Czech Republic - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Introduction

This list is based on the timetable dated from 11 December 2016 to 9 December 2017. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

In the heading to each entry, the map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA" refer to the European Railway Atlas Czech Republic & Slovakia, Regional Series 2016, by M.G.Ball. In addition, the map reference in the Malkus Atlas Drah České Republiky (2006/7 edition) is shown in italics.

IMPORTANT NOTE: in the Czech Railways timetable Jízdní Řád, the "crossed hammers" working days symbol means "Mondays to Fridays" not, as for most other railways, "Mondays to Saturdays".

Obscure services

Praha-Vršovice – Praha-Malešice – Praha-Běchovice

[010] (ERA 189C5; 36B) CZ17/1

Only a few trains to and from the Kolín direction use this mainly freight-only route.

EN 445 22:00 Praha hl.n. - Košice
EN 443 23:09 Praha hl.n. - Humenne
EN 477 Berlin - 23:58 Praha hl.n. - Budapest

Velký Osek – Sány (výhybna Kanín)

[020] (ERA 191A2; 23) CZ17/2

There are two single-track routes between Velký Osek and the line eastwards towards Chlumec nad Cidlinou: one (1.6 km long) direct to the north-east, and the other a 4.2 km loop line initially heading south-east and then curving round due north. The hourly Praha - Nymburk - Chlumec - Hradec Králové and v.v. expresses use the loop line to avoid reversal at Velký Osek station. The 2-hourly through trains between Kolín and Chlumec use the direct curve. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Hradec Kralove avoiding line

[020/030] (ERA 191A2; 22) CZ17/2A

Diversionary use as booked below. The timetable should be checked carefully for later arrival/departure times at Pardubice for actual nights of travel on the rare curve.

D Note 1 EN476 Berlin Hbf [Tief] - 23:58 Praha Hl n - Budapest Keleti
D Note 1 EN477 Budapest Keleti - 02:52 Pardubice - Berlin Hbf [Tief]

Note 1: Nights of 15/16, 18/19, 22/23, 25/26, 29/30 March, 1/2, 3/4 April 2017

Nymburk město – Veleliby

[061] (ERA 191A2; 22) CZ17/3

The direct line is used by trains between Křinec and Nymburk město which are not booked to call intermediately at Nymburk hl.n. It also uses the branch connection to the main line at Poříčany. Currently there is one booked service on Sundays only but with some exceptions, so the timetable should be checked carefully.

D SuO Sp1648 Turnov - 18:11 Křinec - Praha Vršovice

Česká Lípa avoiding line: Vlčí Důl-Dobranov (výh. Žizníkov) – Srní u České Lípy

[080, 086] (ERA 190C4; 09) CZ17/4

This curve links the Česká Lípa - Liberec and Česká Lípa - Bakov nad Jizerou lines.

E SSuO TLX5251/Sp1598 Dresden Hbf/Hrádek nad Nisou – Liberec – 10:53 Zákupy-Božíkov - Doksy
E SSuO Sp1599/TLX23928 16:48 Doksy – Hrádek nad Nisou/Dresden Hbf

Ústí nad Labem avoiding line: Ústí nad Labem Jih. – Ústí nad Labem západ

[090] (ERA 190B4; 36A) CZ17/5

This curve connects the Praha and Most lines.

D SSuX Sp1656 15:17 Lovosice - Ústí nad Labem západ

Praha Vršovice - Praha-Vyšehrad - [Praha-Smíchov]

[122] (ERA 189B4-B5; 8A) CZ17/6

This curve allows trains between Praha Vršovice and Praha-Zličín to avoid calling at Praha hlavní nádraži.

SuX 19730 03:26 Praha Vršovice - Středokluky
SSuX 19742 04:39 Praha Vršovice - Středokluky

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Most-Kopisty

[135] (ERA 190A3; not shown, 07A) CZ17/7

Most-Kopisty station lies on a single track route on the north east side of a locomotive depot. Two northbound services are booked to cross southbound trains in this section and are confirmed as doing so, using a line on the opposite side of the locomotive depot which avoids Most Kopisty station.

D1 Os26806 16:41 Most - Moldava v Krusných horách
D1* SSuX Os6716 19:00 Most - Osek město

D1: Runs SSuO to 9 June 2017 and from 4 September, except daily 23 December 2016 - 3 January 2017, 3 February - 19 March and 10 June - 3 September

D1*: Os6716 runs SSuX but the southbound train Os26807 runs only on the 'D1' dates above. It is therefore likely that Os6716 takes the unusual route avoiding Most-Kopisty only when crossing Os26807. The compilers would appreciate confirmation of this routing.

