Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Introduction

This list is based on the timetable dated from 11 December 2016 to 9 December 2017, 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

Minden (Westf) – Hamm (via Goods Line)

[370, 400] (41C1-52B1) DE17/351

Hamm to Minden is the longest quadruple line in Germany. Between Bielefeld and Gütersloh the goods lines fly over the passenger lines, and between Heessen and Ahlen they dive under. The goods lines are sometimes used by relief trains between Hannover and the Ruhr in order to overtake stopping services. They are also used when engineering work is taking place on the main line, which may be indicated by stopping trains being advertised not to call at certain stations.

Löhne (Westf) – Kirchlengern

[370, 375] (41B2-41A2) DE17/352

This line no longer appears in the DB Kursbuch, but is used by IC trains between Osnabrück and Hannover, normally every two hours.

Dortmund Hbf (Abzw Lütgendortmund) – Witten Hbf (Abzw Stockumer Straße)

[427, 455] (138D3) DE17/353

This east to south curve is used by trains running non-stop between Dortmund Hbf and Witten Hbf or Hagen Hbf. There are hourly services of IC/ICE trains to Hagen and RE trains to Witten.

Dortmund Aplerbeck Süd (Abzw Schwerte Heide) – Fröndenberg (Schwerte Ost)

[438] (139C3) DE17/354

This north to east curve connects the Dortmund and Brilon Wald lines east of Schwerte (Ruhr). It is used by through trains between Dortmund Hbf and Bestwig, Brilon Wald or Winterberg (Westf), approximately hourly, except for late evening and night trains at 23 minutes past the hour from Dortmund Hbf, which reverse at Schwerte (Ruhr).

Düsseldorf Flughafen Terminal – Kalkum

[415.1] (140D2) DE17/355

The original Düsseldorf Flughafen station, now known as Düsseldorf Flughafen Terminal, is at the end of a short branch off the main line from Düsseldorf to Duisburg. Since the new Düsseldorf Flughafen station opened on the main line on 28 May 2000, there has been no direct S-Bahn service between the old station and Duisburg. The only train now to use the west to north curve off the branch to Düsseldorf Flughafen Terminal is

SSuX RE10162 Dortmund Hbf – 03:22 Duisburg Hbf – Düsseldorf Hbf

Neuss avoiding line: Neuss Am Kaiser (Abzw Erftkanal) – Meerbusch-Osterath (Abzw Weißenberg)

[495] (140C3) DE17/356

This east to north curve is used by trains between Düsseldorf Hbf and Krefeld not calling at Neuss Hbf. These comprise the half-hourly (hourly at weekends) service between Düsseldorf Hbf and Kleve.

Neuss Pbf - Neuss Am Kaiser (Abzw Erftkanal)

[415.Fer, 481] (140C3-140C4) DE17/357

Neuss station is in two parts, east and west, with separate approach tracks to each from the Düsseldorf, Grevenbroich and Köln lines. All S-Bahn trains, as well as all trains to/from Mönchengladbach, use the west side. Other trains, including all of those to and from Krefeld, use the east side. Therefore, most trains between Düsseldorf and Neuss use the west side, the exceptions using the east side being SSuX RB38 trains to and from Grevenbroich, plus long-distance trains routed via Köln and Neuss:

SuO IC2400 17:26 Köln Hbf – Hamburg-Altona

Köln-Mülheim (Abzw Berliner Straße) – Köln Messe/Deutz (Köln-Kalk) (via Köln-Kalk Nord)

[415.Fer] (146C2-146C3) DE17/358

This is an alternative, longer route between Köln-Mülheim and Köln Messe/Deutz, joining the line from Troisdorf at Köln-Kalk.

D1 SuX ICE946 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 10:08 Düsseldorf Hbf - Köln Hbf
FX ICE846 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen/Berlin Ostbahnhof - 20:08 Düsseldorf Hbf - Köln Hbf
D1 FO ICE1046 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 20:08 Düsseldorf Hbf - Köln Hbf

D1: 17 July to 29 August 2016. Terminates at Düsseldorf or Mönchengladbach on other dates.

Köln Süd – Troisdorf (via Köln-Bonntor, Abzw Südbrücke and Gremberg Rbf)

[472] (146A3-148D2) DE17/359

This route over the Südbrücke enables trains via Bonn-Beuel or the Frankfurt Schnellfahrstrecke to arrive and depart at the west end of Köln Hbf.

Between Abzw Steinstraße (where the line from Südbrücke joins) and Troisdorf, trains from Südbrücke that do not use the Schnellfahrstrecke will use the goods line to the west of the high-speed line, rather than the local passenger line to the east of it.

ICE502/522 München Hbf - 00:18 Siegburg/Bonn - Dortmund Hbf

Köln-Ehrenfeld – Köln West

(146A2-146A3) DE17/360

This west to south curve links the Aachen and Koblenz lines west of Köln Hbf. It may be used by Alpen Express winter sports trains between Den Haag and Alpine resorts via Venlo.

Plans were announced for a private operator derschnellzug to run trains between Stuttgart and Aachen via this curve from 18 March 2016. This was postponed, because of problems in obtaining suitable train paths and rolling stock, and there is no indication when or if the service will actually operate.

Horrem

[481] (63A2) DE17/361

There is a triangular junction at Horrem station. Bedburg trains terminating and starting at Horrem use platform 10 on the north to west curve. These run hourly, Mondays to Fridays. Trains between Bedburg and Köln Hbf use platform 19 on the north to east curve. These run hourly every day.

Bonn-Beuel – Hangelar

(149A4-149B4) DE17/362

Trains operated by Rhein-Sieg-Eisenbahn usually provide a passenger service over this line in connection with the annual Pützchens Markt early in September.

See also