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

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This list is based on the timetable dated from 10 December 2017 to 8 December 2018, 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

Kyhna (Delitzsch Gbf) – Delitzsch unt Bf

[501.9] (58B2) DE18/301

This west to north curve connects the Halle (Saale) – Eilenburg and Leipzig – Bitterfeld lines.

SSuO S37930 05:54 Delitzsch unt Bf - Halle (Saale) Hbf
S37931 Halle (Saale) Hbf (by bus) – Reußen – 22:52 Kyhna – Delitzsch unt Bf

The current S9 timetable is only valid until 16 August 2018. Timings are subject to change after this date.

This line is also used occasionally by diverted ICE services between Bitterfeld and Halle (Saale) Hbf when the line via Landsberg is closed for engineering work.

Leipzig-Leutzsch – Wiederitzsch – Leipzig Hbf (Leipzig-Mockau)

[250, 580] (131C3-131B3) DE18/302

This is a longer route between Leipzig-Leutzsch and Leipzig Hbf via the freight ring line. The train below is confirmed as taking this route on 21 August.

SuX ICE1526 Jena Paradies - 07:30 Weißenfels - Hamburg-Altona

Leipzig-Leutzsch – Wiederitzsch – Rackwitz (Abzw Leipzig Messe Nord)

[250, 580] (131B3-131C2) DE18/303

This route enables trains to run between the Erfurt and Berlin main lines without reversing at Leipzig Hbf. It is common with route DE18/302 between Leipzig-Leutzsch and Wiederitzsch. The trains between Paris and Moskva used this route 12 December to 15 February.

Leipzig Hbf (tief) (Leipzig Berliner Straße) – Leipzig Messe (Leipzig Nordkopf)

[501.2, 503] (131C3-131C2) DE18/304

There are two routes available for S-Bahn trains between Leipzig Hbf (tief) and platforms 1 and 2 on the Bitterfeld line at Leipzig Messe. These are via Leipzig Nord on the Eilenburg line (6396) or via the main line to Bitterfeld (6411). All S2 and S6 trains to and from Leipzig Messe or beyond now run via and call at Leipzig Nord and so use line 6396 and the connections between Leipzig Nordkopf, on line 6411, and Leipzig Nord in both directions. The southbound connection, in particular, follows a separate alignment of its own. The only S-Bahn trains to use the southern end of line 6411 are S5/S5X services to and from the Leipzig/Halle Flughafen line.

Leipzig Hbf (Leipzig-Mockau) - Rackwitz (Abzw Leipzig Messe Nord)

[250] (131C3-131C2) DE18/305

A single line (6388) runs to the east of the flyovers carrying the Wiederitzsch and Flughafen lines. It is used by RE trains between Leipzig and Magdeburg, 07:00 to 20:00, and by:

MSX S37284 00:22 Leipzig Hbf - Bitterfeld
SuO ICE1934 16:00 Leipzig Hbf - Emden Hbf
FO IC1933 Oldenburg (Oldb) Hbf - 16:54 Bitterfield - Leipzig Hbf
FSX S37279 Biederitz - 23:34 Rackwitz - Leipzig Hbf

Leipzig-Heiterblick - Leipzig-Anger (via Leipzig-Schönefeld)

[209.43, 501.4] (131D3) DE18/306

This is an alternative route into Leipzig from Cottbus, via the east side of the Leipzig ring line.

RE18396 Cottbus - 20:45 Taucha (b Leipzig) - Leipzig Hbf

Oschatz – Glossen (b Oschatz) (Döllnitzbahn GmbH)

(59B3) DE18/307

The Döllnitzbahn operates a limited service over this 750mm gauge line. Steam trains operate to Glossen at certain weekends. The only regular trains over the full length of the line are the following diesel trains:

SSuX DBG104 13:11 Oschatz Hbf – Glossen (b Oschatz)
SSuX DBG107 14:14 Glossen (b Oschatz) – Oschatz Hbf

The line to Kemmlitz (b Oschatz) re-opened for special trains on 10 June 2017. These run at certain weekends. For further information see

Zabeltitz/Nünchritz (Radebeul Abzw Az) - Radebeul-Naundorf

[500] (72C2) DE18/308

Following the provision of additional tracks, all fast trains between Dresden and Leipzig or Berlin run via Radebeul Ost, whether or not they stop at Dresden-Neustadt. There is therefore no longer any use of this north-south connection at Radebeul.

