Gibbon Junction to Fremont

From the crossovers and junction at Gibbon Junction (MP 175.1), where there is a grade crossing, the speed limit is 60 mph, the 2MT Marysville line curves away on the south side, the main line reduces from 3MT to 2MT, CTC (the most southerly track heads towards Marysville), heading east-northeast, speed limit 70 mph, past extra track on the south side, a dirt road grade crossing, a dirt track grade crossing, Intermediate Signals, a dirt track grade crossing, a grade crossing and Intermediate Signals at  Shelton (MP 169.9), erstwhile Hold Signals at MP 168.3, a grade crossing, extra track to silos to the south, a grade crossing, extra track to the north, crossovers at Cory (MP 166.3), two dirt road grade crossings, Intermediate Signals, six extra tracks to the south for shuttle-enabled rail-served grain elevators and crossovers at Wood River (MP 164.3),  where the line used to revert to Double Track, Automatic Block Signals, until 2009, but now continues CTC, Control Points with 50 mph crossovers every eight miles or so, past extra track to the south for silos (with a Bi-Fuel Energy critter), and extra track to the south, to silos with a critter.

The line  edges northeast past a grade crossing, extra track to silos to the south, an erstwhile Eastward Hold Signal on Track 2 at MP 159.1, two grade crossings, a through-truss bridge over a stream, crossovers, a dirt road grade crossing, an erstwhile Westward Hold Signal on Track 1 at MP 156.3, a grade crossing, extra track on the south side for silos, a grade crossing at the crossovers at Alda (MP 154.5), where there is a spur north to the Cornhusker Ordnance Plant, detectors at MP 151.2, two grade crossings, US 30 to the north, an erstwhile Eastward Hold Signal at MP 149.9, a grade crossing, a road bridge overhead (US 30?), two extra tracks to the south, to silos, a line from the Platte River Power Plant trailing in on the south side, a road bridge overhead, two grade crossings, West Grand Island (MP 146.6), where the speed limit has dropped to 60 mph, two extra tracks to the north, two grade crossings, crossovers, a grade crossing, detectors, a grade crossing, two extra tracks to the south, a bridge carrying the former CB&Q line from Alliance to Lincoln overhead, and the junction (erstwhile flat crossing with extant connectors in all four quadrants) with the Nebraska Central Railroad (NCRC).

The nine-track yard on the south side at Grand Island (MP 146.2) is immediately east of the junction, followed by six extra tracks on the south side for two shuttle-enabled rail-served grain elevators, including the Aurora Grain Terminal, and east-facing extra tracks on the south side, crossovers at East Grand Island (MP 144.6), a grade crossing, a through-girder bridge over drainage, a grade crossing, a box labeled 142 on the south side, three grade crossings, Intermediate Signals, Lockwood, MP 140, Intermediate Signals at MP 139.x, two grade crossings, Intermediate Signals at MP 137.x, detectors at MP 137.0, Intermediate Signals, two grade crossings, west-facing extra track to the south for maintenance-of-Way, rail-served silos on the south side a grade crossing, an east-facing spur for the silos, and the erstwhile 7,976 ft. center siding at Chapman (MP 135.0), where there are now crossovers and  the speed limit is back to 70 mph.

US 30 is now to the south, and the line passes a bridge over a culvert, an Eastward Hold Signal (or Intermediate Signals) at MP 129.6, a grade crossing, west-facing extra track to silos to the north at Paddock (MP 128.6), a grade crossing, an erstwhile Westward Hold Signal at MP 128.2, a grade crossing, the 5,611 ft. south side siding and 4,144 ft. north side siding at Central City (MP 126.2 - MP 124.9), where there are three extra tracks to the south for shuttle-enabled rail-served grain elevators, a grade crossing, the elevators to the south, two grade crossings, crossovers and a junction with an NCRC line curving away north,  west-facing extra track from silos to the south, an out-of-service BNSF line trailing in from the south,  and a wye on the south side with an NCRC line heading away south-southeast, a grade crossing, a Westward Hold Signal at MP 123.0, a grade crossing, a detector on Track 2 at MP 121.8, a grade crossing, and. a detector on Track 1 at MP 120.0.

There are crossovers at Thumel (MP 117.9), a grade crossing, three extra tracks at silos to the north, a grade crossing, Intermediate Signals at MP 117.1, a road bridge overhead, a west-facing north-side spur to petrochemical tanks at Gulfoil (MP 115.9), a grade crossing, Intermediate Signals at MP 115.2, a dirt road grade crossing, an erstwhile Eastward Hold Signal at MP 114.2, a grade crossing, Intermediate Signals at MP 114.1, rail-served silos to the south, the erstwhile 4,069 ft. center siding at Clark (MP 113.1), a pedestrian crossing and a grade crossing in Clark, an east-facing spur on the south side at Kent, a grade crossing, MP 113, US 30 to the south, a road to the north, an erstwhile Westward Hold Signal at MP 112.1, a grade crossing, Intermediate Signals at MP 111.5, a grade crossing, crossovers, two grade crossings, MP 109, a grade crossing, a spur at Havens (MP 108.2), Intermediate Signals, a grade crossing, Intermediate Signals, a grade crossing, a detector on Track 1 at MP 103.9, and crossovers at Silver Creek (MP 102.3).

