Austria - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable – Fahrpläne Österreich – dated from 11 December 2016 until 9 December 2017, unless otherwise shown. Standard abbreviations used are explained in General Information.

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA" refer to the European Railway Atlas Austria, Regional Series 2016, by M.G.Ball. In addition, the map reference for the line in the Schweers + Wall Eisenbahnatlas Österreich (2010 edition) is shown in italic.

Obscure services

Wien Meidling – St. Pölten – Linz Hbf

[100, 110] (ERA 126A3 - 125C3; 99B2 - 106C2) AT17/1

The Westbahn main line between Wien and Salzburg is being substantially upgraded. Fast lines, known as the Neue Westbahn, are in use for much of the way from Wien Meidling to Linz. For parts of the route they run adjacent to the old line, but there are substantial sections on entirely new alignments, including some long tunnels. The Neue Westbahn is in use thus:

  • Wien Meidling – Wien Hütteldorf: This section opened to passenger services in December 2014 and is entirely in tunnel. It is used by IC, ICE and Railjet services to Wien Hbf and Flughafen Wien. The connection from Wien Speising to Wien Inzerdorf currently has no booked services.
  • Wien Hütteldorf – St. Pölten: The section to Knoten Wagram, opened in December 2012, runs via a completely new route though Tullnerfeld. Between Knoten Wagram and St. Pölten there are four tracks in use on the same lateral alignment. There is a grade-separated junction at Knoten Wagram where the fast lines are in the centre at lower level, with the slow lines on outside at higher level, to allow access to the freight facilities on the north side. The entire route is used by most trains running non-stop between Wien Hütteldorf and St. Pölten (although some overnight trains still use the old route) and by those stopping only at Tullnerfeld.
  • Markersdorf a d Pielach (Üst Prinzersdorf 2) – Ybbs a d Donau: Bypasses all intermediate stations except Pöchlarn, where there are connections between the old and new lines. It is used by trains running non-stop between St Pölten and Ybbs a d Donau or calling intermediately only at Pöchlarn.
  • Ybbs a d Donau – Amstetten: Bypasses all intermediate stations and dives under the original route near Hubertendorf. It is used by trains not calling at any intermediate stations.
  • Amstetten – St. Valentin: Parallels the old Westbahn to St. Peter Seitenstetten, but then runs via an entirely new route to St. Valentin except through St.Johann where the new and old tracks are adjacent. There are connections between the old and new lines at St. Peter Seitenstetten and at St. Johann. This section of the Neue Westbahn is used by trains not stopping between Amstetten and St. Valentin.
  • St. Valentin – Linz: The Neue Westbahn follows a separate route from St. Valentin to Asten-St. Florian and then parallels the old main line into Linz. It is used by trains between St Valentin and Linz Hbf not booked to call at any of the intermediate stations.

Tulln avoiding line: Tulln Donaubrücke – Tulln Stadt

[112, 903] (ERA 126A3; 23B2) AT17/2

This curve is used by the following services:

SSuX 21182 Wien Florisdorf – 05:46 Absdorf-Hippersdorf – Tullnerfeld.
21222 Wiener Neustadt – 06:46 Absdorf-Hippersdorf - Tullnerfeld
SSuX 21134 Stockerau – 07:46 Absdorf-Hippersdorf – Tullnerfeld.
21140 Stockerau – 16:46 Absdorf-Hippersdorf – Tullnerfeld.
SSuX 21142 Stockerau – 17:46 Absdorf-Hippersdorf – Tullnerfeld.
SSuX 21131 Tullnerfeld – 06:52 Tulln Stadt – Stockerau
21133 Tullnerfeld – 07:56 Tulln Stadt – Stockerau
SSuX 21141 Tullnerfeld – 16:52 Tulln Stadt – Stockerau
21143 Tullnerfeld – 17:52 Tulln Stadt – Stockerau
SSuX 21145 Tullnerfeld – 18:52 Tulln Stadt – Stockerau

St. Valentin avoiding line: Enns (Abzw St. Valentin 11) – St. Pantaleon (Abzw Mauthausen 1)

[100, 133] (ERA 124C2; 19D3) AT17/3

This curve, opened in 2005, is used by trains shown in table 133 as running directly between (Linz -) Enns and Mauthausen.