Zabeltitz (Großenhain Berliner Bf W16) - Radebeul-Kotzschenbroda

(59D3-59D4) DE18/309

RB and RE trains between Dresden and Elsterwerda run via Priestewitz and Großenhain Cottbuser Bf. EC/IC trains between Dresden and Berlin once again run direct via this route, after having been diverted away during the 2016 and 2017 timetable periods.

Dresden-Plauen (Abzw Freital Ost) - Tharandt

[510, 510.3] (72D4-72C4) DE18/310

A single-track goods line runs to the north of the main line, and at lower level, between Freital Ost and Tharandt. At Freital-Hainsberg it is on the far side of the narrow-gauge station and yard from the main line. It is used by all westbound trains not stopping between Dresden Hbf and Tharandt.

Arnsdorf (b Dresden) – Kleinröhrsdorf (Abzw Arnsdorf Nord)

[227] (60B4) DE18/311

Most trains between Dresden and Kamenz use the west to north connecting curve west of Arnsdorf. Trains calling at Arnsdorf reverse there and use the east to north curve. These are departures from Arnsdorf at 03:05 1 January only (RB73891), 05:29 (RB73851) and 23:36 (RB73887) and from Kamenz at 03:45 SSuX (RB73850) and 04:50 SuX (RB73852).

Werdau (Werdau Bogendreieck, Werdauer Spitz) – Neumark (Sachsen) (Werdau Bogendreieck, Neumarker Spitz)

[544] (132A4) DE18/312

This north to south side of the Werdau triangle is part of the main line from Leipzig to München via Hof, but most trains now run to and from Zwickau. This side of the triangle is used by Vogtlandbahn trains which run between Zwickau Zentrum and Reichenbach via reversal at Werdau, generally every hour.

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

Kyhna (Delitzsch Gbf) - Zschortau (Delitzsch Abzw Ah)

[501.2, 501.9] (58B2) DE18/331

This west to south curve connects the Halle (Saale) – Eilenburg and Leipzig – Bitterfeld lines. It provides an alternative route between Leipzig and Halle, but has been little-used since the opening of the main line via the airport.

It will be used between 28th June and 7th July 2018, also between 22nd and 29th July, by S4 services between [Leipzig Hbf (tief) -] Leipzig Nord and Eilenburg, reversing at Delitzsch Gbf.

Horka - Bielawa Dolna (PL) [- Wegliniec]

(61B3-61C3) DE18/332

The weekend trains between Berlin and Wrócław were diverted via this recently electrified and reopened freight cross-border line on certain dates in 2017. Further use is expected in 2018.

SuO RE 5832 Wrócław Główny - Legnica 17:24 - Berlin Lichtenberg
SuO RE 5832 Wrócław Główny - Węgliniec 18:10 - Berlin Lichtenberg
SO RE 5834 Wrócław Główny - Legnica 20:31 - Berlin Lichtenberg
SO RE 5834 Wrócław Główny - Węgliniec 21:18 - Berlin Lichtenberg
SSuO RE 5835 Berlin Lichtenberg - 09:56 Cottbus - Wrócław Główny

Falkenberg (Elster) – Glaubitz (b Riesa) (Abzw. Zeithain Bogendreieck)

(59C1-59C3) DE18/333 [The northern part of this route is in Land Brandenburg]

This part of the original rail route from Berlin to Dresden links Falkenberg with the Leipzig – Dresden main line near Riesa. The local passenger service has been withdrawn, but when there is engineering work on the main line to/from Berlin via Elsterwerda, all EC, EN and IC trains between Berlin and Dresden are diverted by this route. This was the case during most of 2016 and 2017.

Fast trains between Berlin and Dresden were diverted via this route between 20 and 23 April 2018.

Taucha (b. Leipzig) (Leipzig-Heiterblick) - Leipzig-Stötteritz (Leipzig-Schönefeld)

[209.43] (131B3) DE18/334

This line links the Eilenburg line with the route to Leipzig Hbf (tief) or Markkleeberg via Leipzig-Stötteritz. It is used when the usual route to Leipzig Hbf via Leipzig-Thekla is unavailable. RE10 services between Cottbus, Eilenburg and Leipzig will run this way between 28th June and 7th July as they are diverted to/from Leipzig-Stötteritz instead of the Hbf.

See also