Germany (Berlin and Brandenburg) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services 2020

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Introduction

This list is based on the timetable dated from 15 December 2019 to 12 December 2020, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the 2017 issue of the Schweers+Wall Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland.

Obscure services

Routes are listed generally in the following order: (i) Berlin central area; (ii) the Berlin Outer Ring (Außenring) and connections to or from it, in anti-clockwise order starting from Biesdorfer Kreuz; (iii) all others outside the Außenring.

Berlin central area

Berlin-Charlottenburg – Berlin-Halensee (Halensee Kurve)

[200.41, 200.42] (128B3) DE19/251

This south to east curve links the S-Bahn Ringbahn and Stadtbahn lines. It is used by a pair of Ringbahn trains entering or leaving service at Berlin-Charlottenburg.

  • From Halensee: 01:27 SSuX
  • From Berlin-Charlottenburg: 03:55 SSuX

Berlin-Lichtenberg - Berlin Ostkreuz

[209.24, 209.25, 209.26] (129B3-129C3) DE19/252A

There are two routes for main line trains between Berlin-Lichtenberg and Berlin Ostkreuz. One runs via the Ringbahn to the high-level platforms at Berlin Ostkreuz. The other runs parallel with the S-Bahn to low level platforms 7 and 8 at Berlin Ostkreuz. The low level route is used by trains to and from Kostrzyn, from Templin Stadt and to Werneuchen. Other trains use the high level platforms at Berlin Ostkreuz.

Berlin-Lichtenberg – Berlin-Gesundbrunnen

(129A1-129C3) DE19/252

This is the north-eastern quadrant of the Ringbahn Ferngleis. It is used by the following RB54 services. Dates of operation reflect that RB54 now runs all year round.

D1 NEB61187 07:46 Berlin-Lichtenberg - Rheinsberg (Mark)
D2 NEB61196 Rheinsberg (Mark) - 19:49 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen - Berlin-Lichtenberg
D3 NEB61198 Rheinsberg (Mark) - 22:44 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen - Berlin-Lichtenberg

D1: 9 December to 7 April and 7 September to 14 December. Between April and September the train runs via the Außenring.

D2: 9 December to 12 April and 21 October to 14 December. Between April and October the train terminates at Berlin-Gesundbrunnen.

D3: 13 April to 20 October.

This route is also used by the trains between Paris and Moskva when they are not subject to diversion in the Berlin area.

Berlin-Gesundbrunnen (Abzw Berlin-Wedding) - Berlin-Jungfernheide (Abzw Moabit Ost)

[206] (128D1-128C2) DE19/253

This section of the Ringbahn Ferngleis is used by hourly RE6 services running direct between Berlin-Gesundbrunnen and Berlin-Spandau, not via Berlin Hbf.

The route is also used by the following:

D SO IC2422 Köln Hbf - 13:41/13:42 Berlin-Spandau - Stralsund Hbf
FO IC2426 Köln Hbf - 16:52 Berlin-Spandau - Stralsund Hbf/Ostseebad Binz
D SO IC2423 Ostseebad Binz - 13:54 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen - Köln Hbf
SO IC2427 Stralsund Hbf - 17:56 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen - Köln Hbf
SuO IC1932 Stralsund Hbf - 19:40 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen - Oldenburg (Oldb) Hbf

Berlin-Spandau – Berlin-Staaken (Nennhauser Damm)

[209.13, ODEG RE4] (124D4-124C4) DE19/254

There are two routes between Berlin-Spandau and Staaken. The more northerly route makes a junction with the line from Falkensee about 1 km to the west of Berlin-Spandau. The southern route, mostly following the alignment of the Lehrter Bahn, converges with the main line at the west end of Berlin-Spandau station. Trains using the southern route can call only at platform 6, or use a non-platform track outside the station roof. IC, ICE and EC trains use the northern route in both directions. RE and RB trains generally use the northern route westbound and the southern route eastbound. If an eastbound train is to use the northern route, signal 8942 at Staaken (just east of the station) displays speed restriction ‘6’ (= 60 km/hr) above the main aspect.

