Poland (South East) - Lines with Obscure passenger services

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These entries are based on the timetable from 12 December 2020 to 10 December 2021. However, it should be noted it is completely reissued about four times per year with "adjustments" due on 14 March, 13 June, 29 August and 7 November 2021. In addition, there are frequent amendments within timetable periods.

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" are to the European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - Poland) by M.G. Ball. References in italic are to Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011 by M. Stiasny and R. Stankiewicz.

Obscure services: Lines with regular use

Connections to and from the CMK (Centralna Magistrala Kolejowa: Warszawa – Katowice/Kraków high speed main line)

Tomaszów Mazowiecki – Dęba Opoczyńska – p.odg. Zapowiedź – Idzikowice

[100,114] (ERA-E 78C5; ERA-R 183A5; E9) PL21/101

Shared as far as p.odg. Zapowiedź with PL21/112, the TLK services shown in Table 114 with stops at Opoczno Poludnie are the only services covering the 4.5 km west to south curve to/from the CMK.

Radzice – Idzikowice (Line 573)

[100/113] (ERA-E 78C5; ERA-R 183A5; E9) PL21/102

All year use scheduled but much reduced once the double tracking of the direct main line from Radom to Warsaw opened. These services reverse at Idzikowice and use this curve between the CMK and line 113. Note they do not appear in table 100.

Note A 38170 Kraków Główny - 23:45/00:06 Radom - Kołobrzeg
Note B 3520/21 Kraków Główny - 09:56/10:16 Przysucha - Olsztyn Główny
Note B 3524/25 Kraków Główny - 14:22/14:48 Przysucha - Olsztyn Główny
Note B 3526/27 Kraków Główny - 17:57/18:14 Przysucha - Olsztyn Główny
Note B 83170/71 Kołobrzeg - 03:10/03:19/03:26/03:31 Warszawa Zachodnia - Kraków Główny
Note B 5326/27 Olsztyn Główny - 07:54/07:56 Warszawa Zachodnia - Kraków Główny
Note B 5324/25 Olsztyn Główny - 12:32/12:34 Warszawa Zachodnia - Kraków Główny
Note B 5320/5321 Olsztyn Główny - 15:52/15:54 Warszawa Gdańska - Kraków Główny

Note A: Continues after 29 August 2021
Note B: NOT after 28 August 2021

[Częstochowa –] Żelisławice – Włoszczowa Północ [– Warszawa]

[100/109/P200/175] (ERA-E 78C4; ERA-R 183C3; F8) PL21/103

This 7.7 km west to north link between the Częstochowa - Radom line and the CMK is used by EIC Pendolinos and limited IC's running between Warszawa Zachodnia and Częstochowa Stradom.

Czarnca – Psary (p.odg. Knapówka)

[100, 109] (ERA-E 78C4; ERA-R 182C3; F8) PL21/104

This 3.8 km east - south link with the Kielce - Częstochowa line is used by services marked in table 109 with a '<' at all stations between Żelisławice and Częstochowa plus a timing at Katowice.

Psary – p.odg. Starzyny – Kozłów

[100] (ERA-E 78B4-C4; ERA-R 182C3; F8) PL21/105

This north - southeast link with the Koniecpol - Kozłów line is used by all trains using the CMK between Warszawa and Krakow with a vertical bar '|' against Kozłów.

End of connections to and from the CMK

Chrusty Nowe (p.odg. Bęzelin) – Żakowice (p.odg. Pękowice)

[102, 601] (ERA-E 78B5-C5; ERA-R 177C1; F9) PL21/106

Trains between Łódź and Piotrków Trybunalski/Częstochowa that do not call at Koluszki use this south-to-west curve.

Częstochowa (Częstochowa Towarowa) – line 703 – podg Kucelinka – line 155 - Poraj

[102] (ERA-E 78B4; ERA-R 182B3; F7 R15) PL21/107

This in its total is the alternative to the direct main line between Częstochowa and Poraj. What appears to be a grade separated junction for the Częstochowa - Koniecpol line is actually separate routes as line 701 on the east side is used by Koniecpol passenger services in both directions. Additionally there is no connection between line 701 and line 155 to Poraj at podg Kucelinka, so freight line 703 on the west side must be used.

Line 703 diverges at the north end of Częstochowa Towarowa (marshalling yard) to run on the far west side of this yard to Częstochowa Raków where a temporary platform was provided on the goods lines for the early 2020 diversionary use. 703 then climbs over the main line to Katowice to podg Kucelinka where it joins the passenger route from Częstochowa Stradom to Koniecpol and also where non-passenger Line 155 to Poraj [separate use as per PL21/107A] diverges.

Częstochowa Stradom - Poraj via Częstochowa Raków and/or podg Kucelinka & line 155

[102] (ERA-E 78B4; ERA-R 182B3; F7 R15) PL21/107A

There are three possible routes between Częstochowa Stradom and Poraj. In order by known use:-

  • [A] From Częstochowa Stradom on the line to Koniecpol to/from podg Kucelinka and then via line 155, usually, but not in 2021 indicated by a '<' symbol in table 102 against Częstochowa Raków and Korwinów. This route is used occasionally, latest commenced with one train pair from the March 2021 pdfs.
  • [B] Line 702 is a curve from Częstochowa Stradom to Częstochowa Raków with a connection to/from main line line 102. This was used by one train for one night in October 2020.
  • [C] Line 702 and then via all of entry PL21/107 as above. As far as is known this combination has never been used by passenger diversions.

Note C 73100 04:34 Kraków Główny - option [A] - Poznan Główny
Note A 38106 Kraków Główny – 12:24 Myszków - option [A] - Kolobrzeg
Note A 83106/7 Kolobrzeg - 15:06 Częstochowa Stradom - option [A] - Kraków Główny
Note B 73100 Poznan Główny - 21:46 Częstochowa Stradom - option [A] - Kraków Główny

Note A: 13 June to 11 December 2021
Note B 18 - 21 October 2021
Note C 19 - 22 October 2021

[Sosnowiec Dańdówka - Sosnowiec Porąbka - line 171 -] Podg Dorota - line 171 - Dąbrowa Gornicza Wschodnia [- Sławków]

[105] (ERA-E 77B2; ERA-R 188A4-B4; R18) PL21/107B

Sosnowiec Dańdówka to podg Dorota is common with PL21/152. The Katowice - Tunel service was diverted via all as per the heading including this south to east curve of line 171 between 20 March - 6 April 2020, but nothing since. Note the route from podg Dorota to the curve towards Dąbrowa Gornicza Wschodnia is on tracks separated by width and height from line 133 in-between so travel in both directions is recommended.

Sosnowiec Głowny - curve 62 - Sosnowiec Południowy

[105] (ERA-E 77B2; ERA-R 188A4-B4; R17) PL21/107B

The PDF shows eastbound services on 105 diverted to Sosnowiec Głowny to reverse on two days. Note that inbound services do not have timings at Sosnowiec Głowny but the journey planner confirms they are also diverted, as does map view.

Note A PR42902 Katowice – 07:47 Sosnowiec Głowny - Kielce
Note B PR42908 Katowice – 16:15 Sosnowiec Głowny - Sędzisów
Note B PR42910 Katowice – 19:36 Sosnowiec Głowny - Sędzisów
Note A PR24901 Sędzisów - 05:17 Sosnowiec Południowy - Katowice
Note A PR24905 Sędzisów - 08:18 Sosnowiec Południowy - Katowice
Note B PR24911 Kielce - 17:45 Sosnowiec Południowy - Katowice

Note A: 24 October 2021
Note B 23/24 October 2021

Koniecpol – Kozłów (p.odg. Starzyny)

[107, 109] (ERA-E 78B4; ERA-R 182C3; F8) PL21/108

This 11 km line reopened in the 2012 timetable. Not identifiable in its own table, this is used by services in Table 109 with a timing at Częstochowa/Częstochowa Stradom and Kraków not running via Kielce. Much increased use since 2017 with regular use ending via Dąbrowa Górnicza Ząbkowice to Jaworzno Szczakowa.

