The large yard at Bluefield, at an altitude of 2,528 ft., is at the top of the grade from both directions—the westbound climb out of the New River Valley at Radford, and the eastbound climb from the Tug Fork River at Williamson and Matewan. The valleys near the upper end of the west slope—the Pocahontas line—are narrow and thickly wooded, with room only for road and railroad (and a stream of some variety) at the bottom in many parts. The line between Iaeger and Bluefield was operated by overhead electric catenary between the early 1920s and 1950
The maximum speed drops to 25 mph at MP 364.0, Yard Limits start at MP 363.4, there is an on-line coaling tower still standing at Allen Street (MP 363.6), and there is only a single main track past the large yard at Bluefield, WV (MP 363.1), and Moore's (MP 362.0) to the crossovers at the East Yard Office at RD (MP 360.2), where Yard Limits end and double track (current-of-traffic, Rule 251) resumes (higher speed??), heading east-northeast, past Intermediate Signals at Ada (MP 358.5/.6), where it turns just north of due east, past Intermediate Signals at Old 27 (MP 356.9/357.0), jogging southeast and then just north of due east again, past crossovers at Blake (MP 354.3), and curvily northeast to Intermediate Signals at Ingleside (MP 352.5/352.6).
The line turns south-southeast, and then east-northeast again, with the former Virginian now running parallel a little way to the north, the old N&W passing detectors at MP 351.0, Intermediate Signals at Bachelor (MP 349.9/350.0), a crossover at Oakvale (MP 347.5), a crossover at KV (Kellysville, MP 344.8), and PD Junction (MP 344.1), where the former Virginian Princeton-Deepwater District trails in on the north side, its former line to Whitethorne having been abandoned.