Germany (Bayern) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable dated from 9 December 2018 to 14 December 2019, 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: Lines with regular use

Gemünden (Main) (Wernfeld) – Waigolshausen

[800, 810] (78C4-79B4) DE19/650

This line, which is about 35 km long, provides a more direct route between Gemünden (Main) and Schweinfurt than the main line via Würzburg or the branch lines via Bad Kissingen.

SSuO RE4647 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – 10:22 Gemünden (Main) – Bamberg
SSuO RE4649 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – 16:22 Gemünden (Main) – Bamberg
SSuO RE4646 Bamberg – 13:01 Schweinfurt Hbf – Frankfurt am Main Hbf
SSuO RE4648 Bamberg – 19:02 Schweinfurt Hbf – Frankfurt am Main Hbf

Erfurt (Abzw Esbacher See) - Dörfles-Esbach and Creidlitz - Breitengüßbach (Abzw Weißenbrunn am Forst)

[820] (80B2) DE19/651

These two connections off the Erfurt to Breitengüßbach Schnellfahrstrecke are used by ICE trains calling at Coburg.

SuX ICE501 Berlin Hbf - 06:30 Erfurt Hbf - München Hbf
ICE93 Berlin Hbf - 11:54 Erfurt Hbf - Wien Hbf
ICE1617 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen - 21:31 Erfurt Hbf - München Hbf
SSuX ICE1604 Nürnberg Hbf - 06:22 Bamberg - Hamburg-Altona
D SuO ICE1584 München Hbf - 10:36 Nürnberg Hbf - Hannover Hbf
SO ICE1724 München Hbf - 10:36 Nürnberg Hbf - Rostock Hbf/Warnemünde
ICE92 Wien Hbf - 14:37 Nürnberg Hbf - Berlin Hbf/Rostock Hbf
ICE1700 München Hbf - 21:43 Bamberg - Berlin Hbf

The south connection from Abzw Weißenbrunn am Forst is also used by RE trains between Nürnberg and Sonneberg which are non-stop between Bamberg and Creidlitz or Coburg. These run every two hours.

Trebgast (Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg Süd) – Marktschorgast (Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg Ost) (Schlömener Kurve)

[860] (81B3) DE19/652

This south to north curve, opened in 2001, connects the Bayreuth and Hof lines, avoiding Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg. It is used by RE trains between Nürnberg and Hof via Bayreuth. These mostly run every two hours.

Hersbruck (rechts Pegnitz) – Pommelsbrunn

[870] (90A3) DE19/653

This spur links the lines leading east from Nürnberg on each bank of the Pegnitz. It is used by trains between Nürnberg Hbf and Neukirchen (b Sulzbach-Rosenberg) that call at Hersbruck (rechts Pegnitz). These comprise RE services between Nürnberg and Schwandorf or Neustadt (Waldnaab).

Nürnberg Hbf (Nürnberg-Dutzendteich) - Nürnberg-Eibach (via Nürnberg Rangierbahnhof)

[910] (162B4-162C3) DE19/654

This route via the eastern side of the Nürnberg ring line is used by the following trains in order to avoid reversal at Nürnberg Hbf.

D18 NJ421 Düsseldorf Hbf - 03:40/03:42 Nürnberg Hbf - Innsbruck Hbf
NJ420 Innsbruck Hbf - 22:52/22:53/23:07 München Hbf - Düsseldorf Hbf

D18: Not via this route Sunday to Thursday nights 14 March to 25 July 2019

Ingolstadt Hbf – Weichering and Schrobenhausen (Seehof Bbf)

[983,993] (97D4) DE19/655

The lines to Ingolstadt from Augsburg and from Donauwörth join at Seehof Bbf and then split into two independent single tracks forming a flying junction with the main line from München. Crossovers south of Ingolstadt Hbf mean that all platforms are accessible from both routes, but the branch trains do not normally cross the main line on the flat. Trains to platforms 5, 6 and 7, on the east side of Ingolstadt Hbf use the flyover, but those to platforms 1, 2 and 2a on the west side do not. The hourly trains to and from Augsburg use platform 1 or occasionally 2, and the direct spur from Seehof Bbf. Trains to and from Donauwörth mostly run via the flyover and use platforms 5, 6 and 7.

