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

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This list is based on the timetable dated from 13 December 2020 to 11 December 2021, 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

Hamburg-Altona avoiding line: Pinneberg (Hamburg-Langenfelde Bbf) – Hamburg Dammtor (Abzw Rainweg)

[103, 130] (ERA-E 45B5; S+W 119A3) DE21/051

This north to east curve is used by trains between the Elmshorn line and Hamburg Dammtor which are not booked to call at Hamburg-Altona. Most trains between Hamburg Hbf and Kiel Hbf or Flensburg use this route. RE services to Westerland mostly start and terminate at Hamburg-Altona. It is intended to close Hamburg-Altona station, replacing it with a new through station to the north, which is planned to open in 2027. That will result in this curve being replaced by a new line to the south.

Hamburg-Wandsbek – Hamburg Hbf (via Horn, Hamburg-Rothenburgsort and Abzw Ericus)

[104] (ERA-E 45C5; ERA-R 82B4; S+W 119D2-119C3) DE21/052

This is an alternative route between Hamburg Hbf and the Lübeck line, using part of the Hamburg Ring line. It is common with DE21/053 between Hamburg Hbf and Hamburg Rothenburgsort Ro.

D1 IC2027 16:37 Lübeck Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D2 IC2415 Fehmarn-Burg - 16:37 Lübeck Hbf - Hamburg Hbf

D1: 13 December - 25 March and 2 November - 11 December

D2: TWThX 26 March - 13 June and 11 September - 1 November; daily 14 June - 10 September

Hamburg-Bergedorf (Rothenburgsort Rop) - Hamburg Hbf (via Abzw Ericus)

[100, 102] (ERA-E 45C5; ERA-R 82B4; S+W 119C3-119D3) DE21/053

This is an alternative route between Hamburg Hbf and the Büchen line, and is the only one available for trains using platforms on the west side of Hamburg Hbf (numbered 11 and higher). It is common with DE21/052 between Rothenburgsort Ro and Hamburg Hbf. The following trains are scheduled to use this route:

D3 SuX ICE585 Stralsund Hbf - 07:21 Schwerin Hbf - Nürnberg Hbf
D4 SuX ICE1577 Stralsund Hbf - 07:21 Schwerin Hbf - Karlsruhe Hbf
D5 IC2217 Züssow/Greifswald/Stralsund Hbf - 09:21 Schwerin - Stuttgart Hbf
D3 ICE1589 Stralsund Hbf - 11:21 Schwerin Hbf - Nürnberg Hbf
D4 ICE1671 Stralsund Hbf - 11:21 Schwerin Hbf - Karlsruhe Hbf
D6 IC2213 Ostseebad Binz - 13:39 Schwerin Hbf - Karlsruhe Hbf/Stuttgart Hbf
D7 SuO/SSuO ICE737 Stralsund Hbf - 14:56/15:09 Schwerin Hbf - Köln Hbf
D3 ICE683 Ostseebad Binz(SSuX)/Stralsund Hbf(SSuO) - 15:21 Schwerin Hbf - Nürnberg Hbf
D8 ICE1004 München Hbf - 16:15 Berlin-Spandau - Hamburg-Altona
D4 ICE1675 Ostseebad Binz/Stralsund Hbf - 15:21 Schwerin Hbf - Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
D3 ICE685 Stralsund Hbf - 17:21 Schwerin Hbf - Nürnberg Hbf(SX)/München Hbf(SO)
D4 SSuX ICE1677 Stralsund Hbf - 17:21 Schwerin Hbf - Hannover Hbf(FX)/Frankfurt (Main) Hbf(FO)
D4 SuO IC2277 Stralsund Hbf - 17:21 Schwerin Hbf - Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
D9 SuO ICE1679 Stralsund Hbf - 19:21 Schwerin - Göttingen/Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe
D8 ICE1003 Hamburg-Altona- 05:52 Hamburg Hbf - München Hbf
D10 ICE1101 Hamburg-Altona- 05:52 Hamburg Hbf - Berlin Südkreuz
D11 ICE507 Hamburg-Altona- 08:34 Hamburg Hbf - München Hbf
D11 ICE705 Hamburg-Altona- 09:36 Hamburg Hbf - München Hbf
D12 SuX/Daily ICE1676 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf(MO)/Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe(MSSuX)/Hannover Hbf(SO) - 09:38/09:43 Hamburg Hbf - Stralsund Hbf
D13 SuO IC2276 09:35/09:38/09:43 Hamburg Hbf - Stralsund Hbf
D14 IC2212 Koblenz Hbf - 11:38/11:42(SX)/11:18(SO) Hamburg Hbf - Ostseebad Binz
D11 ICE1601 Hamburg-Altona - 12:34 Hamburg Hbf - München Hbf
D3 SO ICE682 Nürnberg Hbf - 13:41 Hamburg Hbf - Ostseebad Binz
D3 SX ICE1582 Nürnberg Hbf - 13:41 Hamburg Hbf - Stralsund Hbf
D15 ICE1672 Karlsruhe Hbf - 13:36/13:41 Hamburg Hbf - Stralsund Hbf(SX)/Ostseebad Binz(SO)
D5 IC2216 Offenburg(SSuX)/Stuttgart Hbf - 15:17 Hamburg Hbf - Greifswald
D16 FO IC1974 Hamburg-Altona - 15:39 Hamburg Hbf - Stralsund Hbf
D11 FX ICE1605 Hamburg-Altona - 16:34 Hamburg Hbf - Berlin Hbf(SO)/München Hbf(SX)
D17 FSX ICE1705 Hamburg-Altona - 16:34 Hamburg Hbf - Jena-Göschwitz
D5 ICE1578 Karlsruhe Hbf - 17:37/17:42 Hamburg Hbf - Stralsund Hbf(SX)/Greifswald(SO)
D3 FSX ICE586 Nürnberg Hbf - 19:43 Hamburg Hbf - Rostock Hbf(SuX)/Stralsund Hbf(SuO)
D19 FSX ICE1576 Karlsruhe Hbf - 19:37/19:43 Hamburg Hbf - Rostock Hbf(SuX)/Stralsund Hbf(SuO)
D20 FO ICE976 Hamburg-Altona - 19:43 Hamburg Hbf - Stralsund Hbf
D11 ICE905 Hamburg-Altona - 21:51 Hamburg Hbf - Berlin Südkreuz
D17 SuO ICE1574 Karlsruhe Hbf - 22:03 Hamburg Hbf - Rostock Hbf

