Germany (Sachsen) - 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

Kyhna (Delitzsch Gbf) – Delitzsch unt Bf

[501.9] (58B2) DE19/301

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

SSuO S37930 05:55 Delitzsch unt Bf - Halle (Saale) Hbf
S37931 Halle (Saale) Hbf – 22:52 Kyhna – Delitzsch unt Bf

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) DE19/302

This is a longer route between Leipzig-Leutzsch and Leipzig Hbf via the freight ring line.

SSuX ICE1704 Jena Paradies - 07:29/07:35 Weißenfels - Hamburg-Altona
SO ICE1714 Jena Paradies - 07:29 Weißenfels - Ostseebad Binz
D1 MO IC1950 Berlin Hbf (tief) - 02:30 Leipzig Hbf - Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
D2 SuO IC1956 13:44 Leipzig Hbf - Karlsruhe Hbf
D3 FO IC1957 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf - 19:39 Weißenfels - Leipzig Hbf
D4 FSuX IC2063 Karlsruhe Hbf - 13:29 Weißenfels - Leipzig Hbf

D1: 17 June - 23 September

D2: 16 June - 8 December

D3: 14 June - 13 December

D4: 10 June - 14 December

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

[250, 580] (131B3-131C2) DE19/303

This route enables trains to run between the Erfurt and Berlin main lines without reversing at Leipzig Hbf. It is common with route DE19/302 between Leipzig-Leutzsch and Wiederitzsch. No services have been identified as using it in the current timetable.

Schkeuditz (Leipzig-Wahren Westkopf) – Wiederitzsch – Leipzig Hbf (Leipzig-Mockau)

[Fv1] (131B3-131C3) DE19/304

This is a longer route between Schkeuditz and Leipzig Hbf via the freight ring line. It is common with route DE19/302 between Wiederitzsch and Leipzig-Mockau.

D1 FSSuX ICE1510 München Hbf - 22:46 Erfurt Hbf - Leipzig Hbf

D1: Until 7 November

Leipzig-Gohlis – Leipzig Hbf

[501.3] (131C3) DE19/304A

All trains via Leipzig Olbrichtstraße run to and from the low level platforms at Leipzig Hbf, except for the following which use the main station.

SSuX RB37395 06:33 Halle (Saale) Hbf - Leipzig Hbf
SSuX RB37397 14:45 Halle (Saale) Hbf - Leipzig Hbf
SSuX RB37396 Leipzig Hbf - 07:29 Schkeuditz - Halle (Saale) Hbf

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

[501.2, 501.6, 503] (131C3-131C2) DE19/305

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 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, via platforms 3 and 4 at Leipzig Messe.

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

[250] (131C3-131C2) DE19/306

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

D1 SuX ICE2044 Dresden Hbf (SSuX) - 06:36 Leipzig Hbf - Köln Hbf
D1 SuX ICE2046 Dresden Hbf - 08:36 Leipzig Hbf - Köln Hbf
D1 ICE2048 Dresden Hbf - 10:36 Leipzig Hbf - Köln Hbf
D1 ICE2440 Dresden Hbf - 12:36 Leipzig Hbf - Köln Hbf
D1 SX ICE2442 Dresden Hbf - 14:36 Leipzig Hbf - Köln Hbf
D1 ICE2444 Dresden Hbf - 16:36 Leipzig Hbf - Hannover Hbf/Köln Hbf
D1 ICE2446 Dresden Hbf - 18:36 Leipzig Hbf - Hannover Hbf/Köln Hbf
D1 ICE2448 Dresden Hbf - 20:36 Leipzig Hbf - Hannover Hbf

D1: 11 June - 14 December

Mügeln (b Oschatz) Bf – Glossen (b Oschatz)/Kemmlitz (b Oschatz) (Döllnitzbahn GmbH)

(59B3) DE19/307

The Döllnitzbahn operates a limited service over this 750mm gauge line. The following diesel trains are the only regular services to run to Glossen or Kemmlitz:

D1 MTWX DBG102 Oschatz Hbf – 11:30 Mügeln (b Oschatz) Bf – Glossen (b Oschatz)
D2 SSuX DBG104 Oschatz Hbf – 13:48 Mügeln (b Oschatz) Bf – Glossen (b Oschatz)
D1 MTWX DBG104 Oschatz Hbf – 14:05 Mügeln (b Oschatz) Bf – Kemmlitz (b Oschatz) Bf
D1 MTWX DBG106 15:05 Mügeln (b Oschatz) Bf – Kemmlitz (b Oschatz) Bf
D1 MTWX DBG105 11:52 Glossen (b Oschatz) – Oschatz Hbf
D2 SSuX DBG107 14:14 Glossen (b Oschatz) – Oschatz Hbf
D1 MTWX DBG107 14:30 Kemmlitz (b Oschatz) Bf – Mügeln (b Oschatz) Bf
D1 MTWX DBG109 15:30 Kemmlitz (b Oschatz) Bf – Oschatz Hbf

D1: Scbool holidays only

D2: Schooldays only

Steam trains operate to Glossen and Kemmlitz at certain weekends, replacing the diesel timetable. For further information see

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

[500] (72C2) DE19/308

Most fast trains between Dresden and Leipzig or Berlin run via Radebeul Ost. The following trains run via Cossebaude so make use of this south-north connection:

SO IC2322 09:22 Dresden Hbf - Ostseebad Binz
SO IC1934 14:52 Dresden Hbf - Emden

Zabeltitz (Großenhain Berliner Bf W16) - Radebeul-Kotzschenbroda

(59D3-59D4) DE19/309

EC/IC trains between Dresden and Berlin run direct via this route, except when engineering work causes diversions via route DE19/333. RB and RE trains between Dresden and Elsterwerda run via Priestewitz and Großenhain Cottbuser Bf.

Dresden-Plauen (Abzw Freital Ost) - Tharandt

[510, 510.3] (72D4-72C4) DE19/310

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) DE19/311

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 03:03 1 January only (RB73893), 05:29 (RB73851) and 23:35 (RB73887) and from Kamenz at 03:43 SSuX (RB73850) and 04:50 SuX (RB73852).

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

[544] (132A4) DE19/312

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 Adorf (Vogtl), Bad Brambach or Cheb 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) DE19/331

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 was used for a period in summer 2018 by S4 services between [Leipzig Hbf (tief) -] Leipzig Nord and Eilenburg, reversing at Delitzsch Gbf.

Horka - Bielawa Dolna (PL) [- Wegliniec]

(61B3-61C3) DE19/332

The weekend trains between Berlin and Wrócław have occasionally been diverted via this recently electrified and reopened freight cross-border line in the last two years. Further use is expected in 2019. Reissued PKP PDF 260 dated 28 December 2018 shows this in use by one service. Note Interrail tickets etc are not valid on these services.

A FO P5834 Wrócław Główny - 20:16 Legnica – Berlin Lichtenberg

Note A: 25 January - 8 March 2019 FO

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

(59C1-59C3) DE19/333 [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 was withdrawn in 2004, 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 occurred frequently in the last few years while the main line was upgraded. Although the upgrade has now been completed, further occasional diversions may occur in future.

Such diversions are planned on 6 to 9, 13 to 16 and 20 to 23 September 2019.

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

[209.43] (131B3) DE19/334

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 ran this way between 28 June and 7 July 2018 as they were diverted to/from Leipzig-Stötteritz instead of Hbf.

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