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==Introduction==
 
==Introduction==
This list is based on the timetable in force until 10 December 2011, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.  
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This list is based on the timetable dated from 15 December 2019 to 12 December 2020, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in [[General Information]]. Map references relate to the 2017 issue of the Schweers+Wall ''Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland''.
 
 
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==
 
==Obscure services==
 
===Saline – Westen===
 
===Saline – Westen===
[10007] (16A3, ''9B3'') DE11/151
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(''9B3'') DE20/151
  
 
This is a branch off the line from Westanleger to Wangerooge. Passenger trains run to/from Westen when required by pre-booked parties staying at the Youth Hostel or other accommodation there.
 
This is a branch off the line from Westanleger to Wangerooge. Passenger trains run to/from Westen when required by pre-booked parties staying at the Youth Hostel or other accommodation there.
 
During the summer season, excursions run between Wangerooge and Westen: see [http://www.siw-wangerooge.de DB's Wangerooge website] and search ("Suche") for "Westen" during the season.
 
During the summer season, excursions run between Wangerooge and Westen: see [http://www.siw-wangerooge.de DB's Wangerooge website] and search ("Suche") for "Westen" during the season.
  
===Bremen-Sebaldsbrück – Bremen Hbf (via Abzw Vahr)===
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===Emden Hbf - Emden Außenhafen===
[380] (16B1, not shown, ''9C2-9B2'') DE11/152
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[395,396] (''18B4'') DE20/152
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This branch line is used by trains connecting with the ferry to and from Borkum. These are a few ''IC'' trains, mostly to and from Köln, and some ''RE15'' services between Münster and Emden. Dates and times of operation vary considerably. The table which shows Emden Außenhafen (396) is not currently included in the DB online ''Kursbuch''; however full times are shown in the [https://www.westfalenbahn.de/fileadmin/user_upload/WestfalenBahn_Fahrplan_RE15_2019-20.pdf Westfalen Bahn timetable].
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===Meckelfeld - Buchholz (Nordheide) via Jesteburg===
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[120, 123] (''21D2-21C2'') DE20/153
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This is an alternative route between Hamburg-Harburg and Buchholz (Nordheide). It is used by ''RB38'' trains '''from''' Hamburg-Harburg '''to''' Soltau (Han) hourly 07:51 to 23:51 on Saturdays and Sundays only. This is so that the train can be overtaken by an ''IC'' or ''ICE'' train leaving Hamburg-Harburg for Bremen at 57 minutes past the hour.
  
Trains from the Hannover line to platforms 1, 2 or 3 at Bremen Hbf may use this spur, which passes under both the main Hannover line and the Osnabrück line. They may, alternatively, use crossovers at the approach to Bremen Hbf. The route via Abzw Vahr has been used by ''RE'' trains from Hannover to Bremen and also by ''IC'' trains from Hannover to Oldenburg. The ''RE'' trains have been retimed between Achim and Bremen, so may now use the main line; reports will be welcomed. Trains in the opposite direction normally use the flat junction at Hastedt but, if the departure signal at Bremen Hbf platforms 1, 2 or 3 shows speed restriction 4 (= 40 km/h), that may indicate use of this route. There is no passenger use of the connections between Bremen-Hemelingen and Bremen Hbf via Abzw Vahr known to the compilers.
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Note that KBS 123 shows all trains to and from Soltau (Han) as starting and terminating at Buchholz (Nordheide), but the weekend extension to and from Hamburg-Harburg is shown in KBS 120 and the [https://www.erixx.de/bilder/erx_FP_2019_stand_18_11_28_web.pdf erixx timetable].
  
===Bremen avoiding line: Sagehorn – Dreye (Gabelung)===
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===Bremen-Sebaldsbrück – Bremen Hbf (via Abzw. Vahr)===
[120, 385] (16B1, ''9D1-9C3'') DE11/153
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[380] (''9C2-9B2'') DE20/154
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Trains from the Hannover line to platforms 1, 2 or 3 at Bremen Hbf may use this spur, which crosses from the north side of the line to the south side by passing under both the main Hannover line and the Osnabrück line. They may, alternatively, use crossovers at the approach to Bremen Hbf. The route via Abzw. Vahr has been used by ''RE'' trains from Hannover to Bremen and also by ''IC'' trains from Hannover to Oldenburg. Trains in the opposite direction normally use the flat junction at Hastedt but, if the departure signal at Bremen Hbf platforms 1, 2 or 3 shows speed restriction 4 (= 40 km/h), that may indicate use of this route. There is no passenger use of the connections between Bremen-Hemelingen and Bremen Hbf via Abzw. Vahr known to the compilers.
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===Bremen avoiding line: Sagehorn – Dreye (Abzw. Bremen-Gabelung)===
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[120, 385] (''9D1-9C3'') DE20/155
  
 
Most trains between Hamburg and Osnabrück call at Bremen Hbf, but this route enables those that do not to avoid a lengthy detour.
 
Most trains between Hamburg and Osnabrück call at Bremen Hbf, but this route enables those that do not to avoid a lengthy detour.
  
