Battle Creek to Durand

At the junction at Gord (MP 121.4/175.5), the former Michigan Central line trails into the double track Grand Trunk Western line coming from the west and speeds rise to 40 mph as the line turns southeast past a former Michigan Central line turning away on the south side, where Yard Limits start, Depot (MP 175.8), where the Battle Creek passenger station is located, with the depot on the north side of the line, Rose (MP 175.9), where  a former Michigan Central line once trailed in on the south side, after which the line turns east past Battle Creek (MP 176.6) to Baron (MP 176.7), where the double track former Michigan Central continues ahead east while the double track GTW line turns away east-northeast, with speed limit 30 mph on the south track (only), past the former crossing of the erstwhile Michigan Central route, the location of Nichols Yard (MP 177.3) on the north side of the line, the grain elevators and factories of W. K. Kellogg, on the south side of the line, where Yard Limits end, a turn north-northeast, the GTW locomotive repair facilities (Battle Creek Loco Shops), on the south/east side of the line, Emmett Street (MP 178.6), the south end of the Battle Creek Yard, where a connection from the Michigan Central line trails in on the east side, and McAllister Road, the north end of the yard.

Turning northeast, the line heads across open country, with overall speed limit 75 mph for passenger trains, 60 mph for priority manifests, and 50 mph for freight trains, past passenger speeds of 60 mph on the eastward track and 70 mph on the westward track at Penfield, West (MP 181.8), where the line turns east-northeast, Penfield, passenger speeds of 60 mph on the eastward track and 70 mph on the westward track at Penfield, East (MP 183.6), where the line turns northeast again, passenger speeds of 65 mph on the eastward track and 70 mph on the westward track at Rock Cut (MP 187.9), the 92 car eastward siding at Bellevue (MP 189.2), Olivet (MP 194.3), a speed restriction of 30 mph on the curve at MP 201.9 as the line turns just east of due north, and the 91 car westward siding at Charlotte (MP 202.4), where there is a flat crossing with a Michigan Central line.

The line turns northeast again, past detectors at MP 206.3, Potterville (MP 208.7), passenger speeds of 70 mph on the eastward track and 60 mph on the westward track at Mill (MP 215.9),  the 89 car westward siding at Millett (MP 216.2), the yard on the northwest side of the line at Mill, Hope, a turn to the east with passenger speeds of 70 mph on the eastward track at Lansing-Charlotte Road (MP 218.6), a bridge over the Grand River, flat crossings with New York Central and Michigan Central lines at Cedar Street, and a 25 mph speed limit over Washington Avenue, the 92 car eastward  and 94 car westward sidings at Lansing (MP 220.9), where there are Yard Limits, to East Lansing, site of Michigan State University, where it crosses the CSX (former Pere Marquette) line from Detroit to Grand Rapids at Trowbridge (MP 223.5), followed by the East Lansing Amtrak station.

There are passenger speeds of 60 mph as the line turns east-northeast on the curves between East Cedar River (MP 225.9) and US 16 (MP 226.2), past passenger speeds of 65 mph at Haslett Overhead (MP 228.7), Haslett (MP 229.0), detectors at MP 232.0, passenger speeds of 65 mph on the curves between MP 233.8 and MP 234.8, Shaftsburg (MP 235.7), Perry (MP 240.02), the 84 car eastward and 72 car westward sidings at Morrice (MP 242.2), Bancroft (MP 248.5), passenger speeds of 60 mph at MP 251.4, and the 80 car eastward and 77 car westward sidings at Durand (MP 253.3), where there are Yard Limits, the GTW line from Detroit via Pontiac intersects the GTW line from Lansing at an angled flat crossing, with a connector in the south quadrant, the famous Durand depot in the southeast quadrant of the crossing, and connectors in the north and east quadrants, then continues northwest as a line now operated by shortline Tuscola & Saginaw Bay, as successor to the Ann Arbor, while the main line continues east-northeast.