Berlin Außenring (Outer Ring) and connections

Details are given of trains using connections on and off the Außenring at each of the junctions. Services referred to, generally operating hourly, are thus:

RE2 Wismar - Wittenberge - Spandau - Alexanderplatz - Königs Wusterhausen - Cottbus 202
RE5 Rostock/Stralsund - Oranienburg - Gesundbrunnen - Südkreuz - Elsterwerda 205
RE6 Wittenberge - Neuruppin - Hennigsdorf (reverse) - Spandau - Gesundbrunnen 206
RE7 Dessau/Jüterbog - Alexanderplatz - Schönefeld Flughafen - Wünsdorf-Waldstadt 207
RB12 Ostkreuz - Lichtenberg - Oranienburg - Templin Stadt 209.12
RB14 Nauen - Spandau - Alexanderplatz - Schönefeld Flughafen 209.14
RB20 Oranienburg - Hennigsdorf (reverse) - Potsdam Hbf (Monday to Friday only) 209.20
RB21 Friedrichstraße/Potsdam Hbf - Golm - Wustermark 209.21
RB22 Potsdam Hbf - Golm (reverse) - Schönefeld Flughafen - Königs Wusterhausen 209.21
RB24 Eberswalde - Lichtenberg - Ostkreuz - Königs Wusterhausen - Senftenberg 209.24
RB25 Ostkreuz - Lichtenberg - Werneuchen 209.25

Biesdorfer Kreuz

(129D2) DE19/261

Biesdorfer Kreuz West - Biesdorfer Kreuz Nord is used by services RB12, RB24 and RB25.

Biesdorfer Kreuz West - Biesdorfer Kreuz Süd West - Biesdorfer Kreuz Süd: There are two single lines between Biesdorfer Kreuz West and Biesdorfer Kreuz Süd. The short curve (line 6071) is reversible, but the long curve (line 6076) can only be used by trains towards Berlin-Lichtenberg. Generally, the long curve is only used if other movements prevent used of the short one. Biesdorfer Kreuz Süd West is an intermediate junction on the short curve, where it is joined by the line from Rummelsburg. The short curve is used between Biesdorfer Kreuz Süd West and Biesdorfer Kreuz West by:

FLX32622 Stuttgart Hbf - 11:48 Wolfsburg - Berlin-Lichtenberg
TWX FLX32620 Stuttgart Hbf - 19:49 Wolfsburg - Berlin-Lichtenberg
TWX FLX32621 06:29 Berlin-Lichtenberg - Stuttgart Hbf
FLX32623 14:28 Berlin-Lichtenberg - Stuttgart Hbf

To confirm dates of operation of Flixtrain services and to make bookings, see the Flixtrain website.

Biesdorfer Kreuz Süd West - Biesdorfer Kreuz Nord is a single track parallel with the Außenring which is used by trains between Rummelsburg and the north side of the ring. No passenger use of this line has been identified in this timetable period.

There is no passenger use of the curves to the Außenring from Biesdorfer Kreuz Ost, nor of the Außenring between Biesdorfer Kreuz Süd and Biesdorfer Kreuz Nord.

Karower Kreuz

(125C2) DE19/262

Berlin-Karow Ost - Berlin-Karow (east to north) is used by RB24.

Berlin-Blankenburg - Berlin-Karow West (south to west) is used by RE5 and IC trains between Berlin and Rostock.

Berlin-Karow Ost - Berlin-Karow West (Außenring ) is used by RB12.

There is no passenger use of the south to east or north to west curves.