(Kraków Batowice –) podg Kraków Przedmieśie – Line 602 – Kraków Olsza – Line 100 – Kraków Plaszów

[107, Lines 100/602] (ERA-E 78C3; ERA-R 171A5, not shown; R15) PL21/109

Enter 107 in the Search by Table section and look for trains with a < at Kraków Główny and a time at Kraków Plaszów. Used in 2019-2020 by three westbound services from Kraków Plaszów avoiding Kraków Główny but none in the 2020-2021 timetable pdfs nor is there a Peron sheet for Kraków Olsza.

Dęblin: Zajezierze k. Dęblina (p.odg. Wisła R2) – Zarzeka (p.odg. Wisła R1)

[111/550] (ERA-E 79A5; ERA-R 183C5; E10) PL21/110

This west-to-south curve avoiding Dęblin is used by direct services between Radom and Lublin which appear in table 111 with a '<' symbol against Dęblin.

(Kielce –) Sitkowka Nowiny – Busko Zdroj

[112] (ERA-E 78C3-C4; ERA-R 183A2-A3; F9/G9) PL21/111

A two pairs summer SSuO service resumed in 2018 on a 43.5km line which closed to passenger services on 10 October 2004. This became daily from 27 June 2020 and is increased again to three pairs and continues into the 2020-2021 timetable. With daily services and its own timetable, this can no longer be considered an obscure route and will be removed in December 2021.

(Tomaszów Mazowiecki – Dęba Opoczyńska –) podg. Zapowiedź – Radzice

[100, 113, 114] (ERA-E 78C5; ERA-R 183A5; E9) PL21/112

Up until 30 August 2020 the only scheduled use of this 0.7km section was by an overnight Kołobrzeg - Kraków train pair. From 13 December 2020 a regular Łódź - Radzice - Drzewica service resumed so if this continues it can no longer be considered an obscure route and will be removed in December 2021.

[Łódź –] Gałkówek – Żakowice Połudnowie - Wykno [– Tomaszów Mazowiecki]

[114/601] (ERA-E 78B5-C5; ERA-R 177C1; E8, R11) PL21/113

There are two possible routes between Łódź and Tomaszów Mazowiecki avoiding Koluszki - both routes are scheduled during 2020/21.

[A] The first is double track line 25 direct from Żakowice Połudnowie via the closed station and junction at Mikołajów to Wykno indicated by a '<' at Słotwiny used mainly by express services or

[B] single track Line 537 from Żakowice Połudnowie to Słotwiny via podg Zielen. This is indicated by a call or | at Słotwiny and no entry for Koluszki in the 114 PDF. Note if these are operated by local operator ŁKA that Interrail and PR Regional tickets are not valid, plus Gałkówek via Żakowice Połudnowie to podg Zielen is common with part of PL21/603.

Also note no Żakowice Połudnowie station listing appears in the PDFs for tables 114 or 601. Additional confirmation of use via line 537 would be obtained via that station's departure sheet.

From August 2021 the only use of option [B] is by

Note A ŁKA12205 Łódź Fabryczna – 08:56 Gałkówek - option [B] - Drzewica

Note A: 1 September to 6 November 2021

Skarżysko Kamienna avoiding line: Lipowe Pole (p.odg. SKA) – SKB – Skarżysko Kościelne (p.odg. SKE)

[115] (ERA-E 78C4; ERA-R 183A4; F9) PL21/114

This route (line 566), ca 5 km long, provides a direct connection between the Radom and Sandomierz lines and is indicated in Table 115 by a < marker against Skarżysko Kamienna. In the 2020-2021 timetable period there are two southbound TLK services leaving Radom at 08:20 and 19:22 and two northbound services leaving Skarżysko Kościelne at 08:12 and 19:32. These trains were routed via Skarżysko Kamienna from 13 June until 28 August 2021, but have resumed use of the obscure route until at least the end of the 2021 timetable in December.

Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski – Sandomierz – Grębów

[115] (ERA-E 79A3-A4; ERA-R 183B5-C3; F10-G10) PL21/115

Used by services from Skarzysko Kamienna and PL21/114, plus Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski to Sandomierz by a dated weekend-only (plus some limited holiday periods) pair of locals. Also note Sandomierz – Grębów is covered by those listed in PL21/116.

Sandomierz – Sobów (– Tarnobrzeg)

[116/126] (ERA-E 79A3; ERA-R 183C3; G10) PL21/116

A limited service was re-introduced in summer 2017. They can now be easily identified in 126 by a Sandomierz entry between Sobów and Grębów

R23432/3 Stalowa Wola Poludnie – 05:36 Sandomierz - Rzeszów Główny
Note A SSuO R23437 17:17/17:28 Sandomierz - Rzeszów Główny
Note B SSuO R32430 Rzeszów Główny - 08:50 Sobów - Sandomierz
R32434/5/6/7 Rzeszów Główny - 16:36 SO/17:08 SX Sobów - Stalowa Wola Poludnie

Note A: 26 June 2021 to 29 August 2021
Note B: 19 June 2021 to 29 August 2021

Przeworsk avoiding line: Przeworsk Gorliczyna – podg Przeworsk Zachodnia

[116, 121] (ERA-E 79B3; ERA-R 184A1; G11), PL21/117

This curve enables trains between Stalowa Wola and Rzeszow to avoid reversing at Przeworsk. All year use as indicated by no timing at Przeworsk in timetables 116 and 121. In 2020-2021 several trains each way use the curve but these are anticipated to reduce once the Lublin - Debica TLKs resume running via Mielec.

Kraków northern loop line: (Kraków Główny –) Kraków Batowice – podg Dłubnia – Kraków Nowa Huta – Podłęże

[120] (ERA-E 78B2-B3; ERA-R 171B5; R15) PL21/118

Diversions via long distance services continue throughout the 2020-2021 TT period. Table 120 also shows local services calling at reopened (from 15 March 2020) stations Lubocza & Kraków Nowa Huta so identification of diverted services is now with a | at Nowa Huta and "<" markers between Kraków Główny and Podłęże. Reports of the location of Nowa Huta station would be appreciated to confirm if it is the old PKP platforms on loops on the north side, or further east as used by previous years unadvertised workers services nearer the huge steel works entrance.

To/from the east end of Kraków Nowa Huta the longer north side line outside the elevated freight only balloon loop is the usual route in both directions but it has been known for services to take a shorter inside curve to/from podg Koscielniki, especially eastbound if schedules show paths crossing in this area. Note both are line 95 as shown more clearly on Open Railway Map than the Mały Atlas Kraków insert. Eastbound services may also use a significantly separate route involving a flyover approaching Podłęże and in late 2020 this was the only route available so any reports of what route is taken at Kraków Nowa Huta, and approaching Podłęże would be appreciated by the Compilers.

Kraków northern loop line: (Miechów –) podg Raciborowice - podg Dłubnia - podg Rudzice - Kraków Nowa Huta

[107/120] (ERA-E 78C3; ERA-R 171B5; R15) PL21/118A

This curve giving access to Nowa Huta from the north was last used for diversions for a period in 2018. From 12 December 2020 an international service was map viewed via this curve until it commenced running direct to Kraków from an unknown date.

