Germany - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Owing to the size and complexity of the German railway system, the Obscure Services listing is subdivided by Land (Province). Berlin and Bremen are separate Länder, but it is convenient to include them with Brandenburg and Niedersachsen respectively. Details of Other Sparse Services and Deletions since previous edition can be found at the end of this document.

A brief Guide to German railway terminology is available.

This list is based on the timetable dated from 11 December 2016 to 9 December 2017, unless otherwise stated.

List of Länder (Regions)

Baden-Württemberg entries starting with 'DExx/601'
Bayern entries starting with 'DExx/651'
Berlin and Brandenburg entries starting with 'DExx/251'
Hamburg entries starting with 'DExx/051'
Hessen entries starting with 'DExx/501'
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern entries starting with 'DExx/101'
Niedersachsen_and_Bremen entries starting with 'DExx/151'
Nordrhein-Westfalen entries starting with 'DExx/351'
Rheinland-Pfalz entries starting with 'DExx/401'
Saarland entries starting with 'DExx/451'
Sachsen entries starting with 'DExx/301'
Sachsen-Anhalt entries starting with 'DExx/201'
Schleswig-Holstein entries starting with 'DExx/001'
Thüringen entries starting with 'DExx/551'

Other Services

The Other Services Page contains trains not operated by DB and which do not appear in their journey planner or timetables. These are mainly seasonal overnight services run by foreign operators.


See Germany - Tram services over obscure routes

Other Sparse Services

The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally in this country), with fewer than 6 trains each way on at least 3 days a week – or do not run each weekday. Lines listed here exclude those appearing in Kursbuch tables 12000 to 12999, which themselves are only a selection of the services shown in the Kursbuch der deutschen Museums-Eisenbahnen (published annually by Eisenbahn Kurier).

112 Lüneburg – Dannenberg Ost
186 Bad Doberan - Ostseebad Kühlungsborn West Limited winter service
209.20 Priort – Hennigsdorf – Birkenwerder (b Berlin) No weekend service
209.27 Wensickendorf – Schmachtenhagen Weekends only
209.54 Löwenberg (Mark) – Rheinsberg (Mark) No winter service
230.5 Görlitz - Zgorzelec (PL)
238 Zittau – Kurort Jonsdorf/Kurort Oybin Limited service for part of the winter
257 Dessau Hbf – Wörlitz No winter service; limited service at other times
326 Drei Annen Hohne – Eisfelder Talmühle
333 Alexisbad – Hasselfelde and Eisfelder Talmühle
397 [Leer -] Ihrhove - Weener No trains until further notice, following destruction of the River Ems bridge
509 Moritzburg – Radeburg
517 Cranzahl – Vejprty (CZ) Summer weekends only; limited service
518 Cranzahl – Kurort Oberwiesenthal
544 Bad Brambach - Plesná (CZ)
566 Ilmenau - Rennsteig Weekends only
662.1 Monsheim – Münchweiler (Alsenz) Summer Sundays only
666 Ramsen – Eiswoog Wednesdays and Sundays only
675.1 Bundenthal-Rumbach – Hinterweidenthal Ost Summer Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays only
692 Perl – Thionville [France] Weekends only; limited service
707 Neckarbischofsheim Nord – Hüffenhardt Weekends and alternate Wednesdays during the summer
723 Riegel-Malterdingen - Breisach Limited service at weekends
743 Lauchringen – Blumberg-Zollhaus Service over the entire route on Summer Sundays only
743 Geisingen-Leipferdingen – Blumberg-Zollhaus Limited service at weekends
752 Aulendorf - Bad Wurzach Summer Sundays only
754 Aulendorf - Pfullendorf Some summer Sundays only
758 Amstetten – Gerstetten Summer Sundays only
759 Schelklingen – Münsingen - Engstingen
759 Engstingen - Gammertingen Summer Sundays only
767 Eyach - Hechingen (HzL) Summer Sundays only
769 Balingen – Schömberg Summer Sundays only
772 Maulbronn West – Maulbronn Stadt Summer Sundays only
947 Garching - Hörpolding Mondays to Fridays limited service; no weekend service

The following lines are not included in the DB Kursbuch, though some have a frequent service. Timetables can be found on the websites shown. Many ICE and IC services do not appear in the Kursbuch either, so the European Rail Timetable is the best guide to these. Urban metro systems are not included in this list.

Köln - Hamburg (limited service) Hamburg Köln Express
Stuttgart - Berlin (service suspended from 12 May 2017) Locomore
136.1 Niebüll – Tønder – (Esbjerg) Nord Ostsee Bahn
137 Neumünster – Kaltenkrchen – Hamburg-Eidelstedt AKN Eisenbahn
138 Ulzburg Süd – Norderstedt Mitte AKN Eisenbahn
139 Elmshorn – Barmstedt – Ulzburg Süd AKN Eisenbahn
former 202 Stendal – Berlin - Cottbus Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG)
204 Wittenberge – Neustadt (Dosse) - Berlin Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG)
220 Cottbus – Görlitz - Zittau Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG)
396 Emden – Emden Außenhafen Westfalen Bahn
397 Weener - Groningen Arriva Nederlandse
463 Betzdorf - Daaden Westerwaldbahn
479 Boppard - Emmelshausen Rhenus Veniro
former 483 Düren - Linnich Rurtalbahn
484 Düren – Heimbach (Eifel) Rurtalbahn
514 Freiberg (Sachs) - Holzhau Freiberger Eisenbahn
691 Bullay – Traben-Trarbach Rhenus Veniro

Deletions since previous edition

DE16/162 Wihelmshaven docks branches This service appears in the Kursbuch de deutschen Museums-Eisenbahnen
DE16/288 Senftenberg (Brieske) - Hosena Diversion of trains via this line has ceased
DE16/304 Rackwitz (Abzw. Leipzig Messe Nord) – Leipzig-Mockau - Leipzig-Thekla - Leipzig-Schönefeld - Engelsdorf Trains are no longer scheduled to use this route
DE16/307 Dresden Hbf (south side high level) – Dresden-Plauen (Dresden-Altstadt) (via goods spur) Trains are no longer scheduled to use this route
DE16/351A Nordbögge (Abzw Selmig) - Welver (Hamm-Gallberg) (via Hamm Rbf) No trains use this route
DE16/354 Hagen-Vorhalle – Hattingen (Ruhr) This service appears in the Kursbuch de deutschen Museums-Eisenbahnen
DE16/514 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Frankfurt am Main West The trains that used an indirect route no longer operate
DE16/613 Kohlstetten – Engstingen south side There are no longer any through trains at Engstingen
209.35 Fürstenwalde (Spree) - Bad Saarow Kilinkum Bus substitution has ceased; trains have resumed
632 Beienheim – Wölfersheim-Södel There is now a weekend service
Pritzwalk - Putlitz Passenger service withdrawn
Hemmingen - Weissach Passenger service withdrawn
Forst (Lausitz) – Tuplice (PL) Passenger service withdrawn
Olbernhau-Grünthal – Neuhausen(Erzberg) Line out of use

See also