Traun – Marchtrenk

[101, 140] (ERA 124B2; 19A3 - 18D3) AT17/4

This route provides an alternative to the Linz - Wels main line, allowing slower trains to be overtaken. Trains using this route can be identified in table 140.

Lambach avoiding line: Gunskirchen (Abzw Umfahrung Lambach) – Lambach Markt

[101] (ERA 124B2; 18B4) AT17/5

A tunnel avoiding Lambach is used by all trains between Wels and Attnang-Puchheim not booked to call at Lambach.

Wörgl Kundl (Abzw Wörgl 2U) – Volders-Baumkirchen (Abzw FW2) (tunnel line)

[300] (ERA 128C4-B3; 38C4-56C2) AT17/6

This line, opened in December 2012, can be used in its entirety by non-stop services between Wörgl and Innsbruck, these being most Railjet and all overnight trains, although it was originally understood to be used only by the former because of signalling issues. Services stopping at Jenbach but then running non-stop to Innsbruck can use the connections west of the station onto the new line, and indeed Inter-City services making this stop have been observed to do so, but further information on the use of this line would be welcomed by the compilers

Bruck an der Mur avoiding line: Pernegg (Bruck Übelstein) – Oberaich (Bruck Stadtwald)

[501, 600] (ERA 131B4; 66B2) AT17/7

This east to west curve enables trains to run between Graz and Leoben without reversal at Bruck an der Mur. It is used by services shown in table 600 as not calling at Bruck an der Mur.

Bregenz avoiding line: Hard-Fussach (Lauterach West) – Wolfurt (Lauterach Süd)

[401] (ERA 127A4; 52B2) AT17/8

This curve enables trains to run between St. Margrethen and Feldkirch without reversal at Bregenz. There is no booked service but this route is often used for diversions when the Buchs SG – Feldkirch line is closed for engineering works. This has occurred for the last several years in late April and early May. Diverted trains may also use the Romanshorn avoiding line in Switzerland.

St. Michael avoiding line: Leoben Hbf (St. Michael Ost) – Kraubath (St. Michael West)

[600] (ERA 131A4; 65D2-C2) AT17/9

This east to west chord of the St. Michael triangle enables trains to run between Leoben and Knittelfeld without reversal at St. Michael station. It is used by all trains between Leoben and Knittelfeld not booked to call at St. Michael.

St. Michael – Kraubath (St. Michael West)

[600] (ERA 131A4; 65C2) AT17/10

This north to west chord of the St. Michael triangle is used by the hourly local services between Bruck/Mur or Mürrzuschlag and Unzmarkt or Friesach, which reverse in St Michael station. There are no through trains between the Selzthal line and Knittelfeld.

Wien Penzing – Wien Speising (Abzw Wien Hütteldorf 1)

[110, 900] (ERA 133A3; 106B1) AT17/11

This east to south curve connects Wien Westbf with the Wien southern ring line to Meidling and Kledering. In December 2015 all remaining Railjet, IC, ICE and overnight trains commenced running to and from Wien Hauptbahnhof on the Neue Westbahn route and, as a result, the curve now has only a few peak hour passenger services.

SSuX R2408 14:36 Wien Westbf - Laa an der Thaya
SSuX R2410 15:36 Wien Westbf - Laa an der Thaya
SSuX R2412 16:36 Wien Westbf - Laa an der Thaya
SSuX R2414 17:36 Wien Westbf - Laa an der Thaya
SSuX R2403 Laa an der Thaya - 07:04 Wien Speising - Wien Westbf
SSuX R2407 Laa an der Thaya - 08:16 Wien Speising - Wien Westbf

Wien Speising (Stw Maxing) – Wien Meidling (via Flohberg Tunnel)

[900] (ERA 133A3, not shown correctly; 106B2-C2) AT17/12

This is the more direct of the two routes between Speising and Meidling, and provides a link to the north side of Meidling station. It is used by the S80 [Unter Purkersdorf - ] Hütteldorf - Wien Hbf - Hirschstetten S-Bahn service (service hourly, increasing to half-hourly in peaks) and trains shown under Wien Penzing – Wien Speising.

