Poland (North East) - Lines with Obscure passenger services

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Introduction

This list is based on the timetable from 9 December 2018 to 14 December 2019. However, it should be noted it is completely reissued about four times per year, the current version covering from 9 December 2018 to 9 March 2019. In addition, there are frequent amendments within timetable periods. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the Polish Regional version of the European Railway Atlas 2016 published by M.G. Ball ISBN: 978-0-9955070-1-2 and the Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011 published by Eurosprinter ISBN: 978-83-931006-3-7

Obscure services: Lines with regular use

Suwałki - Papiernia - curve 517 - Las Suwalski

[530] (ERA174A2, B12) PL19/500

The March 2019 PDF for table 530 shows increased running time between Plociczno kolo Suwałk and Suwałki between 3-8 June 2019, the same scenario that happened in mid March 2018 when this diversion last happened. Those scheduled in May 2018 are not believed to have occurred.

Kętrzyn - Węgorzewo

[536] (ERA173B3/B2, B10/A10) PL19/501

Private operator SKPL has run summer services on this 33 km branch for several years. If they run again in 2019 then times should appear at the Shortlines website

Białystok - Wałily

[534] (ERA179B5, C12/13) PL19/502

This 36.6km branch had a summer weekend service introduced in 2016 which continued, with an extended season in 2018. The March PDF shows two pairs SSuO commencing on 27 April 2019. In 2018 they ran until 28 October with timings on 534 PDF

Chełm – Dorohusk – Jagodin (Ukraine)

[550/M401] (ERA184C5, F13) PL19/503

Two parallel lines cross the Poland/Ukraine border between Chełm and Jagodin, a standard gauge line (1435mm) and a broad gauge line (1520mm). Each has a passenger service.

Standard gauge line

Used by the Warszawa – Kiev (and v.v.) overnight train pair. Trains exchange bogies at Jagodin.

68 Warszawa Zachodnia - 21:53 Chelm - Kiev Passajirskii
67 18:30 Kiev Passajirskii - Warszawa Zachodnia

Broad gauge line

Reduced for 2019 to one train pair

752 14:35 Chełm - Zdolbuniv
751 Zdolbuniv - 11:20 Kovel - Chełm

Rejowiec avoiding line

[550a/554] (ERA184B2 not shown, F12) PL19/504

This reinstated curve 563 will resume passenger use in 2019

Note A TLK82105 Kołobrzeg - 19:01 Trawniki - Hrubieszów Miasto
Note A TLK28104 Hrubieszów Miasto - 08:27 Krasnystaw Fabryczny - Kołobrzeg

Notes: A From 9 June 2019

Łuków – Parczew Kolejowa (– Lublin)

[551a] (ERA179A1, E11/12) PL19/505

Even though the direct main line via Dęblin is scheduled to reopen for TLKs from 9 June 2019, two pairs remain scheduled via this route until 14 October 2019. This 52km section had reopened on 11 June 2017 for diverted Warsaw - Lublin services due to long term engineering works.

Dęblin – Stawy

[553] (ERA178C1, E11) PL19/506

There are two passenger routes from Stawy, which connect the Łuków line to the north and south ends of Dęblin station, forming a balloon loop. However, only the line at the north end line is shown in the Quail map. The normal mode of operation is for trains from Łuków to Dęblin to arrive at Dęblin using the southern route, even if they are continuing south and need to reverse in order to do so. Trains from Dęblin to Łuków use the northern route.

Chełm - Włodawa

[558] (ERA185B5/C5, E13/F13) PL19/507

This otherwise freight only branch has had a sponsored summer weekend only service in recent years. 2018 dates and timings were SSuO between 23 June and 30 September with departures from Chełm at 07:40 and 16:25 and from Włodawa at 09:32 and 18:22.

Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis

Siedlce avoiding line: Białki Siedleckie (podg Doły) – Stok Lacki (podg Ujrzanów)

[541] (ERA179A2, D11) PL19/550

If additional time is allowed between Siedlce and Stok Lacki, it may be due to the train being required to reverse around the Siedlce avoiding line (line 520). Last scheduled use in 2017 TT period.

[Warsaw] - podg Stojadja - Minsk Mazowiecki avoider – Line 13 - Pilawa

[550] (ERA178B2, D10/E10) PL19/551

The Transport Ministry announced diversions of IC's Sztygar, Morcinek and Bolko via the above route from September 2019 once the main line reopens between Pilawa and Dęblin, but the PKP Press Department quickly advised this would not be possible.

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