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Chodov avoiding line: Karlovy Vary-Dvory (Chodov zhlavi) – Nové Sedlo u Lokte

[140] (ERA 189B2; 16) CZ17/8

An engineering Notice suggests all fast trains between Karlovy Vary and Cheb will not call at Chodov station and potentially use the avoiding line between 27/2 to 19/6/2017. This line bypasses Chodov station on the south side. In addition it is almost certainly used used by the following trains which do not call at Chodov.

E SSuO Sp1670 09:15 Karlovy Vary – Cheb
E SSuO Sp1671 Cheb – 08:34 Sokolov – Karlovy Vary

The compilers would appreciate conformation of this routing.

Žatec avoiding line: Žatec západ – Žiželice (odbočka Velichov)

[160] (ERA 190A2; 18) CZ17/9

Owing to engineering work, this curve is used from 11 December 2016 until 31 May 2017 inclusive by all trains between Blatno u Jesenice and Chomutov. These normally reverse at Žatec but call instead at Žatec západ.

Čáslav – voj. letiště Chotusice

(ERA 191B1, not shown; 38) CZ17/09A

A ca 5 km long branch runs northwards from the Třemošnice branch platform at Čáslav to serve Chotusice air base, home of the 21. základna taktického letectva (21st Tactical Air Force Base). There are occasional shuttle services when there is an air show at the base.

A service ran on 20 May 2017, with departures from Čáslav at 09:15, 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00. It is not known when the next air show will take place.

(Pardubice -) Břevnice (odbočka Kubešův Mlýn) – Havlíčkův Brod (HB St. Tunel)

[238] (ERA 196B5, not shown; 56) CZ17/10

This is a connection between the Pardubice - Havlíčkův Brod line and the Havlíčkův Brod - Brno line.

Havlíčkův Brod is a V-shaped station: platforms 1 - 4 serve the main (Praha -) Kolin - Brno line and platform 5, at an angle, the northern curve towards odb. Kubešův Mlýn (- Pardubice). It is not possible to tell from the timetable which route trains to/from the Pardubice line will use - the northern curve or via the Brno line and HB St. Tunel. However, almost all services are booked to use platform 5 and it appears that the northern curve is the normal route: the drivers change ends after arrival at Havlíčkův Brod and do not run via the Brno line and do a "balloon loop". Only those services booked to use platforms 1 - 4 are certain to run via HB St. Tunel.

There were no reports of trains using this connection in 2015 or 2016, but the equivalent of the following train left from platform 1 in the 2012-2013 timetable

D SSuX Os 14886 19:24 Havlickuv Brod – Zdirec nad Doubravou

The compilers would greatly appreciate information from readers visiting Havlíčkův Brod of any Pardubice trains using platforms 1 - 4.

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Česká Třebová yard staff train

[260, 270] (ERA 192A1; 83A) CZ17/11

An unadvertised service has been observed in recent years leaving at approximately 14:00 from a short concrete platform, one track further over from the last public platform at Česká Třebová station. It turns off the main line about 200 m south of the station and follows what are shown as lines 91 or 93 in the Malkus Atlas Drah - west of the locomotive depot, where there is a stop. It continues past the roundhouse and turntable and terminates at a platform opposite what is probably the hump control tower. This is clearly an “end of shift” service as it is lightly loaded leaving Česká Třebová but very busy on the return working. The service is not intended for public use, so access may be refused. The compilers would appreciate information on this or any other such services that may run at other shift change times.

This route has also been used in recent years by special shuttle services that run to the yards when there is an open day at the depot.

Česká Třebová goods lines

[260, 270] (ERA 192A1; 83A) CZ17/12

Steam specials originating at Česká Třebová sometimes run via the goods lines, although this is not always obvious from the advance information. Prospective patrons should enquire further. Use of the following routes has been reported:

  • (Ústí nad Orlicí -) odb. Parnik - line 100 - 180° curve - marshalling yard - Česká Třebová
  • Česká Třebová - line 200 - odb. Les - odb. Zádulka (- Brno)
  • Česká Třebová - line 200 - odb. Les - 180° curve - Třebovice v Čechách (- Olomouc)
  • (Olomouc -) Třebovice v Čechách - Vjezdová kolej od Olomouce - marshalling yard - Česká Třebová

Bílovice nad Svitavou (odb. Hady) – Brno Maloměřice Yard – Brno-Židenice

[260] (ERA 95B2, 79A) CZ17/12A

Access to/egress from the north end of Maloměřice Yard from/to the Praha - Česká Třebová - Skalice nad Svitavou - Brno line is provided by two connections from odb. Hady, one on the north side of the main line and one on the south side. Several routes are possible through Maloměřice Yard. This route has been used by the following train. As it is allowed 8 min from Bílovice nad Svitavou to Brno-Židenice, as opposed to the 5 or 6 min allowed for all other trains, and is the only train to terminate at Brno-Židenice, it seems probable that this is the booked route. The compilers would welcome further reports.