Augsburg-Oberhausen – Neusäß (Augsburg-Hirblinger Straße)

[980] (163C3) DE19/656

There are two routes into Augsburg from Ulm, that from the east side of (and flying over) the Donauwörth line being used by most trains. The other, from the west side of the Donauwörth line, is used by trains between the Ulm line and platforms 7, 8 or 9 at Augsburg Hbf.

Major improvement work is taking place at Augsburg Hbf and during this period the platforms used by trains are liable to alteration.

Leienfelsstrasse (Abzw Pasing West) – München Hbf (Abzw München Kanal) (via Abzw Pasing Nord and the Abstellbahn line)

[970] (164B3-164D3) DE19/657

The normal route for trains between Buchloe and München Hbf is by a flyover over the Starnberg line S-Bahn tracks (S8) west of Pasing, through platforms 1 to 3 there and thence to the north side platforms at Hauptbahnhof via the Fernbahn line from Starnberg (line 5504). The EC trains between München and Zürich via Lindau are booked to use an alternative route. From Abzw Pasing West this dives under the Augsburg line, passes north of Pasing station and joins the Ingolstadt main line at Abzw München Kanal.

This route is also used between Abzw Pasing Nord and Abzw München Kanal by the following train via Augsburg:

D41 SO ICE1297 Hamburg Hbf - 14:11 Augsburg Hbf - Innsbruck Hbf

D41: 15 December 2018 to 23 March 2019, also 20 April 2019

München-Obermenzing – München Ost (München Süd) (via Laim Rbf)

[900, 950, 951, 990] (164C3-165A4) DE19/658

This route is used by trains between the Ingolstadt line and München Ost if not calling at München Hbf.

D21 FO IC1285 Hamburg-Altona – 17:27 Nürnberg Ost - München Ost/Schwarzach St Veit
D22 SSuO IC1727 Warnemünde - 17:27 Nürnberg Ost - München Ost

D21: 14 June to 13 December 2019

D22: 18 May to 28 July 2019

München-Pasing – München Ost (München Süd) (via Laim Rbf)

[950, 951, 980] (164D3-165A4) DE19/659

This route is one of two routes available for trains between München-Pasing and München Ost if not calling at München Hbf. It runs north of the main Augsburg line from München-Pasing via Laim Rbf and then under the main lines from München Hbf.

FSX NJ421 Düsseldorf Hbf - 06:29 SSuX Augsburg Hbf - Innsbruck Hbf
D23 SuX IC1296 Salzburg Hbf - 07:21 München Ost – Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D24 IC1918 Berchtesgaden Hbf - 12:03 München Ost - Dortmund Hbf
D23 EC216 Graz Hbf – 17:36 München Ost – Saarbrücken Hbf

D23: 15 March to 28 July 2019

D24: 25 June to 9 September and 10 November to 14 December 2019

München-Pasing (Abzw Landsberger Straße) – München Ost (München Süd) (via München Landsberger Straße

[950, 951, 980] (164D3-165A4) DE19/660

This is the alternative route between München-Pasing and München Ost if not calling at München Hbf. It diverges south from the Augsburg main line at Landsberger Straße to join route DE19/659 at Bft Friedenheimer Brücke. The following trains operate via this route from 15 March until 28 July 2019, unless shown otherwise.

D SSuX IC2291 Karlsruhe Hbf - 08:09 München-Pasing - München Ost
D EC217 Saarbrücken Hbf - 10:08 München-Pasing - Graz Hbf
D EC113 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - 12:08 München-Pasing - Klagenfurt Hbf
D25 IC2083 Hamburg-Altona - 13:59 München-Pasing - Berchtesgaden Hbf
D EC115 Münster (Westf) Hbf - 14:08 München-Pasing - Klagenfurt Hbf
D26 IC1919 Dortmund Hbf - 15:04 Augsburg Hbf - Berchtesgaden Hbf
D EC219 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - 16:08 München-Pasing - Graz Hbf
D27 IC1285 Hamburg-Altona - 17:36 Augsburg Hbf - München Ost
D EC117 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - 18:08 München-Pasing - Klagenfurt Hbf
D EC391 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - 20:07 München-Pasing - München Ost/Salzburg Hbf
D EC390 Salzburg Hbf - 09:33 München Ost - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D25 IC2082 Berchtesgaden Hbf - 11:17 München Ost - Hamburg-Altona
D EC218 Graz Hbf - 11:33 München Ost - Erfurt Hbf
D EC114 Klagenfurt Hbf - 13:33 München Ost - Dortmund Hbf

D25: 9 December 2018 to 9 April 2019 (eastbound) and 10 April 2019 (westbound)

D26: 24 June to 8 September and 9 November to 14 December 2019

D27: 17, 24 and 29 May and 7 June 2019

München-Pasing – München-Harras

[999.7] (164B3-165A4) DE19/661

This single track runs south of the main lines and the southern ring line from München-Pasing to Heimeranplatz and then joins the Holzkirchen line. It is used by S20 trains at peak times Mondays to Fridays.

