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

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This list is based on the timetable dated from 12 December 2021 to 10 December 2022, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA-E" refer to the European Railway Atlas (All-Europe Edition) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "ERA-R" refer to the European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - Germany) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "S+W", or in italic, refer to Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland by Schweers + Wall.

Obscure services

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

[655, 655.1] (ERA-E 53C2-53C1; ERA-R 111A2-111B2; S+W 159A1-159A2) DE22/601

Most trains between Mannheim-Waldhof and Mannheim Hbf run via Mannheim-Luzenberg. Only two trains are 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 normally run via Mannheim-Käfertal, in order to avoid reversal at Mannheim Hbf.

SX ICE775 Hamburg-Altona - 23:24 Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof - Karlsruhe Hbf
SO ICE877 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 23:24 Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof - Karlsruhe Hbf
SSuX RB13689 Biblis - 17:29 Mannheim-Waldhof - Mannheim Hbf
SSuX RB13688 16:11 Mannheim Hbf – Biblis

The ICE trains reverse at Mannheim Hbf.

Appenweier – Legelshurst (Appenweier Kurve)

[719] (ERA-E 58B4; ERA-R 117C5; S+W 102C1) DE22/602

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

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

[771] (ERA-E 53C1; ERA-R 82A2; S+W 161B1) DE22/603

This north to east curve connects the Heidelberg to Karlsruhe main line with the Mannheim to Stuttgart Schnellfahrstrecke. It is normally 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] (ERA-E 53C1; ERA-R 82A2; S+W 161B1) DE22/604

This south to east curve connects the Heidelberg to Karlsruhe main line with the Mannheim to Stuttgart Schnellfahrstrecke. It is normally 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] (ERA-E 53C1; ERA-R 82A2; S+W 161A2-161B2) DE22/605

There are two routes into Bruchsal from Abzw Bruchsal Ost. The 'long curve' (Strecke 4131) can only be accessed from Platforms 4 and 5 at Bruchsal. All platforms can be accessed from the 'short curve' (Strecke 4130).

Most trains to and from the Bretten line starting and terminating at Bruchsal use the 'short curve' and bay platform 6, which is adjacent to platform 1. Through trains from Bretten to Heidelberg mostly use the 'short curve'.

Through trains from Heidelberg to Bretten mostly use the 'long curve'.

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

[772] (ERA-E 58C5; ERA-R 82B3; S+W 94A2) DE22/606

This west to north curve links the Pforzheim and Bretten lines, avoiding Mühlacker, and is used on Sundays and public holidays from May to mid-October by trains between Pforzheim Hbf and Maulbronn Stadt/Kloster shown in KBS 772.

  • From Pforzheim Hbf: 10:32, 13:32, 16:32
  • From Maulbronn West: 11:07, 16:07, 17:07

Leopoldshafen Frankfurter Straße – KIT-Campus Nord

[710.1 not shown] (ERA-E 58C5 not shown; ERA-R 82A1; S+W 160C2) DE22/607

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 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.

This entry is included only as a matter of record. Reports indicate that passengers without authority to enter the complex will be removed from the train at a makeshift concrete platform in the woods outside the perimeter fence, and collected on the train's return.

Laupheim Stadt avoiding line: Laupheim West - Schemmerberg

[751] (ERA-E 59B3; ERA-R 119A4; S+W 105A3) DE22/608

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 two trains each hour between Ulm and Biberach direct.

Ettlingen West – Ettlingen Erbprinz

(ERA-E 58C5; ERA-R 82B1; S+W 161B4) DE22/609

This line links the Albtalbahn with the DB main line at Ettlingen. Ulmer Eisenbahnfreunde usually operate a number of steam excursions between Karlsruhe Hbf and Bad Herrenalb which use this connection. These normally run approximately monthly, May to October.

Schlatt (Hohenz.) (Walkenmühle) – Hechingen Landesbahn

[768] (ERA-E 59A4; ERA-R 118B4; S+W 104A2) DE22/610

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

SSuX HzL86309 06:59 Hechingen Landesbahn - Gammertingen
SSuX HzL86344 Sigmaringen - 20:46 Schlatt - Hechingen Landesbahn

Schliengen - Haltingen

[703] (ERA-E 58A2-58B2; ERA-R 117B2; S+W 110A2-110A3) DE22/611

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.

Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis for engineering work diversions

Diversions in the Stuttgart area are particularly likely while Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof is being rebuilt.

Vaihingen (Enz) (Langes Feld) - Stuttgart-Zazenhausen

[750, 770] (ERA-E 61C3 not shown; ERA-R 111A4; S+W 168B1-168B2) DE22/631

This route enables enables trains to run between the Schnellfahrstrecke from Mannheim and the line to Ulm without reversal at Stuttgart Hbf. Diversions this way are indicated by calls at Stuttgart Hbf being omitted.

Ludwigsburg - Stuttgart-Zazenhausen via Kornwestheim Rbf

[790.11] (ERA-E 61C3 not shown); ERA-R 111A4; S+W 168B1-168B2) DE22/632

The weekday peak-time RB11 services between Stuttgart-Unterturkheim and Kornwestheim Pbf were diverted via Kornwestheim Rbf (Rangierbahnhof/marshalling yard) between 15 March and 1 April 2021, omitting the call at Kornwestheim and running to and from Ludwigsburg.

Stuttgart Nürnberger Straße - Stuttgart-Untertürkheim

[750, 785, 786] (ERA-E 61C3; ERA-R 111A4-111B4; S+W 168C2-168C3) DE22/633

This route enables trains to run between the Ulm and Aalen lines without reversal at Stuttgart Hbf, very rarely used by passenger trains. It was used to a limited extent between 23 May to 23 July 2018 by overnight trains reversing at Stuttgart Hbf and Waiblingen.

Stuttgart-Feuerbach (Abzw Stuttgart Nord Rbf) - Stuttgart-Vaihingen (Stuttgart Hbf Em Nord)

(ERA-E 61C3; ERA-R 111A4; S+W 168B2) DE22/634

This curve via Stuttgart Nord Gbf connects the S-Bahn line running north from Stuttgart Hbf with the Gäubahn towards Horb, avoiding Stuttgart Hbf. It is used from 30 July until 9 September 2022 by an additional S15 service between Bietigheim-Bissingen and Böblingen. It runs half-hourly on Mondays to Fridays until approximately 20:00.

Beimerstetten (Ulm Hbf Em Nord) - Ulm Rbf

[750] (ERA-E 59B4; ERA-R 119B4; S+W 163C2-163D2) DE22/635

This route enables trains to run between the Stuttgart line and Ulm Rbf (adjacent to the line to Sigmaringen) without reversal at Ulm Hbf and is very rarely used by passenger services. Engineering work in autumn 2018 and 2019 resulted in IRE and RB trains between Ulm and Stuttgart being diverted via Ulm Rbf, where they reversed.

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