Note A 407/14010 Warszawa Wschodnia - 21:20/21:49 Miechów - Wien Hbf

Note A: From 12 December 2020 but ceased on unknown date in 2021

Kraków northern loop line: Kraków Nowa Huta – podg Podgrabie - podg Rudzice [- Kraków-Płaszów]

[107/120] (ERA-E 78C2; ERA-R 171B5; R15) PL21/118B

Believed to be the first known passenger use of this curve since clockwise steam specials to/from Kraków Glówny that ran in the Summer of 2008 & 2009. From 12 December 2020 an international service was map viewed via this curve until it commenced running direct to Kraków from an unknown date. Note this curve is grade separated from end to end.

Note A 407/14010 Warszawa Wschodnia - 21:20/21:49 Miechów - Wien Hbf

Note A: From 12 December 2020 but ceased on unknown date in 2021

Kraków Główny avoider via Kraków Olsza - line 100 - Kraków Bronowice

[120/140] (ERA-E 78C3; ERA-R 182; R15) PL21/119

No use in the 2020-2021 timetable, confirmed by the absence of an Olsza Peron sheet. For part of 2020 there had been limited locals terminating at Olsza from the east plus four through westbound InterCity services in the summer timetable.

Kraków Bronowice

[140/142] (ERA-E 78C3 not shown; ERA-R 182C1 not shown; G8) PL21/119A

A new station has been built at Kraków Bronowice as part of the western approach improvement works for Kraków Główny. It has platforms [Peron I and II] on the existing main line (table 140) and on the previous high level goods line [Peron III and IV]. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

Krakow Bronowice.jpg

Platforms III and IV are used by Kraków Airport services (table 142). New connections were built to/from Kraków Łobzów: (i) the westbound track rises to link with the eastbound line of the western freight avoider (line 95) before it crosses over the main line; (ii) the eastbound track drops down to run parallel with the main line all the way to Kraków Główny. This has line no. 118 in both directions. However, it should be noted there are occasional trains and periods of the year when services use Peron III or IV in the opposite direction to that expected, so all journeys should be checked.

Note that line 118 west from Kraków Bronowice is at a higher level than the main line as far as a connecting junction east of Kraków Mydlniki.

(Przemyśl Główny –) Hurko – Medyka (– Mostys'ka 2)

[122] (ERA-E 79B2; ERA-R 184B1; H12, R35) PL21/120

There are three routes between these points; from south to north they are:

  • Line 91, a cross border 1435 mm gauge line which ends east of Mostys'ka 1 in Ukraine.

This is used between Przemyśl Główny and Medyka by the PKP local service shown in Table 122 and usually by the through Wroclaw - L'viv service, plus LEO Express have applied to run through to Mostys'ka 2.

  • Line 989, a 1435 mm gauge line through the marshalling yards, re-joining Line 91 at Medyka.

No passenger services use this line. Note that page H12 of the "Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski" is incorrect in showing passenger stations on this line; they are on Line 91 and the enlarged page R35 shows the situation correctly.

  • Line 92, the 1520 mm gauge line into Ukraine.

This route is used by the daytime services between Kyiv/L'viv and Przemyśl Główny, and from 2017/18 the night service to/from Odessa, all operated by Ukrainian railways. Note such trains terminating at Przemyśl Główny are no longer shown in PKP 122 so are listed below.

Up until the 2016/17 TT change it was believed Lines 91 and 92 were used on alternate days by the overnight L'viv/Lvov services, with either a manual gauge change at Przemyśl (with a longer stop) or an SUW2000 gauge change at Mostys'ka 2 (with a relatively short stop at Przemyśl). The gauge changer at Mostys'ka 2 was noted out of use as at October 2017 but an April 2018 traveller confirms his overnight L'viv/Lvov services used Line 91 and the Mostys'ka 2 gauge changer.

The 2020 Przemyśl Główny Peron sheets showed a Standard gauge platform was used in both directions by the overnight through service which of course does not preclude use of the gauge changer at Przemyśl so further reports would be appreciated by the Compilers although the Beta version of the PKP Journey planner route map clearly shows the 2019/20 services booked via Line 91.

All international services between Poland and Ukraine via Medyka are currently suspended, the overnight is shown as recommencing on 15 September 2021.

Note A 52/63000 Wrocław Główny - 00:22 Przemyśl Główny - Lviv/Lvov
Note B SSuO D90/33001 10:18 Przemyśl Główny - Lviv/Lvov
Note C D716/33013 13:10 Przemyśl Główny - Kiev Passajirskii (via Khmelnytskyi)
Note C D706/33017 15:45 Przemyśl Główny - Kiev Passajirskii (via Korosten)
Note D D36/33025 18:59 Przemyśl Główny - Odessa
Note D 51/36000 23:26 Lviv/Lvov - Przemyśl Główny - Wrocław Główny
Note D D35/33026 Odessa - 07:10 Lviv (Lvov) - Przemyśl Główny
Note C D705/33010 Kiev Passajirskii - 11:20 L'viv - Przemyśl Główny (via Korosten)
Note C D715/33014 Kiev Passajirskii - 13:55 L'viv - Przemyśl Główny (via Khmelnytskyi)
Note B SSuO D89/33002 16:20 L'viv - Przemyśl Główny

Note A: 30 August 2021 to 11 December 2021
Note B: 29 August to 11 December 2021, +30-31 August and 11-12 November 2021
Note C: 29 August 2021 to 11 December 2021 Subject to announcement
Note D: 29 August 2021 to 11 December 2021

(Przemyśl Główny –) Przemyśl Bakończyce [reverse] - Hurko – (Medyka)

[122] (ERA-E 79B2; ERA-R 184B1; H12, R35) PL21/121

No planned use indicated in 2020-2021 after diversions between 19-26 May 2019

Stalowa Wola Rozwadów Towarowy – Stalowa Wola Charzewice - Pilchów

[126, 555] (ERA-E 79A3-B3; ERA-R 183C3; G11) PL21/122

This curve (line 565) was previously used by services between Lublin and Tarnobrzeg (- Rzeszow) with a '<' symbol against Stalowa Wola Rozwadów in tables 126 and 555. The line to Lublin was electrified for services commencing from 13 December 2020 and these were diverted to reverse and change locomotives at Stalowa Wola Rozwadów. It is believed all services are planned to resume running via this curve in December 2021 but in the meantime there have been limited diversionary use.

Note A 24001/310 Lublin Główny - 16:17 Lipa - Bohumin{CD]
Note B 83101 Szczecin Główny - 21:55/22:16 Zaklików - Rzeszów Główny
Note C 38100 Rzeszów Główny - 05:38/05:55 Tarnobrzeg - Szczecin Główny
Note A 42000/311 Bohumin [CD] - 11:02 Tarnobrzeg - Lublin Główny

Note A: 19 April to 12 June 2021
Note B: 19 April to 11 June & 6 - 11 September 2021
Note C: 20 April to 12 June 2021 & 6 - 11 September 2021

Stróże avoiding line: SR4 – SR3

[130, 131] (ERA-E 79A2; ERA-R 79A2; H9) PL21/123

Use resumed 1 October 2017. Use of the curve can be identified in tables 130 and 131 by < markers at Stróże.

Stróże Station – SR3 [East Junction]

[131] (ERA-E 79A2; ERA-R 186B5; H9) PL21/124

Initially just one heavily dated train pair was shown Fridays and Sundays in 2020-2021, but the June timetable change has increased this number. Dates have proved subject to change in the past and confirmation that the train runs should be sought before travelling.