D3: 24 April - 16 July

D4: 13 December - 23 April; 14 August - 10 September; 1 November - 11 December

D5: 13 December - 16 July; 14 August - 10 September; 2 November - 11 December

D6: 13 December - 6 July (to Stuttgart Hbf); 14 August - 10 September (to Karlsruhe Hbf); 2 November - 11 December (to Stuttgart Hbf)

D7: 13 December - 21 March SuO; 27 March - 5 September SSuO; 7 November - 5 December SuO (dep. Schwerin Hbf 14:56)

D8: 13 December - 7 January

D9: 13 December - 16 July; 14 August - 10 September; 2 November - 11 December

D10: 8 January - 27 March

D11: 13 December - 16 July; 14 August - 10 September

D12: 13 December - 23 April SuX; 24 April - 16 July daily; 14 August - 10 September SuX; 1 November - 11 December SuX (dep. Hamburg Hbf 09:38)

D13: 13 December - 18 April (dep. 09:43); 18 July - 8 August (dep. 09:35); 15 August - 5 September (dep. 09:43); 7 November - 5 December (dep. 09:38)

D14: 13 December - 16 July; 14 August - 9 September; 1 November - 11 December (dep. Hamburg Hbf 11:38 (SX))

D15: 13 December - 23 April; 14 August - 10 September; 1 November - 11 December (dep. Hamburg Hbf 13:36 SO, to Stralsund Hbf)

D16: 23 July - 13 August

D17: 13 December - 15 July; 15 August - 9 September

D18: 13 December - 23 April; 14 August - 10 September; 1 November - 11 December (dep. Hamburg Hbf 17:37)

D19: 13 December - 22 April; 15 August - 10 September; 1 November - 9 December (dep. Hamburg Hbf 19:37)

D20: 18 December - 3 September

Hamburg-Harburg (Abzw Oberhafen) – Hamburg-Bergedorf (Rothenburgsort)

[100, 120] (ERA-E 45C5 not shown; ERA-R 82B4; S+W 119C3-119D3) DE21/054

This line is used by trains between the Hamburg-Harburg and Büchen lines, if not calling at Hamburg Hbf. Trains may join or leave the main line to Büchen by line 1280 at Hamburg-Rothenburgsort Tk (Tiefstack) or further west, via line 1291, at Hamburg-Rothenburgsort Rop. The following trains use this route between 17 July and 13 August unless otherwise stated:

