Border Crossings: Czech Republic - Germany

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(Černý Kříž -) Nové Údolí ČD - Haidmühle DB ( - Waldkirchen)

Line closed and lifted after World War II. However, there is a small railway museum on the Czech side of the border. 105 m of rails have been laid on the former trackbed and across the border bridge. The Pošumavská jižní dráha claims to be the world's shortest international railway.

(Plzeň -) Železná Ruda centrum ČD - Bayerisch Eisenstein DB

[D] Bayerisch Eisenstein station (Železná Ruda Alžbětín in Czech) is on the border. There had been no through services since this crossing reopened in 1991, with ČD and DB trains using opposite ends of the station - a considerable distance apart. From 28 May 2006 some services by the German operator Waldbahn were extended to Špicák, thus covering the gap between the ČD and DB operations but these ended from an unknown date after April 2014.

(Plzeň -) Česká Kubice ČD - Furth im Wald DB

[D] ČD works to Furth im Wald.

(Cheb -) Pomezi nad Ohri ČD - Schirnding DB (- Marktredwitz)

[D] DB works through trains from Nürnberg to Cheb via Marktredwitz. German operator Die Länderbahn GmbH (branded as 'oberpfalzbahn' ) works through trains between (Hof), Cheb and Marktredwitz.

(Cheb -) Aš ČD - Selb-Plößberg DB

[D] A 2 hourly Hof – Selb – Aš – Cheb - Marktredwitz service started on 13 December 2015 run by Die Länderbahn GmbH (branded as 'oberpfalzbahn' ), reopening the line after decades of complete closure.

(Cheb - Aš -) Hranice v Čechách ČD - Arnsgrün DB (- Adorf)

Line closed. A bridge near Adorf was destroyed in April 1945 and never repaired. The track was removed between 1946 and 1951.

(Cheb -) Vojtanov ČD - Raun DB (- Adorf)

[D] This is a very complex area; the line crosses the Czech/German border seven times in this 18 km section:

Vojtanov ČD - Plesná ČD

The line runs through Germany for 4 km, with no intermediate stations.

Plesná ČD - Bad Brambach DB

The line runs through Germany for only 200 metres and then 600 metres in the Czech Republic before crossing into Germany.

Bad Brambach DB - Raun DB

The line runs through the Czech Republic for about 500 metres, with no intermediate stations.

(Sokolov -) Kraslice ČD - Klingenthal DB

[D] Re-opened in May 2000. The German operator Vogtlandbahn works to Kraslice with diesel railcars.

(Karlovy Vary -) Potůčky ČD - Johanngeorgenstadt DB

[D] ČD works to Johanngeorgenstadt.

(Chomutov -) Vejprty ČD - Bärenstein DB (- Cranzahl)

[D] This route re-opened for a second time in December 2003. Between 2015 and 2019, it operated only on summer weekends with two ČD train pairs between Chomutov, Vejprty and Cranzahl. From 29 September 2019 there is once again no cross-border service - in summer 2020 the ČD weekend service only runs between Chomutov and Vejprty. The whole line between Cranzahl and Chomutov has been threatened with closure in the past.

(Chomutov - Křimov -) Reitzenhain v Čechách - Reitzenhain DB (- Marienberg (Sachs.))

Line closed. No cross-border traffic ran after 1945. On the Czech side, passenger services to Reitzenhain v Čechách ceased in 1948. The line formally closed in 1972 and the cross-border section has been obliterated by a new road. On the German side, passenger services to Reitzenhain ceased in 1978 and the line formally closed in 1998.

Moldava v Krušných horach ČD - Hermsdorf-Rehefeld DB (- Holzhau)

Line closed and lifted after World War II. Reopening has been discussed many times but has foundered on cost grounds.

(Děčín -) Dolní Žleb ČD - Schöna DB (- Bad Schandau)

[E*] There is a fixed voltage change near the border and through passenger trains are mostly worked by dual-system electric locomotives: ČD locomotives work to Dresden and beyond and DB locomotives work to Praha. A few local passenger trains between Děčín and Bad Schandau have been known to be operated by ČD diesel railbuses. Time critical freight trains are usually worked by dual-system electric locomotives whilst lower priority trains change locomotives at both Děčín and Bad Schandau, being hauled by diesel locomotives between these two points.

Dolni Poustevna ČD - Sebnitz DB (- Bad Schandau)

[D] This route, closed in 1945, reopened on 5 July 2014 with a 2-hourly Rumburk <=> Děčín service.

(Rumburk -) Jiříkov-Filipov ČD - Ebersbach (Sachs) DB

[D] Passenger services were withdrawn from the December 2010 timetable change but occasional OSEF (Ostsächsische Eisenbahnfreunde) charter services continue to run. See the OSEF website

(Dresden -) Taubenheim (Spree) DB - Neusalza-Spremberg DB (- Zittau)

[D] carries 'Trilex' (Die Länderbahn GmbH) trains on a 1 km long section of the Bischofswerda - Zittau line through the Czech Republic with no intermediate stations. The future of this line was insecure but services have now been retendered until 2031.

Varnsdorf ČD - Seifhennersdorf DB (- Eibau)

[D] DB Corridor Trains on the secondary route between Eibau and Zittau ceased at the end of the winter 2000/2001 timetable. A local service, provided by Sächsisch-Böhmische-Eisenbahngesellschaft (SBE) ran until December 2006.

In December 2010 services restarted between Liberec, Zittau, Varnsdorf and a replacement platform at Seifhennersdorf, operated by 'Trilex' (Die Länderbahn GmbH). The line between the border and Eibau was leased from DB by Deutsche Regionaleisenbahn GmbH (DRE). However since 13 March 2015 the service has terminated at Varnsdorf Pivovar Kocour on the Czech side of the border, with the cross-border section to Seifhennersdorf being served by minibus. This is because of problems with DRE meeting "operational requirements for cross-border railway operations". From the timetable change in December 2019, the replacement bus is to be withdrawn and the line will be officially closed north of Varnsdorf Pivovar Kocour.

Varnsdorf ČD - Großschönau (Sachs) DB (- Zittau)

[D] German operator 'Trilex' (part of Die Länderbahn GmbH) operates services between Rybniste/Seifhennersdorf and Zittau or Liberec.

(Liberec -) Hrádek nad Nisou ČD - Zittau DB

[D] This line also passes through a short stretch of Poland, without stations, between the Czech Republic and Germany. ČD trains work to Zittau and German operator Trilex (part of Die Länderbahn GmbH) runs through trains between Dresden, Zittau and Liberec.

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