München-Moosach – München-Johanneskirchen (via München-Freimann)

(164D2-165C2) DE19/662

The Bayerisches Eisenbahnmuseum usually runs Nikolausfahrten rund um München on the first two weekends in December. These depart from München Ost and operate via the Nordring; in past years they have usually been routed via München-Moosach. Dates of operation in 2018 were 1, 2, 8 and 9 December, with departures from München Ost about 10:00, 11:30, 13:30 and 15:00. These trains normally also use the route between München Süd and München-Neulustheim via Laim Rbf and the connection between the S-Bahn and Mühldorf lines at Riedenburgerstrasse.

Exceptionally, because of engineering work, the 2018 service was via a different route: München Ost - Laim Rbf - München-Moosach - München Nord Rbf - München-Allach - Laim Rbf - München Ost. It is expected that the normal routing will resume in 2019.

Rosenheim avoiding line: Bad Endorf (Abzw Rosenheim Ost) – Pfraundorf (Inn) (Abzw Rosenheim Süd)

[ÖBB 300] (116C1-116C2) DE19/663

This east to south curve linking the Salzburg and Wörgl lines provides a through route between Salzburg and Kufstein for Austrian Korridorzüge, which run non-stop through Germany. They are not included in the DB Kursbuch, but are those shown in the ÖBB Fahrplanbilder (table 300) calling at both Kufstein and Salzburg Hbf.

Rosenheim – Rohrdorf (Oberbay)

(116C1-116C2) DE19/664

In recent years a train marketed as the "Wies'n-Express" has run on the 7.1 km freight branch from Rosenheim to Rohrdorf (Oberbay) for the Rosenheim Autumn Festival in late August and early September.

The Rohrdorf branch appears to be operated by Logistik Wiesböck. Details of trains can be found at Herbstfest Rosenheim website > Wiesn-Express > Fahrplan. The 2018 service comprised:

From Rosenheim: 17:21 (29 Aug, 5 Sept) and 23:55 (25, 28 & 31 Aug, 1, 4, 8 & 7 Sept)

From Rohrdorf: 11:39 (29 Aug, 5 Sept), 16:25 (25 Aug, 1 & 8 Sept) and 17:18 (28 & 31 Aug, 4 & 7 Sept)

Prien Bahnhof – Stock Hafen

(Chiemsee-Schifffahrt Ludwig Feßler) (116D1) DE19/665

Trains operate over this line during the spring and summer, in connection with cruises on the Chiemsee. Trains run hourly on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 1 May, and daily from 25 May, until late September. For further information see

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

Langenprozelten - Gemünden Zollberg - Rieneck - Rieneck Sinnberg - Burgsinn Bbf - Fulda

[615, 800, 801] (78C3) DE19/681

This route comprises a west to north curve linking the Aschaffenburg and Flieden lines, avoiding the need to reverse at Gemünden (Main), and a connection from the old main line to the Schnellfahrstrecke towards Fulda at Burgsinn. It is used occasionally for diversions when the line between Hanau and Flieden is blocked. ICE trains were diverted via this route between 29 April and 1 May 2017, the services concerned having an extended journey time between Fulda and Hanau.

Burgsinn - Burgsinn Bbf - Würzburg

[800.1] (78C3) DE19/682

This route comprises a connection between Burgsinn, on the old main line, and the Schnellfahrstrecke towards Würzburg. It was used by IC and ICE trains between Hanau and Würzburg on several occasions in 2017 and early 2018. Trains concerned had an extended journey time and did not stop at Aschaffenburg.