{| width="100%"  
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{| class="ostable"
| H
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| D
| FSSuX
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| SSuX
| ''ICE1094''
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| ''ICE1031/1033''
| Hamburg-Altona – 06:12 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf  
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| Hamburg-Altona - 06:10 Hamburg Hbf Köln Hbf
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|-
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|
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| TWThX
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| ''FLX32603''
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| 08:10 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
 
|-  
 
|-  
| E
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| D
| FSSuX
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|
| ''IC2194''
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| ''ICE733''
| Hamburg-Altona – 06:12 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
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| Hamburg-Altona - 11:53 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf (FX)/Köln/Bonn Flughafen (FO)
 
|-  
 
|-  
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|
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| SO
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| ''FLX32609''
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| Hamburg Hbf - 13:02 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf
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|-
 
| D
 
| D
| FO
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| SSuO
| ''IC2407''
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| ''IC2409''(SuO) / ''ICE737''(SSuO)
| Flensburg - 15:00 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf  
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| Stralsund Hbf – 16:08 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| D
 
| D
| SuO
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| SSuX
| ''IC2417''
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| ''ICE1037/IC2195''
| Flensburg - 15:00 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
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| Hamburg-Altona - 16:09 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
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|-
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|
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| SX
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| ''FLX32617''
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| Hamburg Hbf - 17:02 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf
 
|-  
 
|-  
| H
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|  
| FSSuX
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|
| ''ICE1095''
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| ''IC2199''
| Köln Hbf – 07:03 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona  
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| Hamburg-Altona – 18:10 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf
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|-
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| D
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| SuX
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| ''ICE1038''
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| Köln Hbf – 07:03 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
 
|-  
 
|-  
| E
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|  
| FSSuX
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| MFSO
| ''IC2195''
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| ''FLX32604''
| Köln Hbf – 07:03 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona  
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| Köln Hbf – 09:14 Osnabrück Hbf – Hamburg Hbf
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|-
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| D
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| SuX
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| ''IC2402/ICE736''
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| Köln Hbf – 11:47 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
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|-
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|
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| MFSX
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| ''FLX32606''
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| Köln Hbf – 13:16 Osnabrück Hbf – Hamburg Hbf
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|-
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|
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| SX
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| ''IC2408''
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| Köln Hbf – 13:47 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
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|-
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| D
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| FSuO
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| ''IC2407/ICE732''
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| Köln Hbf – 15:47 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
 
|-  
 
|-  
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| D 
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| ''IC2196/ICE1030''(SX) / ''1036''(SO)
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| Köln Hbf – 17:03/04 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
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|-
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|
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| ThFSuO
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| ''FLX32610''
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| Köln Hbf – 18:46 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Hamburg Hbf
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|-
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|
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| SO
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| ''FLX32618''
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| Köln Hbf – 19:15 Osnabrück Hbf – Hamburg Hbf
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|-
 
| D
 
| D
| FO
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|  
| ''IC2406''
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| ''IC2300/ICE730''
| Köln Hbf – 17:26 Diepholz Stralsund
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| Köln/Bonn Flughafen (FO)/Köln Hbf (FX)  19:47 Münster (Westf) Hbf Hamburg-Altona
 
|}
 
|}
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Days and dates of operation of ''Flixtrain'' services may vary; to check timings see their [https://www.flixtrain.com website]
  
 
===Kirchweyhe – Kirchweyhe BTE===
 
===Kirchweyhe – Kirchweyhe BTE===
(16B1 not shown, ''20B4'') DE11/154
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(''20B4'') DE20/156
  
This south to west curve provides the only usable connection between DB and the Bremen-Thedinghauser Eisenbahn. BTE runs a number of excursions each summer from Leeste to destinations on the DB network. See [http://www.pingelheini.de www.pingelheini.de].
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This south to west curve provides the only usable connection between DB and the Bremen-Thedinghauser Eisenbahn. BTE usually runs excursions, mostly during the summer, from Leeste to destinations on the DB network. However until further notice, they are not running any excursions owing to a lack of suitable available rolling stock. See [https://www.pingelheini.de/leeste-thedinghausen/ their website].
  
===Munster (Örtze) – Munster (Örtze) Kaserne Emminger Weg===
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===Lüneburg Westseite (West station)===
[116] (17B1 not shown, ''21D4'') DE11/155
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[110] (''22C3'') DE20/157
  
This is a branch line which serves an army camp south-west of Munster (Örtze). There is a passenger halt by a level crossing in Emminger Weg, in part of the military area that is open to the public, about 2.5km from Munster (Örtze) station.  The following trains start and terminate there for the benefit of Bundeswehr personnel.      
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This is a separate station to the west of the main station. Connections to north and south link the Westseite station to the main Hamburg to Hannover line.
  