Abzw Hohen Neuendorf

(125A1) DE19/263

Schönfließ West - Birkenwerder (east to north) is used by RE5, RB12 and IC trains between Berlin and Rostock. There are two routes. The Lange Kurve runs parallel with the S-Bahn via Hohen Neuendorf, passing below the Außenring. The Kleine Kurve is a direct east to north connection from the Außenring to Birkenwerder. Both routes are reversible single tracks. The Kleine Kurve is used by all northbound trains. Southbound RB12 trains normally run via the Lange Kurve, but others use the Kleine Kurve unless it is necessary to avoid conflict with a westbound freight on the Außenring.

Hohen Neuendorf West - Birkenwerder (west to north) is used by RB20. There are two routes. The Kleine Kurve is used in both directions by RB20 in order to call at Hohen Neuendorf West, whose single platform lies on this line, although it is also possible to regain the main line and thence the Lange Kurve. This branches south from and then passes below the Außenring having described three-quarters of a circle. It no longer sees regular use.

There is no passenger use of the Außenring between Schönfließ West and Hohen Neuendorf West.

Abzw Hennigsdorf

(124D2) DE19/264

Hennigsdorf Nord (Hdo) - Hennigsdorf (east to south) is used by RB20

Hennigsdorf Nord (Hdw) - Hennigsdorf (west to south) is used by RE6 and RB20

There is normally no passenger use of the Außenring between Hdo and Hdw, avoiding Hennigsdorf. RB20 trains are diverted this way, not calling at Hennigsdorf, between 4 and 22 March 2019.

Falkenhagener Kreuz

(124B3) DE19/265

Falkenhagen - Finkenkrug (north to east) is used by RE6

Falkenhagen - Brieselang Hasselberg (Außenring ) is used by RB20

There is no passenger use of the curves to the Außenring from Brieselang.

Abzw Wustermark

(124A4) DE19/266

Wustermark - Priort (west to south) is used by RB21

Wustermark Awf - Priort (Außenring ) is used by RB20

There is no passenger use of the curves to the Außenring from Wustermark Rbf and Elstal.

Potsdam

(126A2) DE19/267

Potsdam Park Sanssouci - Golm (east to north) is used by RB20, RB21 and RB22.

Postdam Wildpark West - Werder (Havel) (south to west) is used by:

D FO IC1049 Köln Hbf - 04:46 SO Brandenburg Hbf - Ostseebad Binz
D SO IC1048 Ostseebad Binz - 23:58 Berlin Südkreuz - Köln Hbf

This route has been used by passenger trains on Saturdays and Sundays during the “Baumblütenfest” (Blossom Festival) in Werder. RB22 may be diverted to Werder (Havel), instead of Golm, or other arrangements may be made. This entry will be updated once further details become available.

Golm - Potsdam Wildpark West (Außenring ) is used by RB22.

There is no passenger use of the north to west curve from Golm to Werder (Havel), nor of the connections from the Außenring to the Belzig line at Wilhelmshorst and Saarmund.

Abzw Genshagener Heide

(127A3) DE19/268

Großbeeren Süd - Genshagener Heide Mitte (north to east) is a loop west of the Berlin - Leipzig main line used by RE5 and by IC/EC trains between Berlin and Dresden.

Großbeeren Süd - Genshagener Heide (north to west) is used by

D FO IC1049 Köln Hbf - 04:46 SO Brandenburg Hbf - Ostseebad Binz
D SO IC1048 Ostseebad Binz - 23:58 Berlin Südkreuz - Köln Hbf

Genshagener Heide - Genhagener Heide Mitte (Außenring) is used by RB22.

There is no passenger use of any of the other curves at Genshagener Heide.

Abzw Glasower Damm

(127C3) DE19/269

Glasower Damm West - Blankenfelde (Glasower Damm Süd) is used by RE5 and by IC/EC trains between Berlin and Dresden.

Glasower Damm West - Glasower Damm Ost (Außenring ) is used by RB22.

Glasower Damm Ost - Glasower Damm Süd is used by RE7.

Grünauer Kreuz

(127D2) DE19/270

Grünauer Kreuz Süd - Berlin-Grünau (south to east) is used by RB22.