Wien Matzleinsdorfer Platz – Wien Hauptbahnhof (platforms 3 and 4)

[900] (ERA 133B3, not shown; 106B2-C2) AT17/13

The S80 [Unter Purkersdorf - ] Hütteldorf - Wien Hbf - Hirschstetten S-Bahn service uses this link to access platforms 3 and 4 at Wien Hauptbahnhof (service hourly, increasing to half-hourly in peaks).

Wien Meidling – Wien Hauptbahnhof (platforms 4 to 12)

[100,900 and others] (ERA 133B3, not shown; 106B2-C2) AT17/14

The main running lines pass either side of Wien Matzleinsdorf rolling stock maintenance facility at surface level. However, to enable westbound trains to the Inzersdorf Ort line (for Donauländebahn and Pottendorfer Linie) from Hauptbahnhof platforms 4 to 7 to avoid conflictions with inbound trains to the higher numbered platforms, a flyover crosses above the maintenance facility. It rejoins the inbound alignment at surface at 1,7km, to reach Wien Meidling platforms 7 and 8. This flyover is used by:

  • the S60 Bruck an der Leitha - Wien Hbf - Pottendorf-Landegg - Wiener-Neustadt S-Bahn service (table 511)
  • the REX Bratislava Petržalka - Wien Hbf - Deutschkreutz service (table 512).

Both the above are hourly SSuX, alternate hours SSuO. In the opposite direction, these services use the surface level tracks.

Wien Stadlau (Erzherzog-Karl-Strasse south junction) – Süßenbrunn (Abzw Süßenbrunn Ost)

[901] (ERA 133C5; 105C2) AT17/15

Used by hourly non-stop trains between Wien Hauptbahnhof (platforms 3 - 12) and Břeclav or beyond.

Zeltweg – Fohnsdorf – Pöls

(ERA 131A3; 65A4-64C4) AT17/16

On Ascension Day (May/June) and the Saturday immediately following, a DMU shuttle service has operated between Knittelfeld, Zeltweg and Pöls (note: no access to train at Pöls). It is not known if trains ran in 2016. However, the local museum homepage Eisenbahnmuseum Knittelfeld no longer contains any references to past or future events, so they may no longer run. The compilers would welcome information on any such specials.

Villach (Hbf Ostbahnhof) – Villach Westbahnhof (via high level line)

[651] (ERA 130B1; 97C2) AT17/17

Most local services to Rosenbach depart from Villach Hbf platform 8, which is situated on the high level route to Westbahnhof. These services can be identified from the ÖBB journey planner. (normally only westbound services use this route.) Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

Villach (Hbf Ostbahnhof) - Villach Westbahnhof (via high level line).jpg

Inzersdorf Ort – Kledering

[720] (ERA 133B3; 106D3-107B3) AT17/18

The re-routing of International services away from Wien Westbahnhof to Wien Hauptbahnhof means that this link line is used by only a few local trains shown in table 720 as calling at Meidling and Kledering without intermediate calls. It is also used for engineering diversions in conjunction with the Wampersdorf - Gramatneusiedl line.

SSuX R7403 Wien Hbf – 06:21 Wien Meidling – Wiener Neustadt
SSuX R7405 Wien Hbf – 07:21 Wien Meidling – Wiener Neustadt
SSuX R7402 Wiener Neustadt – 06:20 Kledering – Wien Hbf
SSuX R7404 Wiener Neustadt – 07:21 Kledering – Wien Hbf

Unter Purkersdorf – Wien Hütteldorf

[110] (ERA 126A3 & 133A4; 23D3, 106A1) AT17/19

Trains between Purkersdorf Zentrum and Wien Hütteldorf not booked to call at intermediate stations use the tunnel route via Abzw. Knoten Hadersdorf, whereas stopping trains use the surface route via Hadersdorf-Weidlingau. This tunnel route interfaces with the Wien Meidling - St. Pölten – Linz Hbf main line at Abzw. Knoten Hadersdorf and trains between the Neue Westbahn and Wien Hütteldorf use the same eastern ramp.

