Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Introduction

This list is based on timetable information posted on line as at January 2018 but it should be noted that the commencement date for each service varied substantially. Standard abbreviations used are explained in General Information. For details of recent history, please refer to Kaliningrad Oblast General Information.

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA" refer to the European Railway Atlas Baltic States, Belarus & Ukraine, Regional Series 2016, by M.G.Ball.

Obscure services

[Braniewo PKP] – Mamonovo – Kaliningrad

[1] (ERA 251B1-A1; 75C5) RU18/1

Broad and standard gauge tracks run parallel from Poland until just north of Golubevo and then take totally different routes into Kaliningrad. The standard gauge line heads east with an interlaced Broad gauge freight only track to join the line in from Bagrationovsk near the closed station named simply 6km to enter Kaliningrad South station from the east, whereas the Broad gauge passenger service runs via and calls at Kaliningrad Kievskaya to arrive into Kaliningrad South station from the west. The daily standard gauge service between Gdansk and Kaliningrad was discontinued in 2012 although occasional charters from Germany still run. Two pairs of test services ran on the Broad Gauge Border crossing to Braniewo on 5 January 2018, allegedly prior to limited trains running during the World Cup in June 2018 but this never happened.

Kaliningrad Passazersky south to north avoiding line: Kaliningrad Kievskaya – Kaliningrad Severniy

(ERA 251A2; 75C5) RU18/2

A Peak Hours shuttle service believed to have been introduced in November 2015 from a station on the Mamonowo line running direct to Kaliningrad Severniy or beyond avoiding Kaliningrad Passazersky. News items claim this service is proving to be very successful with additional departures from Kaliningrad Kievskaya/О.п Киевская SSuX and Kaliningrad Severniy/Калининград Северный SSuX added on 1 June 2017. Please check this link for for the latest timings

Kaliningrad Passazersky west to north avoiding line: Zapadnij Noviy – Kaliningrad Severniy

(ERA 251A2; 75C5) RU18/3

This curve allows trains from the Baltiysk line to avoid Kaliningrad Passazersky and proceed directly to Kaliningrad Severniy. One train towards Kaliningrad SSuX service was travelling via this curve in July 2013, then no service since at least the PDF dated 1 October 2016 but resumed again wef 9 January 2017. Also used on 2017 Navy Day Sunday, see RU18/5 below.

SSuX 6412 New Forest/Лесное Новое - 08:45 [Kaliningrad] Western New/Западный Новый - Kaliningrad North [Severniy]/Калининград Северный
SSuX 6407 18:22 Kaliningrad North [Severniy]/Калининград Северный - New Forest/Лесное Новое

Kaliningrad Severniy High level platforms

(ERA 251A2, not shown; 75C5) RU18/4

Most services are through to/from Kaliningrad Passazersky and call at a single track platform at a lower level from the following which use a different approach route and terminate/start from High level platforms. These greatly increased from 1 July 2018 following introduction of new EMU's but were subsequently reduced.

SSuX 6355 Гурьевск Новый/Guryevsk New - 07:07 Kutuzovo New/Кутузово Новое - Kaliningrad Severniy/Калининград Северный
SSuX 6752 Chkalovsk/Чкаловск - 08:06 OP Selma/О.п Сельма - Kaliningrad Severniy/Калининград Северный
SSuX 6365 Гурьевск Новый/Guryevsk New - 18:15 Kutuzovo New/Кутузово Новое - Kaliningrad Severniy/Калининград Северный
SSuX 6357 07:27 Kaliningrad Severniy/Калининград Северный - Гурьевск Новый/Guryevsk New
SSuX 6753 08:35 Kaliningrad Severniy/Калининград Северный - Chkalovsk/Чкаловск
SSuX 6373 19:29 Kaliningrad Severniy/Калининград Северный - Гурьевск Новый/Guryevsk New

(Kaliningrad – Primorsk Noviyy –) 39 Km – Baltiysk

(ERA 251A1; 115B1) RU18/5

The entries listed here are those that ran additionally on Sunday 30 July 2017 for Navy Day, [the last Sunday in July each year] as the public is allegedly able to visit Baltiysk, the base of the Russian Baltic Fleet on this day. Baltiysk became a closed town after WWII with access forbidden to foreigners without a permit with checks undertaken at a platform named 39 Km, about 8 km north of Baltiysk where travellers without one have been known to be ejected from the train. By 30 July 2017 the number of special services had reduced from five pairs to three but note the normal scheduled service only runs daily from the Baltiysk end. Note that two of the 2017 Navy Day outbound services run via or from Kaliningrad North and ran via above entry RU18/3 :

6421 07:05 Kaliningrad/КАЛИНИНГРАД ЮЖНЫЙ – Baltiysk/БАЛТИЙСК
6423 07:40 Kaliningrad North/КАЛИНИНГРАД-Северный – Baltiysk/БАЛТИЙСК
6425 08:20 Kaliningrad /КАЛИНИНГРАД ЮЖНЫЙ – via 08:45 Kaliningrad North/КАЛИНИНГРАД-Северный - Baltiysk/БАЛТИЙСК
6422 14:00 Baltiysk/БАЛТИЙСК – Kaliningrad/КАЛИНИНГРАД ПАСС ЮЖНЫЙ
6424 16:00 Baltiysk/БАЛТИЙСК – Kaliningrad/КАЛИНИНГРАД ПАСС ЮЖНЫЙ
6426 18:30 Baltiysk/БАЛТИЙСК – Kaliningrad/КАЛИНИНГРАД ПАСС ЮЖНЫЙ

Other sparse services

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

1 Kaliningrad Passazersky – Mamonowo
14 Kaliningrad-Severnyj – Sovetsk
19 Kaliningrad Passazersky - Baltiysk
21 Kaliningrad Passazersky - Strelnya Novaya

Deletions since last edition

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See also