Poland (Warsaw Area) - Lines with Obscure passenger services

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Introduction

These entries are based on the timetable from 15 December 2019 to 12 December 2020. However, it should be noted it is completely reissued about four times per year with "adjustments" due on 15 March, 14 June, 30 August and 18 October 2020. In addition, there are frequent amendments within timetable periods.

Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the 2019 Polish Regional version of the European Railway Atlas published by M.G. Ball ISBN: 978-1-9161212-1-8 and the Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011 published by Eurosprinter ISBN: 978-83-931006-3-7

Obscure services: Lines with regular use

Łódź Kaliska avoiding line 539

[601/200a B110] (ERA177B2-B3, R11) PL20/600

After a period of no use from 14 June until 24 August 2020 all trains between Warszawa and Ostrow Wielkopolski now run via Łódź Widzew and the Łódź Kaliska avoiding line, and vice versa.

Łódź Widzew - curve 541 - Łódź Olechow Wschód - Łódź Chojny

[622] (ERA177B2, R11) PL20/601

The December 2019 timetable change introduced a new service from Łódź Widzew to Łódź Kaliska via three new stations on the direct line between Koluszki and Łódź Chojny passing Łódź Olechów freight yard. Full details in new timetable 622.

This reopening has meant reinstatement of the flyover to access curve 541 to/from Łódź Olechów Wschód.

Skierniewice – line 529 – Skierniewice Rawka (podg. Miedniewice)

[601/B170] (ERA177C2 not shown, E8) PL20/601A

This line runs eastwards from Skierniewice to the north of the yards, providing an alternative route towards Warszawa.

Click on the thumbnail for a diagram:

Skierniewice.jpg


By at least October 2019 a new Platform had been built on the far north side track [Peron 3 Track 104]. This means any train to/from Warszawa using this platform must run via 2km of previously goods only lines on the north side of a yard, plus the 1.9km long line 529 which is a separate alignment to/from the Warszawa main line on the north side of the westbound flyover from line 604.

The following Os local train entries were located in the Peron sheets plus German contacts advise an EC is also booked this way, all confirmed in the Journey Planner Map View. All other Warsaw - Kutno services were checked and no others found.

Note A KM Os 91951 03:47 Skierniewice - Warszawa Wschodnia
Note B EC49 Berlin Hauptbahnhof - 18:23 Kutno - Warszawa Wschodnia
Note C KM Os 19993 Warszawa Wschodnia - Skierniewice Rawka 22:40 - Skierniewice

Note A: From an unknown date until 14 September 2020 Note B: From an unknown date until 7 November 2020 Note C: From an unknown date to 12 September 2020

Warszawa Zachodnia "avoider" - Line 510 - Warszawa-Gołąbki - Line 19 - Piastów

[601, 612] (ERA174B4, R7, R5) PL20/602

A new IC service has started for 2019/20 between Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina and Łódź Fabryczna running via the above previously freight only route. Trains run approximately two hourly with gaps but were suspended from 18 March. Now shown as resuming on 8 November 2020.

Warszawa Gdańska – Warszawa Jelonki – Warszawa Gołąbki – Piastów (podg Jozefinów)

[601, 608] (ERA174B4, R7, R5) PL20/602A

Note A TLK83170/1 Kołobrzeg - 03:51 Warszawa Gdańska - Kraków Głowny

Note A; 10-18 September (ThFO), 21-24 September, 1 October, 9-23 October (WThFO) 30-31 October

Gałkówek – Żakowice Południowe – p.odg. Zieleń – Koluszki

[601, 114] (ERA177C1, R11) PL20/603

Any services via this route use line 535 and cross over the Częstochowa main line to/from the east side platforms at Koluszki by calling at or running through Żakowice Południowe. Use in the past has been indicated by either a Timetable footnote, or a * or < marker against a Żakowice timing and use recently has varied from a few services to none.

Any prospective traveller should check the Żakowice Połudnowie arrival and departure sheets for services that are booked to call at Koluszki. Note Gałkówek via Żakowice Południowe to podg Zielen is common with PL20/113 and that a December 2018 traveller advised his Łódź – Koluszki - Opoczno service ran non-stop through Żakowice Południowe so a Journey Planner map view search may find others using this route than shown on the Peron sheets.

Click on the thumbnail for a diagram:

Koluszki.jpg


Ustanówek (p.odg. Czachówek Płd Czp 11) – Czachówek Wschodni

[604, 605] (ERA174B3, E10) PL20/604

This north <=> east curve connects the Warszawa to Radom line with the southern freight ring. In 2019/20 all 604 services to/from Góra Kalwaria use this curve.

Czachówek Południowy – Czachówek Wschodni

[604, 605] (ERA174B3, E10) PL20/605

No scheduled use in 2020. This south <=> east curve connects the Radom to Warszawa line with the southern freight ring. In recent years a few Warszawa to Góra Kalwaria (and v.v.) services continued to Czachówek Południowy to reverse and use this curve. Last known use was up to 12 July 2019.