Grünauer Kreuz Nord - Berlin-Grünau (north to east) is used by RE2

Grünauer Kreuz Süd - Grünauer Kreuz Nord (Außenring ) is used by RE7, RB14 and:

SuO IC2015 Dresden Hbf - 14:24 Elsterwerda - Köln Hbf

There is no passenger use of the curves to the Außenring from Berlin-Schöneweide.

Wuhlheide

(129D4) DE19/271

Berlin-Eichgestell - Berlin-Ostendgestell (south to west) is used by RE2, RE7, RB14 and:

SX IC2431 Emden Außenhafen/Emden - 18:40 Berlin Ostbf - Cottbus
SuX IC2432 Cottbus - 06:49 Königs Wusterhausen - Norddeich Mole
SuO IC2015 Dresden Hbf - 14:24 Elsterwerda - Köln Hbf

Berlin Stadtforst - Eichgestell Nord (north to east) is used by trains between Paris and Moskva.

Berlin-Eichgestell - Eichgestell Nord (Außenring) is used by trains between Paris and Moskva when they are diverted via Cottbus. No dates are known in the current timetable period for this diversion.

There is no passenger use of the south to east curve from Berlin-Eichgestell to Berlin Stadtforst.

Berlin Ostbahnhof (Rummeslburg Rgbv) - Biesdorfer Kreuz Süd West

(129C3-129D3) DE19/272

There is no west to north curve at Wuhlheide, but this line enables trains to run between Berlin Ostbahnhof and the north side of the Außenring or Berlin-Lichtenberg.

FLX32622 Stuttgart Hbf - 11:48 Wolfsburg - Berlin-Lichtenberg
TWX FLX32620 Stuttgart Hbf - 19:49 Wolfsburg - Berlin-Lichtenberg
TWX FLX32621 06:29 Berlin-Lichtenberg - Stuttgart Hbf
FLX32623 14:28 Berlin-Lichtenberg - Stuttgart Hbf

To confirm dates of operation of Flixtrain services and to make bookings, see the Flixtrain website.

Other lines outside the Außenring

Rheinsberg (Mark) - Stechlinsee

[NEB RB54] (25D3) DE19/280

For the last few years a special service has run on this line on summer weekends. Special tickets, available on the train, are required. The 2019 service operates between 22 June and 1 September.

D SSuO 13:20 Rheinsberg (Mark) - Stechlinsee
D SSuO 14:20 Stechlinsee - Rheinsberg (Mark)

Berlin-Staaken – Stendal – Wolfsburg

[ODEG RE4, 301] (124C4 to 32D4) DE19/281

On this route the double track Schnellfahrstrecke runs alongside one or two other tracks for most of the way. Between Berlin-Staaken and Elstal local passenger trains use a double line immediately south of the Schnellfahrstrecke. There is a single-track local line between Elstal and Wustermark. All passenger trains use the Schnellfahrstrecke between Wustermark and Rathenow. There is no passenger use of the parallel track from Wustermark to Abzw. Ribbeck (east of Buschow), which is not electrified, or from Abzw. Bamme (west of Nennhausen) to Rathenow. RB34 trains between Rathenow and Stendal use the parallel non-electrified single line. All others use the Schnellfahrstrecke. Between Hämerten (Abzw. Staffelde) and Vinzelberg (Abzw. Nahrstedt) the Schnellfahrstrecke follows a separate route to the south of Stendal, which is used by all trains not calling there. All RB trains west of Stendal use the single, non-electrified line. The two routes diverge slightly at a number of places, particularly at Oebisfelde.

Cottbus Hbf

The three lines into Cottbus Hbf from the west all split into separate routes to the south side platforms, 1 to 4, and to the higher-numbered middle and north side platforms, as shown on this map.

