Ooltewah to Cohutta

From Ooltewah (MP 15.2), where 2MT end in favor of single track, and the line splits (40 mph on the turnout), with one leg heading east for Knoxville, the other heads south for Cohutta (and Atlanta), single track, Automatic Block Signals, CTC, maximum speed 60 mph for intermodal trains and 55 mph for freight trains, with local restriction 40 mph on curves between MP 15.2 and MP 15.5, a restriction to 45 mph on curves between MP 15.5 and MP 16.9, a local restriction to 40 mph on curves between MP 16.9 and MP 17.1 as the line turns southeast past Collegedale (MP 17.2), where there is a 4-car south-facing spur for McKee Baking Company, a restriction to 45 mph on curves between MP 17.1 and MP 18.2.

There is a detector at "Collegedale" (MP 18.1), an 11-car south-facing spur for McKee Baking Company at MP 18.2, a restriction to 55 mph on curves between MP 18.2 and MP 23.7 as the line turns just east of due south past Apison, and southeast past Howardville (MP 21.9), where there is a 31-car dual-ended spur, and a restriction to 45 mph between MP 23.7 and MP 27.07, as the line turns south across the state line from Tennessee into Georgia, east-southeast, and descends through the woods, south into Cohutta (MP 26.7), where the line from Cleveland, TN, used by coal trains from Southwestern Virginia (those from Kentucky and some from Powder River use the Chattanooga line directly from Ooltewah), trails in on the east side, and there is a 25-car extra track, and continuing just west of due south.