Des Moines to Altoona

From the yard and flat crossing with connectors in all four quadrants with the Rock Island "Spine Line" at Short Line Junction (MP 355.6), the line heads east-southeast, single track, Automatic Block System, maximum speed 25 mph,  north-northeast, with maximum speed increasing to 50 mph, east-northeast, north-northeast again, and northeast, to the 2,300 ft. spur at Altoona (MP 346.9), where a line splits off on the south side, heading east, and the main line continues northeast.