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

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This list is based on the timetable dated from 15 December 2019 to 12 December 2020, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the 2017 edition of the Schweers+Wall Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland.

Obscure services

Kyhna (Delitzsch Gbf) – Delitzsch unt Bf

[501.9] (58B2) DE20/301

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

SSuO S37930 05:56 Delitzsch unt Bf - Halle (Saale) Hbf
S37931 Halle (Saale) Hbf – 22:56 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 (b. Halle) is closed for engineering work.

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

[250, 580] (131C3-131B3) DE20/302

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

D MSuO IC1950 Berlin Hbf (tief) - 02:25 Leipzig Hbf - Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
FO IC1957 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf - 19:39 Weißenfels - Leipzig Hbf

Leipzig-Gohlis – Leipzig Hbf

[501.3] (131C3) DE20/303

All trains via Leipzig Olbrichtstraße run to and from the low level platforms at Leipzig Hbf, except for short workings to/from Schkeuditz on Mondays to Fridays only which use the main station. These depart Leipzig Hbf at 06:11, 07:11, 08:11, 13:11 and hourly until 17:11. From Schkeuditz they depart at 06:34, 07:34, 08:34, 13:34 and hourly until 17:34 (xx:47 from Leipzig-Gohlis).

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

[501.2, 501.5, 501.6] (131C3-131C2) DE20/304

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 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, with the exception of S37588 [Zwickau (Sachs) Hbf -] 22:53 Leipzig Hbf (tief) - Leipzig Messe, which runs via Leipzig Nord.

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

(59B3) DE20/305

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 DBG106 Oschatz Hbf – 13:48 Mügeln (b Oschatz) Bf – Glossen (b Oschatz)
D1 MTWX DBG104 Oschatz Hbf – 14:50 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 DBG109 15:25 Kemmlitz (b Oschatz) Bf – Oschatz Hbf

D1: Scbool holidays only

D2: Schooldays only

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

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

[500] (72C2) DE20/306

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

D1 SX IC2078 09:22 Dresden Hbf - Berlin-Charlottenburg

D1: 15 December to 3 May

Zabeltitz (Großenhain Berliner Bf W16) - Radebeul-Kotzschenbroda

[240] (59D3-59D4) DE20/307

EC/IC trains between Dresden and Berlin run direct via this route, except when engineering work causes diversions via route DE20/333. 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) DE20/308

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 not in Kursbuch] (60B4) DE20/309

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 00:08 daily (RB73889) and 03:08, 1 January only (RB73895) and from Kamenz at 03:30 SSuX (RB73850) and 04:50 SuX (RB73852).

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

[544] (132A4) DE20/310

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)

[501.4] (58B2) DE20/331

This west to south curve connects the Halle (Saale) – Eilenburg and Leipzig – Bitterfeld lines, providing an alternative route between Leipzig and Halle. The opening of the main line via Leipzig/Halle Flughafen in 2003 gave two possible routes between Leipzig and Halle via Gröbers, which has meant that this route has been little used.

It is however occasionally used by diverted S4 services between [Leipzig Hbf (tief) -] Leipzig Nord and Eilenburg, reversing at Delitzsch Gbf.

Horka - Bielawa Dolna (PL) [- Wegliniec]

[PKP260] (61B3-61C3) DE20/332

The weekend Kulturzug trains between Berlin and Wrócław have occasionally been diverted via this recently electrified and reopened freight cross-border line in the last few years. Further use may occur in 2020, however PKP PDF 260 for the 2019-2020 timetable does not currently show any diversions via this route. Note that Interrail tickets, etc., are not valid on these services.

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

(59C1-59C3) DE20/333 [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 still occur.

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

[209.43] (131B3) DE20/334

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 are occasionally diverted this way to/from Leipzig-Stötteritz instead of the Hauptbahnhof.

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

(131B3-131C3) DE20/335

This is a longer route between Schkeuditz and Leipzig Hbf via the freight ring line. It is common with route DE20/302 between Wiederitzsch and Leipzig-Mockau. No services have been identified as using the Wahren - Wiederitzsch section in the current timetable.

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

[250] (131C3-131C2) DE20/336

A single line (6388) runs to the east of the flyovers carrying the Wiederitzsch and Flughafen lines. It was used in 2019 by the two-hourly RE trains between Leipzig and Magdeburg. These now run hourly and call at Leipzig Messe platforms 1 and 2, thus using the main line. Line 6388 may however be used when the main line is unavailable.

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