{| width="100%"
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It was used by one through service at 19:04 from Hamburg to Uelzen, thus using the connections at each end, however this service is now booked to use platform 1 in the main station.
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| FO
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The north-end connection is used by most Hamburg local trains starting or terminating at Lüneburg. A few late evening and early morning trains run to and from the main station. Services using the Westseite are those shown as using platforms 6 or 7 in the [https://reiseauskunft.bahn.de//bin/query.exe/en DB journey planner].
| ''IC1931''
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| 11:50 Munster (Örtze) Kaserne Emminger Weg – Berlin Südkreuz
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The south-end connection is also used by the following service starting at Lüneburg:
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{| class="ostable"
 
|  
 
|  
| SuO
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| SSuX
| ''IC1930''
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| ''RB81607''
| Berlin Südkreuz – 23:05 Munster (Örtze) Munster (Örtze) Kaserne Emminger Weg
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| 05:32 Lüneburg Uelzen
 
|}
 
|}
  
===Lüneburg Westseite {West station}===
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The Westseite is also used to by all trains to and from Dannenberg Ost.
[110] (18A2, not shown, ''22C3'') DE11/156
 
  
This is a separate station, west of the main line, which is used by Hamburg local trains starting or terminating at Lüneburg between 08:00 and 23:00 daily. It is also used by all trains to and from Dannenberg Ost.
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===Uelzen W750 - Uelzen W23 (Veerßer Kurve)===
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[305] (''32C1'') DE20/158
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The Stendal - Salzwedel - Uelzen - Bremen line crosses under the Hannover - Hamburg main line just south of Uelzen and curves north to serve the west side of Uelzen station. A direct curve (the ''Veerßer Kurve'') from the Stendal line to the east side of Uelzen station, giving a non-conflicting connection towards Hamburg, was opened in November 2013.
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All ''RE20'' trains between Stendal and Uelzen use the original line to and from the west side of Uelzen station. However, ''IRE'' services from Berlin to Hamburg normally use the ''Veerßer Kurve'' in this direction only to call at platform 102 on the east side of the station. Use of 102 was shown in the 2020 Journey Planner for all northbound scheduled ''IRE''s.  
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'''However as part of Covid-19 service reductions, the entire Berlin - Hamburg ''IRE'' service was suspended from 15 March 2020 and is not expected to resume before the new timetable period from 13 December 2020 at the earliest.''' Therefore the below trains do not run at present.
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{| class="ostable"
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|
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|  ThFSO
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| ''IRE4276''
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|  Berlin Ost – 09:34 Salzwedel – Hamburg Hbf
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|-
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|
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|  SuO
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| ''IRE4278''
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|  Berlin Ost – 14:59 Salzwedel – Hamburg Hbf
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|-
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|
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| ''IRE4272''
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|  Berlin Ost – 19:47 Salzwedel – Hamburg Hbf
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|}
  
 
===Osnabrück Schinkel and Löhner Curves: Osnabrück ob Bf – Wissingen (Bbf Lüstringen)===
 
===Osnabrück Schinkel and Löhner Curves: Osnabrück ob Bf – Wissingen (Bbf Lüstringen)===
[375, 385] (25A2, ''40C3'') DE11/157
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[385] (''40C3'') DE20/159
 
 
This is a curve from the high level station at Osnabrück to the Hannover line.
 
  
{| width="100%"  
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This is a curve from the high level station at Osnabrück to the Hannover line. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram.
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[[File:Osnabrück.png|50px|thumb|none]]
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{| class="ostable"
 
|  
 
|  
 
| SuX  
 
| SuX  
 
| ''IC2241''
 
| ''IC2241''
| Münster (Westf) Hbf – 06:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Hbf/Ostbahnhof
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| Münster (Westf) Hbf – 06:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
|-  
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|-
 
|  
 
|  
 
| SuO  
 
| SuO  
 
| ''IC2343''
 
| ''IC2343''
| 08:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Hbf/Ostbahnhof  
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| Münster (Westf) Hbf - 08:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof  
 
|-
 
|-
| D
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|  
 
|   
 
|   
 
| ''IC2242''
 
| ''IC2242''
| Berlin Ostbahnhof – 21:35 Bünde (Westf) – Osnabrück Hbf/Münster (Westf) Hbf  
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| Berlin Ostbahnhof – 21:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf) Hbf
 
|-  
 
|-  
| E
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|  
 
| ''IC2242''
 
| Berlin Hbf – 21:13 Minden – Osnabrück Hbf/Münster (Westf) Hbf
 
|-
 
| D
 
 
| SuO  
 
| SuO  
 
| ''IC2240''
 
| ''IC2240''
 
| Berlin Ostbahnhof – 23:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf) Hbf  
 
| Berlin Ostbahnhof – 23:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf) Hbf  
|-
 
| E
 
| SuO
 
| ''IC2240''
 
| Berlin Hbf – 23:13 Minden – Münster (Westf) Hbf
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
===Aligse (Lehrte Nordgruppe, former Stw Lnf) – Ahlten===
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On certain dates in late May 2020, trains are diverted via the Osnabrück Münster Curve instead, in which case they omit the call at Osnabrück Hbf. See entry DE20/181A.
[363.3] (26B2, ''122D4-122C4'') DE11/158
 
  
This line is used by trains between Burgdorf and Hannover which are not booked to call at any intermediate station between Aligse and Hannover Karl-Wiechert-Allee. There is an hourly ''S-Bahn'' service between Hannover and Celle via this curve.
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===Ahlten (Abzw. Lehrte West) – Aligse (Lehrte Nordgruppe, former Stw Lnf)===
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[360.6.7] (''122D4'') DE20/160
  
===Lehrte - Wunstorf (via Hannover Linden and Seelze Rbf)===
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This west to north curve is used by the hourly ''S6'' service between Hannover and Celle which runs non-stop between Hannover Karl-Wiechert-Allee and Aligse. Note that the ''S7'' service which alternates with the ''S6'' reverses at Lehrte and thus does not use this curve.
[300, 310, 370] (26B2, ''122A2 to 122D2'') DE11/159
 
