This Norfolk Southern line (formerly Southern Railway) runs west of the Shenandoah River, and is paralleled by US Route 11 and I-81. The line is well graded and there are several high steel bridges along the route. Further east, there is another parallel Norfolk Southern (formerly Norfolk & Western) line that is now used for all through freight.
As of August, 2003 this segment is "out of service" south of Edinburg, through Bowman and Mount Jackson (and possibly further south), but the rails are still intact. All grade crossing signals are still in place at the major road crossings. The ballast is old in some areas but is well maintained in others; there are several weeds growing along some sections near Bowman.