Italy (Liguria) - 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 In general, local services are operating as usual and many long-distance trains that had been withdrawn have been reinstated.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

Savona - S Giuseppe di Cairo

[144] (ERA-E 81A3; ERA-R 155C3; S+W 44B2-44C2) IT21/61

There are two separate routes between Savona and S Giuseppe di Cairo, via Ferrania and via Altare. Most trains non-stop from Savona to S Giuseppe di Cairo run via Ferrania whereas most trains non-stop from S Giuseppe di Cairo to Savona run via Altare. These arrangements may vary in practice.

Exceptions to the general rule are:

  • Southbound non-stop via Ferrania:
SuX R11113 Fossano - 07:30 S Giuseppe di Cairo - Savona
D SuO RV3173 Torino Porta Nuova - 07:57 S Giuseppe di Cairo - Albenga
D SuO RV3175 Torino Porta Nuova - 08:51 S Giuseppe di Cairo - Imperia
D SSuO RV3169/3171 Torino Porta Nuova - 10:50 S Giuseppe di Cairo - Albenga
RV3121/3123 Torino Porta Nuova - 12:13 S Giuseppe di Cairo - Savona
  • Northbound non-stop via Altare:
RV3114 05:31 Savona – Torino Porta Nuova
RV3118 07:31 Savona – Torino Porta Nuova
RV3138/3158 Ventimiglia - 17:31 Savona - Torino Porta Nuova
D SuO RV3198 18:00 Savona – Torino Porta Nuova
D SO RV3188 Albenga - 18:45 Savona - Torino Porta Nuova
D SuO RV3196 21:45 Savona – Torino Porta Nuova

Arquata Scrivia - Ronco Scrivia - Genova Piazza Principe

[30] (ERA-E 81A3; ERA-R 156A4; S+W 32D4-45A2) IT21/62

There are two railways between Genova and Arquata Scrivia, the original line to the east (Linea vecchia dei Giovi) and a newer fast line, largely in tunnels, to the west (Linea succursale dei Giovi). There are connections between the two at Ronco Scrivia. Trains non-stop between Genova Piazza Principe and Arquata Scrivia, or stopping only at Ronco Scrivia, normally use the Linea succursale. Stopping trains use the Linea vecchia.

SSuO 3,4, 17 & 18 July and 4 to 26 September 2021 most southbround RV trains from Arquata Scrivia to Genova run via the Linea vecchia, with extended journey time.

The following train is scheduled to use the Linea vecchia between Arquata Scrivia and Ronco Scrivia, where they use the crossovers to the Linea succursale north of the station.

IC519 Torino Porta Nuova - 19:16 Novi Ligure - Genova Brignole

There is no passenger use of the much longer connection south of Ronco Scrivia between the Linea succursale and the Linea vecchia towards Genova.

Ronco Scrivia (Doppio Bivio Fegino) - Genova Sampierdarena (Bivio Polcevera)

[30] (ERA-E 81A3, not shown; ERA-R 156A1; S+W 143A2) IT21/63

There are two routes into Genova from the Linea succursale dei Giovi from Arquata Scrivia. The main line runs direct through the Granarolo tunnel, but the alternative is to run via this spur onto the line from Ovada and then to Genova Sampierdarena. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Trains via route IT21/64 (below) normally run this way and the following train is diverted this way:

D3 RV33517 Torino Porta Nuova - 16:07 Ronco Scrivia - Genova Piazza Principe

D3: SSuO 3, 17 & 18 July and 4 to 26 September 2021.

Ronco Scrivia (Quadrivio Torbella) - Genova Cornigliano (Bivio Cornigliano)

[25, 26] (ERA-E 81C3; ERA-R 156A1; S+W 143A3) IT21/64

This route comprises a line through Genova Sampierdarena Smistamento and a north to west curve avoiding Genova Sampierdarena passenger station. It is used by trains between Arquata Scrivia and Savona, if not booked to call at Genova Piazza Principe. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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As a consequence of engineering work, these trains reverse at Genova Piazza Principe and do not use this route SuO to 11 July, 25 July and SSuO 14 to 28 August 2021.

D RV3081 Milano Porta Garibaldi - 07:56 Tortona – Ventimiglia
D RV3091 Bergamo - 08:25 Voghera – Ventimiglia
D RV3085 Gallarate - 10:06 Tortona - Albenga
D RV3087 Albenga - 18:47 Arenzano – Gallarate
D RV3083 Ventimiglia - 20:14 Arenzano – Milano Porta Garibaldi
D RV3093 Ventimiglia - 20:38 Arenzano – Bergamo

Genova Brignole (Bivio Traversata) - Genova Sampierdarena

[M45] (ERA-E 81C3; ERA-R 156B1-156A1; S+W 143A3-143C4) IT21/65

In addition to the main lines between Genova Brignole and Genova Sampierdarena, there are separate tracks at lower level via the former Genova Marittima S Limbania station. The low level lines are used by trains booked to use the sotterranea (underground) platforms 1 and 2 at Genova Piazza Principe and to pass through or call at Genova Via di Francia station. There are usually two or three trains each way hourly. Currently, this route is only being used by eastbound trains, because of long-running construction work. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Casella Deposito (Ferrovia Genova Casella)

[420] (ERA-E 81A4; ERA-R 156B2; S+W 45A1) IT21/66

Trains to and from Casella Paese mostly reverse at the junction points at Casella Deposito. Those attaching or detaching carriages have been known to run into the depot.

Riomaggiore - La Spezia Centrale

[31] (ERA-E 81B4; ERA-R 156C3; S+W 46A4) IT21/67

There are two different routes between Riomaggiore and La Spezia Centrale, both being reversibly-signalled single tracks. Trains generally observe left-hand running, as is usual in Italy. Accordingly, southbound trains normally use the inland route via the longer tunnel, whereas northbound trains run through the shorter tunnel and then follow the coast.

Routes used occasionally for diversions

Genova Bolzaneto (Bivio Rivarolo) - Genova Piazza Principe (Bivio Bersaglio)

[30] (ERA-E 81C3; ERA-R 156A1; S+W 143A3) IT21/69

This route is normally used only for diversions, but has gained one daily train from June 2021.

This spur enables trains using the Linea vecchia from Arquata Scrivia to join the Linea succursale and run to and from Genova Piazza Principe via the Granarolo tunnel. It was used extensively following collapse of the Morandi bridge onto the Linea vecchia on 14 August 2018 and while most of the Linea succursale was closed for engineering work during the summer in 2019 and 2020.

Stopping trains between Genova Piazza Principe and Arquata Scrivia or Novi Ligure use this route from 14:00 on Saturdays 10 & 24 July and all day on Sundays 11 & 25 July 2020. Normal calls at Genova Sampierdarena and Genova Rivarolo are omitted.

This route is also used by:

D1 R33381 Piacenza - 15:41 Busalla - Genova Brignole
D2 R2078 Genova Brignole - 11:25 Genova Piazza Principe - Piacenza

D1: 10, 11, 24 & 25 July 2021 only

D2: This train uses this route daily, but starts from Genova Piazza Principe some dates.

See also