Germany (Baden-Württemberg) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable dated from 11 December 2016 to 9 December 2017, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the 2014 issue of the Schweers+Wall Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland.

Obscure services

Mannheim-Waldhof – Mannheim Hbf (via Mannheim-Käfertal)

[655, 655.1] (159A1-159A2) DE17/601

Most trains between Mannheim-Waldhof and Mannheim Hbf run via Mannheim-Luzenberg. Only one train is scheduled to call at Mannheim-Käfertal and, therefore, obliged to use the alternative route. TGV/ICE trains between Frankfurt am Main and Paris via Saarbrücken run via Mannheim-Käfertal, except between 1 July and 13 August 2017 when they are diverted via Darmstadt.

D1 SuO ICE879 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 01:09 (MO) Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Karlsruhe Hbf
ICE877 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 23:17 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Karlsruhe Hbf
SSuX RB38852 Karlsruhe Hbf - 16:11 Mannheim Hbf – Lampertheim/Biblis

D1: 14 May to 28 August

Trains ICE877 and ICE879 reverse at Mannheim Hbf.

Mannheim-Friedrichsfeld – Schwetzingen

(159B3-159B4) DE17/602

This section of the main line between Frankfurt am Main and Karlsruhe avoids both Mannheim Hbf and Heidelberg Hbf.

D3 FO IC2279 Stralsund - 14:00 Weinheim (Bergstr) - Karlsruhe Hbf
D4 TGV9580 13:38 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Marseille St Charles
D3 SO IC2371 Hamburg-Altona - 16:00 Weinheim (Bergstr) - Karlsruhe Hbf
D3 FO IC1177 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - 17:28 Weinheim (Bergstr) - Basel Bad Bf
D IC2391 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - 17:15 Darmstadt Hbf - Stuttgart Hbf
D3 SX IC2373 Stralsund Hbf - 18:00 Weinheim (Bergstr) - Karlsruhe Hbf
D3 SuO IC1956 Leipzig Hbf - 18:48 Weinheim (Bergstr) - Karlsruhe Hbf
D3 FO IC2377 Ostseebad Binz - 22:34 Weinheim (Bergstr) - Karlsruhe Hbf
D2 IC208 Basel SBB - 01:30 Karlsruhe Hbf - Kiel Hbf
D3 IC2376 07:11 Karlsruhe Hbf - Stralsund Hbf/Ostseebad Binz
D IC2390 07:32 Stuttgart Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D3 IC2374 09:13 Karlsruhe Hbf - Westerland (Sylt)
D3 SSuO IC2372 11:17 Karlsruhe Hbf - Stralsund Hbf/Greifswald
SuO IC1174 Basel SBB - 12:35 Karlsruhe Hbf - Berlin Ostbahnhof
D4 TGV9583 Marseille St Charles - 14:54 Karlsruhe Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf

D2: 14 July to 17 September 2017

D3: 27 July to 10 September 2017

D4: 1 July to 13 August 2017

Appenweier – Legelshurst (Appenweier Kurve)

[719] (102C1) DE17/603

This north to west curve forms part of the triangular junction between the Karlsruhe – Basel main line and the line to Kehl and Strasbourg. Local trains between Kehl and Offenburg stopping at Appenweier, use platform 9 on the south curve. The north curve is used by through trains between Karlsruhe and Strasbourg, which are

  • TGV/ICE between Paris and Stuttgart
  • TGV/ICE between Paris or Marseille and Frankfurt am Main via Karlsruhe
  • EN between Paris and Moskva

Ubstadt-Weiher (Abzw Ubstadt) – Vaihingen (Enz) (Abzw Rollenberg)

[771] (161B1) DE17/604

This north to east curve connects the Heidelberg to Karlsruhe main line with the Mannheim to Stuttgart Schnellfahrstrecke. It is used by frequent EC/IC/ICE trains non-stop between Heidelberg Hbf and Vaihingen (Enz) or Stuttgart Hbf.

Bruchsal (Abzw Bruchsal Nord) – Vaihingen (Enz.) (Abzw Rollenberg)

[770] (161B1) DE17/605

This south to east curve connects the Heidelberg to Karlsruhe main line with the Mannheim to Stuttgart Schnellfahrstrecke. It is used by EC/IC/ICE/TGV trains non-stop between Karlsruhe Hbf or Bruchsal and Vaihingen (Enz) or Stuttgart Hbf.

Bruchsal – Bruchsal Tunnelstraße (Abzw Bruchsal Ost)

[710.9] (161A2-161B2) DE17/606

There are two routes into Bruchsal from Abzw Bruchsal Ost. The 'long curve' (line 4131) is used by RE trains from Stuttgart to Heidelberg. Other trains use the 'short curve' (line 4130).