Warszawa Zachodnia - [Line 46] - Line 20 - Warszawa Główna Towarowa - Warszawa Gołąbki

[606] (ERA174B5, R7) PL20/605A

Trains between Warszawa Zachodnia and Sochaczew with a < against Warszawa Ursus Północny. Use resumed from 14 June 2020 after extensive use during 2018/19 from 11 March 2018.

Map view showed two services routed from Warszawa Gołąbki to Warszawa Główna Towarowa freight yard and line 20 past Odolany carriage sidings to Warszawa Zachodnia which is a 7km diversion. From 31 August 2020 these two trains had reverted to the normal route.

Note any inbound and outbound services use different routes between Warszawa Zachodnia and Warszawa-Czyste so these towards Warszawa are shown to run via line 20, Warszawa-Czyste and line 46 underneath the normal main line to reach the eastbound platforms at Warszawa Zachodnia. See also PL20/655 for extra detail on Warszawa Gołąbki.


Any Westbound services with a < marker at Warszawa Ursus Północny plus calls at Warszawa Centralna [i.e. not on the local lines through Warszawa-Srodmiescie] should use an unnumbered line on the north side from Warszawa Zachodnia Peron 7 to Warszawa-Czyste to join line 20.

Warszawa Zachodnia Peron 8

[608] (ERA174B5, R6) PL20/606

Normally table 608 is only for local services to/from Warszawa Gdanska terminating at Warszawa Zachodnia Peron 8, on a sharp curve in relation to the main station platforms. In 2019/20 there is an hourly through service until 26 September 2020 to/from Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina and Legionowo Piaski via Warszawa Gdanska.

A Press Notice for station improvement works at Warszawa Zachodnia states that regular services from Legionowo to Radom and Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina via Warszawa Gdanska will be scheduled after the work ends in 2023.

Warszawa Praga - Warszawa Toruńska

[608] (ERA174B5, R5) PL20/606A

Between 23 and 28 August 2020 many KM services to/from Warszawa Gdanska and Legionowo have < markers at Warszawa Praga and Warszawa Toruńska. Running time from stations either side of these markers varies from 9 to 18 minutes with all checked in map view shown to run on lines parallel to the normal route with the < marker explained as these tracks have no platforms. These are at maximum 30 metres apart from the normal running lines so if any services with longer running time could be diverted through the sizeable adjacent freight yard is not known.

Chotomów – curve 511 - Legionowo Piaski – (Tłuszcz)

[609, 608] (ERA174B5, D9) PL20/607

Regular use by a limited through Sierpc to Tłuszcz service which avoids Legionowo that commenced in 2017 and continues. Note the separate track starts before station Legionowo Przystanek so eastbound timings are for the stop before.

KM 51140 Sierpc - 12:46 Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki - Tłuszcz
Note A KM 51142 Sierpc - 20:22 Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki - Tłuszcz
KM 15140 Tłuszcz - 14:17 Legionowo Piaski – Sierpc
Note A KM 15142 Tłuszcz - 20:49/20:31 Legionowo Piaski – Sierpc

Note A Until 21 May and from 30 August 2020

Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis

(Koluszki –) Bedoń – Łódź Widzew or Łódź Olechów – Łódź Chojny (– Łódź Kaliska)

[601] (ERA177B1, R11) PL20/650

There are two routes between Bedoń and Łódź Chojny: a north route via Łódź Widzew or southern via Łódź Olechów. Services running via Łódź Olechów could previously be identified by either a footnote in the PDF advising of a call at Łódź Olechów Wschód or a < marker against Łódź Widzew plus a timing or | at Łódź Chojny and/or Łódź Kaliska. There is no complete use of the southern route in 2019/20 and none since diverted PR services between 29 April and 15 May 2019 but Łódź Olechów Wschód to Łódź Chojny is currently in regular use as per PL20/601.

Skierniewice avoiding line: podg Skierniewika – podg Skierniewice Park

[603, 602] (ERA177C2, E8) PL20/651

This N - S curve (line 530) to the west of Skierniewice links the Łowicz and Koluszki lines.

Click on the thumbnail for a diagram:

Skierniewice.jpg


Use resumed from 30 August 2020. Previous scheduled use by summer overnight trains to/from the Baltic coast and by one train from May to June 2017.