The line edges east-northeast, still following the valley of the Platte River, past a through-girder bridge over a stream, three grade crossings, extra track to the south, a grade crossing, crossovers at Schafer (MP 100.5), three extra tracks to silos to the north, a detector on Track 2 at MP 100.1, a dirt road grade crossing, Intermediate Signals at MP 98.7, a grade crossing, a through-girder bridge over a stream, roads to the north and south, Intermediate Signals, Gardiner, a grade crossing, a bridge over drainage, a dirt road grade crossing, a grade crossing, an erstwhile Eastward Hold Signal at MP 93.6, extra track for silos to the south, a spur heading away north, the erstwhile 5,765 ft. center siding at Duncan (MP 92.6), a grade crossing, Intermediate Signals, a road alongside to the south, a grade crossing, and crossovers, and turns just north of due east past a through-truss bridge over the Loup River, and a wye junction with the NCRC on the north side.

There are three extra tracks on the north side, the 6,980 ft.  (it seems longer than this in November, 2010) south side siding at Columbus (MP 84.5), where the speed limit is 50 mph, there are crossovers and a junction with a BNSF line heading away southeast, a road bridge overhead, six grade crossings in Columbus, an erstwhile Westward Hold Signal at MP 83.6, a detector on Track 2 at MP 81.0, a west-facing north-side spur at Doulom (MP 80.9), where the speed limit is back to 70 mph, a grade crossing, extra track to the south, crossovers and a 2,164 ft. north side siding at Behlen (MP 80.2), a spur heading away south, a spur trailing in to the south, extra track to the north, a grade crossing, a spur to the south at Moorman (MP 79.3), a bridge over an irrigation canal, a grade crossing, crossovers, a spur to the north at Hower (MP 78.6), two grade crossings, and extra track to the north for petrochemical tanks.

The line passes a dirt road grade crossing, a grade crossing, extra track to silos to the south, erstwhile crossovers at Richland (MP 76.6), Intermediate Signals at MP 76.5, a detector on Track 1 at MP 74.6, two dirt road grade crossings, Intermediate Signals at MP 72.3, an erstwhile Eastward Hold Signal at MP 71.9, two extra tracks to the north and to the south, a grade crossing in town, a road bridge overhead, crossovers and a 5,991 ft. south side siding at Schuyler (MP 68.7), where the speed limit is 60 mph and an erstwhile CB&Q line once headed south, two grade crossings in town, and two extra tracks to silos on the north side.

There are crossovers at CP B067 (MP 66.8), where 2MT, CTC, used to return in the ABS days (and now continue through) and the speed limit is back to 70 mph, crossovers and a 6,778 ft. north side siding at Shell Creek (MP 64.1), and a spur at Rogers (MP 61.7), a turn just south of due east, a dirt road to the south, a dirt road grade crossing, detectors at MP 60.3, a dirt track grade crossing, crossovers at McGinn (MP 57.8), Bay State, three dirt road grade crossings, four extra tracks to the south for shuttle-enabled rail-served grain elevators (with a critter) at North Bend (MP 54.4), rail-served silos to the north, a grade crossing, extra track to the north, crossovers at CP B053 (MP 53.7), US 30 alongside to the north, four dirt track grade crossings, Intermediate Signals at MP 51.1, two grade crossings, a dirt road alongside to the south, crossovers at Best (MP 49.3), a dirt track grade crossing, a bridge over a stream, Intermediate Signals at MP 47.x, and a bridge over drainage.

An erstwhile Chicago & Northwestern line once headed away southeast, and then another erstwhile C&NW line once crossed and ran alongside to the north, at Ames (MP 46.3), followed by Old Lincoln Highway alongside to the south, US 30 alongside to the north, detectors at MP 45.0, two grade crossings, and the 10,000 ft. north side siding and spur at Troxel (MP 43.7), where the line turns east-southeast, past a grade crossing, a pond to the south, a road alongside to the south, Intermediate Signals, a grade crossing, the angled flat crossing with the BNSF (former CB&Q) Sioux City line at West Fremont (MP 40.0), where the speed limit has dropped to 40 mph, a grade crossing, a spur curving away south, the Fremont & Elkhorn Valley Railroad (former C&NW branch) trailing in from the north, a road bridge overhead, three extra tracks to the south, a grade crossing, and the 6,520 ft. siding, two shuttle-enabled rail-served grain elevators, crossovers and junction at Fremont (MP 39.2), where the 2MT, CTC, 70 mph, original UP Omaha line separates, on the south side, from the 3MT, CTC, 30 mph, direct line (former C&NW) to Missouri Valley, turning away on the north side.