Bamberg avoiding line: Oberhaid (Höflein) - Hallstadt (b Bamberg)

[810, 820] (80B4) DE19/683

This west to north curve enables trains to run between the Schweinfurt and Saalfeld lines without reversing at Bamberg Hbf. It is very rarely used by passenger trains, but the following are scheduled to do so every night 10/11 August to 1/2 September and Friday/Saturday and Sunday/Monday nights 6/7 September to 27/28 October 2019.

D ICE993 Hamburg-Altona – 23:41 Erfurt Hbf - München Hbf
D ICE992 München Hbf - 02:47 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf

Nürnberg-Eibach - Fürth (Bay) Hbf (via Nürnberg Großmarkt)

[910] (162B4-162B3) DE19/684

This route via the western side of the Nürnberg ring line may be used by IC/ICE trains between Augsburg and Würzburg during work on the line via Ansbach and this happened on several weekends in autumn 2017. Bus replacement of local trains may indicate this. This route may also be used by trains between the Treuchtlingen and Bamberg lines, in event of work in the Nürnberg area, but that is much less usual.

Feucht (Nürnberg-Reichswald) - Fürth (Bay) Hbf (via Nürnberg Rangierbahnhof)

[880] (162D4-162B3) DE18/685

This route via the full length of the Nürnberg ring line can be used by trains between Fürth and Regensburg in order to avoid Nürnberg Hbf. ICE and IC trains ran this way in August 2017, but that was most unusual. Any such diversion is indicated by the usual stop at Nürnberg Hbf being omitted.

Olching – München-Johanneskirchen (via München-Freimann)

(166B2-165C2) DE19/686

The München Nordring runs round the north side of the city and has connections to the Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Landshut and Rosenheim lines. It is rarely used by passenger trains. Some EC and IC trains were diverted this way between 29 July and 3 August 2017 and further diversions are scheduled in 2019.

The following trains run this way to München Ost between 27 July and 1 September 2019.

D SuO ICE693 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen - 22:55 Augsburg Hbf - München Hbf
D SO TGV9579 Paris Est- 22:58/23:13 Augsburg Hbf - München Hbf

München-Karlsfeld – München-Johanneskirchen (via München-Freimann)

(166B2-165C2) DE19/687

This is the route between the Ingolstadt line and München Ost via the Nordring. The following trains run this way when starting their journey between 27 July and 1 September 2019, unless shown otherwise.

D SuO ICE1605 Hamburg-Altona - 21:55 Nürnberg Hbf - München Hbf
D SO ICE1715 Ostseebad Binz - 21:55 Nürnberg Hbf - München Hbf
D SSuO ICE729/759 Essen Hbf/Düsseldorf Hbf - 22:33 Ingolstadt Hbf - München Hbf
D SSuO ICE885 Hamburg-Altona - 23:01 Ingolstadt Hbf - München Hbf
D41 SuO ICE821 Düsseldorf Hbf - 23:02 Nürnberg Hbf - München Hbf
D42 SuO ICE891 Essen Hbf - 23:30 Ingolstadt Hbf - München Hbf
D SSuO ICE1617 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen - 23:45 Ingolstadt Hbf - München Hbf
D SuO ICE685 Hamburg-Altona - 00:03 MO Ingolstadt Hbf - München Hbf
D SO ICE1625 Wiesbaden Hbf - 00:05 SuO Ingolstadt Hbf - München Hbf

D41: 28 July to 4 August 2019

D42: 11 August to 1 September 2019

München-Moosach – München-Feldmoching (via München Nord Rbf Lasallestraße)

(164D2-165D1) DE19/688

This and the following route were used in August 2017 when the line was blocked between München-Moosach and München-Feldmoching. Trains from München mostly ran this way, with their journey time extended by about seven minutes.

München-Feldmoching - München-Allach (via München Nord Rbf Lasallestraße and München Nord Rbf Forstweg)

(165D1-164C2) DE19/689

This and the previous route were used in August 2017 when the line was blocked between München-Moosach and München-Feldmoching. Trains to München mostly ran this way, with their journey time extended by about eighteen minutes.

Lindau-Aeschach - Lochau-Hörbranz (Lindau-Reutin) (Lindau avoiding line)

[979] (112D3) DE19/690

This west to east curve allows trains to run between Germany and Austria without reversing at Lindau Hbf. EC trains between München and Zürich have been regularly diverted this way over several days each spring.

From December 2021 this will become a normal passenger route as EC services will no longer serve Lindau Hbf once DB electrification to Lindau Reutin is complete.

See also