Note A SSuO 33584/5 Nowy Sącz - 05:41/05:48 Stróże - Jasło
Note B SuO 33582/3 Nowy Sącz - 15:03 Stróże - Jasło
Note C: SSuO 33588/9 Nowy Sącz - 19:45/19:47 Stróże - Krynica-Zdrój
Note C: SSuO 33586/587 Krynica-Zdrój - 08:14/08:24 Polna - Nowy Sącz
Note C: SSuO 33590/591 Jasło - 22:14/22:17 Polna - Nowy Sącz
Note D FO 33580/581 Jasło - 22:16 Polna - Nowy Sącz

Note A: 3 July 2021 to 28 August 2021 + 29 August and 4-5 September
Note B: 26 September to 24 October and 7 November to 5 December + 1 November
Note C: 3 July 2021 to 28 August 2021 + 29 August 2021 and 4-5 September 2021
Note D: 1 October to 10 December + 10 October. Not 12 November.

Stróże SR3 [East Junction] – Gorlice Zagorzany (– Jasło)

[131] (ERA-E 79A2; ERA-R 186B5; H9 - H10) PL21/125

Used by services listed in PL21/123 and PL21/124.

(Jasło –) Gorlice-Zagórzany – Gorlice

[131/a] (ERA-E 79A2; ERA-R 186B5; H10) PL21/126

Jasło - Gorlice-Zagórzany - Gorlice services in 2020-2021 are again listed in table 131 rather than separate table 131a making it harder to see its complicated operating pattern.

Zagórz – Komańcza – Łupków - Medzilaborce [ZSR]

[131/134] (ERA-E 79B1-B2; ERA-R 186C4; 187A5, H11) PL21/127

A limited Bank Holiday and summer weekends service resumed from Zagórz to Łupków on 11 June 2016. From Summer 2017 some were extended across the border to Medzilaborce in Slovakia and this continues in 2020-2021. The summer 2021 timetable is in TT134. There is one SO Poznań - Łupków which returns on Sunday, and two Zagórz - Medzilaborce train pairs at weekends, including Fridays.

Nowy Zagórz - Zagórz R101 - Uherce - Zagórz R101 - Zagórz

[131] (ERA-E 79B2; ERA-R 187A5; H11) PL21/127B

This is a reopened 17km section of the Sanok - Krościenko - Khyriv (UZ) railway. It is accessed by a triangle north of Zagórz. A summer Saturday Kraków Główny - Sanok - Zagórz - Łupków service runs from Sanok to Uherce, reverses, and returns via the east to south side of the triangle to Zagórz before continuing to Łupków. The return service on the Sunday takes this route in reverse.

Note A SO TLK30162 Kraków Główny - 12:54/14:06 Sanok - Łupków
Note B SuO TLK33162 Łupków - 13:50/14:03 Zagórz - Kraków Główny

Note A: 26 June 2021 to 28 August 2021 and 4 to 25 September 2021
Note B: 27 June 2021 to 22 August 2021 and 29 August to 26 September 2021

Rzeszów Zachodni - Rzeszów Staroniwa (Rzeszów Głowny avoider) - line 611

[132] (ERA-E 79A2-B2; ERA-R 183C1; G11) PL21/128

This curve is in use again in 2021 by the SKPL operated DMU's on the following services. Last used between 25 June - 31 August 2019 by local services and until 14 December 2019 by a TLK train pair to/from Żagorz due to major Rzeszów Główny station reconstruction works.

Note B IC 30112/3 Kraków Główny - 11:45/11:55 Rzeszów Zachodni- Żagórz
Note A IC 30111 Kraków Główny - 21:48 Rzeszów Zachodni- Żagórz
Note B IC 33110 Żagórz - 07:31 Rzeszów Staroniwa - Kraków Główny
Note A IC 33112 Żagórz - 17:37 Rzeszów Staroniwa - Kraków Główny

Note A: 6 April to 12 June 2021
Note B 6 April to 12 June 2021 & 27 September to 6 October 2021

Sucha Beskidzka

[135] (ERA-E 78B2; ERA-R 185B5; G8) PL21/129

All services between Kraków and Zakopane had to reverse at Sucha Beskidzka until an avoiding curve opened on 11 June 2017. Since then most Zakopane trains run via the avoiding line, calling at a new station called Sucha Beskidzka Zamek. Use of the North to West and South to West curves can be identified by any train calling at Sucha Beskidzka.

Kraków Plaszów – Kraków Bonarka (– Skawina)

[135a] (ERA-E 78C2; ERA-R 182; R15) PL21/130

Services via this route were much reduced once the Kraków Plaszów avoiding curve opened in December 2017. All local services were operated by buses in 2019/20 until 8 November 2020 when several local services reverted to trains but from December 2020 were again buses until a weekend Kraków Plaszów <=> Zakopane train pair commenced on 26 June. From 29 August 2021 an irregular local service commenced.

Oświęcim – Skawina

[141] (ERA-E 78B2-C2; ERA-R 182B1-C1; G7-G8) PL21/131

The Praha - Kraków was rerouted via table 140 in 2019/20. Then in summer only and from 2020 trains ran to Zator but only from each end with only any overnight trains using the Oświęcim avoiding curve [which resumed from 30 August 2020 PL21/132] running through. As the Oświęcim curve junction is after the line from Tzebinia to Oświęcim has joined it is possible to do the complete line in daylight between 1 May 2021 to 26 September 2021 but those morning PR trains from Katowice and Kraków to Zator returning in the early evening require an 8hr layover.

Oświęcim avoiding curve: Oświęcim OwC1 – OwC - Skawina

[120/140/141] (ERA-E 77B1; ERA-R 188C4; G7) PL21/132

This north <=> east curve links the Mysłowice and Skawina/Trzebinia lines. Used by occasional diversions in 2019/20 and Leo Express workings until 8 January 2019. Two trains used the curve in the period 30 August to 12 December 2020 and this use continued in the 2020-2021 timetable until March 2021.

Note A TLK63170 Wrocław Główny - 02:01 Katowice - Przemyśl Główny
Note B TLK36171 Przemyśl Główny - 00:01/00:20 Kraków Główny - Wrocław Główny

Note A: 14-24 December 2020 and 12 January 2021 to 13 March 2021 and most dates from 29 August - 31 October 2021
Note B: 13-23 December 2020 and 11 January to 13 March 2021 and most dates from 29 August - 31 October 2021

Katowice – flyover departure line – Katowice Brynów (p.odg. Brynów)

[146, 151] (ERA-E 77B2; ERA-R 188B3; R17) PL21/133

Westbound departures from Katowice platforms 1-4 towards Katowice Ligota can run either via the main line (line 139) or via a flyover (line 656) over the main line to Gliwice. From observation, all trains departing from platform 1 at Katowice appear to use this route.

Czechowice Dziedzice avoiding line: Goczałkowice Zdrój (p.odg. Most Wisła) – Zabrzeg (p.odg. Ochodza)

[146, 147] (ERA-E 77B1; ERA-R 188C3; H7) PL21/134

The north-to-west curve avoiding Czechowice Dziedzice is used by all trains in table 146 and also trains to and from Katowice shown in table 147 with a '<' symbol against Czechowice Dziedzice.

[Rybnik - ] Lesczczyny - Line 149 - Gierałtowice - podg Mizerów – Zabrze Makoszowy Kopalnia - [Gliwice]

[156] (ERA-E 77A1-A2; ERA-R 188A2-B2; G6, R16) PL21/135

2020-2021 usage is similar to 2019-20 with one train pair, mostly SSuO, but strongly dated. Note that approaching/leaving Gliwice this train pair use a reinstated south side connection with the ex Katowice main line shown closed and lifted in the Mały Atlas.

