Kansas City (Knoche Yard) to Poteau

From the east west locomotive facilities and yard at Kansas City (Knoche Yard, MP 3.7, el. 779 ft.), just south of the Missouri River, the line turns east-southeast, past East Yard, single track, CTC, Yard Limits, maximum speed 10 mph, south-southeast at KCS Crossing (MP 5.1), east end of East Yard, where the north leg of a wye heads away east-northeast to Freight Line Junction (and thence to Birmingham), with the main line taking the south leg of the wye to Air Line Junction (MP 5.3), where it turns just west of due south as the third leg of the wye trails in from Freight Line Junction to the north, south past a flat crossing with a line coming east from the former MoPac Neff Yard at  UP Crossing (MP 5.4), with southwest and southeast quadrant connectors trailing in at UP Crossing (MP 5.5), aka Southwest Junction, with a connector on the west side to a UP line runnign parallel on that side, a UP line bridging overhead at Malone, and a connector trailing back in from that UP line to the west.

The line turns just east of due south, past KCS Junction (MP 5.9), where a connector to the Kansas City Terminal curves away on the west side, MP 6.0, where the maximum speed rises to 20 mph,  two flat crossings with the Kansas City Terminal at KCT Crossing (MP 6.1), where CTC is replaced by Automatic Block Signals, a flat crossing with the former Santa Fe at BNSF Crossing (MP 6.1), a concrete viaduct carrying today's BNSF (former Santa Fe) main line overhead, and a connector on the west side from the KCT/Santa Fe at Big Blue Junction (MP 6.1), turning south past Armco Steel crossing (MP 6.7), where the erstwhile industrial tracks of the Armco steel plant on both sides of the line once crossed on the flat, just west of due south, past Fifteenth Street (MP 7.4), aka Centropolis, and south-southwest past MP 8.1, where Yard Limits end, ABS gives way to CTC, and the maximum speed rises to 40 mph, and the start of the 0.5% rising grade on the north side of Big Blue Hill, as the line climbs out of the valley in which it has been traveling since turning south, with former MoPac and former Frisco lines to the west along the valley.

There is an 8,455 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Blue Valley (MP 8.1, past MP 8.9, to MP 9.5), with a south-facing lead at Cave Switch (MP 8.6), as the line turns just west of due south past Leeds, the location of a bridge carrying an erstwhile Rock Island line overhead, a turn just east of due south, a turn southwest, past Eastwood, a turn just east of due south, past a dragging equipment detector at MP 12.5, a turn south-southeast, past a detector at MP 15.1, just south of due west, and then curvily south, past Bryant, southwest, past a 645 ft. north-facing track at Frontier Bag Lead (MP 23.1) and a bridge over an erstwhile Frisco branch, south-southwest, past the 12,352 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at the summit of Big Blue Hill, Grandview (MP 23.4, past MP 23.5, to MP 25.9, el. 1,049 ft.), with a 1,525 ft. north-facing track at American Ingredients (MP 24.8), within the siding, and a connector east to the rump of that former Frisco track to Belton, and a detector at MP 26.1.

The line turns just west of due south to start the 0.9% descent of the south side of Big Blue Hill, past a former corssing with an erstwhile Frisco line and West Belton, curvily south past the 6,787 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Jaudon (MP 32.7, siding from MP 32.8 to MP 34.2), a 400 ft. north-facing track at Cleveland (MP 38.8), the former crossing with an erstwhile M-K-T line at West Line, a detector at MP 46.1, Lisle, the 12,644 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Drexel (MP 51.0, past MP 53.1, to MP 53.4, el. 992 ft., almost on the Kansas state line), start of an 0.5% descent, MP 53.0, where the maximum speed rises to 45 mph, Merwin, a detector at MP 58.4, connectors north and south to a spur west to Kansas City Power & Light's La Cygne Power Plant,  at Amsterdam (MP 61.3), the 6,792 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Amsterdam (MP 61.3, past MP 62.4, to MP 62.8), and an 800 ft. south-facing track at Amoret (MP 68.9).

There was once a crossing with an erstwhile MoPac line at Worland, and the line continues somewhat curvily south, past a detector at MP 77.6, the 7,541 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Hume (MP 80.0, past MP 80.7, to MP 81.5), a former crossing with an erstwhile Frisco line, Amos, a dragging equipment detector at MP 86.8, Stotesbury, a dragging equipment detector at MP 89.4, an 800 ft. south-facing track at Richards (MP 93.6), where an erstwhile MoPac line once crossed at an angle, a detector at MP 95.2, the 10,214 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Eve (MP 97.9, past MP 98.9, to MP 100.0), a bridge carrying the Missouri & North Arkansas overhead, Swart, a detector at MP 110.4, and a 1,250 ft. north-facing track at Oskaloosa (MP 112.2).