Note A TLK54100 Gdynia Glówna - 12:19 Łowicz Główny - Katowice
Note A IC5330 Gdynia Glówna - 15:52 Łowicz Główny - Kraków Główny
Note A IC5421 Gdynia Glówna - 20:01 Łowicz Główny - Bielsko-Biała Główna
Note A TLK51118 Bydgoszcz Glówna - 22:26 Łowicz Główny - Łódź Kaliska
Note A IC51119 Łódź Kaliska - 06:25 Koluszki - Bydgoszcz Główna
Note A IC4520 Bielsko-Biała Główna - 08:04 Koluszki - Gdynia Glówna
Note A IC3560 Zakopane - 12:50 Koluszki - Gdynia Glówna
Note A TLK45100 Katowice - 16:38 Koluszki - Gdynia Glówna

Note A: 30 August to 7 November 2020

[Czachówek Wschodni -] Góra Kalwaria - p.odg Jaźwiny - Pilawa (p.odg Żolnierka)

[605,604] (ERA178B2, E10) PL20/652

No use since 1 September 2018. This is a 29 km section of the eastern end of the Warszawa southern freight ring, avoiding Pilawa.

Warszawa Zachodnia - [Line 46] - Line 20 - Warszawa Główna Towarowa - Warszawa Gołąbki

[606] (ERA174B5, R7) PL20/653

Moved to PL20/605A as scheduled use from June 2020.

Warszawa Gdańska – Warszawa Jelonki – Warszawa Gołąbki – Piastów (podg Jozefinów)

[606,300,100] (ERA174B4, R5) PL20/654

In scheduled use from 19 March 2020, see PL20/602A. This route allows trains from Warszawa Gdańska to reach the CMK - the high speed line from Warszawa to Katowice, avoiding Warszawa Zachodnia. Note from Warszawa Gołąbki – Piastów is also scheduled by additional services as per PL20/602.

(Sochaczew -) Warszawa Gołąbki - Line 507

[606,300] (ERA174B4, R5) PL20/655

This entry indicates use of the short connection to/from line 507 as shown more clearly on Open Railway Map which splits to run either side of the main passenger route flyover east of Warszawa Gołąbki. Note to do the more significant westbound outside of the flyover route you must be on a service from Warszawa Gdanska as any from Warszawa Zachodnia via PL20/605A cannot reach that route and cross to the Sochaszew line to the west of, and cannot call at Warszawa Gołąbki station. Previously used by one eastbound local train between 12-16 March 2018.

Note A SSuX KM91442 Sochaczew - 06:50 Ożarów Mazowiecki - Warszawa Wschodnia
Note B SSuX KM91444 Sochaczew - 07:41 Ożarów Mazowiecki - Warszawa Wschodnia

Note A From 15 - 26 June 2020 SSuX Note B: 15 June - 29 August 2020

(Warszawa) - Bednary - podg Arkadia - Łowicz Przedmieście - (Zgierz - Łódź Kaliska)

[602, 606] (ERA177C2, D8) PL20/656

Not scheduled since 2016 and no trains take this line in the current timetable.

(Warszawa) - Bednary - podg Arkadia - line 533 - (Belchów - Skierniewice)

[606, 603] (ERA177C2, E8) PL20/657

A train pair was scheduled to use this line from 4 May to 16 June 2017, but there has been nothing since, and there are no services over the line in the current timetable.

(Warszawa Gdańska –) Warszawa Zoo (p.odg. Jagiellonka) – p.odg. W-wa Targówek – p.odg. W-wa Michałów – Warszawa Rembertow

[608, 613, KM2] (ERA174B5, not correctly shown, R6, R8) PL20/658

No scheduled use in 2020. The west <=> east curve east of Warszawa Zoo consists of a very large grade separated junction and between p.odg. W-wa Michałów and Warszawa Rembertow this route take totally different alignments east and westbound. The curves allow east - west train services to bypass the three main Warszawa stations to the north. Two westbound Woodstock service used this route in 2017.

Skierniewice – Line 531 - Łowicz Przedmieście

[601, 602, 603, B110] (ERA177C2, D8) PL20/659

None in the 2020 timetable, last saw passenger use in 2016.

Warszawa Wschodnia – Warszawa Wschodnia Towarowa – p.odg. Warszawa Antoninów – Warszawa Gocławek – Warszawa Wawer

[614] (ERA174B5, R6, R8) PL20/660

Alternative route between Warszawa Wschodnia and Warszawa Gocławek used by any TLK trains booked via Otwock with a < against Warszawa Olszynka Grochowska. Note the routes split at Warszawa Rembertow with the inbound as a separate track until the Warszawa Wschodnia approaches. No booked use in 2020 and this line cannot be used at present by any diverted long distance services as Otwock to Pilawa is long term closed for doubling. Last used between 4 August - 1 September 2018

Warszawa Zachodnia - Warszawa Gołąbki - Line 19 - podg.Józefinów - Pruszków

[601] (ERA174B4, R5) PL20/661

Line 19 connects the Warszawa - Sochaczew and Warszawa Pruszków lines and allows freights from Warszawa Główna Towarowa to access the Pruszków line. It may be used for diversions when the main line is blocked between Warszawa Włochy and podg.Józefinów.

From 31 August to 7 November 2020 all Westbound IC services from Warszawa for the CMK and Koluszki are diverted via this route. Eastbound services use the local lines, so it is presumed the engineering work is on the fast lines.

See also