Drake to Ash Fork

From Drake (MP 21.2), where the speed restriction is 30 mph, and the Arizona Central Railroad departs at a wye on the east side, the line turns north, single track, TWC, no signals, turning curvily north-northwest past Rok (MP 16.00, Prairie, and Meath (MP 9.2), where the speed restriction rises to 40 mph, turning curvily west-northwest and then curvily north, past Cruice (MP 3.9), where the original right-of-way of the Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix once crossed on the flat, to the 5,650 ft. siding at Ash Fork (MP 0.0), where the erstwhile right-of-way of the old main line trails in from the west and the line turns onto the old main line to head east.

The original Phoenix Branch is  known as the “peavine” due to its many twists and turns.

This line passes through the Upper Sonoran Desert, south of Ash Fork.