Poland (North (Central)) - Lines with Obscure passenger services

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Introduction

This list is based on the timetable from 9 December 2018 to 14 December 2019. However, it should be noted it is completely reissued about four times per year, the current version covering from 9 December 2018 to 9 March 2019. In addition, there are frequent amendments within timetable periods. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the Polish Regional version of the European Railway Atlas 2016 published by M.G. Ball ISBN: 978-0-9955070-1-2 and the Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011 published by Eurosprinter ISBN: 978-83-931006-3-7

Obscure services: Lines with regular use

Iława

[400/405/500] (ERA172B1, B8) PL19/400

There are two routes between Iława station and Działdowo, the Malbork – Warszawa main line diving under the Toruń – Olsztyn line from the north side, plus Line 968, a curve from the south side platform also serving a freight yard. Trackwork means trains to/from Działdowo booked at platform 3 cannot reach the diveunder line so these must use line 968.

SSuX PR 90623 Działdowo – 06:56 Smolniki - Iława
PR 90625 Działdowo – 16:32 Smolniki - Iława
SSuX PR 90627 Działdowo – 18:33 Smolniki - Iława
PR 90630 06:17 Iława - Działdowo
SSuX PR 90103 15:08 Iława - Działdowo
PR 90656 17:02 Iława - Działdowo

It should be noted in addition to the above that departures from Iława Peron 1 & 2 can also reach Line 968 but the regular non-conflicting route for Malbork - Iława - Działdowo services is the diveunder. Additionally all Olsztyn - Iława - Malbork services use connections at the Olsztyn end of the station to cross to the north side platforms. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Toruń Główny – podg Nieszawka (Suchatówka)

[405] (ERA177A4, R3) PL19/401

There are two routes: the more northerly via Toruń Towarowy yard climbs over the Bydgoszcz line whereas the alternative passes through Toruń Kluczyki station. Trains calling at Toruń Kluczyki (all PR services) must use the southerly route. TLK services, which have a "<" marker against Toruń Kluczyki, are booked to take the northerly route but in practice may use either.

Lipusz - Bytów

[Line 212] (ERA171C2/C1, B5) PL19/402

For the last few years private operator SKPL has run trains on this 24km branch [PKP Line 212] on Saturdays and Sundays from July to September plus a few other dates. Timetables will appear at their website nearer these dates if the service continues.

Wierzchucin

[424/431a] (ERA171C2, B6) PL19/402A

This is a split station with the junction some way north of the platforms. As the one pair on two day a week service to/from Laskowice Pomorskie terminates here, the 1km to/from Peron I to the junction can only be traversed on the following services. Inbound and outbound services using this connection with immediate turnrounds are linked together to save space.

SSuO AR55905 05:36 Wierzchucin – Czersk
SSuO AR55954/55909 Czersk - 07:39 Zielonka Pomorska - 08:00 Wierzchucin – Czersk
SSuX AR55956/55911 Czersk - 08:51 Zielonka Pomorska - 09:03 Wierzchucin – Czersk
SSuX AR55960/55913 Czersk - 12:21 Zielonka Pomorska - 12:35 Wierzchucin – Czersk
SSuO AR55917 15:14 Wierzchucin – Czersk
SSuX AR55921 15:52 Wierzchucin – Szlachta
SSuX AR55929 19:15 Wierzchucin – Czersk
SuX AR55929 21:24 Wierzchucin – Szlachta
SSuX AR55968 Czersk - 17:28 Zielonka Pomorska - Wierzchucin
SSuX AR55926 Laskowice Pomorskie via Szlachta - 20:21 Zielonka Pomorska - Wierzchucin
Note A SuX AR55976/55978 Czersk/Szlachta - 22:30 Zielonka Pomorska - 22:57 Wierzchucin – Tuchola

Note A: The physical junction is a diamond slip so AR55976/55978 use slightly different pointwork on arrival and departure on changing from table 424 to 431.

Also to note that AR55901/55903 from Tuchola departing Wierzchucin for Szlachta/Czersk at 03:09 SuX, and AR55966 arriving Wierzchucin at 17:35 from Czersk SSuO also run through between tables 424 and 431 but use a different combination of the same diamond than AR55976/55978 but do NOT use PL19/402A as they arrive/depart at Peron II.

Tczew - Rokitki Tczewskie (podg Malinowo) via line 727

[426] (ERA172A2, R2) PL19/403

There are alternative routes to/from the Chojnice line: the double track main line which runs on a lengthy embankment to fly over the Gdansk lines to the east side platforms of Tczew station, and a single track at ground level (line 727) to the west side. All platforms can be reached by arrivals from line 727 so it is not possible to know what route they take, but departures from platforms 1 & 2 must use line 727.

R 55207 Gdynia Główna - 17:04 Tczew – Chojnice

Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Czersk - Bąk - Kościerzyna

[429] (ERA171C2, B6) PL19/404

Note these are the 2018 Arriva Poland timings suggesting two pairs each Saturday and Sunday from 23 June to 1 September. Not shown in 2019 PKP PDFs and as at December 2018 only to March 2019 is on Arriva's.