  
This is the ring line round the south side of Hannover.  It enables through trains, except those via Soltau or Celle, to avoid passing through Hannover Hauptbahnhof.
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===Lehrte (Abzw Lehrte West) – Misburg – Abzw Waldheim – Hannover Messe/Laatzen (Hannover Wülfel)===
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(''122D4-122D3'') DE20/161
  
{| width="100%"
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This route forms the eastern part of the ring line round the south side of Hannover. It is used by the following trains to avoid reversal at Hannover Hbf.
| D1  
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{| class="ostable"
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|-
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| D1
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| SuX
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| ''ICE933''
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| 06:00 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
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|-
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| D4
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| FSSuX
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| ''ICE1598''
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| 06:00 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Ostbahnhof
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|-
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| D1
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|
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| ''ICE935''
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| 06:58 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
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|-
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| D2
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| SuX
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| ''ICE1098''
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| Stuttgart Hbf - 08:03 Würzburg Hbf - Berlin Ostbahnhof
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|-
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| D1
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|
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| ''ICE1537''
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| 10:01 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
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|-
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| D1
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|
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| ''ICE939''
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| 12:02 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
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|-
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|
 
| FO
 
| FO
| ''IC1213''
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| ''IC1970''
| Berlin Südkreuz - 14:52 Wolfsburg - Köln Hbf
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| Stuttgart Hbf/Frankfurt am Main Hbf - 15:50 Göttingen - Berlin Ostbahnhof/Südkreuz
 
|-
 
|-
 
| D1
 
| D1
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| FX
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| ''ICE1131''
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| 14:47 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
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|-
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| D3
 
| FO
 
| FO
| ''IC1225''
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| ''IC1141''
| Berlin Hbf - 18:26 Lehrte - Köln Hbf
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| 15:02 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
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|-
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| D1
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|
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| ''ICE833''
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| 16:50 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
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|-
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| D1
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|
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| ''ICE835/1635''
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| 18:58 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
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|-
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| D1
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| SuX
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| ''ICE936''
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| Berlin Hbf - 06:05 Berlin-Spandau - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
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|-
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| D1
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|
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| ''ICE1134''
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| Berlin Hbf - 08:05 Berlin-Spandau - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
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|-
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| D5
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|
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| ''ICE1632''
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| Berlin Hbf - 10:05 Berlin-Spandau - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
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|-
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| D1
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|
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| ''ICE930''
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| 11:48 Berlin Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
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|-
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| D1
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|
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| ''ICE838''
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| 13:48 Berlin Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
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|-
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| D1
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|
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| ''ICE1099''
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| Berlin Hbf - 16:03 Berlin-Spandau - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
 
|-
 
|-
 
| D2
 
| D2
| FSuO
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| SX
| ''IC2010''
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| ''ICE1099''
| Tübingen Hbf/Köln Hbf - 13:15 Herford - Berlin Südkreuz
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| Berlin Hbf - 16:07 Berlin-Spandau - Stuttgart Hbf
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|-
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| D1
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|
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| ''ICE834''
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| Berlin Hbf - 18:03 Berlin-Spandau - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
 
|}
 
|}
  
D1: 18 March to 8 April 2011
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D1: 5 October - 12 December
  
D2: Sundays and Fridays 14 to 30 January 2011, Fridays 18 March to 8 April 2011
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D2: 13/14 April - 2/3 October
  
===Lehrte – Hannover Messe/Laatzen (via Misburg and Abzw Waldheim)===
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D3: 9 October - 11 December
[349] (26B2, ''122D4-122D3'') DE11/160
 
  
This line forms part of a ring line round the south side of Hannover. It is used by the following trains to avoid reversal at Hannover Hbf.
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D4: 16 December - 1 October
  
{| width="100%"
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D5: 5 October - 1 November
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The ''Flixtrain'' services between Stuttgart, Frankfurt am Main Süd and Berlin which used to run this way now run via Erfurt.
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===Lehrte – Sehnde===
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[360.3] (''122D4'') DE20/162
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East of Lehrte, the lines from Braunschweig and Hildesheim join with the line from Gifhorn in a complex flying junction. Trains '''from''' Lehrte towards Braunschweig or Hildesheim dive under the Gifhorn line and follow the original alignment of the Braunschweig line. Trains '''towards''' Lehrte diverge to the north and fly ''over'' the Gifhorn line about 500m further north.
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As an exception to this, trains from Hildesheim that terminate at Lehrte platform 3 will use the south side of the flying junction in the ''inbound'' direction. These are at 14:04 and hourly to 17:04 (all SSuX) from Hildesheim Hbf.
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===Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe (Abzw Siekweg) – Göttingen east side platforms===
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(''55A2-55B2'') DE20/163
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This 2km link (line 1803) leaves the Kassel ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' south of Göttingen and then crosses the Eichenberg line before joining the eastern platforms at Göttingen. It is normally used by northbound trains stopping at platform 4 at Göttingen. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram
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[[File:Gottingen1.jpg|50px|thumb|none]]
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The following train is booked to use platform 4 at Göttingen, but may not always do so.
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{| class="ostable"
 
