Denmark - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable dated from 10 December 2017 to 8 December 2018:. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA" refer to the European Railway Atlas Nordic Region, Regional Series 2016, by M.G.Ball.

Obscure services

Lemvig – Lemvig Havn

(Vemb-Lemvig-Thyborøn Jernbane: Midtjyske Jernbaner) (ERA 14A3, not shown) DK18/1

The line into the main station continues as a steeply-graded branch to the harbour, with a reversal en route. A tourist service with preserved railbuses operates in the summer between the main station and a quayside platform.

The BjergBanen website is now live. The dates and timetables the line will operate in 2018 are found here.

Other seasonal services over freight lines are to be found in Danske Veterantog [site in Danish] each year.

Hundested – Hundested Havn

(Frederiksværkbanen: Lokalbanen A/S) (ERA 15B5, not shown) DK18/2

Some but not all Frederiksværkbanen train services continue approximately 0.5 km to the Hundested Havn station, connecting with an hourly vehicle passenger ferry to Rørvig. The Rejseplanen journey planner does know about this service, but for some reason refuses to suggest it when connecting with the ferry and instead advises a walk from Hundested. The trains can, however, be found if you explicitly select "Hundested Havn st." as an endpoint (or even, perplexingly, "Hundested Havn (færge)"). Train times can also be found on the ferry company's timetables. Note that there are seasonal variations.

Fredericia avoiding line: Middelfart (Snoghøj) – Taulov

4,5 (ERA 14B2) DK18/3

This east to west curve between the main line from København and routes to Esbjerg and the German frontier, is used by trains between København/Odense and Esbjerg/Kolding not calling at Fredericia

Valby avoiding line: Dybbølsbro – Ny Ellebjerg – Høje Taastrup (Hvidovre Fjern)

(ERA 15C1) DK18/4

This connection is the initial phase of the future high speed line between København and Ringsted, and part of the Kalvebod – Hvidovre Fjern freight bypass. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map but note the western junction splits either side of a flyover on the line towards København H via Valby.

Although it was used in the previous 2016/17 timetable, nothing appears to be booked to use it in the current timetable. The compilers would appreciate any information on its use.

Valby avoiding line.jpg

København Østerport - Lersøen (- Bispebjerg)

(ERA 15C2, not shown) DK18/5

This freight line diverges east from the København H - Helsingor main line, dives under it at Nordhavn and runs parallel to the passenger tracks through Svanemollen and Ryparken before joining the Hellerup - Ny Ellebjerg S-Tog line north of Bispebjerg station.


This line has been used by the “Rundt om husene” (round the houses) steam specials run by Nordsjællands Jernbaneklub, which do an anti-clockwise circuit starting and finishing in København H, calling at Østerport, Nørrebro and Flintholm. No dates of operation were shown as at May 2018 on their Veterantoget page.

København S-Tog

[Leaflets] (ERA 15C1, not shown) DK18/6

There are numerous route splits on various lines, some of which are substantial. They are grouped together from north to south to assist travellers wanting complete track coverage:-

  • [Klampenbourg] - Charlottenlund – Hellerup: The southbound route is a large loop and totally separate
  • [Hillerød] – Gentofte – Hellerup: East and westbound take totally separate routes
  • [Farum] – Ryparken – Svanemøllen: Towards Farum takes a diveunder
  • West from Kobenhavn H is on the north side of substantial turnback/stabling sidings
  • Towards Kobenhavn H from Carlsberg goes underneath the Køge line
  • From Valby towards Høje Tastrup dives under the Frederikssund line
  • A very unusual split level station at Rødovre where the track towards Høje Tastrup is parallel but at least 10 metres higher
  • The track towards Høje Tastrup from the penultimate station of Tastrup drops under an access line to a sizeable S-Tog Depot
  • On the Køge line the south and northbound tracks at Hundige go either side of a S-Tog Depot

Additionally on DSB the Helsingør line northbound goes on a separate line to the east side of Nordhavn Depot

Other sparse services


Deletions since previous edition

DK17/6 København Airport avoiding line: Tårnby - Hyllie (Peberholm) No trains have been booked to use this route since 29 January 2017. The note that if a train is very late, it may run direct to Tårnby without calling at Kastrup has been deleted from the Skånetrafiken Border Controls web page.

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