The line turns just west of due south, past the acute-angled flat crossing with the former Frisco line to Springfield,  at BN Crossing (MP 114.6), the 12,331 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Mulberry (MP 116.0, past MP 118.1, to MP 118.3), right on the border between Missouri and Kansas, south-southwest into Kansas, past a former crossing with an erstwhile Frisco line, a former crossing with an erstwhile MoPac line, Nelson, a detector at MP 124.9, and a former crossing with an erstwhile Santa Fe line, just west of due south, again, where an erstwhile Santa Fe line once trailed in on the west side, Yard Limits start at MP 126.8, and the maximum speed drops to 20 mph, past North Pittsburg (MP 127.0), north end of the yard on the east side at Pittsburg (MP 128.5, el. 927 ft.), the flat crossing (30 mph on the crossing) with northwest and southeast quadrant connectors with the South Kansas & Oklahoma at SEK Crossing (MP 128.9), and MP 129.0, end of Yard Limits, where CTC resumes and the maximum speed returns to 45 mph.

There is a north-facing connection at Kelso (MP 129.5), a south-facing lead at BN Connection (MP 129.7), where there was once a flat crossing with a former Frisco line, but is now just a connection heading away on the west side of the line, a north-facing lead at Mission Clay (MP 129.8), and a north-facing lead at International Paper (MP 130.3), with the line turning south-southeast as the former right-of-way of the erstwhile Joplin & Pittsburgh interurban comes alongside to the west, past a Control Point at Empire (MP 133.9), where a spur heads east to the Empire District Power Plant, Kniveton, the border between Kansas and Missouri, KOG Junction, wehre a branch once headed south (on the west side), a former crossing with an erstwhile Frisco line, the 6,963 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Asbury (MP 140.0, past MP 140.3, to MP 141.2), a dragging equipment detector at MP 142.4, a detector at MP 144.4, MP 146.0, where the maximum speed falls to 40 mph, and the former flat crossing (25 mph on the crossing) with the erstwhile BN (former Frisco) at BN Crossing/Gulfton (MP 147.2).

The line turns south, south-southeast, just east of due south, past a detector at MP 152.5, south-southwest, and then just east of due south again, past the 5,554 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Joplin (MP 153.5, past MP 154.3, to MP 154.7, el. 963 ft.), a 25 mph speed restriction over street crossings in Joplin, from MP 154.5 to MP 156.5, the gated flat crossing with the Missouri & Northern Arkansas (former Frisco) at South Joplin (MP 154.9), with a connector at MNA Connection (MP 155.1), a former crossing with the erstwhile South West Missouri interurban, a bridge carrying the Missouri & Northern Arkansas (former MoPac) overhead, and a former crossing with the erstwhile South West Missorui interurban, turning just south of due east, past the 3,750 ft. south-facing spur at Long Bell American (MP 157.5), east-southeast, past spurs on the east side at International paper, the 2,300 ft. south-facing spur on the east side at Gulf States Paper (MP 158.3), south-southwest, past the 2,601 ft. siding at Saginaw (MP 160.0), and curvily southeast, past a detector at MP 164.3 and Tipton Ford.

There is a 30 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 166.0 to MP 168.5, as the line turns south, east, and curvily just east of due south past the 6,629 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Dalby (MP 169.4, past MP 170.1, to MP 171.0) and a south-facing lead at Ozark Terminal Spur (MP 172.2), the flat crossing with the BNSF (former Frisco, Springfield to Tulsa line) at BN Crossing (MP 172.7), with a north-facing connection at BN Interchange (MP 172.8), and the 3,581 ft. siding at Neosho (MP 174.1, el. 1,029 ft.), turning curvily just west of due south, with a 25 mph speed restriction on the 1.5% upgrade on the north side of McElhany Hill between MP 175.2 and MP 177.5, past a 5,599 ft. north-facing spur on the east side at Linda Spur (MP 177.1), a 1,700 ft. dual-ended spur at Coach Track (MP 178.5), and the 8,298 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at McElhany (MP 179.1 to MP 180.8, el. 1,222 ft.), with a north-facing yard connection at Government Lead (MP 180.7) within the siding, a detector at MP 183.8 along the top of the ridge, a 30 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 185.9 to MP 186.2, on the 1.5% downgrade on the south side of McElhany Hill in the Boston Mountains, and a 600 ft. south-facing spur at Goodman Team  (MP 186.6).

There is a 30 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 191.0 to MP 192.3, a 1,650 ft. dual-ended spur at Anderson (MP 191.7), a 30 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 194.0 and MP 194.7, a 500 ft. north-facing spur at Lanagan (MP 195.2), a dragging equipment detector at MP 195.5, a 25 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 196.3 to MP 196.5, a detector at MP 197.6, a 30 mph speed restriction on curves between MP 197.6 to MP 209.6, and the 8,517 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Noel (MP 200.1, past MP 200.7, to MP 201.8, el. 823 ft.), with the 744 ft. north-facing spur at Noel Gas Track (MP 200.9) within the siding, turning curvily just east of due south, past the border between Missouri and Arkansas, curvily south at Sulphur Springs, with a 25 mph speed restriction on the bridge at MP 205.2, past a detector at MP 205.6, the 1.5% upgrade on the north side of Gravette Hill, the 400 ft. south-facing spur at Gravette West Team (MP 209.9, el. 1,209 ft.) and the 500 ft. north-facing spur at Gravette East Team (MP 209.9), where there was once a crossing with an erstwhile Frisco line.

