Italy (Emilia Romagna) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the 24 July 2021 revision to the timetable in force from 13 June 2021. Although the timetable is shown as valid until 11 December 2021, most long-distance services are shown as operating for only a few months. Such trains are not indicated by note 'D' (for a service only running on certain dates), because it is a reasonable expectation that their period of operation will be extended or a similar service is provided instead. It is assumed that the timetable will continue to be updated and reissued monthly, as has been the case since summer 2020. In general, local services are operating as usual and many long-distance trains that had been withdrawn have been reinstated. Users are recommended to check the Trenitalia website to ensure they are using the latest version of the timetable.

Table numbers quoted here are from In Treno Tutt'Italia, the official Trenitalia timetable. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA-E" refer to the European Railway Atlas (All-Europe Edition) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "ERA-R" refer to the European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - Italy) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "S+W", or in italic, refer to Atlante ferroviaro d'Italia e Slovenia by Schweers + Wall.

Two useful symbols exist which show the booked route for trains not calling at a station: in the middle of the train column, a vertical bar "|" means that the train passes through the station without stopping, whereas a dot "." means that the train does not pass through that station but instead takes a different route.

Obscure services

Bivio Piacenza Ovest – Piacenza (P.M. Piacenza Ovest)

[45] (ERA-E 80C4; ERA-R 156C5; S+W 52D3) IT21/71

High-speed trains calling at Piacenza run via the old main line (Linea Tradizionale). This connection north of Piacenza between the Linea AV/AC and the Linea Tradizionale was used by one train until 8 April 2021.

High-speed trains between Milano and Bologna were diverted via this connection on 22 to 24 and 29 to 31 May 2021.

Bivio Fidenza Ovest - Fidenza

[45] (ERA-E 80C5; ERA-R 156C5; S+W 48A1) IT21/72

This connection between Linea AV/AC and the Cremona to Fidenza line first gained a passenger service in December 2019. It enables trains to use the Linea AV/AC between Milano and Fidenza and call at Parma.

FA8807 08:05 Milano Centrale - Bari Centrale
FA8885 11:05 Milano Centrale - Taranto
FA8889 12:05 Milano Centrale - Lecce
FA8813 14:05 Milano Centrale - Lecce
FA8819 16:05 Milano Centrale - Bari Centrale
FA8825 19:05 Milano Centrale - Ancona
FA8829 20:06 Milano Centrale - Ancona
FA8802 Ancona - 08:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
FA8804 Ancona - 09:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
FA8810 Bari Centrale - 12:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
FA8884 Lecce - 16:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
FA8888 Taranto - 17:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
FA8886 Lecce - 18:07 Parma - Milano Centrale
FA8894 Bari Centrale - 23:07 Parma - Milano Centrale

Bivio Castelfranco Est: Castelfranco Emilia - Bologna Centrale

[45, 202] (ERA-E 83A1; ERA-R 157B4; S+W 48A1) IT21/73

Most high-speed trains beween Modena and Bologna are to and from the Ancona line, so use the ground-level platforms at Bologna Centrale. The following use the connections between the Linea Tradizionale and Linea AV/AC at Castelfranco Est, in order to use the low-level platforms and call at Modena.

FA9301 Mantova - 06:47 Modena - Roma Termini
FR9303 Milano Centrale - 07:41 Modena - Roma Termini
FR9328 Roma Termini - 21:51 Bologna Centrale - Mantova
FR9330 Roma Termini - 22:16 Bologna Centrale - Milano Centrale

Bologna S Viola - Bologna Centrale - Bologna S Ruffillo - Bivio Emilia

[45,46] (ERA-E 83A4-B4; ERA-R 156B5-156C4; S+W 144B3-144C4, not shown in full) IT21/74

High-speed trains via Bologna Centrale use the low-level platforms, except those to and from the Ancona line, which has no connection to the low-level.

Bologna Corticella (Bivio Navile) - Bologna Centrale (Bivio Venezia)

[55] (ERA-E 83A4; ERA-R 156B5; S+W 144C2-144B3, shown as under construction) IT21/75

High-speed trains beween Padova and Bologna Centrale use this newly-constructed line, which came into use in December 2017, to access the low level platforms at Bologna Centrale.

Routes used occasionally for diversions

Piacenza (2° Bivio Piacenza Est) – 1° Bivio Piacenza Est

[45] (ERA-E 80C4-C5; ERA-R 156C5; S+W 52D3) IT21/78

This connection south of Piacenza links the Linea Tradizionale with the Linea AV/AC. It was used by two train pairs on two weekends in October 2020.

Parma - 1° Bivio Parma Est

[45] (ERA-R 157A5; S+W 35B3) IT21/78A

This connection south of Parma links the Linea Tradizionale with the Linea AV/AC. It was used by high-speed trains between Milano and Bologna on 22 to 24 and 29 to 31 May 2021.

Bologna Cintura

(ERA-E 83A3-A4; ERA-R 156B5-156C5; S+W 144A2-144C3) IT21/79

The Bologna Cintura runs round the north and east of the city, avoiding Bologna Centrale, with connections to all main lines. Long-distance trains are occasionally diverted via the Cintura and this is indicated by omission of a usual stop at Bologna Centrale. Use of this route is much less frequent following completion of the Linea AV/AC through Bologna.

From 9 to 18 August 2021 R and RV trains between Ferrara and Bologna are diverted to Bologna Arcoveggio goods station via Bivio Trebbo and Doppo Bivio Beverara. Bologna Arcoveggio is on the freight line between Doppo Bivio Beverara and Bologna Centrale.

Also from 9 to 18 August 2021 the following trains run between the Padova and Ancona lines via the Cintura.

D ICN35307 Trieste Centrale - 01:11 Bologna Corticella - Roma Termini
D IC35385 Trieste Centrale - 09:30 Bologna Corticella - Roma Termini
D IC35355 Trieste Centrale - 15:46 Bologna Corticella - Roma Termini
D ICN35624 21:53 Roma Termini - Trieste Centrale
D IC35568 Roma Termini - 14:59 Cesena - Trieste Centrale
D IC35462 Roma Termini - 18:43 Cesena - Trieste Centrale

See also