|   
 
|   
 
| SSuX
 
| SSuX
| ''ICE1091''
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| ''ICE272''
| Berlin Südkreuz 05:59/06:18 Berlin-Spandau München Hbf
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| Zürich HB - 22:45 Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe - Hamburg-Altona 
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|}
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===(Eichenberg –) Friedland(Han.) (Abzw. Grone) Göttingen east side platforms===
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(''55A2-55B2'') DE20/164
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Trains to and from the Eichenberg line at Göttingen mostly use platforms 5 and 6 and generally use this previously freight-only connection.  Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram.
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[[File:Gottingen2.jpg|50px|thumb|none]]
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==Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis for engineering work diversions==
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===Osnabrück Schinkel and Stahlwerks Curves: Osnabrück ob Bf – Osnabrück unt Bf===
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[385] (''40C3'') DE20/181
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These curves allow trains to run between the Münster and Rheine lines, passing through both the high-level and low-level platforms at Osnabrück.  The route may be used by ''IC'' trains if the direct line between Münster (Westf) and Rheine is blocked.  This is indicated by an extended journey time and local trains being replaced by buses. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram.
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[[File:Osnabrück.png|50px|thumb|none]]
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===Osnabrück Münster Curve: Wissingen (Lüstringen Bbf) - Hasbergen (Osnabrück ob Bf Süd)===
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[375] (''40C3'') DE20/181A
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This is an alternative route from the Hannover line to the Münster line at Osnabrück, instead of via the Löhner and Schinkel curves (DE20/159). Use of this route means that trains cannot call at Osnabrück Hbf.
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Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram.
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[[File:Osnabrück.png|50px|thumb|none]]
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The following trains are booked to use this route in late May 2020:
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{| class="ostable"
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| D6
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| WSuX
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| ''IC2241''
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| 05:35 Münster (Westf) Hbf Berlin Ostbahnhof
 
|-
 
|-
|  
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| D7
| SX
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| SuO
| ''ICE1093''
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| ''IC2343''
| Berlin Ostbahnhof – 18:00/18:19 Berlin-Spandau – Stuttgart Hbf
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| 07:35 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
 
|-
 
|-
|  
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| D8
| MO
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| WSX
| ''ICE1096''
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| ''IC2359''
| Stuttgart Hbf – 06:14 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof  
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| Köln Hbf/Düsseldorf Hbf – 16:29 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof  
 
|-
 
|-
|  
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| D9
| MSSuX
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| MTO
| ''ICE1092''
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| ''IC2450''
| Darmstadt Hbf 06:14 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
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| Berlin Ostbahnhof 09:56 Hannover Hbf – Köln Hbf
 
|-
 
|-
|  
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| D10
| FO
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| SuX
| ''ICE1172''
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| ''IC2450''
| Darmstadt Hbf 15:50 Göttingen Berlin Südkreuz
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| Berlin Ostbahnhof 10:43 Bünde (Westf) Düsseldorf Hbf
 
|-
 
|-
|
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| D9
| FO
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| MTO
| ''ICE1184''
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| ''IC2254''
| München Hbf – 17:50 Göttingen Berlin Südkreuz/Hbf
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| Berlin Ostbahnhof – 17:56 Hannover Hbf Köln Hbf
 
|-
 
|-
|  
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| D11
 
| SX
 
| SX
| ''ICE1090''
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| ''IC2254''
| München Hbf – 18:13 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Berlin Südkreuz
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| Berlin Ostbahnhof – 18:44 Bünde (Westf) – Köln Hbf
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|-
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| D12
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| WX
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| ''IC2242''
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| Berlin Ostbahnhof 21:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf) Hbf
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|-
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| D7
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| SuO
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| ''IC2240''
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| Berlin Ostbahnhof – 23:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf) Hbf
 
|}
 
|}
  
===Lehrte – Sehnde===
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D6: 18,19,21-23,25-28,30 May 2020
[323] (26B2, ''122D4'') DE11/161
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D7: 24 May 2020 only
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D8: 18,19,21,22,24-28 May 2020
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D9: 18,19 May 2020
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D10: 21-23,25-28 May 2020
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D11: 21,22,24-28 May 2020
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D12: 18,19,21-28,30 May 2020
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===<div id="HAN182"></div>Lehrte (Abzw Lehrte West) – Misburg Abzw Waldheim – Hannover-Linden - Wunstorf===
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(''31D4-31B4'') DE20/182
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This is a ring line around the south side of Hannover.  It is occasionally used by diverted ''IC'' trains between the Lehrte and Osnabrück lines, this being indicated by omission of the usual stop at Hannover Hbf.
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===<div id="HAN183"></div>Hannover Hbf (Hannover Kurve) - Ahlem - Empelde===
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[360.5] (''122B2-122D3'') DE20/183
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This route forms part of the ring line round the south side of Hannover, with the curve to the Hameln line. The hourly ''S5'' trains between Hannover Hbf and Paderborn  and a few overnight trains may be diverted this way if the route via Hannover-Linden is blocked.
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===Northeim (Han) - Edesheim (Leine)===
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(''55B1'') DE20/184
  
At the flying junction with the Gifhorn and Braunschweig lines, east of Lehrte, trains from Hildesheim to beyond Lehrte use the longer north chord; all other trains to or from the Hildesheim line use the shorter south chord from Lehrte Ost.
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Connections between the old main line and the ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' at Edesheim (Leine), north of Northeim (Han), are sometimes used by ''IC/ICE'' trains during engineering work. Use of the old main line instead of the ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' results in an extended journey time between Göttingen and Hannover, but it is not normally possible to tell from public information which connection is being used.  
  
===Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe (Abzw Siekweg) – Göttingen east side platforms===
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===Norten-Hardenburg - Northeim (Han)===
[351] (40B3 not shown, ''55A2-55B2'') DE11/162
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(''55B1-55B2'') DE20/185
  
This 2km link line leaves the Kassel ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' south of Göttingen and then crosses the Eichenberg line before joining the eastern platforms at Göttingen. It is normally used by northbound trains stopping at platform 4 at Göttingen.
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Connections between the old main line and the ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' at Norten-Hardenberg, south of Northeim (Han), are sometimes used by ''IC/ICE'' trains during engineering work. Use of the old main line instead of the ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' results in an extended journey time between Göttingen and Hannover, but it is not normally possible to tell from public information which connection is being used.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Germany]]
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[[Category:Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services]]
*[[Germany - General Information]]
 
*[[Germany - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services]]
 
  
[[Category:Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services]]
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{{Navbox Germany}}

Latest revision as of 11:23, 13 October 2020

Introduction

This list is based on the timetable dated from 15 December 2019 to 12 December 2020, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the 2017 issue of the Schweers+Wall Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland.

Obscure services

Saline – Westen

(9B3) DE20/151

This is a branch off the line from Westanleger to Wangerooge. Passenger trains run to/from Westen when required by pre-booked parties staying at the Youth Hostel or other accommodation there. During the summer season, excursions run between Wangerooge and Westen: see DB's Wangerooge website and search ("Suche") for "Westen" during the season.

Emden Hbf - Emden Außenhafen

[395,396] (18B4) DE20/152

This branch line is used by trains connecting with the ferry to and from Borkum. These are a few IC trains, mostly to and from Köln, and some RE15 services between Münster and Emden. Dates and times of operation vary considerably. The table which shows Emden Außenhafen (396) is not currently included in the DB online Kursbuch; however full times are shown in the Westfalen Bahn timetable.

Meckelfeld - Buchholz (Nordheide) via Jesteburg

[120, 123] (21D2-21C2) DE20/153

This is an alternative route between Hamburg-Harburg and Buchholz (Nordheide). It is used by RB38 trains from Hamburg-Harburg to Soltau (Han) hourly 07:51 to 23:51 on Saturdays and Sundays only. This is so that the train can be overtaken by an IC or ICE train leaving Hamburg-Harburg for Bremen at 57 minutes past the hour.

Note that KBS 123 shows all trains to and from Soltau (Han) as starting and terminating at Buchholz (Nordheide), but the weekend extension to and from Hamburg-Harburg is shown in KBS 120 and the erixx timetable.

Bremen-Sebaldsbrück – Bremen Hbf (via Abzw. Vahr)

[380] (9C2-9B2) DE20/154

Trains from the Hannover line to platforms 1, 2 or 3 at Bremen Hbf may use this spur, which crosses from the north side of the line to the south side by passing under both the main Hannover line and the Osnabrück line. They may, alternatively, use crossovers at the approach to Bremen Hbf. The route via Abzw. Vahr has been used by RE trains from Hannover to Bremen and also by IC trains from Hannover to Oldenburg. Trains in the opposite direction normally use the flat junction at Hastedt but, if the departure signal at Bremen Hbf platforms 1, 2 or 3 shows speed restriction 4 (= 40 km/h), that may indicate use of this route. There is no passenger use of the connections between Bremen-Hemelingen and Bremen Hbf via Abzw. Vahr known to the compilers.

Bremen avoiding line: Sagehorn – Dreye (Abzw. Bremen-Gabelung)

[120, 385] (9D1-9C3) DE20/155

Most trains between Hamburg and Osnabrück call at Bremen Hbf, but this route enables those that do not to avoid a lengthy detour.

D SSuX ICE1031/1033 Hamburg-Altona - 06:10 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
TWThX FLX32603 08:10 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
D ICE733 Hamburg-Altona - 11:53 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf (FX)/Köln/Bonn Flughafen (FO)
SO FLX32609 Hamburg Hbf - 13:02 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf
D SSuO IC2409(SuO) / ICE737(SSuO) Stralsund Hbf – 16:08 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
D SSuX ICE1037/IC2195 Hamburg-Altona - 16:09 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
SX FLX32617 Hamburg Hbf - 17:02 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf
IC2199 Hamburg-Altona – 18:10 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf
D SuX ICE1038 Köln Hbf – 07:03 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
MFSO FLX32604 Köln Hbf – 09:14 Osnabrück Hbf – Hamburg Hbf
D SuX IC2402/ICE736 Köln Hbf – 11:47 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
MFSX FLX32606 Köln Hbf – 13:16 Osnabrück Hbf – Hamburg Hbf
SX IC2408 Köln Hbf – 13:47 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
D FSuO IC2407/ICE732 Köln Hbf – 15:47 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
D IC2196/ICE1030(SX) / 1036(SO) Köln Hbf – 17:03/04 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
ThFSuO FLX32610 Köln Hbf – 18:46 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Hamburg Hbf
SO FLX32618 Köln Hbf – 19:15 Osnabrück Hbf – Hamburg Hbf
D IC2300/ICE730 Köln/Bonn Flughafen (FO)/Köln Hbf (FX) – 19:47 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Hamburg-Altona

Days and dates of operation of Flixtrain services may vary; to check timings see their website

Kirchweyhe – Kirchweyhe BTE

(20B4) DE20/156

This south to west curve provides the only usable connection between DB and the Bremen-Thedinghauser Eisenbahn. BTE usually runs excursions, mostly during the summer, from Leeste to destinations on the DB network. However until further notice, they are not running any excursions owing to a lack of suitable available rolling stock. See their website.

