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

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This list is based on the timetable in force until 14 December 2013, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

In the heading to each entry the map reference for the line in the Schweers+Wall Eisenbahn Atlas (2007/2008 edition) is shown, in italic, in addition to the reference to M.G. Ball's European Railway Atlas.

Obscure services

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

[655] (55A1, 159A2-159A1) DE13/601

Most trains between Mannheim-Waldhof and Mannheim Hbf run via Mannheim-Luzenberg. Only one train is now scheduled to call at Mannheim-Käfertal and, therefore, obliged to use the alternative route. Most TGVs between Paris and Frankfurt am Main reverse at Mannheim Hbf and run via Mannheim-Luzenberg.

Thalys 9552 16:57 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Paris Est
Thalys 9553 Paris Est - 12:18 Mannheim Hbf – Frankfurt am Main Hbf
SSuX RB38852 Karlsruhe Hbf - 16:11 Mannheim Hbf – Biblis

Mannheim-Friedrichsfeld – Schwetzingen

(55B1, 159C3-159B4) DE13/602

This section of the main line between Frankfurt am Main and Karlsruhe avoids both Mannheim Hbf and Heidelberg Hbf. The only passenger trains to use it are AutoZüge, the Euhotra Hotel train on its Friday night journeys from Köln to Basel, and:

E FO DZ13409 14:17 's-Hertogenbosch - Livorno Centrale
E FO DZ13401 16:17 's-Hertogenbosch - Alessandria

For details of these trains see Passengers without cars may travel on them, but prior reservation is essential.

Appenweier – Legelshurst (Appenweier Kurve)

[719] (57A1, 102C1) DE13/603

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, principally the TGVs between Paris and Stuttgart. AutoZüge between Germany and France also use this route.

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

[770] (57B2 not shown, 161B1) DE13/604

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] (57B2 not shown, 161B1) DE13/605

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.

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

[772] (57B2, 94A2) DE13/606

This west to north curve links the Pforzheim and Bretten lines, avoiding Mühlacker, and is used on Sundays and public holidays 1 May to 20 October 2013 by the following trains.

E SuO RB22401/22261 Tübingen - 10:18 Enzberg - Maulbronn Stadt
E SuO RB22260/22410 Maulbronn Stadt - 17:28 Maulbronn West - Tübingen

Ludwigsburg (Abzw Karlshöhe) – Stuttgart-Zazenhausen (former Abzw Leichenberg) (via Kornwestheim Rbf)

(58A1, 168B1-168B2) DE13/607

Trains between Ulm and Ludwigsburg not via Stuttgart Hbf mostly run via Kornwestheim passenger station, using the same line as the local passenger service between Kornwestheim and Stuttgart-Untertürkheim (Kursbuch table 790.11). A few AutoZüge are booked via Kornwestheim Rbf, as is the Euhotra hotel train on its Saturday night journeys from Basel to Freilassing.

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

(58A1, 168B1-168B2) DE13/607a

This connection allows trains from the Mannheim–Stuttgart HSL to bypass Stuttgart Hbf.

E TGV9591 Paris-Est – 10:28 Karlsruhe Hbf – München Hbf

E: Runs July 5, 12, 19; August 2, 9, 15; October 3, 31

(The return runs from München are via Stuttgart Hbf.)

KIT Campus-Nord Bahnhof – Leopoldshafen (Albtalbahn)

[710.1] (57A2 not shown, 152B) DE13/608

This branch off the Hochstetten line is used by services for workers at KIT Campus, part of Karlsruher Institut für Technologie. This was previously known as Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and is a nuclear research establishment. Although trains to and from KIT Campus-Nord Bahnhof are shown without restriction in the KVV timetable, only individuals holding an official identification card are permitted to enter the establishment using these services.

Services run Mondays to Fridays between Ittersbach, Ettlingen or Bad Herrenalb and KIT Campus. Departures from Karlsruhe Albtalbahnhof for KIT Campus are at 07:11 and 08:01. Departures from KIT Campus are at 09:05, 16:44 and 17:44.

Laupheim Stadt avoiding line: Laupheim West - Schemmerberg

(69B3 not shown, 105A3 not shown) DE13/609

Since the south-facing curve off the Laupheim Stadt branch opened for passenger traffic in June 2011, the main line avoiding the branch is used by all services, including an hourly IRE service between Ulm and Lindau, which are shown as not calling at Laupheim Stadt.

Ettlingen West – Ettlingen Erbprinz

(57A2, 161B4) DE13/610

Ulmer Eisenbahnfreunde e. V. operate a number of steam excursions from Ettlingen Stadt to Herrenalb, one of which starts back at Karlsruhe Hbf and uses the above, normally freight-only, connection. This year the service in question runs on 1 May. For more details go to

Schlatt (Hohenz.) (Walkmühle) – Hechingen Landesbahn

[767] (68B3, 104A2) DE13/611

The service from Hechingen Landesbahn to Eyach operates on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 1 May and 20 October. The following train, the first of the day, runs through from Gammertingen and is the only one to use the above connection.

E SuO HzL60 Gammertingen – 09.39 Schlatt (Hohenz.) - Eyach

Gundelfingen – Ebringen (Abzw Leutersberg) (via Freiburg (Breisgau) Gbf)

[703] (line 4312) DE13/612

This goods line runs through Freiburg about a kilometer west of the passenger line with the Hauptbahnhof. It is used by a few AutoZüge:

D AZ1379 AA Hamburg-Altona – 00u08 Hildesheim Hbf – Lörrach
E MO AZ1373 AA Hamburg-Altona – 00u54 Hildesheim Hbf – Lörrach

See also