Jackson to Dearborn

CP Jackson (MP 75.5), where there is a trailing connection on the north side with the former Michigan Central line from Lansing, coming from the north, which once had a connection to Grand Rapids, and the passenger depot is on the north side of the line, east of the junction, the former Michigan Central continues ahead east, Two Main Tracks, CTC, ABS, with overall speed limit 79 mph for passenger trains, and 50 mph for freights, but local restriction 45 mph, heads east-southeast, past the locations of former junctions with former Lake Shore & Michigan Southern and Big Four lines (including a wye at Jackson Junction) on the south side, and an erstwhile coach yard on the north side, MP 74.0, where the passenger speed restriction is lifted on Track 2, but one of 70 mph starts on Track 1, East Yard on the south side of the line, the end of 2MT at CP East Jackson (MP 72.7), where the line turns east, after which full line speeds prevail, Michigan Center, where the line turns northeast and then east again, with a passenger speed restriction of 70 mph between MP 68.3 and MP 67.7, a detector at MP 67.1, Leoni, and Grass (MP 65.0), where the line heads curvily east-northeast.

East of Jackson, the Michigan Central line runs through the Huron River valley, often playing footsie with the river, past Francisco, the start of a 21,640 ft. Controlled Siding at CP Chelsea (MP 56.0), a passenger speed restriction of 75 mph between MP 52.4 and MP 51.9 , the end of the siding at CP Lake (MP 51.9), a passenger speed restriction of 55 mph between MP 49.6 and MP 49.2, a passenger speed restriction of 60 mph between MP 49.2 and MP 46.3, a detector at MP 47.3, and Dexter (MP 46.7), where it turns southeast, with a passenger speed restriction of 65 mph between MP 46.3 and MP 45.0, east and then northeast with a passenger speed restriction of 70 mph between MP 45.0 and MP 43.3, past Delhi, southeast, east, and southeast again, with a passenger speed restriction of 65 mph between MP 43.3 and MP 38.6, turning south-southwest, with a freight speed restriction of 40 mph between MP 38.7 and MP 37.3 and a passenger speed restriction of 50 mph between MP 38.6 and MP 37.8, past West Ann Arbor (MP 37.8) and a bridge carrying the Ann Arbor railroad overhead, and then east, with a passenger speed restriction of 45 mph between MP 37.8 and MP 37.3, past Ann Arbor (MP 37.4), where the passenger depot is on the south side of the line.

The line turns southeast, with a passenger speed restriction of 55 mph between MP 37.3 and MP 36.9, a passenger speed restriction of 60 mph between MP 36.9 and MP 34.7, a passenger speed restriction of 55 mph between MP 34.7 and MP 34.5, and a passenger speed restriction of 60 mph between MP  34.5 and MP 32.5, just north of due east past a detector at Geddes (MP 33.2), and southeast, with a passenger speed restriction of 70 mph between MP 32.5 and CP Ypsi, past a freight speed restriction of 35 mph over the bridge at MP 31.7 Forest (MP 29.7), the start of 2MT at CP Ypsi (MP 28.1), where an erstwhile former LSMS line once trailed in from the west, a passenger speed restriction of 70 mph between CP Ypsi and CP Townline, a turn just north of due east, away from the Huron River, Wiard (MP 27.0), where a spur trails in on the south side, the 6,945 ft. westbound siding at Willow Run (MP 26.6), Raw (MP 25.7), Denton, Haggerty (MP 20.6), Cog (MP 19.3), HCD (MP 18.2), and the 5,670 ft. eastbound siding at Wayne Junction (MP 18.1), where 2MT end in favor of single track, CTC, and there is a flat crossing with connectors in all four quadrants with the former C&O (PM).

Continuing in the straight course it has held from Wiand, the line passes Wayne, Eloise, a detector at MP 14.1, Inkster, the start of 2MT at CP Mort (MP 9.2), Henry Fordís museum and model village at Greenfield, on the south side of the line, the passenger station at Dearborn (MP 7.7), and CP Townline (MP 7.4), where a former MC line head south at a wye on the south side of the line, connecting with the lines south to Toledo.