Lüneburg Westseite (West station)

[110] (22C3) DE20/157

This is a separate station to the west of the main station. Connections to north and south link the Westseite station to the main Hamburg to Hannover line.

It was used by one through service at 19:04 from Hamburg to Uelzen, thus using the connections at each end, however this service is now booked to use platform 1 in the main station.

The north-end connection is used by most Hamburg local trains starting or terminating at Lüneburg. A few late evening and early morning trains run to and from the main station. Services using the Westseite are those shown as using platforms 6 or 7 in the DB journey planner.

The south-end connection is also used by the following service starting at Lüneburg:

SSuX RB81607 05:32 Lüneburg – Uelzen

The Westseite is also used to by all trains to and from Dannenberg Ost.

Uelzen W750 - Uelzen W23 (Veerßer Kurve)

[305] (32C1) DE20/158

The Stendal - Salzwedel - Uelzen - Bremen line crosses under the Hannover - Hamburg main line just south of Uelzen and curves north to serve the west side of Uelzen station. A direct curve (the Veerßer Kurve) from the Stendal line to the east side of Uelzen station, giving a non-conflicting connection towards Hamburg, was opened in November 2013.

All RE20 trains between Stendal and Uelzen use the original line to and from the west side of Uelzen station. However, IRE services from Berlin to Hamburg normally use the Veerßer Kurve in this direction only to call at platform 102 on the east side of the station. Use of 102 was shown in the 2020 Journey Planner for all northbound scheduled IREs.

However as part of Covid-19 service reductions, the entire Berlin - Hamburg IRE service was suspended from 15 March 2020 and is not expected to resume before the new timetable period from 13 December 2020 at the earliest. Therefore the below trains do not run at present.

ThFSO IRE4276 Berlin Ost – 09:34 Salzwedel – Hamburg Hbf
SuO IRE4278 Berlin Ost – 14:59 Salzwedel – Hamburg Hbf
IRE4272 Berlin Ost – 19:47 Salzwedel – Hamburg Hbf

Osnabrück Schinkel and Löhner Curves: Osnabrück ob Bf – Wissingen (Bbf Lüstringen)

[385] (40C3) DE20/159

This is a curve from the high level station at Osnabrück to the Hannover line. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram.

Osnabrück.png
SuX IC2241 Münster (Westf) Hbf – 06:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
SuO IC2343 Münster (Westf) Hbf - 08:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
IC2242 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 21:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf) Hbf
SuO IC2240 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 23:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf) Hbf

On certain dates in late May 2020, trains are diverted via the Osnabrück Münster Curve instead, in which case they omit the call at Osnabrück Hbf. See entry DE20/181A.

Ahlten (Abzw. Lehrte West) – Aligse (Lehrte Nordgruppe, former Stw Lnf)

[360.6.7] (122D4) DE20/160

This west to north curve is used by the hourly S6 service between Hannover and Celle which runs non-stop between Hannover Karl-Wiechert-Allee and Aligse. Note that the S7 service which alternates with the S6 reverses at Lehrte and thus does not use this curve.

Lehrte (Abzw Lehrte West) – Misburg – Abzw Waldheim – Hannover Messe/Laatzen (Hannover Wülfel)

(122D4-122D3) DE20/161

This route forms the eastern part of the ring line round the south side of Hannover. It is used by the following trains to avoid reversal at Hannover Hbf.

D1 SuX ICE933 06:00 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
D4 FSSuX ICE1598 06:00 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Ostbahnhof
D1 ICE935 06:58 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
D2 SuX ICE1098 Stuttgart Hbf - 08:03 Würzburg Hbf - Berlin Ostbahnhof
D1 ICE1537 10:01 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
D1 ICE939 12:02 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
FO IC1970 Stuttgart Hbf/Frankfurt am Main Hbf - 15:50 Göttingen - Berlin Ostbahnhof/Südkreuz
D1 FX ICE1131 14:47 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
D3 FO IC1141 15:02 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
D1 ICE833 16:50 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
D1 ICE835/1635 18:58 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Berlin Hbf
D1 SuX ICE936 Berlin Hbf - 06:05 Berlin-Spandau - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D1 ICE1134 Berlin Hbf - 08:05 Berlin-Spandau - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D5 ICE1632 Berlin Hbf - 10:05 Berlin-Spandau - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D1 ICE930 11:48 Berlin Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D1 ICE838 13:48 Berlin Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D1 ICE1099 Berlin Hbf - 16:03 Berlin-Spandau - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D2 SX ICE1099 Berlin Hbf - 16:07 Berlin-Spandau - Stuttgart Hbf
D1 ICE834 Berlin Hbf - 18:03 Berlin-Spandau - Frankfurt am Main Hbf

D1: 5 October - 12 December

D2: 13/14 April - 2/3 October

D3: 9 October - 11 December

D4: 16 December - 1 October

D5: 5 October - 1 November

The Flixtrain services between Stuttgart, Frankfurt am Main Süd and Berlin which used to run this way now run via Erfurt.

