Germany (Rheinland-Pfalz) - 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

Mainz-Mombach - Mainz Abzw Kaiserbrücke West

(151B2) DE19/401

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 (Main) or Mainz-Bischofsheim if not calling at Mainz Hbf. Various types of older carriages are not permitted through the tunnels at Mainz, so any trains including such vehicles are likely to be diverted this way. This should not affect regular passenger trains operating through Mainz; excursions and other special trains are more likely to use this route.

The following train is the rear portion of a service that divides at Budenheim.

SSuX RB29681 Bad Kreuznach - 07:14 Budenheim - Wiesbaden Hbf

The following trains are diverted via this route between 26 October and 14 December 2019.

D IC2028 Nürnberg Hbf - 07:42 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Hamburg-Altona
D ICE1222/1622 Innsbruck Hbf/München Hbf - 19:42 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Dortmund Hbf

A few other trains were diverted via this route during the morning of 16 December 2018.

Ludwigshafen (Rhein) Hbf – Ludwigshafen BASF Nord

[670.1] (159A2-158D1) DE19/402

Various trains to and from Ludwigshafen extend into the BASF chemical works, and are shown in table 670.1 in the DB Kursbuch. Most trains run into the works early in the morning and out late in the afternoon, Mondays to Fridays. There are very few trains on Saturdays and Sundays.

Use of the trains is officially restricted to those with works passes. Smoking and photography are strictly forbidden within the works.

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

[660,665.3-4] (158D2) DE19/403

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] (158D3-158C4) DE18/404

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

Enkenbach – Kaiserslautern Hbf (via Eselsfürth)

[672] (155C4-155D3) DE19/405

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] (155D4) DE19/406

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

D2 SuO RE81493 Koblenz Hbf – 11:06 Rockenhausen – Wissembourg
D2 SuO RE4298 Koblenz Hbf – 19:23 Enkenbach – Karlsruhe Hbf
D2 SuO RE4299 Karlsruhe Hbf – 08:53 Neustadt (Weinstraße) Hbf – Koblenz Hbf
D2 SuO RE81494 Wissembourg – 18:17 Neustadt (Weinstraße) Hbf – Koblenz Hbf

D2: 5 May to 27 October 2019.

Timetables for these trains can be found on the vlexx website.

Trier Hbf - Ehrang Ort

[690] (155D1) DE19/407

There are two routes between Trier Hbf and the Moselstrecke to Koblenz. The main line runs via Ehrang Bahnhof, but there is also a single line that runs on the far (east) side of the marshalling yard at Ehrang. The eastern route is normally used by RE trains from Trier, non-stop to Schweich.

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

Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein (Pfaffendorf) - Niederlahnstein

(150D2) DE19/431

This section of the Rechte Rheinstrecke is used by trains which are not calling at Koblenz Hbf. Some, but by no means all, IC and EC trains are diverted this way on 30 & 31 March. The following details are subject to confirmation in some cases, but diverted trains can be readily identified because they stop at Bonn-Beuel and Neuwied instead of Bonn Hbf and Koblenz Hbf.

D SSuO EC115 Münster (Westf) Hbf - 09:05 Neuwied - Klagenfurt Hbf
D SO IC1919 Dortmund Hbf - 09:59 Neuwied - Stuttgart Hbf
D SO IC2005 Emden Hbf - 10:57 Neuwied - Konstanz
D SSuO IC2013 Dortmund Hbf - 11:53 Neuwied - Oberstdorf
D SuO IC1911 Dortmund Hbf - 13:58 Neuwied - Stuttgart Hbf
D SuO IC2011 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 15:59 Neuwied - Stuttgart Hbf
D SuO IC1915 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 18:05 Neuwied - Tübingen Hbf
D SuO IC1917 Berlin Südkreuz - 19:57 Neuwied - Karlsruhe Hbf
D SSuO IC2029 Hamburg-Altona - 20:31 Neuwied - Nürnberg Hbf
D SuO IC1922 Stuttgart Hbf - 11:44 Mainz Hbf - Berlin Ostbahnhof
D SuO IC2004 Konstanz - 13:44 Mainz Hbf - Emden Hbf
D SSuO IC2012 Oberstdorf - 14:49 SuO/15:00 SO Mainz Hbf - Dortmund Hbf
D SSuO IC1918 Klagenfurt Hbf - 16:49 SuO/17:05 SO Mainz Hbf - Dortmund Hbf
D SuO EC6 Interlaken Ost - 17:20 Mainz Hbf - Hamburg-Altona
D SO EC114 Klagenfurt Hbf - 17:44 Mainz Hbf - Dortmund Hbf
D SuO IC1910 München Hbf - 20:49 Mainz Hbf - Dortmund Hbf

See also