Germany (Hamburg) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services 2020

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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

Hamburg-Altona avoiding line: Pinneberg (Hamburg-Langenfelde Bbf) – Hamburg Dammtor (Abzw Rainweg)

[103, 130] (119A3) DE20/051

This north to east curve is used by trains between the Elmshorn line and Hamburg Dammtor which are not booked to call at Hamburg-Altona. Most trains between Hamburg Hbf and Kiel Hbf or Flensburg use this route. RE services to Westerland mostly start and terminate at Hamburg-Altona. It is intended to close Hamburg-Altona station, replacing it with a new through station to the north, which may open in December 2023. That will result in this curve being replaced by a new line to the south.

Hamburg-Wandsbek – Hamburg Hbf (via Horn and Hamburg-Rothenburgsort)

[104] (119D2-119C3) DE20/052

This is an alternative route between Hamburg Hbf and the Lübeck line, using part of the Hamburg Ring line.

D IC2221 16:37 Lübeck Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D IC2415 Fehmarn-Burg - 16:37 Lübeck Hbf - Hamburg Hbf
D IC2220 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - 12:19 Hamburg Hbf - Lübeck Hbf

Hamburg-Wandsbek – Hamburg-Harburg (Abzw Oberhafen) (via Horn and Hamburg-Rothenburgsort)

[104] (119D2-119C3) DE20/053

This route, via part of the Hamburg eastern ring line, allows trains to run between the Lübeck and Hamburg-Harburg lines without reversal at Hamburg Hbf. It is common with route DE20/052 between Hamburg-Wandsbek and Hamburg-Rothenburgsort and with route DE20/055 between Hamburg-Rothenburgsort and Abzw Oberhafen.

D IC2417 Fehmarn-Burg - 10:19 Lübeck Hbf - Köln Hbf
D IC2418 Köln Hbf - 11:50 Hamburg-Harburg - Fehmarn-Burg

Hamburg-Bergedorf (Rothenburgsort Rop) - Hamburg Hbf (via Abzw Ericus)

[100, 102] (119C3-119D3) DE20/054

This is an alternative route between Hamburg Hbf and the Büchen line, and is the only one available for trains using platforms on the west side of Hamburg Hbf (numbered 11 and higher). The following trains are scheduled to use this route:

SuX ICE1577/1647 Stralsund Hbf - 07:21 Schwerin Hbf - Hamburg Hbf/Karlsruhe Hbf
IC2217 Züssow/Greifswald/Stralsund Hbf - 09:21 Schwerin - Stuttgart Hbf
ICE1671 Stralsund Hbf - 11:21 Schwerin Hbf - Karlsruhe Hbf
IC2211/2213 Ostseebad Binz - 13:39 Schwerin Hbf - Karlsruhe Hbf/Stuttgart Hbf
D1 SSuO ICE737/IC2409 Stralsund Hbf - 15:09 Schwerin Hbf - Köln Hbf
ICE1645/1675 Ostseebad Binz/Stralsund Hbf - 15:21 Schwerin Hbf - Hannover Hbf/Karlsruhe Hbf
D2 ICE1677/IC2379 Stralsund Hbf - 17:21 Schwerin Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
SuO ICE1679 Stralsund Hbf - 19:21 Schwerin - Göttingen
IC2212 Koblenz Hbf - 11:18/11:42 Hamburg Hbf - Ostseebad Binz
ICE1672 Karlsruhe Hbf - 13:43 Hamburg Hbf - Stralsund Hbf/Ostseebad Binz
D IC2216 Offenburg/Stuttgart Hbf - 15:17 Hamburg Hbf - Stralsund Hbf/Greifswald
ICE1578/1648 Karlsruhe Hbf/Frankfurt (M) Hbf - 17:42 Hamburg Hbf - Stralsund Hbf/Greifswald
SX ICE976/ICE1596/IC2188 Karlsruhe Hbf/Hamburg-Altona - 19:43 Hamburg Hbf - Rostock Hbf/Stralsund Hbf
ICE905 Hamburg-Altona - 21:51 Hamburg Hbf - Berlin Südkreuz

D1: Sundays Only 15 December to 5 April and 8 November to 6 December

D2: Not Saturdays until 28 March or from 7 November

Hamburg Hbf – Hamburg-Harburg (Abzw Oberhafen/Abzw Norderelbbrücke) (via goods line)

[110, 120, 121] (119C3-120D4) DE20/055

Between Hamburg Hbf and Hamburg-Harburg there are, in addition to the S-Bahn tracks, two pairs of tracks - one designated Pz-Gl (passenger line) and the other Gz-Gl (goods line), the latter being located between the S-Bahn tracks and the Pz-Gl.

All four tracks are used for passenger trains as operating convenience requires. They share common alignment south of Abzw Oberhafen (where the goods line from Rothenburgsort joins), but north-west of there, the Pz-Gl are at higher level, whereas the Gz-Gl follow a slightly different alignment at ground level via Abzw Ericus. A single-track connection from Abzw Ericus passes under the Pz-Gl and joins the southbound Pz-Gl at Abzw Norderelbbrücke.

The Gz-Gl are used, as required, by passenger trains to avoid conflicting moves at Hamburg Hbf. The connection to Abzw Norderelbbrücke, in particular, enables trains from platforms 8, 11 & 12 at Hamburg Hbf to reach the southbound Pz-Gl without crossing the northbound track on the level.

Route indicators associated with signals at the south end of Hamburg Hbf show the line to be used. 'P' indicates use of the Pz-Gl and 'H' the Gz-Gl.

Hamburg Hbf (Abzw Wilhelmsburg) – Hamburg-Harburg (via harbour line)

[121] (120D3-120D4) DE20/056

South of Abzw Wilhelmsburg an additional pair of tracks, designated Hafen-Gl (harbour line), run broadly parallel to the main line on the approach to Hamburg-Harburg. They are normally used by those Cuxhaven line trains running through to or from Hamburg Hbf.

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

Pinneberg (Hamburg-Eidelstedt En) - Hamburg Hbf (via Hamburg-Lokstedt and Hamburg-Rothenburgsort)

[131] (120B1-119C3) DE20/060

This route comprises the Hamburg Ring line from the Elmshorn line around the north and east sides of the city. No passenger trains have been identified as using it in the current timetable.

Trains between Hamburg Hbf and Elmshorn are diverted this way when the main line via Dammtor is blocked.

Hamburg-Harburg (Abzw Oberhafen) – Hamburg-Bergedorf (Rothenburgsort)

[100, 120] (119C3-119D3) DE20/061

This line is used by trains between the Hamburg-Harburg and Büchen lines, if not calling at Hamburg Hbf. Most trains run via Hamburg-Rothenburgsort Ro, so joining or leaving the main line to Büchen at Hamburg-Rothenburgsort Tk (Tiefstack). Some do not have a timing point at Hamburg-Rothenburgsort Ro, so may join or leave the main line further west, via line 1291, at Hamburg-Rothenburgsort Rop.

All trains between the Harburg and Büchen lines reverse at Hamburg Hbf in the current timetable, so there is no scheduled passenger use of this route.

See also