Lehrte – Sehnde

[360.3] (122D4) DE20/162

East of Lehrte, the lines from Braunschweig and Hildesheim join with the line from Gifhorn in a complex flying junction. Trains from Lehrte towards Braunschweig or Hildesheim dive under the Gifhorn line and follow the original alignment of the Braunschweig line. Trains towards Lehrte diverge to the north and fly over the Gifhorn line about 500m further north.

As an exception to this, trains from Hildesheim that terminate at Lehrte platform 3 will use the south side of the flying junction in the inbound direction. These are at 14:04 and hourly to 17:04 (all SSuX) from Hildesheim Hbf.

Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe (Abzw Siekweg) – Göttingen east side platforms

(55A2-55B2) DE20/163

This 2km link (line 1803) leaves the Kassel Schnellfahrstrecke south of Göttingen and then crosses the Eichenberg line before joining the eastern platforms at Göttingen. It is normally used by northbound trains stopping at platform 4 at Göttingen. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram

Gottingen1.jpg

The following train is booked to use platform 4 at Göttingen, but may not always do so.

SSuX ICE272 Zürich HB - 22:45 Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe - Hamburg-Altona

(Eichenberg –) Friedland(Han.) (Abzw. Grone) – Göttingen east side platforms

(55A2-55B2) DE20/164

Trains to and from the Eichenberg line at Göttingen mostly use platforms 5 and 6 and generally use this previously freight-only connection. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram.

Gottingen2.jpg

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

Osnabrück Schinkel and Stahlwerks Curves: Osnabrück ob Bf – Osnabrück unt Bf

[385] (40C3) DE20/181

These curves allow trains to run between the Münster and Rheine lines, passing through both the high-level and low-level platforms at Osnabrück. The route may be used by IC trains if the direct line between Münster (Westf) and Rheine is blocked. This is indicated by an extended journey time and local trains being replaced by buses. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram.

Osnabrück.png

Osnabrück Münster Curve: Wissingen (Lüstringen Bbf) - Hasbergen (Osnabrück ob Bf Süd)

[375] (40C3) DE20/181A

This is an alternative route from the Hannover line to the Münster line at Osnabrück, instead of via the Löhner and Schinkel curves (DE20/159). Use of this route means that trains cannot call at Osnabrück Hbf.

Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram.

Osnabrück.png

The following trains are booked to use this route in late May 2020:

D6 WSuX IC2241 05:35 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
D7 SuO IC2343 07:35 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
D8 WSX IC2359 Köln Hbf/Düsseldorf Hbf – 16:29 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
D9 MTO IC2450 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 09:56 Hannover Hbf – Köln Hbf
D10 SuX IC2450 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 10:43 Bünde (Westf) – Düsseldorf Hbf
D9 MTO IC2254 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 17:56 Hannover Hbf – Köln Hbf
D11 SX IC2254 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 18:44 Bünde (Westf) – Köln Hbf
D12 WX IC2242 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 21:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf) Hbf
D7 SuO IC2240 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 23:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf) Hbf

D6: 18,19,21-23,25-28,30 May 2020

D7: 24 May 2020 only

D8: 18,19,21,22,24-28 May 2020

D9: 18,19 May 2020

D10: 21-23,25-28 May 2020

D11: 21,22,24-28 May 2020

D12: 18,19,21-28,30 May 2020

Lehrte (Abzw Lehrte West) – Misburg – Abzw Waldheim – Hannover-Linden - Wunstorf

(31D4-31B4) DE20/182

This is a ring line around the south side of Hannover. It is occasionally used by diverted IC trains between the Lehrte and Osnabrück lines, this being indicated by omission of the usual stop at Hannover Hbf.

Hannover Hbf (Hannover Kurve) - Ahlem - Empelde

[360.5] (122B2-122D3) DE20/183

This route forms part of the ring line round the south side of Hannover, with the curve to the Hameln line. The hourly S5 trains between Hannover Hbf and Paderborn and a few overnight trains may be diverted this way if the route via Hannover-Linden is blocked.

Northeim (Han) - Edesheim (Leine)

(55B1) DE20/184

Connections between the old main line and the Schnellfahrstrecke at Edesheim (Leine), north of Northeim (Han), are sometimes used by IC/ICE trains during engineering work. Use of the old main line instead of the Schnellfahrstrecke results in an extended journey time between Göttingen and Hannover, but it is not normally possible to tell from public information which connection is being used.

Norten-Hardenburg - Northeim (Han)

(55B1-55B2) DE20/185

Connections between the old main line and the Schnellfahrstrecke at Norten-Hardenberg, south of Northeim (Han), are sometimes used by IC/ICE trains during engineering work. Use of the old main line instead of the Schnellfahrstrecke results in an extended journey time between Göttingen and Hannover, but it is not normally possible to tell from public information which connection is being used.

See also