From the junction with the NS Sandusky District, trailing in from the south-southwest at New Haven Connection (MP 249.0), the line passes a bridge over the erstwhile New York Central (Lake Shore & Michigan Southern) and Wheeling & Lake Erie (NS Toledo District), a junction with the NS Toledo District (northwest quadrant connector) at MP 248.9, Southwest Street (MP 248.8), a 25 mph speed restriction through the Bellevue Terminal from MP 248.7 to MP 247.7, the Wheeling & Lake Erie Lakeshore Connection at MP 248.6, a junction with the NS Sandusky District at MP 248.5, where that line continues north-northeast and the former Nickel Plate main line turns northeast, a junction with the NS Toledo District at MP 248.3, the Wheeling & Lake Erie Brewster Connection at MP 248.2, and Center Street (MP 248.1).
The Bellevue Yard starts at Mini Plant (MP 247.8), with two parallel separate yards on the north side of the bypass track, on which 2MT end at Harkness Street (MP 247.7) in favor of single track, ABS, TC (still with speed restriction 25 mph). The two parallel yards and the bypass track all come together at Bragg Road (MP 246.0), east of which there is another yard with tracks to its north and south to RT 4 (MP 244.7), beyond which yard-area tracks continue east-northeast, with two separate Automatic Block Signals, Traffic Control (CTC), tracks (each with a 25 mph speed restriction), past MP 243.5, where another track begins ABS, TC (and a 15 mph speed restriction), to RT 99 (MP 242.1), where 2MT resume, still ABS, TC, maximum speed 60 mph, past the elevator track at MP 240.3, the start of single track (45 mph on the turnout), ABS, TC, at Kimball (MP 240.2), where an erstwhile B&O line once crossed on the flat, the 6,789 ft. siding (25 mph on the siding) at Avery (MP 236.3), the Slate Track Lead for the Certainteed Warehouse (MP 236.2), and the Paper Track on the south side at MP 236.1.
The line turns just south of due east, past a bridge where the line once passed above an erstwhile Wheeling & Lake Erie line, east-northeast past a branch north to Huron Dock, on Lake Erie, the 6,793 ft. siding (25 mph on the siding) at Shinrock (MP 232.0), and the Team Track at Berlin Heights (MP 228.9), northeast past Florence (MP 226.8), a detector at "Vermillion" (MP 225.1), GC (MP 222.0), the Eastward Storage Track at Vermillion (MP 222.0), the Westward Storage Track at Vermillion (MP 221.1), and Shore Lumber track (MP 220.9), bridging over the Water-level Route and turning east, generally along the south shore of Lake Erie, past the start of double track (45 mph on the turnout), ABS, current-of-traffic (Rule 251), at KM (MP 218.6) and Oak Point (MP 217.1), and curving east-northeast, following the lakeshore, then edging away from the lake past the resumption of single track (45 mph on the turnout), ABS, TC, at Leavitt (MP 212.2), and turning northeast with a 35 mph speed restriction, from Oberlin Avenue (MP 211.3), past the flat crossing with the CSX (former B&O) line to Lorain Dock, at Lorain (MP 210.5) and the movable bridge over the local river at Drawbridge (RU, MP 210.2)), where two short spurs to the east bank of the river depart on the north side, after which double track (35 mph on the turnout), ABS, current-of-traffic (Rule 251), resumes, to Colorado Avenue (MP 209.8), turning east-northeast and then east.
There is a yard at Sheffield (MP 206.0), a wye on the south side with a branch south to a yard at South Lorain (serving the US Steel Lorain Steel Mill), a branch north to a power plant on the lake, two industrial spurs on the north side, Avon Lake, detectors at "Avon" (MP 200.6), Bay Village (MP 197.2) and the start of Yard Limits at MP 195.4, a turn east-northeast, a 35 mph speed restriction, by ordinance, from MP 194.5 to MP 188.8, Rocky River (MP 192.5), a turn east and then east-southeast, the start of a 40 mph speed restriction at West 110th Street (MP 188.8), where there was once a yard on the south side, the Cleveland Rapid Transit line coming alongside to the south, a bridge carrying the Water-level Route overhead, turns east, east-southeast, and just north of due east, a bridge over the Rapid Transit line and the Cleveland Belt line into the Cuyahoga River bottoms, crossovers and the junction with the Cleveland Belt (on the south side) at Cloggsville (MP 185.6), a 35 mph speed restriction on curves from MP 185.4 to MP 184.4, a turn northeast, east-northeast, past a bridge over an erstwhile Erie line to the docks to the north, the movable bridge over the Cuyahoga River at Cleveland Drawbridge (MP 184.5), and bridges over erstwhile Big Four spurs in the Centrak Flats and a former B&O line to a power plant on the east bank of the river.
The line curves around to east-southeast, with a 25 mph speed restriction on the curve from MP 184.1 to MP 183.9, past a former crossing with an erstwhile Wheeling & Lake Erie line, and the former location of the Nickel Plate Broadway Station, where the Rapid Transit line comes alongside to the north (on the former New York Central line through the erstwhile Cleveland Union Terminal), turning just south of due east and then east-southeast again, past crossovers and a junction with the former Erie at East 37th Street (MP 183.0), and then just south of due east, as the Rapid Transit line (still on the former NYC r-o-w) bridges overhead, to the yard(s) at East 55th Street (MP 182.2), where it turns east-northeast.