkinsville, from MP 240.0 to MP 239.1, and Hopkinsville (MP 239.5), where a spur heads west and the line turns southeast.

There is a 40 mph speed restriction from MP 239.1 to MP 238.5, after which full line speeds prevail, a detector at "Caskey" (MP 236.5), the 7,928 ft. east side siding at Casky (MP 234.8), Pembroke, a 10-car north-facing spur at MP 223.5, a 45 mph speed restriction through Trenton, from MP 223.4 to MP 222.7, the 6,582 ft. east side siding at Trenton (MP 223.3), Moore, the start of Two Main Tracks at MP 217.0, where an erstwhile branch from Elkton once trailed in from the north, and Guthrie (MP 215.8), where the former L&N Memphis line (which no longer reaches that city) now run by RJ Corman crosses on the flat, with connectors in the west and east quadrants and the main line continues southeast into Tennessee.