Wien Hauptbahnhof (platforms 3 to 12) – Wien Simmering

[901,910] (ERA 133B3, not shown; 106D2-107B2A) AT17/20

All departures to the line via Wien Simmering use a dive-under at the east end of the Hauptbahnhof, to avoid conflicts with incoming trains on the Ostbahn. The dive-under has two separate inward ramps - one from the lower numbered platforms, the other from the higher numbered platforms. The former tends to be used by the S80 [Unter Purkersdorf - ] Hütteldorf - Wien Hbf - Hirschstetten S-Bahn service (service hourly, increasing to half-hourly in peaks), the latter by other services - particularly the longer distance trains (including the outbound trains using the Wien Stadlau – Süßenbrunn line) - from platforms 9 to 12. Planned platform use can be derived from the ÖBB journey planner but is susceptible to change so departure screen information is the best guide. In the opposite direction, these services use the surface level tracks.

Wampersdorf – Gramatneusiedl

(ERA 126B2 & 133C1; 36B3-2) AT17/21

This line is used (in conjunction with Inzersdorf Ort - Kledering when the direct line between Wampersdorf and Wien Meidling via Achau [tables 511 and 512] is blocked by engineering works (which should be found from the ÖBB Route Information page under Baustellen). This would appear to be the case during the period 3 July to 1 September 2017, when fast trains are shown as not calling at Ebreichsdorf and, in some cases, calling at Wampersdorf instead.

Salzburg avoiding line: Salzburg Maria Plain (Abzw. Hallwang-Elixhausen 3 (Kasern)) - Salzburg Gnigl Vbf - Salzburg Parsch (Parsch)

(ERA 62C4; 30C and 102A) AT17/22

This line allows trains travelling from Wels to Salzburg to avoid Salzburg Hbf and proceed directly onto the Bischofshofen line. It is used by a single train pair in the current timetable. Early plans for 2017/18 suggest this train will run via Salzburg from December 2017.

SSuO IC942 Wien Hbf – 09:18 Wels – Wörgl
SSuO IC947 Wörgl – 17:34 Salzburg Süd - Wien Hbf


See Austria - Tram services over obscure routes

Other sparse services

The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally in this country) – fewer than five trains each way on at least three days a week – or do not run each weekday:

130/131 Weißenbach-St.Gallen - Selzthal
133 St. Nikola-Struden – Sarmingstein
152 Haiding – Aschach an der Donau
532 Feldbach – Bad Gleichenberg
620 Bad St Leonhard – Wolfsberg
801 Gmünd NÖ – Groß Gerungs
802 Gmünd NÖ – Litschau
802 Altnagelberg - Heidenreichstein
811 Krems a. d. Donau - Emmersdorf a. d. Donau
941 Retz - Drosendorf Weekends only
Bleiburg – Holmec (Slovenia)

The following lines do not have service throughout the winter:

173 St. Wolfgang Schafbergbf - Schafbergspitze
311 Achenseebahn
523 Schneebergbahn
801 Gmünd NÖ – Groß Gerungs
802 Gmünd NÖ – Litschau
802 Altnagelberg - Heidenreichstein
811 Krems a. d. Donau - Emmersdorf a. d. Donau
941 Retz - Drosendorf

Deletions since previous edition

AT16/3 Tullnerfeld avoiding line: Tullnerfeld Nord - Tullnerfeld Ost Has had no booked services for the past two years.
AT16/13 Wien Speising (Stw Maxing) – Wien Meidling (via Abzw Oswaldgasse) No longer has booked services.
AT16/19 Ebenfurth avoiding line: Pottendorf Landegg (km 36,7) – Untereggendorf (Ebenfurth Stw 3 (km 39,4) The dated overnight service is no longer booked to take this route.
660 Weizelsdorf – Rosenbach Service withdrawn

See also