Moberly to Bluffs

From the junction at Moberly (MP 69.7), where an erstwhile former Wabash branch once trailed in from the north, an erstwhile M-K-T line once headed south, the line reverts to single track, maximum speed 10 mph, there is a yard, and the line to St. Louis separates, on the south side, heading south, from the line to Springfield and Decatur, the latter heads curvily just north of due east, single track, Automatic Block Signals, maximum speed 35 mph, past East Moberly (MP 68.5), where Traffic Control (CTC) starts and the maximum speed rises to 50 mph, a spur at Evansville (MP 63.1), a spur at Madison (MP 57.7), a detector at MP 56.5, and the 12,720 ft. siding at Holliday (MP 51.7), turning curvily east, east-northeast past a detector at MP 43.9 and a spur at Paris (MP 43.9), north-northeast, east past a spur at Goss (MP 39.5), curvily northeast past the north shore of a reservoir and Stoutsville, and just east of due north past the 7,720 ft. siding at Clapper (MP 30.6) and a detector at MP 26.7.

The line turns just north of due east, past a spur at Monroe City (MP 22.3), Hassard, and the 12,720 ft. siding at Huntington (MP 15.2), north-northeast to Rensselaer (MP 12.2), anbd then curvily east, past a detector at MP 9.0, southeast past Oakwood (MP 4.2), where an erstwhile CB&Q line once came alongside to the north and the line becomes Remote Control (CTC) for the passage across the bridge, east-northeast past the yard at Outer Depot (MP 2.1), where there is a 20 mph speed restriction and the erstwhile St. Louis & Hannibal once ran alongside to the south, turning north-northwest, across that erstwhile CB&Q line to Hannibal (MP 0.0/515.0), where the speed restriction drops to 10 mph and the former CB&Q St. Louis to Burlington line comes alongside to the east, on the west bank of the Mississippi River with the twon of Hannibal to the west.

A turn northwest and then a sharp turn northeast through Hannibal Tunnel brings the line to the flat crossing with that BNSF (former CB&Q) line up the west bank of the river and the multi-span through-truss movable bridge over the Mississippi River, from Missouri to Illinois, at Bridge (MP 514.4), to the 12,720 ft. siding at East Hannibal (MP 514.1), where Traffic Control (CTC) resumes, there was once a wye on the northeast side with an erstwhile joint CB&Q/Wabash line heading for Quincy, and the line turns southeast, curving gradually to the east, past Shepherds, Aladdin, Spencers, a detector at MP 506.3, where the maximum speed has risen to 60 mph, Hull (MP 505.9), where an erstwhile CB&Q line once crossed on the flat, a spur at Kinderhook (MP 502.9), where the maximum speed has fallen to 50 mph, a detector at MP 499.0, and Magnet, by which point the line is heading just north of due east.

There is a sharp turn south, past Barry (MP 498.9), a turn east-southeast, just north of due east past the 12,663 ft. siding at Hadley (MP 491.2), northeast to Arden, east past Bayliss (MP 488.9), east-southeast past a detector at MP 485.2 and New Salem, east past Maysville, where a branch from Pittsfield once trailed in from the south, and the 7,360 ft. siding at Griggsville (MP 478.7), turning south, southeast, and northeast on the descent into the Illinois River valley, east at a spur at Valley City (MP 473.8), where there is a drawbridge over the Illinois River with a 30 mph speed restriction on the bridge, just east of due north, along the east riverbank, past Pineland and a spur at Naples (MP 469.5), where the maximum speed is back to 50 mph, and then east, past a detector at MP 467.5, to the yard at Bluffs (MP 465.4), where there is a 40 mph speed restriction and a junction with the Meredosia Branch (formerly a Wabash line from Keokuk), trailing in on the north side as the line heads curvily east.