Germany (Rheinland-Pfalz) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable in force from 13 December 2015 until 10 December 2016, 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 (2011 edition) is shown, in italic, in addition to the reference to M.G. Ball's European Railway Atlas.

Obscure services

Mainz-Mombach - Mainz Abzw Kaiserbrücke West

(50B1, 151B2) DE16/401

This west to north curve links the line from Koblenz via Bingen with the Kaiserbrücke over the Rhein. It may be used by trains to Hochheim or Mainz-Bischofsheim if not calling at Mainz Hbf.

SO HKX1805 Hamburg-Altona - 18:46 Bingen (Rhein) Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
SuO HKX1807 Hamburg-Altona - 22:46 Bingen (Rhein) Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
FSO HKX1802 08:30 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Hamburg-Altona

The following trains are diverted via this route, on occasions when they include vehicles which are not passed to operate through the tunnel at Mainz.

CNL419 Amsterdam Centraal - 00:17 Koblenz Hbf - München Hbf/Innsbrück Hbf
CNL418 Innsbrück Hbf/München Hbf - 03:45 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Amsterdam Centraal

All of the above trains also use route DE16/520 to Abzw Kostheim.

Ludwigshafen (Rhein) Hbf – Ludwigshafen BASF Nord

(55A1 not shown correctly, 159A2-158D1) DE16/402

Various trains to/from Ludwigshafen operate to/from the BASF chemical works. There are three halts, Süd, Mitte and Nord, within the BASF works. Use of the trains is officially restricted to those with works passes. Smoking and photography are strictly forbidden within the works. Trains run thus, Mondays to Fridays, unless noted otherwise:

From Ludwigshafen (Rhein) Hbf: 05:04 daily, 05:39 daily, 06:09, 06:18, 06:47, 06:53, 07:12, 07:20, 07:27, 07:40, 07:55 and 17:16 daily

From Ludwigshafen BASF Nord: 05:57 daily, 15:31, 15:38, 15:46, 16:14, 16:25, 16:35, 16:46, 17:05, 17:33, 17:53 Sat & Sun and 18:02

Journey time between Ludwigshafen (Rhein) Hbf and Ludwigshafen BASF Nord is 11 or 12 minutes. Some trains run through to and from Germersheim, Kaiserslautern, Wörth (Rhein) and other local destinations. Full timings are available from the DB Journey Planner.

Ludwigshafen west curve: Ludwigshafen-Oggersheim (Überleitung Nord) – Ludwigshafen-Mundenheim

[660,665.3-4] (55A1, 158D2) DE16/402

This curve, via the low level west side platforms 6 to 9 at Ludwigshafen (Rhein) Hbf, is used by through trains between the Frankenthal and Schifferstadt lines. There is an RE service between Mainz and Karlsruhe via Germersheim every two hours for most of the day.

Schifferstadt avoiding line: Limburgerhof (Limburgerhof Abzw.) – Böhl-Iggelheim (Böhl-Iggelheim Abzw.)

[670] (55A1 not shown, 158D3-158C4) DE16/403

This line is used by trains between Mannheim/Ludwigshafen and Neustadt (Weinstraße)/Kaiserslautern not calling at Schifferstadt.

Enkenbach – Kaiserslautern Hbf (via Eselsfürth)

[672] (56B3, 155C4-155D3) DE16/403

This line is used by those trains between Enkenbach and Kaiserslautern Hbf which are not booked to call at Hochspeyer, which is most of them. The service between Hochspeyer and Enkenbach is quite sparse.

Hochspeyer curve: Frankenstein (Pfalz) (Hochspeyer Ost) – Enkenbach (Hochspeyer Nord)

[670, 672] (56B3, 155D4) DE16/404

This east to north curve links the Neustadt (Weinstraße) and Bingen (Rhein) lines east of Hochspeyer.

E SuO RE12050 Karlsruhe Hbf – 08:53 Neustadt (Weinstraße) Hbf – Koblenz Hbf
E SuO RE18896 Wissembourg – 18:17 Neustadt (Weinstraße) Hbf – Koblenz Hbf
E SuO RE18895 Koblenz Hbf – 11:06 Rockenhausen – Wissembourg
E SuO RE12049 Koblenz Hbf – 19:25 Enkenbach – Karlsruhe Hbf

See also