A summer dated TLK pair uses this route from Lesczczyny until podg Mizerów and then divert so are listed as PL21/135A en route to/from Katowice [reverse] to/from Gliwice.

Note A SSuO Os44123 06:39 Gliwice - Wisła Glebce
Note A SSuO Os44112 Wisła Glebce - 20:29/20:36/20:39 Leszczyny - Gliwice

Note A: Odd SSuO dates until current period SSuO 29 August - 6 November plus 1 November, plus from all year PDF 4-5 + 11 December 2021

(Rybnik - ) Lesczczyny - Line 149 - Gierałtowice - podg Mizerów – Zabrze Makoszowy - Ruda Kochłowice - podg Gottwald [ - Katowice]

[155,156] (ERA-E 77A1-A2; ERA-R 188B2-B3; G6, R16/17) PL21/135A

This train pair takes the same route as PL21/135 from Lesczczyny via Knurów, but then heads east from podg. Mizerów on freight lines 141 and 164 until Katowice Zaleze to call at and reverse at Katowice. This explains the extremely long journey time between stops at Knurów and Gliwice evident from table 156. Part of the route is common with PL21/137B

Note A TLK48070 Bohumin [ČD]- 20:22 Rybnik - Świnoujście
Note B TLK84070 Świnoujście - 05:29/05:54 Katowice - Bohumin [ČD]

Note A: 27 June 2021 to 30 August 2021
Note B: 25 June to 1 September 2021

Chybie – Chybie Mnich (p.odg Bieniowiec) (– Skoczów)

[146/147/148] (ERA-E 78B2; ERA-R 182A1; H7) PL21/136

Use of this west <=> south chord was suspended in 2020 due to engineering works near to Czechowice-Dziedzice. The all year PDF showed use resuming in November 2020, but this did not happen. An extremely dated SSuO train pair operate over this curve for much of the 2020-2021 timetable period, though there is a period when it starts/finishes at Skoczów instead of Wisła Glebce.

Note A SSuO Os44123 Gliwice - 07:59/08:03/08:12 Chybie – Skoczów/Wisła Glebce
Note B SSuO Os44112 Wisła Glebce - 19:30/19:33 Skoczów - Gliwice

Note A: 13 June to 28 August SSuO, 28 August to 28 November SuO + 1,11,12 November and 5 December, 4 September to 27 November SO
Note B: 13 June to 28 August SSuO, 29 August to 28 November SuO + 9,11,18,29 September, 2,9,October, 1,11,12 November, 4,5,11 December, 16 October to 27 November SO.

Czechowice-Dziedzice (p.odg Ochodza)- via Zabrzeg Czarnolesie Goods line 693 to (p.odg Bronów) - Chybie

[147] (ERA-E 77B1, not shown; ERA-R 182A1; H7) PL21/137

From March 2020 with long term engineering works all trains between Czechowice Dziedzice and Chybie were diverted through the south side of the Zabrzeg Czarnolesie goods yard as per < markers at Zabrzeg and Zabrzeg Czarnolesie. From 14 March 2021 services returned to the main line.

[Katowice -] Sosnowiec Porąbka - curve 663 - line 163 - Sosnowiec Maczki - Jaworzno Szczakowa

[140] (ERA-E 77B2; ERA-R 188B4; R18) PL21/137A

This is an alternative route between Katowice and Jaworzno Szczakowa indicated by < markers at Mysłowice and last used in 2012. The regular passenger service on 163 using the different north to east curve at the north end as part of then table 105 ended on 2 April 2001.

Several trains used this diversion between March 2021 and June 2021, but from the June timetable update only an overnight train pair which ended on 29 August 2021.

Note A 63170/73170 Zielona Góra - 02:37/02:38 Katowice - Przemyśl
Note B 36170/171 Przemyśl - 01:16 Jaworzno Szczakowa - Wrocław Główny

Note A: 19-20 June, 23-25 June, 28 June, 4-5 July, 8-12 July, 16 July to 29 August, booked to continue to 11 December 2021 but did not do so
Note B: 18-19 June, 22-24 June, 27 June, 4 July, 7 July to 27 August, Not 12-14 July. Booked to continue to 11 December 2021 but did not do so

Katowice - podg Gottwald - Ruda Kochłowice - Line 141 - Gliwice Sośnica - Gliwice

[220] (ERA-E 77A2-B2; ERA-R 188A2-B2-B3; R16/17) PL21/137B

This is an alternative route between Katowice and Gliwice. Apart from short notice and short term engineering work this is the first use since the old style Russian sleepers finished as they were banned via Zabrze. Part of the route is common with PL21/135A.

Note A 63170 Wrocław Główny - 01:47/01:51 Gliwice - Przemyśl
Note B 36170 Przemyśl - 01:47/01:52 Katowice - Wrocław Główny

Note A: 24 December 2020 to 10 January 2021 and 14 March 2021 to 29 August 2021
Note B: 25 December 2020 to 11 January 2021 and 15 March 2021 to 29 August 2021

Nędza Wieś – Kuźnia Raciborska (p.odg. Turze)

[153/160] (ERA-E 77A1; ERA-R 188B1; G6) PL21/138

This east-to-north chord avoiding Nędza station is used by trains running direct between Kędzierzyn Koźle and Rybnik. Use is indicated by < markers at stations from Nędza to Chałupki in Table 160. Note these services do not appear in table 153 but should use the direct route to/from Rybnik in PL21/139 which can be confirmed by the Map View in the Journey Planner before travel.

Rybnik – Sumina

[153/154/160] (ERA-E 77A1; ERA-R 188B1; G6, H6) PL21/139

There are two routes between Rybnik and Sumina: a direct line and a longer route via Rybnik Towarowy and Rydułtowy used by most local services. Any TLK normally takes the direct line but note those to/from Kędzierzyn-Koźle are not shown in the 153 PDF. Others to/from from Racibórz do and are indicated by a '<' symbol against relevant intermediate stations in table 153. A few Rybnik - Racibórz locals are booked the direct line in recent times and this continues as listed in Table 153.

Services not booked to call at Sumina to/from the direct line may, but do not always use the station avoiding line.

Tychy – line 169 - Orzesze Jaśkowice

[151/155] (ERA-E 77A1-B1; ERA-R 188B2-B3; G7) PL21/140

This line reopened to passenger services in 2017. Use can be identified in 155 by < markers from Mikolow Jamna to Orzesze plus timings or | from Orzesze Jaśkowice.

Żory – Chybie

[146a/154] (ERA-E 77A1; ERA-R 188C2; G6-H7) PL21/141

Local services were withdrawn on 8 May 2020 but resumed in 2020-2021 with a published table 146a. From August 2021 these are limited days and dates so are also listed here with the non-stop IC services which are not shown in the 146a pdf.

