Denmark - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable dated 10 December 2023 to 14 December 2024. Standard abbreviations are explained here.

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: Book 1) by M.G. Ball.

Obscure services

Hundested – Hundested Havn

(Frederiksværkbanen: Lokalbanen A/S) (ERA-E 41B5; ERA-R 15B5) DK24/1

Lokaltog services continue 700m to Hundested Havn station when connecting with the hourly ferry to and from Rørvig.

Fredericia avoiding line: Middelfart (Snoghøj) – Taulov

80,81 (ERA-E 40B2; ERA-R 14B2) DK24/2

This east to west curve between the main line from København and routes to Esbjerg and the German frontier, is used by trains between København/Odense and Esbjerg/Kolding not calling at Fredericia

København – Ringsted high speed line: Dybbølsbro – Køge Nord – Ringsted

50 (ERA-E 41B4-C4; ERA-R 15B4-C4) DK24/3

This high speed line between København and Ringsted is used by trains running between København H and Ringsted or Odense that do not call at Roskilde.

København avoiding line: Ørestad (Kalvebod) – København Syd – Hvidovre (Hvidovre Fjern)

50 (ERA-E 41C4; ERA-R 15C1) DK24/4

This connection links the Øresundsbane from København airport with the classic main line to Roskilde.

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It is used by the regional trains between København Airport (CPH) and Slagelse, not calling at København H. This service runs hourly, but with some gaps, on Monday - Friday. It is also used between Kalvebod and Vigerslev by the following trains

SX EN345 Stockholm C – 23:40 Malmö Central – Berlin Hbf (note that boarding is not allowed at København Airport)
SX EN346 Berlin Gesundbrunnen - 23:03 Hamburg Hbf - Stockholm C (note that boarding is not allowed at Odense)

and by the Snälltåget services listed in the next entry.

København Airport avoiding line: Tårnby – Hyllie (Peberholm)

(ERA-E 41C4; ERA-R 15C1) DK24/5

The main line runs through Københavns Lufthavn station, which is below ground level, but an avoiding line runs at ground level to the north of the station. This may be used by the Snälltåget services listed below. It is more likely that westbound trains will use the avoiding line than eastbound trains because the latter would conflict with regular Øresund services at the flat junction at the west end of Københavns Lufthavn station. The junction at the east end is grade separated.

  • It was reported in August 2021 that D301 ran via the avoiding line.
  • It was reported in January 2023 that D305 ran via the avoiding line.
  • It was reported in April 2023 that D300 ran via the avoiding line..

D D301 Stockholm C – 22:25 Malmö C – Berlin Hbf/Dresden
D FO D305 14:40 Malmø C – Innsbruck Hbf
D D300 Dresden Hbf/Berlin Hbf - 23:59 Hamburg Hbf - 06:20 Ørestad* - Stockholm C (* it is unclear if boarding is possible at Ørestad and this would be after the train had traversed DK24/4)
D FSO D304 18:00 Innsbruck Hbf - 23:55 München Ost - Malmø C

D See the Snälltåget website for the dates of running. At present the 14:40 Malmö - Innsbruck Hbf is shown as only running on 13/7/24.

Køge Nord - Ølby

51 (ERA-E 41C4; ERA-R 15B4) DK24/6

This grade separated connection between the high speed line to Ringsted and the Roskilde - Køge line came into use on 11 April 2023. It is used by trains between København and Næstved via Køge Nord (not S Tog).

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København S-Tog

[Leaflets] (ERA-E 41C4; ERA-R 15C1 - both not shown) DK24/7

There are numerous route splits on various lines, some of which are substantial. They are grouped together from north to south to assist travellers wanting to complete their track coverage:-

  • [Klampenborg] - Charlottenlund – Hellerup: The southbound line makes a large separate loop
  • [Hillerød] – Gentofte – Hellerup: The east- and westbound lines take separate routes
  • [Farum] – Ryparken – Svanemøllen: The line towards Farum is a diveunder
  • The east- and westbound lines from København H are separated by substantial turnback/stabling sidings
  • The line towards København H from Carlsberg dives under the Køge line
  • The lines from Valby towards Høje Taastrup and Frederikssund diverge from each other in a double flying junction. The line from Frederikssund towards København flies over the line from København to Høje Taastrup, with the Høje Taastrup to København line remaining outside this flyover.
  • Rødovre is an unusual split level station; the line towards Høje Taastrup at least 10 metres higher than the line in the opposite direction
  • The track towards Høje Taastrup from the penultimate station of Taastrup dives under an access line to a sizeable S-Tog Depot
  • On the Køge line the south- and northbound tracks at Hundige are separated by an S-Tog Depot

The northbound DSB line to Helsingør takes a separate route to the east of Nordhavn Depot

Other sparse services


Deletions since previous edition


See also