D1 SSuX Os4059 Blansko - 15:57 Bílovice nad Svitavou - Brno-Židenice

D1: does not run 3 July to 1 September or 27 to 30 December 2017

A connection from the Havlíčkův Brod - Tišnov - Brno line into Maloměřice Yard is available at odb. Brno-Obřany. Both routes have been used in the past (e.g. June - August 2015) when there has been an engineering blockade.

Přerov avoiding line: Rokytnice u Přerova (výhybna Dluhonice) – Prosenice

[270] (ERA 197C5; 61) CZ17/13

This west to north curve is used by all trains between Olomouc and Hranice na Moravě which are not scheduled to call at Přerov, indicated by a vertical wavy line marking against this station.

Bludov avoiding line: Postřelmov (odbočka Sudkov) – Bludov lázně (odbočka Chromeč)

[291, 292] (ERA 192B1; 42) CZ17/14

This curve is used by trains between Zábřeh na Moravě and Hanušovice which are not scheduled to call at Bludov. These trains are recognisable in the timetable by the vertical wavy line marking against Bludov.

Křenovice horní n. – Holubice

[300] (ERA 197B3-B4; 75) CZ17/15

Most trains on the Brno - Přerov line use the connection between Blažovice (on the Brno - Veselí nad Moravou line) and Holubice. Some services run via the more southerly, single track line 300, on which there is a regular service between Brno and Křenovice horní nádraží. The small number of trains running via Křenovice horní n. and Holubice (all but one of them westbound services) can be identified in the timetable by a vertical wavy line against Blažovice. Route changes are sometimes made for pathing reasons to accommodate late running.

Os4027 22:46 Brno hl.n. – Vyškov na Moravě
Os4702 04:33 Vyškov na Moravě – Brno hl.n.
SSuX Sp1638 Šumperk – 07:13 Rousinov – Brno hl.n.
R902 Šumperk – 20:00 Vyškov na Moravě – Brno hl.n.
SSuO R900 Šumperk – 22:00 Vyškov na Moravě – Brno hl.n.

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Křenovice horní n. – Holubice.jpg

Brno-Židenice – Brno-Slatina (odbočka Slatinská)

[250, 340] (ERA 197B4; 79A) CZ17/16

This is an alternative route between Brno hl.n. and the Veselí nad Moravou line, involving reversal at Brno-Židenice instead of running via Brno-Černovice. Trains using this route are recognisable in table 340 by a vertical wavy line against Brno-Černovice and a timing against Brno-Židenice. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Brno freight avoiding line: Brno-Horní Heršpice – Brno dolní nádraží – odb. Táborská (– Brno-Židenice)

[250, 260] (ERA 197B4; 79A) CZ17/16A

This normally freight only line will be used by Railjet and EC services between 3 June and 10 September 2017, calling at Brno dolní nádraží in lieu of Brno hl.n. No details are yet available. It is thought that Regiojet services will also be diverted by this route.

Bohumin avoiding line: [Ostrava– ] Bohumin-Vrbice – Chałupki (odb.Pudlov)

[270] (ERA 193B2; 47B) CZ17/17

Use of this curve allows trains between Ostrava and Chałupki [- Rybnik] in Poland to avoid reversal at Bohumin.

SX EC110 Warszawa Wschodnia - 21:45 Chałupki - Ostrava Svinov
SuX EC111 05:49 Ostrava Svinov - Warszawa Wschodnia

Liberec (odb. UPD) – Aquapark Babylon

[081, 086] (ERA 191A4, not shown; 04A) CZ17/18

This branch runs from the SW apex of the triangle at Liberec-Rochlice in a northerly direction, paralleling the line to Liberec station, but on the opposite (east) side of the E442 motorway, to the DPML tram depot, opposite the Babylon aquapark.