Note A 48102 Bielsko-Biała Główna - 08:01/08:04 Czechowice-Dziedzice - Ustka
Note B 45151 Zakopane/Bielsko-Biała Główna - 16:13 Czechowice-Dziedzice - Bydgoszcz Główna
Note F SSuO Os44112 Wisła Glebce - 19:44/19:46 Chybie - Gliwice
Note C 46160/1 Bielsko-Biała Główna - 21:05 Czechowice-Dziedzice - Wrocław Główny
Note D 64160/1 Wrocław Główny - 06:09 Żory - Bielsko-Biała Główna
Note F SSuO Os44123 Gliwice - 07:55 Żory – Wisła Glebce
Note E 53150/1 Bydgoszcz Główna - 11:16/11:20 Żory - Zakopane
Note B 84102/3 Ustka - 19:30 Żory - Bielsko-Biała Główna

Note A: 13 March to unknown date as not via this route by 29 August 2021
Note B: 13 March to 6 November 2021
Note C: 25 June to 30 August 2021
Note D: 27 June to 1 September 2021
Note E: 26 June to 31 August 2021
Note F: SSuO, with a few exceptions

Kędzierzyn-Koźle – p.odg. Stare Koźle – Kędzierzyn-Koźle Azoty

[160] (ERA-E 78A3, not shown; ERA-R 181C2 too detailed to be shown; R14) PL21/142

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Kedzierzyn Kozle line 151.jpg

There are three routes between Kędzierzyn-Koźle and podg. Stare Koźle. From east to west they are:

1. Line 709. This is the more used passenger route in both directions. This 4 km single track goes over the avoiding curve line 681 via a staff halt at the PKP depot to/from Peron (platform) I. It did go out of use for a time but resumed as the normal for PR local trains with the June 2016 timetable change but see 2. & 3. for exceptions.

2. Line 151 (northbound). From a travellers July 2017 observation, its 2021 equivalent as below and confirmed in map view is the only service booked to use a line initially heading east at podg. Stare Koźle [not shown in the Mały Atlas but in OpenRailwayMap], then underneath Lines 709 and 681 to run parallel to, but up to 30m apart of the southbound track of Line 151 as per entry 3. Both tracks of 151 remain on the west side of the substantial yard and lead to/from only Kędzierzyn-Koźle Peron IV or the station avoiding lines. All the northbound trains in PL21/143A (but note comment on trains 456/457) used this route until the split of lines 151 came together.

4122 Racibórz - 08:44 Kuźnia Raciborska - Białystok

3. Line 151 (southbound). This runs on the west side of the yard (Kędzierzyn-Koźle KKD) up to 0.5 km away from Line 709 and the southern junction at podg. Stare Koźle which is grade separated. Any service from Kędzierzyn-Koźle Peron IV towards Rybnik or Racibórz must use this route.

Check the Kędzierzyn-Koźle arrivals sheet for the latest information on all three variants.

Kędzierzyn-Koźle avoiding curve

[160/220] (ERA-E 78A3; ERA-R 181C2; R14) PL21/143

In addition to the services listed below, from 7 November 2020 to 30 July 2021 ALL Raciborz <=> Kędzierzyn-Koźle local services are diverted via this curve to reverse and call at Sławięcice on the line towards Gliwice. Note it is significantly grade separated at the south end.

101/40001 Katowice - 05:17 Gliwice - Wien Hbf
300/34004 Przemysl - 18:01 Gliwice - Ostrava Svinov [CZ]
1423 Białystok - 18:21 Gliwice - Racibórz
310/24001 Lublin - 22:45 Gliwice - Bohumin [CZ]
311/42000 Bohumin [CZ] - 04:43 Racibórz - Lublin
301/43004 Ostrava Svinov - 09:24 Racibórz - Przemysl
100/44000 Wien Hbf - 21:53 Racibórz - Katowice

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Kedzierzyn Kozle avoiding line.jpg

Kędzierzyn-Koźle goods lines and northern approach line 680

[160/220] (ERA-E 78A3, not shown; ERA-R 181C2; R14) PL21/143A

The following TLK services did not call, but used the goods lines parallel to the platforms at Kędzierzyn-Koźle, stopping at Kędzierzyn-Koźle Azoty instead. As a consequence [and the journey planner map view confirms], they must use also goods line 680 north of the station. The map view shows all trains taking the southbound option of that grade separated section but the one report seen advised it took the flyover route. Note that in the table below trains 456 and 457 appear to use line 680 but actually run main line between Zdzieszowice and Kędzierzyn-Koźle after 13 June and pass non-stop through platforms. They also use PL21/142, line 151.

Note the Journey Planner map view shows the few through Raciborz - Opole local services do not take this route but PL21/143 listed above and still call at Kędzierzyn-Koźle.

Note B 456/47010 Wien Hbf - 02:58/03:00 Racibórz - Berlin Charlottenburg
Note A 48102 Bielsko-Biała Główna - 09:37 Kędzierzyn-Koźle Azoty - Ustka
Note A 35150 Zakopane - 17:30 Kędzierzyn-Koźle Azoty - Bydgoszcz Główna
Note A 64160 Wrocław Główny - 04:55 Zdzieszowice - Bielsko-Biała Główna
Note A 53150 Bydgoszcz Główna - 10:02 Zdzieszowice - Bielsko-Biała Główna
Note A 84102/3 Ustka - 18:34 Zdzieszowice - Bielsko-Biała Główna
Note B 457/74010 Berlin Charlottenburg - 23:56/23:58 Opole Główne - Wien Hbf

Note A: To 30 July 2021
Note B: in PDFs from 29 August 2021 these are map viewed running non-stop through the station platforms

Lubliniec – Paczyna

[165] (ERA-E 78A3-A4; ERA-R 182A3; G6) PL21/144

This 36.5 km section of an otherwise freight only line has a substantial grade separated junction at Lubliniec. The line is used by all services listed in table 165 which from at least August 2021 include a pair of daily daytime services departing Lubliniec at 11:55 or Gliwice at 15:25.

Lubliniec avoiding line: podg. Jawonica – podg. Droniowiczki

[165/175] (ERA-E 78A3-B4; ERA-R 182A3; G6) PL21/145

This north <=> south connection links the Częstochowa line (line 61) with the Paczyna line (line 152). These services do not appear in the 165 PDF. Previously used by services diverted away from their normal route via Fosowskie between 10 - 23 July 2017.

Any intending passengers are strongly advised to check the International Section of the Russian Railways website and the PKP Journey Planner map view as as at August 2021 they remain suspended until further notice.

Note A MO IC 41012/408/18 Nice Ville/Praha Hlavni Nadrazi - 10:07 Chałupki - next stop Warszawa - Moskva Belorusskaia
Note B FO IC 14012/409/17 Moskva Belorusskaia - 12:45 Warszawa Gdańska - Praha Hlavni Nadrazi/Nice

Note A: 22 March 2021 to 6 December 2021
Note B: 19 March 2021 to 10 December 2021

Bytom avoiding line

[165/180] (ERA-E 77B2; ERA-R 188A3; R19) PL21/145A

This curve was booked to be used by the Russian Railways Nice Ville <=> Moskva Belorusskaia train pair on certain dates in 2020, but no dates are presently shown in the 2020-2021 timetable. They were identified by a | in table 102 at Gliwice.

(Lubliniec –) Toszek Północ – Rudziniec Gliwicki (– Kędzierzyn-Koźle)

[175] (ERA-E 77A2; ERA-R 182A3; G6) PL21/146

This is the freight line from the Junction of passenger table 165 south towards Kędzierzyn-Koźle. These services do not appear in the 165 PDF. Previously used by diversions in May 2011, some Russian Railways Nice Ville <=> Moskva Belorusskaia services ran by this route in 2020 before being suspended due to Covid 19 restrictions. The same services appear again in the 2020-2021 timetable.

It is believed the grade separated junction at Toszek Północ and the second pair of tracks line 199 towards Kędzierzyn-Koźle have reopened meaning any southbound service would take a different route after July 2019.

Any intending passengers are strongly advised to check the International Section of the Russian Railways website and the PKP Journey Planner map view as as at August 2021 they remain suspended until further notice.