D SuX ICE1577 Stralsund Hbf - 08:09 Hamburg-Bergedorf - Karlsruhe Hbf
D IC2217 Züssow (MSO)/Greifswald (MSSuX)/Stralsund (SuO) - 10:07 Hamburg-Bergedorf - Stuttgart Hbf
D IC2213 Ostseebad Binz - 14:24 Hamburg-Bergedorf - Stuttgart Hbf
D ICE1675 Stralsund Hbf - 16:08 Hamburg-Bergedorf - Karlsruhe Hbf
D ICE1677 Stralsund Hbf - 18:07 Hamburg-Bergedorf - Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
D21 SuX/SSuX ICE1678 Hannover Hbf - 07:18 Hamburg-Harburg - Ostseebad Binz/Stralsund Hbf
D IC2212 Koblenz Hbf - 11:03 Hamburg-Harburg - Ostseebad Binz
D IC2216 Offenburg (SSuX)/Stuttgart Hbf (SSuO) - 15:03 Hamburg-Harburg - Stralsund Hbf (SX)/Greifswald (SO)
D3 ICE588 Nürnberg Hbf - 17:27 Hamburg-Harburg - Stralsund Hbf (SX)/Greifswald (SO)
D ICE1578 Karlsruhe Hbf - 17:21 Hamburg-Harburg - Stralsund Hbf (SX)/Greifswald (SO)
D FSX ICE1576 Karlsruhe Hbf - 19:18 Hamburg-Harburg - Stralsund Hbf

D21: SuX 17 July - 13 August (to Ostseebad Binz); SSuX 1 November - 10 December (to Stralsund Hbf)

D3: 24 April - 16 July

Hamburg Hbf – Hamburg-Harburg (Abzw Oberhafen/Abzw Norderelbbrücke) (via goods line)

[110, 120, 121] (ERA-E 45C5 not shown; ERA-R 82B4 not shown; S+W 119C3-120D4) DE21/055

Between Hamburg Hbf and Hamburg-Harburg there are, in addition to the S-Bahn tracks, two pairs of tracks - one designated Pz-Gl (passenger line) and the other Gz-Gl (goods line), the latter being located between the S-Bahn tracks and the Pz-Gl.

All four tracks are used for passenger trains as operating convenience requires, although use of the Pz-Gl is more usual. They share common alignment south of Abzw Oberhafen (where the goods line from Rothenburgsort joins), but north-west of there, the Pz-Gl are at higher level, whereas the Gz-Gl follow a slightly different alignment at ground level via Abzw Ericus. A single-track connection from Abzw Ericus passes under the Pz-Gl and joins the southbound Pz-Gl at Abzw Norderelbbrücke.

The Gz-Gl are used, as required, by passenger trains to avoid conflicting moves at Hamburg Hbf. The connection to Abzw Norderelbbrücke, in particular, enables trains from platforms 8, 11 & 12 at Hamburg Hbf to reach the southbound Pz-Gl without crossing the northbound track on the level.

Route indicators associated with signals at the south end of Hamburg Hbf show the line to be used. 'P' indicates use of the Pz-Gl and 'H' the Gz-Gl.

Hamburg Hbf (Abzw Wilhelmsburg) – Hamburg-Harburg (via harbour line)

[121] (ERA-E 45C5-45C4 not shown; ERA-R 82B4 not shown; S+W 120D3-120D4) DE21/056

South of Abzw Wilhelmsburg an additional pair of tracks, designated Hafen-Gl (harbour line), run broadly parallel to the main line on the approach to Hamburg-Harburg. They are normally used by RE5 Cuxhaven line trains, which now run through to and from Hamburg Hbf every day, except between 17 July and 13 August when they run to and from Hamburg-Harburg only, and so do not use this line.

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

Pinneberg (Hamburg-Eidelstedt En) - Hamburg Hbf (via Hamburg-Lokstedt and Hamburg-Rothenburgsort)

[131] (ERA-E 45B5-45C5; ERA-R 82B5-82B4; S+W 120B1-119C3) DE21/061

This route comprises the Hamburg Ring line from the Elmshorn line around the north and east sides of the city. Trains between Hamburg Hbf and Elmshorn may be diverted this way if the main line via Dammtor is blocked.

On 9 and 16 April, ICE1587 Flensburg - 12:31 Neumünster - München Hbf is diverted this way as far as Rothenburgsort, thence via DE21/062 to Hamburg-Harburg so omitting Hamburg Hbf.

Hamburg-Wandsbek – Hamburg-Harburg (Abzw Oberhafen) (via Horn and Hamburg-Rothenburgsort)

[104] (ERA-E 45C5 part shown; ERA-R 82B4; S+W 119D2-119C3) DE21/062

This route, via part of the Hamburg eastern ring line, allows trains to run between the Lübeck and Hamburg-Harburg lines without reversal at Hamburg Hbf. It is common with route DE21/052 between Hamburg-Wandsbek and Hamburg-Rothenburgsort and with route DE21/054 between Hamburg-Rothenburgsort and Abzw Oberhafen. No services have been identified as using it in the current timetable period.

See also