D1 AR55247 Bydgoszcz Glówna – 08:33 Czersk - Kościerzyna
D1 AR59989 Bydgoszcz Glówna – 16:25 Czersk - Kościerzyna
D1 AR55272 09:31 Kościerzyna - Bydgoszcz Glówna
D1 AR59920 17:31 Kościerzyna - Bydgoszcz Glówna

Note: D1 SSuO 23 June - 1 September 2018

Lipowa Tucholska - Bąk - Kościerzyna

[429] (ERA171C2, B6) PL19/405

This route overlaps with PL19/404 between Bąk and Kościerzyna. No scheduled services except occasional use by Excursions organised by SMK Chojnice or Turkol

Szlachta

[429, 424] (ERA171C1, too detailed to be shown, B6) PL19/406

Some Czerk – Wierzchuchin services run to Śliwice to reverse so use a connection to/from line 743 and Table 424 at the south end of Szlachta station as opposed to the more usual one at the north end.

Gdańsk Osowa - Rębiechowo

[440] (ERA172B4, A6 not shown) PL19/407

With opening of the lines serving Gdańsk Port Lotniczy, the direct Gdynia Główna - Kościerzyna service via this third side of the triangle is significantly reduced to a maximum of three northbound and one southbound per day.

Gdańsk Wrzeszcz

[442,443] (ERA172B4, R2 not shown) PL19/408

A flyover has been built as part of the reinstated junction for the new services via Gdańsk Port Lotniczy which should be used by the limited through services from Gdańsk Główny. Note crossovers also allow use of the non-flyover route but any departure or arrival using Peron II is more likely to use the flyover.

Gdynia Stocznia

[450/451 & 452] (ERA172B4 not shown, R2) PL19/409

The SKM local and main lines take separate routes with Gdynia Stocznia station on an elevated section flying over freight lines leading into the docks.

Gdynia Główny – Rumia via line 202

[452] (ERA172B4 not shown, R2) PL19/410

1. There are two running lines east of the depot, and one to the west, as shown on the second diagram. On the east side, the track furthest away from the depot is used by main line services in both directions, so is effectively a single-track section which runs on through Rumia station, where there is only one main line platform. The track nearest the depot is used by northbound local services. There is a significant divergence between these two lines south of the depot (again, as shown on the diagam, although the divergence starts further south than shown), as the main line curves right before Cisowa station, whereas the local line keeps straight on through the station before curving away past the depot to rejoin the main line track. On the south side of the depot there is just one single line, used by southbound local services. Both local lines have staff only depot platforms. 

2. If a main line service is on the local lines approaching Gdynia Główny, mainly those from Hel in previous years, it would use a separate connection from the north side lines to link in with routes from Gdynia Docks and cross under the SKM lines between Gdynia Grabówek and Gdynia Glówna. Likewise for Main Line Departures onto line 202. These normally use the higher numbered platforms at Gdynia Glówna but there are crossovers allowing access to/from the lower numbered platforms so none can be listed. Note the 2019 Table 452 PDF has many inbound to Gdynia services with < markers from Rumia and/or Gdynia Chylonia suggesting either alternative route. Reports of use would be welcomed by the Compilers.

Diagrams of the relevant parts of the route are available here:

Gdynia 1.jpg


Rumia 1.jpg


Żuławskiej Kolei Dojazdowej

[457] (ERA172B3, A7 not shown correctly) PL19/411

This system worked by the Pomorskie Towarzystwo Miłośników Kolei Żelaznych (PTMKŻ) is a preserved ex PKP narrow gauge line from Nowy Dwor Gdanski to Sztutowo and Prawy Brzeg Wisły.

Stegna Gdanska

This is a triangular station with platforms on all three sides. There was a limited service over the south to east curve in 2017 for the first time since 2013, but none scheduled since. The operating dates in 2019 are 1-5 May, 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 June, daily June 20 to August 31 and October 31, November 1. Details are on their timetable.

Sztutowo

If travelling to/from Sztutowo on either a loco hauled train or a railcar towing trailers it will reverse around a triangle on arrival or departure from Sztutowo as there is no run round loop.

Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis

Prabuty - Kwidzyn

[415] (ERA172B1, B7) PL19/450

This 33km freight only line 218 has been used occasionally for diversions.

Maksymilianowo - line 201 - Bydgoszcz Wschód

[430/430a] (ERA176C5, C6/R3) PL19/451

Bydgoszcz Glówna avoiding line used on one night by one train in 2017. May be used in conjunction with PL19/452

Bydgoszcz Wschód - line 201 - Nowa Wies Wielka - [Inowrocław]

[430] (ERA176C5, R3/C6) PL19/452

Used if the main line is closed between Bydgoszcz and Nowa Wies Wielka, or, in conjunction with PL19/451, to avoid reversal at Bydgoszcz Glowny. Last scheduled on one night by one train in 2017.

Bydgoszcz Główna - Line 745 - Nakłó n. Noticią

[425] (ERA176C5, R3) PL19/453

A diverted Gdynia - Piła train is unusually booked to depart from the "wrong" side of Bydgoszcz Główna, Peron IV Track 11. A local correspondent advises in addition to the Mały Atlas shown 800m long line 745 from the goods yard which goes underneath the Inowrocław main line to line 425 that there is a short link just beyond the platform end that leads across to the correct departure line. It is believed that the option nearest the station will be used, all assuming the train departs from the scheduled platform!! Any reports would be appreciated by the Compilers

Note A TLK58111 Gdynia Główna - 10:24 Bydgoszcz Główna – Piła Główna

A: 6 - 10 May 2019

See also