Note A MO IC 41012 Nice Ville - 10:07 Chałupki - next stop Warszawa Zachodnia - Moskva Belorusskaia
Note B FO IC 14012 Moskva Belorusskaia - 12:45 Warszawa Gdańska - Praha Hlavni Nadrazi/Nice Ville

Note A: 22 March to 6 December 2021
Note B: 19 March to 10 December 2021

Częstochowa avoiding line: Częstochowa Stradom – Kusięta Nowe (p.odg. Kucelinka) (– Koniecpol)

[109/175/P200] (ERA-E 78B4; ERA-R 182B3; R15) PL21/147

This line enables trains between Wrocław/Opole and Kielce, plus to Warszawa (via the CMK) [PL21/103] or Krakow [PL21/108] to avoid reversing at Częstochowa Osobowa (the main station) by calling instead at Częstochowa Stradom. Use can be identified in table 175 by a < at Częstochowa.

Herby Stare – Boronów (p.odg Kalina)

[175/180] (ERA-E 78B4; ERA-R 182A3; F7) PL21/148

This 2.2km east <=> south curve, [line 687] regained a local service in 2016 and although easily identified in timetable 180 are now listed as they are no longer regular operating days. The additional dated summer use by IC services in 2020 is now a daily pair.

4522 Bielsko-Biała Główna - 07:34 Tarnowskie Góry - Olsztyn Główny
Note A SuX PR44206/45220 Tarnowskie Góry - 14:09 Boronów - Częstochowa
SSuX PR44210 Lubliniec - 08:32 [Reverse] depart 08:47 Herby Stare - Tarnowskie Góry
SO PR44211 Częstochowa - 09:53 Herby Stare - Tarnowskie Góry
5423 Olsztyn Główny - 20:34 Częstochowa Stradom - Bielsko-Biała Główna

Note A 20 September - 6 November 2021

Herby Stare – Herby Nowe

[175/180/315/322] (ERA-E 78B4; ERA-R 182A3; F7) PL21/149

A Kraków - Szczecin pair used this curve in 2019-2020, plus an overnight Przemyśl Główny <=> Kołobrzeg train. There are two IC train pairs in the all year 2020-2021 timetable pdfs but due to engineering work via Wieluń these were diverted via Lubliniec for part of the year.

Note A TLK37101 Kraków Glówny – 06:41 Częstochowa Stradom - Poznań Główny
Note A TLK37103 Kraków Glówny – 18:20 Częstochowa Stradom - Poznań Główny
Note A TLK73102 Kraków Glówny – 08:48 Krzepice - Kraków Glówny
Note A TLK73100 Kraków Glówny – 21:02 Krzepice - Kraków Glówny

Note A: 14 March to 12 June 2021 and from 11 September 2021

Lisów – Herby Stare

[175] (ERA-E 78B4, not shown; ERA-R 182A3; F7) PL20/149A

The east and westbound routes take significantly different routes through a forest between these points.

Lisów – podg Liswarta - Herby Nowe

[175/180] (ERA-E 78B4; ERA-R 182A3; F7) PL21/149B

A press article indicated diversions via this west to north curve in 2019-2020 due to track works but searches showed just one train affected. That was not shown in either PDF but was confirmed by the Journey Planner and its map view. As far as is known this curve was only in passenger use from 14 June to 29 July 2020, after which this one service ran via Herby Stare to reverse. There appears to be no use of this curve in 2020-2021.

Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis

(Zawiercie –) Łazy – Line 160 southbound or 186 both directions – Dąbrowa Gornicza Ząbkowice

[101/102] (ERA-E 77B2-C2; ERA-R 188A5-B5; too detailed to be shown correctly, G7 R18) PL21/150

Alternative routes previously identified by < markers between Łazy and Dąbrowa Górnicza Sikorka.

[A] Southbound via flyover route 160 to the southern end of 186
[B] Line 186 in both directions

In Autumn 2020 travellers noticed new platforms have been built on line 186 at Chruszczobród [Peron II] and Wiesiółka [Peron III] so use of 186 in both directions can be confirmed from the Peron sheets by trains calling at both of those platforms.

To note if a southbound service calls at any Wiesiółka platform it is impossible to then travel via line 160.

Additionally when [A] & [B] were scheduled during 2016, and again [B] northbound on 11 August 2017, mainline services continued on the goods lines north of Łazy on the east side of the first, then in-between parts of two freight yards to Zawiercie. However when northbound [B] was used between August and December 2020 it is believed all services re-joined the normal route by at least Łazy.

Early 2021 timetable pdfs showed train 83106 using [A] to Dąbrowa Gornicza Ząbkowice, but this train now travels main line. Instead the following service used the goods lines.

Note A 24105 Kielce - 20:26 Zawiercie - Katowice

Note A: 13 June to 28 August via [A]

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(Radzice –) Wolanow – line 576 [Radom avoider] – Rozki (– Skarzysko-Kamienna)

[100/113/110] (ERA-E 79A5; ERA-R 183B5; F9) PL21/151

Last scheduled diversionary use between 10 July - 10 August 2017.

[Sosnowiec Porąbka] - podg Dorota - part line 133 - Dąbrowa Gornicza Ząbkowice

[102, 105] (ERA-E 77B2; ERA-R 188A4-B4; R18) PL21/152

Note there is a large flying junction approaching podg Dorota. This route is partly common with PL21/159 from podg Dorota - part line 133 - Dąbrowa Gornicza Ząbkowice and additional unusual track.

Eight services used this route from December 2020 until June 2021, reduced to two IC services until 28 August. None identified thereafter.

Note A IC56100/101 Olsztyn Główny - 13:51/13:56 Zawiercie - Polanica-Zdrój
Note A 62102 Wrocław Główny - 12:01 Katowice - Lublin

Note A: 13/14 June to 28 August 2021

Kielce avoiding line: Kielce Piaski (podg Piaski k. Kielc) – Kielce Herbskie (line 567)

[100/113/110] (ERA-E 78C4; ERA-R 183A4; F9) PL21/153

Last scheduled diversionary use between 10 July - 10 August 2017.

Tomaszów Mazowiecki – Spała

[114] (ERA-E 78C5; ERA-R 182C5; E8) PL21/154

It is not known if any trains ran in 2020 or 2021 but the Marshall's Office of the Łódź Voivodeship has announced a weekend service to Spała would resume once ŁKA receive their ordered hybrid units, expected to be at the December 2022 timetable change. PR Łódź had sponsored the first passenger service on this branch since 1988 for summer 2014 but from 2017 services ran only on "Harvest" weekend which in 2019 was three pairs on 14/15 September. Then in 2020 trains ran SSuO from 8th - 30th August, tickets were free but only on application through email as per this PolRegio link. As timings were not in the Journey Planner they were Łódź Kaliska 08:12 Spała 09:25 & 17:10 return to Łódź Kaliska 18:27.

[Kraków Mydlniki -] Kraków Bronowice - Line 95 - Kraków Batowice

[107/140] (ERA-E 78C3; ERA-R 182; G8 & R15) PL21/155

Identified by a footnote in table 140 and confirmed in map view, just this train is diverted from the Katowice main line via Nowa Huta avoiding Kraków Główny eastbound. It is booked to call at Kraków Batowice Peron III Track 1 on the higher level tracks and is confirmed as using the flying junction onto line 95.

Last used by a pair of overnights from 2 September - 20 October 2018 as confirmed by a traveller and station entries for Kraków Lobzów and Kraków Mydlniki in table 107.