The line turns south-southwest, with a downgrade on the south side of Gravette Hill, past a detector at MP 213.5, south-southeast, with a 1.5% upgrade on the north side of Decatur Hill, south-southwest, past the north-facing yard connection at Petterson Spur (MP 216.0), and the 1,876 ft. siding at Decatur (MP 217.0)just east of due south, with a 30 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 216.9 to MP 217.1, for the downgrade on the south side of Decatur Hill, curvily southwest, past the 7,831 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Gentry (MP 221.1, past MP 222.5, to MP 223.0, el. 1,253 ft.), the 800 ft. north-facing spur at Gentry Housetrack (MP 222.6), a Control Point at Flint Creek (MP 223.7) for the spur west to the SWEPCO Flint Creek Power Plant, south with a 30 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 224.1 to MP 224.5 and a 30 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 225.9 to MP 226.1, past a detector at MP 226.7, and curvily south-southwest, past the 8,063 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Siloam Springs (MP 228.6, past MP 229.3, to MP 230.3), where the erstwhile Kansas City & Memphis railroad once trailed in from the east, a 35 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 230.0 to MP 234.3, descending at 1.5%, and then climbing back up again, past the border between Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The line turns south, past the 8,449 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Watts (MP 234.3, past MP 236.0, to MP 236.1, el. 910 ft.), west-southwest, south at Ballard, past a detector at MP 238.0, with a 30 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 239.5 to 240.0, past the 4,300 ft. dual-ended spur at Hudson (MP 241.0), and the 3,394 ft. siding at Westville (MP 243.8 to MP 244.4), turning southwest at a detector at MP 247.2, on the 0.9% downgrade, past the 1,050 ft. north-facing spur at Baron (MP 250.0), south with a 35 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 250.0 tp MP 256.0, on the 0.8% upgrade, past the 600 ft. north-facing spur at Conner (MP 255.8), a 30 mph speed restriction on the street crossings in Stilwell, from MP 256.9 to MP 258.8, and the 7.794 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Stilwell (MP 257.0, past MP 258.2 to MP 258.6, el. 1,104 ft.), west at the 1,137 ft. north-facing spur at Henningsen Cold Storage (MP 258.8), south to a detector at MP 262.1, west with a 30 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 262.5 to MP 264.0, on the 0.9% downgrade, southwest past a siding at Cave Springs, where it turns south-southwest.

There is a 1,400 ft. north-facing spur at Bunch (MP 271.7), where the line turns just east of due south, then west-southwest, past a detector at MP 273.1, curvily south-southwest, with a 30 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 277.7 to MP 279.0, on the 0.4% downgrade, past the 8,333 ft. siding at Marble City (MP 280.5, past MP 281.1, to MP 282.0), with the 9,450 ft. dual-ended spur at Marble City Spur (MP 281.3) within the siding, curvily south past a detector at MP 284.4 and a 30 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 285.4 to MP 285.6, east-southeast, past the flat crossing (25 mph on the crossing) with the UP (former MoPac Muskogee to Little Rock line) at UP Crossing (MP 290.4) and the 5,851 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Sallisaw (MP 290.6, past MP 291.1, to MP 291.5), and southeast, past the 8,144 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Gans (MP 298.6, past MP 299.2, to MP 300.0), MP 301.0, where the maximum speed rises to 45 mph, a detector at MP 301.9, and Foremans.

The line turns just east of due south, past a dragging equipment detector at MP 305.3, Redland, the bridge over the Arkansas River, and a dragging equipment detector at MP 308.3, southwest at the 6,909 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Spiro (MP 311.2, past MP 311.7, to MP 311.8), where an erstwhile branch from Fort Smith once trailed in on the east side, a Control Point (MP 314.5) at Bonanza (MP 314.7), south-southwest past a detector at MP 315.7, Coal Creek, where the erstwhile Fort Smith and Van Buren once headed west, and Panama where an erstwhile Texas & Pacific line once crossed, just east of due south, past the 7,661 ft. siding (20 mph on the switches) at Shady Point (MP 319.2, past MP 320.0, to MP 320.7), where the erstwhile Poteau Valley Railroad once headed west, and south, with a 40 mph speed restriction on curve at MP 325.6, to the junction with the Fort Smith Branch, trailing in from the northeast, a former Frisco line that once continued southwest, at Poteau (MP 326.4).