Cottbus Hbf - Stw W10 – Kolkwitz (Cottbus Abzw Cbn)

[ODEG RE2] (49B4) DE19/282

This spur (lines 6203 and 6201) links the Lübbenau line to the middle and north side platforms.

All departures from Cottbus use the middle or higher numbered platforms and therefore this spur, except IC2432 06:03 SuX to Norddeich Mole, which uses Platform 2.

Arrivals from Lübbenau use the southern platforms at Cottbus Hbf, except the following trains which use platforms 6, 9 or 10:

RE62204 Lübbenau (Spreewald) - 11:39 Kolkwitz - Cottbus Hbf
SSuX RE63954 Berlin Zoologischer Garten - 18:38 Kolkwitz - Cottbus Hbf
RE63994 Wismar - 00:10 Kolkwitz - Cottbus Hbf
Cottbus (Stw W9) – Kolkwitz Süd (Cottbus Abzw Cfw)

[209.43] (49B4) DE19/283

Most trains to and from Falkenberg (Elster) use the middle and north platforms at Cottbus Hbf, but the two-hourly RB49 services between Falkenberg and Cottbus run to and from platform 1 and thus use this spur.

Cottbus (Südseite Stw W20) – Leuthen (b Cottbus) (Cottbus Südwest Stw B2)

[208] (49B4) DE19/284

This connection (line 6202) is now used by all trains to and from Ruhland as they use platforms 1 and 2 at Cottbus Hbf. There is no longer any use of the connection to the higher-numbered platforms.

Falkenberg (Elster)

The Hoyerswerda to Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Leipzig to Cottbus lines cross at Falkenberg (Elster), passing through low-level (unt Bf) and high-level (ob Bf) platforms respectively. A series of curves south-east of the station allow trains to and from the Hoyerswerda line to use the high-level platforms and those to and from the Cottbus line to use the low-level ones. Platforming arrangements were changed in December 2017, with some through trains reversing at Falkenberg (Elster).

Uebigau (Falkenberg (Elster) Stw B3) – Falkenberg (Elster) unt Bf (Stw W17)

[209.43] (59C1) DE19/285

This combination of curves provides an east to north route, on the south side of the Cottbus – Leipzig line, connecting that line with the low level station at Falkenberg (Elster). It is used by the following trains to and from Cottbus via Finsterwalde, starting or terminating at Falkerberg (Elster):

  • Arrivals: 00:16 (RB18192) & 22:10 (RB18190)
  • Departures: 03:52 SSuX (RB18177), 04:43 (RB18179), 06:52 (RB18183), 08:52 SSuO (RB18185), 16:52 (RB18191) & 18:52 (RB18193)

Other Cottbus via Finsterwalde trains, including RB18185 on Mondays to Fridays, use the high-level platforms. A full sized diagram is here.

Bad Liebenwerda (Falkenberg (Elster) Stw W15) – Falkenberg (Elster) ob Bf (Stw W2)

[208] (59C1) DE19/286

This south to west curve connects the line from Elsterwerda-Biehla with the high level platforms at Falkenberg (Elster). It is used by S4 trains from Hoyerswerda to Wurzen via Leipzig, but not in the opposite direction, generally every two hours. A full sized diagram is here.

Falkenberg (Elster) unt Bf (Stw W17) – Falkenberg (Elster) ob Bf (Stw W2)

[208] (59C1) DE19/287

This route is a combination of parts of the previous two. It allows trains to run in a spiral between the high-level and low-level platforms at Falkenberg (Elster). It is used by:

  • Trains from Leipzig to Hoyerswerda, but not in the opposite direction, which pass through the high level platforms at Falkenberg without stopping and use this route to call at the low level platforms, where they reverse.
  • Trains between Cottbus and Herzberg (Elster), which call at the high level platforms and run through the low level without stopping.

A full sized diagram is here.

Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis for engineering work diversions

Berlin Außenring

DE19/291

The Außenring and its connections to all of the lines radiating from Berlin provide scope for many diversions, including the following:

Karower Kreuz - Berlin-Gesundbrunnen: Trains from the Oranienburg or Bernau lines may be diverted via Berlin-Hohenschönhausen and Berlin-Lichtenberg. This has happened frequently in recent years. Such diversions result in an extended journey time.

Karower Kreuz - Berlin Hbf: A less common diversion of trains between Bernau and Berlin is via Falkenhagener Kreuz. In that event they use the curve between Berlin-Karow and Berlin-Karow West and the sections of the Außenring between Schönfließ West and Hohen Neuendorf West and between Hennigsdorf Nord Hdo and Hennigsdorf Nord Hdw. Such a diversion is likely to result in a longer journey time and any call at Berlin-Gesundbrunnen is omitted, but there may be an additional stop at Berlin-Spandau. This has happened on a couple of occasions in the last two years.

Birkenwerder - Berlin Hbf: Trains between Oranienburg and Berlin Hbf may also be diverted via Falkenhagener Kreuz. In that event they use the section of the Außenring between Hennigsdorf Nord Hdo and Hennigsdorf Nord Hw. Such a diversion may not result in a significantly different journey time, but any call at Berlin-Gesundbrunnen is omitted and there may be an additional stop at Berlin-Spandau. It is possible that trains would use the long curve between Hohen Neuendorf West and Birkenwerder.

Brieslang - Wustermark: Trains between Nauen and Berlin may be diverted via the curves Brieselang to Brieselang-Hasselburg and Wustermark Awf to Elstal in event of engineering work on the line via Falkensee. This may not affect the journey time of express trains between Berlin and Hamburg significantly. Use of this route is best indicated by local trains via Falkensee being replaced by buses.

Elstal - Priort - Golm - Werder: RE1 services may be diverted between Charlottenburg and Werder, calling additionally at Golm. This occurred during November 2018.

Saarmund - Golm: RB22 trains may be diverted via Michendorf (reverse) and the Wilhelmshorst curve. This occurred for a period during 2016, while bridge repairs were undertaken on the Außenring.

Genshagener Heide - Blankenfelde: In event of an extended journey time between Berlin-Lichterfelde Ost and Blankenfelde, the train can be expected to reverse at Ludwigsfelde and use the curve between Birkengrund Süd and Genshagener Heide Ost.

Falkenberg (Elster) – Glaubitz (b Riesa) (Abzw. Zeithain Bogendreieck)

(59C1-59C3) DE19/292 [the southern portion of this line is in Sachsen]

This part of the original rail route from Berlin to Dresden links Falkenberg with the Leipzig – Dresden main line near Riesa. The local passenger service was withdrawn in 2004, but when there is engineering work on the main line to/from Berlin via Elsterwerda, all EC, EN and IC trains between Berlin and Dresden are diverted by this route. This occurred frequently in the last few years while the main line was upgraded. Although the upgrade has now been completed, further occasional diversions may occur in future.

Such diversions are planned on 6 to 9, 13 to 16 and 20 to 23 September 2019.

Ferch-Lienewitz (Abzw Lienewitz Lia) - Beelitz Heilstätten

[207] (47A1) DE19/293

This north to south-west curve is occasionally used by RE7 services between Dessau and Berlin if engineering work is taking place on the direct line between Seddin and Griebnitzsee Ost, requiring diversion via Ferch-Lienewitz and Potsdam Hbf. On such occasions trains are not advertised to make the usual stops between Beelitz Heilstätten and Berlin-Wannsee. This line was used in May and June 2017.

Berlin-Wannsee (Abzw Berlin-Grunewald Gds) - Berlin Hbf (tief) (Abzw Moabit Ost)

[206] (128A3-128C2) DE19/294

This line is used by trains between the Potsdam line and Berlin Hbf (tief) when they are not able to use the Stadtbahn via Berlin-Zoo. No use has been identified in the current timetable but it may be used by diverted trains when the Stadtbahn is closed.

See also