Note A PR43802 Katowice - 12:55 Kraków Bronowice - Rzeszów Główny

Note A: 29 August - 6 November 2021

Żurawica - line 614 - Hurko [Przemyśl avoiding line]

[121] (ERA-E 79B2; ERA-R 184B1; H12) PL21/157

Last used between 5 - 9 November 2018 by limited services diverted to/from Przemyśl Glowny via Hurko [reverse].

(Chabowka –) Rabka Zdrój – Nowy Sacz

[136] (ERA-E 78C2; ERA-R 185C5-186A5; H8/9) PL21/158

In 2020 services were planned between Chabówka - Mszana Dolna/Kasina Wielka SSuO or Chabówka - Nowy Sącz SuO from 4 July to 26 August but the last two weekends were cancelled due to the imposition of a 50% virus related seat sale restriction making them uneconomic. Details and bookings were via the Chabowka Museum website for the Kasina Wielka services or kolejegalicyjskie website to Nowy Sacz.

Unexpectedly the Skansen specials planned for 29 August 2021 appeared in the PDF valid from that day but no other information is known for 2020-2021 apart from this line is due to be modernised at the western end as it will become the course of the new high speed line from Kraków.

(Katowice – Mysłówice –) Sosnowiec Jęzor – podg Dorota – Dąbrowa Górnicza Ząbkowice

[140/102/109] (ERA-E 77B2; ERA-R 182B1-C1; R18) PL21/159

Note the section from podg Dorota to Dąbrowa Górnicza Ząbkowice is common with PL21/152. This entry has alternative routes as with no intermediate stop it is impossible to confirm from PDFs which would be used so the entries below are identified from the Journey Planner map view. To note that most of the services to/from Kielce no longer appear in table 102 despite stopping at stations in it. The route options are:-

  • [A] from Mysłówice via Sosnowiec Jęzor and Line 180 to podg Dorota. Note the flyover south of podg Dorota to line 180 shown in the Mały Atlas no longer exists so southbound services may be more likely to use this route.
  • [B] from Mysłówice via Sosnowiec Jęzor to podg Długoszyn (west of Jaworzno Szczakowa), curve 667 and Sosnowiec Maczki to podg Dorota

The previous diversions with both in use were between 17 April - 8 May 2018, then [B] in the period 8 November until 12 March 2021.

Note A PR24333 Kielce - 06:49 Zawiercie - map view via Option [B] - Katowice
Note A IC24100 Lublin Główny - 11:49 Zawiercie - map view via Option [B] - Katowice
Note A IC1422 Białystok - 16:59 Zawiercie - map view via Option [B] - Racibórz
Note B IC4520 Bielsko-Biała Główna - 04:43 Katowice - map view via Option [B] - Gdynia Główna
Note A IC42104 Bielsko-Biała Główna - 07:12 Katowice - map view via Option [B] - Kielce
Note A PR42334 07:52 Katowice - map view via Option [B] - Busko Zdroj
Note A IC4122 Racibórz - 10:14 Katowice - map view via Option [B] - Białystok
Note A IC42104 15:57 Katowice - map view via Option [B] - Kielce
Note A IC4120 Bielsko-Biała Główna - 16:42 Katowice - map view via Option [B] - Gdynia Główna
Note C KS94128 Zwardoń - 19:37 Katowice - map view via Option [B] - Częstochowa

Note A: 29 August - 6 November 2021
Note B: Odd dates 29 August - 6 November 2021
Note C: SSuO 29 August - 6 November 2021

(Katowice –) podg. Gottwald – podg. Hajduki – podg. Radoszowy – podg. Panewnik – Katowice Ligota

[151/151a/155] (ERA-E 77B2; ERA-R 182A1; H7) PL21/160

This line provides an alternative route, further west, between Katowice and Katowice Ligota. Last used between 1 and 10 August 2017 (SSuX). They can be identified by a < marker at just Katowice-Brynów and an extended journey time of more than 30 minutes.

Gliwice - Bytom

[166] (ERA-E 77A2-B2; ERA-R 188A2-A3; G7 R16/17) PL21/161

In use by one holiday train for a short period in summer 2020. Note the junction at Bytom is east of the platforms. No service in 2020-2021 but a regular local service is planned to resume [again!] from the December 2021 timetable.

Katowice Ligota - goods line 142 via Katowice Murcki - podg Mąkołowiec - Tychy

[146/151] (ERA-E 77B1-B2; ERA-R 182A1; R17) PL21/162

Indicated by < markers at Katowice Piotrowice and/or Katowice Podlesie, this 14km freight only line is in use by odd trains on odd days in September and November 2021. Previous use on Sat/Sun 18/19 & 25/26 April 2020 by limited KS Diversions.

Main line Departures from Katowice on:-
21 September IC41000 at 08:15 or TLK54170 at 08:23

Locals from Katowice Ligota on:-
21 September at 07:09, 07:21, 07:57, 08:10, 08:55, 10:03, 14:05, 15:54, 16:09, 16:55, 17:32, 19:37
22 September at 04:47, 05:08, 05:55, 06:32, 06:39
4 November at 07:21, 07:37, 08:18, 10:05, 10:45, 13:03, 15:54, 16:09, 17:22, 19:37, 21:07
5 November at 06:32, 06:40, 07:21, 07:37, 08:18, 10:05, 10:45, 13:03, 15:54, 16:09, 17:22, 19:37, 21:07
6 November at 05:12, 06:29, 06:41

or locals from Tychy on:- 21 September at 11:39, 13:22, 15:13, 15:34, 16:31, 19:58
22 September at 05:27
4 November at 08:37, 10:52, 11:37, 13:50, 14:14, 14:41, 15:14, 15:34, 16:53, 19:58, 21:28, 22:02, 22:37
5 November at 04:44, 05:14, 05:48, 08:37, 10:52, 11:37, 13:50, 14:14, 14:41, 15:14, 15:34, 16:53, 19:58, 21:28, 22:02, 22:37
6 November at 04:44, 05:32, 06:00, 06:10

Mysłowice avoiding line - Sosnowiec Jęzor - Mysłowice Brzezinka

[140,150] (ERA-E 77B2; ERA-R 188B4; R18) PL21/163

This curve allows trains from Jaworzno Szczakowa to proceed directly to Oświęcim without reversal at Mysłowice.

Note A 114/34000 Przemyśl Główny - 10:44/10:50 Trzebinia - Praha hlavní nádraží
Note A 115/43000 Praha hlavní nádraží - 16:21 Oświęcim - Przemyśl Główny

Note A: 14 March to 28 August 2021

Dąbrowa Górnicza Ząbkowice - Dąbrowa Górnicza Południowa - Sosnowiec Maczki - Jaworzno Szczakowa

[102, 105] (ERA-E 77B2; ERA-R 188A4-B4; R18) PL21/164

This 15.8km route is line 133 and allows trains from the Kraków to Katowice line to avoid Katowice and proceed north towards Częstochowa or the CMK/Warszawa, or vice versa. It is used by one train pair in the current timetable. Note that line 133 is also used, in part, by PL21/152.

Note C 73100 04:34 Kraków Główny - Poznan Główny
Note A 38106 Kraków Główny - 11:45 Jaworzno Szczakova - Kołobrzeg
Note A 81306/7 Kołobrzeg - 15:42 Zawiercie - Kraków Główny
Note B 73100 Poznan Główny - 21:46 Częstochowa Stradom - Kraków Główny

Note A: 13 June 2021 to 11 December 2021
Note B 18 - 21 October 2021
Note C 19 - 22 October 2021

See also