Slovakia - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Introduction

This list is based on the timetable dated from 09 December 2018 to 14 December 2019, unless otherwise shown. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: in the Slovak Railways timetable (Cestovný poriadok), the "crossed hammers" working days symbol means "Mondays to Fridays" not, as for most other railways, "Mondays to Saturdays".

Obscure services

In the heading to each entry, the map reference for the line in the European Railway Atlas 2016 published by M.G. Ball is shown.

Zbehy – Jelšovce

[140,141] (ERA 204A3) SK19/1

This curve is used by trains running directly between Prievidza and Bratislava, avoiding Lužianky.

REX1720 Prievidza - 05:30 Topoľčany - Bratislava hl.n.
REX1722 Prievidza - 09:31 Topoľčany - Bratislava hl.n.
REX1724 Prievidza - 13:31 Topoľčany - Bratislava hl.n.
REX1726 Prievidza - 17:31 Topoľčany - Bratislava hl.n.
SuO REX1728 Prievidza - 19:33 Topoľčany - Bratislava hl.n.
REX1721 Bratislava hl.n. - 08:04 Zbehy - Prievidza
REX1723 Bratislava hl.n. - 12:04 Zbehy - Prievidza
REX1725 Bratislava hl.n. - 16:06 Zbehy - Prievidza
REX1727 Bratislava hl.n. - 20:06 Zbehy - Prievidza

Kysak avoiding line: Veľká Lodina (Kysak výh. č 35/36) – Obišovce (Kysak výh. č 39/40)

[180, 188] (ERA 202A3) SK19/2

This curve is used by trains between Prešov and Margecany which are not booked to call and reverse at Kysak. Note that trains designated 'EC' are services of private operator Leo Express, so ZSSK tickets/concessions are not valid. Between Košice and Prešov and vice versa, Leo Express services may carry a different train number from that shown below.

EC1359 Praha hl.n. - 21:23 Spišská Nová Ves - Prešov
FO R15711 Bratislava hl.n. - 20:41 Margecany - Humenné
EC1358 05:38 Prešov - Praha hl.n.
SuO R17612 Humenné - 15:36 Prešov - Bratislava hl.st.

Čierna nad Tisou – Čop (Ukraine)

[190] (ERA 202C1-C2) SK19/3

This international route and the station area at Čop are dual gauge 1435/1520 mm. Public passenger services (2 return journeys daily) are 1435 mm gauge, operated by ŽSR. Cross border freight traffic uses both gauges are there are 1520 mm gauge tracks to and from the gauge-changing and transfer facilities in the Čierna nad Tisou area.

8860 09:00 Čierna nad Tisou - Čop (arr 09:40)
8862 17:07 Čierna nad Tisou - Čop (arr 17:47)
8861 10:35 Čop - Čierna nad Tisou (arr 11:39)
8863 18:35 Čop - Čierna nad Tisou (arr 19:41)


As well as the public passenger trains, ŽSR is thought to operate unadvertised staff trains on this route. The compilers would appreciate information from anybody visiting the area, regarding routeing, timings and operating procedures.

Žilina – Žilina-Teplička

(ERA 200A3) SK19/4

Staff trains run to and from the marshalling yards east of Žilina, probably using the flyover east of Žilina and the goods lines. The following are 2018 timings. The compilers would greatly appreciate any information on the routes used by these trains.

9901 05:35 Žilina - Žilina-Teplička (arr 05:49)
9903 17:35 Žilina - Žilina-Teplička (arr 17:49)
9900 06:06 Žilina-Teplička - Žilina (arr 06:20)
9902 18:06 Žilina-Teplička - Žilina (arr 18:20)

Ružomberok – Zápalkáreň

(ERA 90A4 not shown) SK19/5

Shuttles ran along this 3 km freight line on 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26,30,31 August and 1,2 September 2018, departing Ružomberok hourly from 10:00 to 18:00 and returning from Zápalkáreň 09:30 to 18:30. It is not known whether they will run again in 2019. There may be more information in due course on the Train Korýtko Ružomberok webpage.

Trams

See Slovakia - Tram services over obscure routes

Other sparse services

The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally in this country) - fewer than four trains each way on at least three days a week - or do not run each weekday:

112 Zohor - Plavecký Mikuláš Summer weekend only service
122 Trenčianska Teplá - Trenčianske Teplice Four train pairs ran in 2018 - for operating dates in 2019 see the operators' website [1]
123 Horné Srnie - Vlárský průsmyk(CD)
165 Plešivec - Muráň SO train from Košice 04 May - 22 June 2019. See for details
166 Plešivec - Slavošovce SO train from Košice 04 May - 22 June 2019. See for details
169 Košice - Hidasnémeti (Hungary)
173 Červená Skala - Dobšinská Ľadová Jaskyňa
174 Brezno-Halny - Tisovec
185 Stará Ľubovňa - Plaveč
186 Spišská Nová Ves - Levoča Numerous return journeys on 6 & 7 July 2019 only
188 Lipany - Plaveč - Muszyna (Poland)
190 Čierna nad Tisou - Čop (Ukraine) Two return journeys daily. See also Obscure Service SK19/3 above.
191 Medzilaborce mesto - Lupków (Poland)

Deletions since previous edition

SK18/1 Bratislava-Rača - odbočka Vinohrady - Bratislava predmestie - Bratislava Nové Mesto Now a regular hourly service, clearly identified in timetable 120
SK18/2 Bratislava-Vajnory - odbočka Močiar - Bratislava predmestie - Bratislava Nové Mesto Now a regular services, clearly identified in timetable 130

Lines without services

The following lines have no passenger service, but are still included in the Cestovný poriadok:

135 Komárno - Komárom (Hungary)
190 Slovenské Nové Mesto - Sátoraljaújhely (Hungary)

See also