E FO Sp1561 Kamenický Šenov - 10:22% Liberec - Aquapark Babylon
E FO Sp1560 15:00% Aquapark Babylon - 15:19 Liberec - Kamenický Šenov

Note %: No timings are given in the CD timetable for Aquapark Babylon. 10:22 is the booked arrival time at Liberec; in 2016 the train arrived at Aquapark Babylon at 10:45. 15:00 was the booked departure time from Aquapark Babylon in 2016, but it had been known to depart 15 minutes early.Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Trams

See Czech Republic - Tram services over obscure routes

Other sparse services

The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally in this country) - fewer than five trains each way on at least three days a week - or do not run each weekday. Only particularly sparse services are specifically listed below:

013 Bošice – Bečváry Two train pairs SSuO 3 June - 24 September 2017. See KZC “Podlipansky Motoracek”
015 Heřmanův Městec – Prachovice
017 Chornice – Velké Opatovice
021 Rychnov nad Kněžnou – Solnice
024 Mlýnický Dvůr – Stity
025 Dolni Lipka – Hanušovice
028 Opočno pod Orlickými Horami – Dobruška 1 early morning return journey SSuX, not 3 February, 13 April, 3 July - 1 September, 26,27 October 2017
036 Harrachov – Szklarska Poręba Górna
037 Nové Město pod Smrkem – Jindřichovice pod Smrkem
042 Jablonec Nad Jizerou – Rokytnice nad Jizerou 1 return journey SSuO
043 Trutnov-Porící – Lubawka (Poland)
Former 046 Hněvčeves – Smiřice Dates yet to be announced. See Společnost Pro Revitalizaci Místních Drah website.
063 Bakov nad Jizerou – Dolní Bousov
064 Mladějov v Čechách – Libuň – Lomnice nad Popelkou
084 Rumburk – Mikulášovice
084 Krásná Lípa – Panský
Former 088 Rumburk – Ebersbach [DB] Services on 14/4, 13-14/5, 5/6, 7-8/10. See page 18 of the OSEF program
091 Praha Hostivař – Praha Libeň
095 (Straškov –) Bříza – Zlonice
Former 096 Libochovice – Račiněves Service will start on 14 April 2017. The timetable will be available in March 2017. See KZC "Podřipský Motoráček"
097 Lovosice – Radejčín This section is served by buses until further notice
113 Čížkovice – Obrnice 2017 dates not yet available. See Railway Capital Jízdní řády ŠVESTKOVÁ DRÁHA
121 Hostivice – Podlešín
Former 125 (Lužná u Rakovníka –) Krupá – Kolešovice SO 8 July - 26 August, 7,8 October 2017. See table ZVL. Kolešovka 2017 and Muzeum CD Luzna
132 Kadaň předměstí - Poláky One train each way SO until 25 March 2017
135 (Most –) Osek město – Moldava v Krušných horách
137 Chomutov – Vejprty (– Cranzahl (Germany))
141 Dalovice – Merklin
144 Chodov – Nová Role
144 Loket Předměstí – Loket
147 Plesná – Bad Brambach (Germany)
148 Aš mesto – Hranice v Cechách 1 return journey daily
149 Krásný Jez – Horní Slavkov-Kounice
162 Čistá – Kralovice u Rakovníka
Former 165 Vilémov u Kadaně – Radonice u Kadaně 2017 timetable not available yet. See table ZVL and Capital Jízdní řády DOUPOVSKÁ DRÁHA
178 Svojšín – Bor 2 trains FSSuO
182 Staňkov – Horšovský Týn
229 Jindrichuv Hradec – Nová Bystrice Restricted winter service; better in the summer
233 Čelákovice – Mochov 4 return workings on 4 days in 2017
243 Moravské Budějovice – Jemnice 2017 timetable available yet. See Capital Jízdní řády JEMNICKÁ DRÁHA
244 Bohutice – Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou
Former 247 Boří Les - Lednice See table ZVL for tourist trains
261 Pustá Kamenice – Žd'árec u Skutče
274 Litovel Předměstí – Mladeč SSuO 17 June to 28 September 2017
292 Mikulovice - Głuchołazy (Poland) - Jindřichov ve Slezsku
297 Mikulovice - Zlaté Hory
298 Třemešná ve Slezsku - Osoblaha
314 Opava východ - Svobodné Heřmanic 2017 timetable not available yet. See Capital Jízdní řády HVOZDNICKÝ EXPRES
341 Vlárský prusmyk - Horné Srnie (Slovakia) Two trains (dated) each way per week

Deletions since the previous edition

CZ16/5 Praha-Vyšehrad - Praha-Smíchov severní nástupiště This connection is now used by all trains to Hostivice
CZ16/7 Praha-Smíchov severní nástupiště – Praha-Smíchov Na Knižeci Train service withdrawn from Praha-Smíchov Na Knižeci
164 Kadaň Předměstí - Kaštice (- Podbořany) Superseded by table 132
244 Ivančice - Oslavany No service in 2017
Former 245 Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou – Hevlín No service in 2017

See also