Enzberg (Abzw Mühlacker Süd) – Ötisheim (Abzw Mühlacker Nord)

[701, 772] (94A2) DE17/607

This west to north curve links the Pforzheim and Bretten lines, avoiding Mühlacker, and is used on Sundays and public holidays 30 April to 15 October 2016 by the following trains.

D SuO RB22261 Horb - 10:20 Enzberg - Maulbronn Stadt
D SuO RB22260 Maulbronn Stadt - 17:28 Maulbronn West - Pforzheim Hbf

Between 27 July and 10 September some trains between Karlsruhe Hbf and Bruchsal are diverted via this route. These are:

S-Bahn services:

  • From Bruchsal: 00:56, 03:00 SSuO, 04:42 SSuX, 07:16 SSuX, 07:46 SSuO, 09:21 SSuO, 11:25, 16:21, 17:20 SSuO, 18:22 and 20:21
  • From Karlsruhe Hbf: 01:23 SSuO, 04:05 SSuX, 04:27 SSuX, 04:50 SSuX, 05:11 SSuO, 05:26 SSuO, 05:50 SSuO, 06:21 SSuX, 07:05 SSuO, 07:07 SSuX, 08:03, 09:05, 10:03, 11:05, 13:05, 14:03, 15:05, 16:54, 17:51, 18:54, 20:03, 22:05 and 23:30
D FSSuX IC2283 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - 19:19 Bruchsal - Karlsruhe Hbf
D SSuX IC2278 05:21 Karlsruhe Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf

Leopoldshafen Frankfurter Straße – KIT Campus-Nord Bahnhof

[710.1 not shown] (160D2) DE17/608

This branch off the Hochstetten line of the Albtalbahn is used by services for workers at KIT Campus, part of Karlsruher Institut für Technologie. Although trains to and from KIT Campus-Nord Bahnhof are shown in the KVV timetable, downloadable as a PDF, note C states that entry to the establishment is permitted only with an official identification card.

SSuX 10083 Ettlingen Stadt – 07:02 Karlsruhe Albtalbahnhof – KIT-Campus Nord Bahnhof (attached to service 20007)
SSuX 10085 Ettlingen Stadt – 08:02 Karlsruhe Albtalbahnhof – KIT-Campus Nord Bahnhof (attached to service 20011)
SSuX 10094 16:47 KIT-Campus Nord Bahnhof – Ettlingen Stadt (attached to service 20052)
SSuX 10096 17:47 KIT-Campus Nord Bahnhof – Ettlingen Stadt (attached to service 20056)

Laupheim Stadt avoiding line: Laupheim West - Schemmerberg

[751] (105A3) DE17/610

The Laupheim Stadt branch is connected to the Ulm - Friedrichshafen main line by a triangular junction at Laupheim West. Through services calling at Laupheim Stadt use the north and south curves whereas those not calling at Laupheim Stadt use the main line avoiding the branch. For most of the day there is an hourly service in each direction via Laupheim Stadt and at least one train each hour between Ulm and Biberach direct.

Ettlingen West – Ettlingen Erbprinz

(161B4) DE17/611

Ulmer Eisenbahnfreunde operate a number of steam excursions from Ettlingen Stadt to Bad Herrenalb, which occasionally start back at Karlsruhe Hbf and use this connection. A Garden Festival in Bad Herrenalb results in there being more such workings than usual in 2017.

D5 SuO A1 09:00 Karlsruhe Hbf - Bad Herrenalb
D5 SuO A3 13:00 Karlsruhe Hbf - Bad Herrenalb
D5 SuO A2 Bad Herrenalb - 11:49 Ettlingen Stadt - Karlsruhe Hbf
D5 SuO A4 Bad Herrenalb - 17:49 Ettlingen Stadt - Karlsruhe Hbf

D5: 14 & 28 May, 18 June, 30 July, 10 September and 15 October 2017

A special timetable operates on 19 & 20 August and 25 & 26 November.

Schlatt (Hohenz.) (Walkmühle) – Hechingen Landesbahn

[768] (104A2) DE17/612

Trains to and from Gammertingen use the DB station at Hechingen except for the Sunday train to Eyach:

D6 SuO HzL60 Gammertingen - 09:39 Schlatt - Eyach

D6: 29 April to 15 October 2017

Schliengen - Haltingen

[703] (110A2-110A3) DE16/613

Trains with no stops between Müllheim (Baden) and Weil (Rhein) run via the new Katzenberg Tunnel. These are mainly EC/IC/ICE trains non-stop between Freiburg (Breisgau) and Basel Badischer Bf. Stopping trains follow the old main line via Rheinweiler.

See also