Czech Republic - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Introduction

This list is based on the timetable dated from 10 December 2017 to 8 December 2018. 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: Lines with regular use

Praha-Vršovice – Praha-Malešice – Praha-Běchovice

[010] (ERA 189C5; 36B) CZ18/1

Only one train pair to and from the Kolín direction uses this mainly freight-only route.

D1 EN 445 23:39 Praha hl.n. - Košice
D1 EN 444 20:35 Košice - 06:29 Pardubice hl.n. - Praha hl.n.

D1 Runs 01 June - 17 September 2018, 24 October - 05 November 2018

Kolín

[010/231] (ERA 189C5; 36B) CZ18/2

This train appears to use the connection from the main line to the Havluckuv Brod line east of Kolín at Starý Kolín through Kolín marshalling avoiding Kolín station. Confirmation of this routing would be appreciated by the compilers.

EN 442 19:46 Humenné - 06:20 Pardubice hl.n. - Praha hl.n.

Velký Osek – Sány (výhybna Kanín)

[020] (ERA 191A2; 23) CZ18/3

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.

Velky Osek.jpg

Hradec Kralove avoiding line

[020/030] (ERA 191A2; 22) CZ18/4

Diversionary use only, last occuring in March-April 2017. No use known for current timetable period.

Nymburk město – Veleliby

[061] (ERA 191A2; 22) CZ18/5

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 train pair but with some exceptions, so the timetable should be checked carefully.

D1 Sp1936 Turnov - 18:11 Křinec - Praha Vršovice
D1 Sp1937 Praha Vršovice - 09:28 Nymburk město - Turnov

D1 SuO to 18 March 2018 and from 04 November 2018. SSuO 24 March - 28 October 2018.

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

[080, 086] (ERA 190C4; 09) CZ18/6

This curve links the Česká Lípa - Liberec and Česká Lípa - Bakov nad Jizerou lines. Operated by Die Landerbahn GmbH.

E SSuO TLX1598 Liberec – 10:51 Zákupy-Božíkov - Doksy
E SSuO TLX1599 16:51 Doksy – Hrádek nad Nisou/Dresden Hbf

E: Runs SSuO 30 June to 02 September.

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

[090,130] (ERA 190B4; 36A) CZ18/7

This curve connects the Praha and Most lines.

D SSuX Sp1656 15:20 Lovosice - Ústí nad Labem západ

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

[122] (ERA 189B4-B5; 8A) CZ18/8

This curve allows trains between Praha Vršovice and Praha-Zličín to avoid calling at Praha hlavní nádraži. There are no services in the current timetable.

Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

Praha 4.jpg

Most-Kopisty

[135] (ERA 190A3; not shown, 07A) CZ18/9

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 16:43 Most - Moldava v Krusných horách
D1* SSuX Os6718 19:00 Most - Osek město

D1: Runs SSuO 17 March to 3 June 2018 and from 8 September, except daily 3 February - 11 March and 9 June - 2 September

D1*: Os6718 runs SSuX but the southbound train Os26807 runs only on the 'D1' dates above. It is therefore likely that Os6718 takes the unusual route avoiding Most-Kopisty only when crossing Os26807. The compilers would appreciate confirmation of this routing.

Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

Most-Kopisty modified.jpg

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

[140] (ERA 189B2; 16) CZ18/10

This line bypasses Chodov station on the south side. It may be used used by the following trains which do not call at Chodov, although it should be noted that there is no timetable indication that these trains run on a different line.

E SSuO R20854$ Karlovy Vary dolni n. - 06:54 Karlovy Vary – Zwickau
E1 SSuO Sp1670 09:15 Karlovy Vary – Cheb
E SSuO R20856$ Karlovy Vary dolni n. - 14:54 Karlovy Vary – Zwickau
E1 SSuO Sp1671 Cheb – 08:34 Sokolov – Karlovy Vary
E SSuO R20855$ Zwickau - 11.51 Sokolov - Karlovy Vary dolni n.
E SSuO R20857$ -

E1 - SSuO 30 June - 2 September 2018

$ - Operated by GW Train Regio a.s.

The compilers would appreciate conformation of this routing.

Note: From 20 June until 21 August 2017 all trains between Karlovy Vary and Cheb did not call at Chodov and hence used the avoiding line. It is not known if similar engineering work diversions will occur in Summer 2018.

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

[160] (ERA 190A2; 18) CZ18/11

No use of this curve identified in the current timetable. Last use was during engineering work from 11 December 2016 until 31 May 2017 inclusive by all trains between Blatno u Jesenice and Chomutov. These normally reversed at Žatec but called instead at Žatec západ.

If no usage is identified in 2018/2019 this entry will be deleted in December 2018.

Čáslav – voj. letiště Chotusice

(ERA 191B1, not shown; 38) CZ18/12

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. This is an event that takes place every two years so may run again in 2019.

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

[238] (ERA 196B5, not shown; 56) CZ18/13

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

D1 SSuX Os 14886 19:24 Havlickuv Brod – Zdirec nad Doubravou

D1 - Does not run 2 July - 31 August 2018

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

Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

Havlickuv Brod.png

Česká Třebová yard staff train

[260, 270] (ERA 192A1; 83A) CZ18/14

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.

The next depot Open Day is on 15 September 2018 when these shuttle services are scheduled to run - see

Česká Třebová goods lines

[260, 270] (ERA 192A1; 83A) CZ18/15

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) CZ18/16

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 Os4051 Blansko - 15:57 Bílovice nad Svitavou - Brno-Židenice

D1: does not run 2 July to 31 August 2018

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) CZ18/17

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) CZ18/18

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) CZ18/19

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.

Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

Křenovice horní n. – Holubice.jpg

Brno-Židenice – Brno-Slatina (odbočka Slatinská)

[250, 340] (ERA 197B4; 79A) CZ18/20

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.

Brno Zidenice.jpg

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

[270] (ERA 193B2; 47B) CZ18/21

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

SX EC110 Warszawa Wschodnia - 21:32 Chałupki - Ostrava Svinov
SuX EC111 05:58 Ostrava Svinov - Warszawa Wschodnia

Liberec (odb. UPD) – Aquapark Babylon

[086] (ERA 191A4, not shown; 04A) CZ18/22

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 14:50% Aquapark Babylon - 15:31 Liberec - Kamenický Šenov

E: FO 13 July - 31 August 2018

Note %: No timings are given in the CD timetable for Aquapark Babylon. See KZC Lužický motoráček for 2018 timetable. 10:22 is the booked arrival time at Liberec; in 2018 the train arrived at Aquapark Babylon at 10:45, with 14:50 the booked departure time. Note that in 2016 it had been known to depart 15 minutes early.

Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

Liberec.jpg

Strančice – Velke Popovice

(ERA 189C4, not shown; 36) CZ18/23

This 6km branch runs to the Velke Popovice brewery and has been reactivated after 13 years of disuse. A train runs on summer Sundays between Praha and the brewery.

See the Kozel expresem na pivo do Velkých Popovic page.

D1 SuO Os11101 10:22 Praha hl n - 10:55 Strančice - Velke Popovice
D1 SuO Os11102 14:40 Velke Popovice - 15:05 Strančice - 15:39 Praha hl n

D1: 1 July - 30 September 2018

Vojkovicemi nad Ohří – Kyselka

(ERA 189C2; 17) CZ18/24

This 9km branch, closed to passenger services in 2002, has a summer Saturday only train, the "Mattoni Express", running betwen Chomutov and Kyselka with connection from Karlovy Vary. This is in connection with "the Mattoni mineral water bottling museum".

See the CD Mattoni expresem do Kyselky page.

E SO Os7045 08:24 Chomutov - 10:08 Vojkovicemi nad Ohří - Kyselka
E SO Os2 13:15 Kyselka - 13:45 Vojkovicemi nad Ohří
E SO Os7 13:55 Vojkovicemi nad Ohří - 14:25 Kyselka
E SO Os7044 15:15 Kyselka - 16:59 Vojkovicemi nad Ohří - 17:45 Chomutov

E: 30 June - 01 September 2018

Děčín-Prostřední Žleb - Děčín východ dolní nádraží – Děčín přístav Loubí

(ERA 190B4 (Quay Branch not shown); 8A) CZ18/25

This freight line and 3.3km freight branch has a passenger service, operated by KŽC Doprava, s.r.o., annually in connection with the Czech Republic International Championship of Pump Trolley Racing. This event is held on the Czech-Saxon Harbour Company (Česko-saské přístavy, s.r.o.) River Labe quay sidings at Děčín-Loubí and in 2018 is being held on 25 August - See.

E1 SO Os11786 09:30 Děčín hl.n. - 09:37 Děčín-Prostřední Žleb - 09:45 Děčín východ dolní nádraží - Děčín přístav Loubí
E1 SO 11:00 Děčín přístav Loubí - Děčín východ dolní nádraží
E1 SO 11:20 Děčín východ dolní nádraží - Děčín přístav Loubí
E1 SO Os11787 12:30 Děčín přístav Loubí - 12:45 Děčín východ dolní nádraží - Děčín-Prostřední Žleb - Děčín hl.n.
E1 SO Os11788 13:30 Děčín hl.n. - 13:37 Děčín-Prostřední Žleb - 13:45 Děčín východ dolní nádraží - Děčín přístav Loubí
E1 SO 14:30 Děčín přístav Loubí - Děčín východ dolní nádraží
E1 SO 14:45 Děčín východ dolní nádraží - Děčín přístav Loubí
E1 SO Os11789 16:00 Děčín přístav Loubí - 16:15 Děčín východ dolní nádraží - Děčín-Prostřední Žleb - Děčín hl.n.

E1: 25 August 2018

Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis

Brno dolni nadrazi - Brno-Horni Herspice obd. St. silnice

(ERA 197B4/B3 (Not Shown); 79A) CZ18/26

Due to engineering works, this normally freight flyover crossing the Brno - Breclav main line has a passenger service from 01 September to 08 December 2018 due to JR244 services being diverted from Brno hl.n to Brno dolni nadrazi. See.

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 30 June - 26 August 2018. See KZC “Podlipansky Motoracek”
015 Heřmanův Městec – Prachovice
017 Chornice – Velké Opatovice
021 Rychnov nad Kněžnou – Solnice
024 Mlýnický Dvůr – Stity Service withdrawn from 10 June 2018
025 Dolni Lipka – Hanušovice
028 Opočno pod Orlickými Horami – Dobruška 1 early morning return journey SSuX, not 2 February, 29 March, 2 July - 31 August, 29,30 October 2018
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 No services in 2018? Web-sites not updated since 2016. See Společnost Pro Revitalizaci Místních Drah or [1] .
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 30 March, 12-13, 28 May 2018. See OSEF
091 Praha Hostivař – Praha Libeň
095 (Straškov –) Bříza – Zlonice
T5 (Former 096) Libochovice – Račiněves SSuO 30 March - 28 October 2018. See KZC "Podřipský Motoráček"
097 Lovosice – Radejčín This section is bus-replaced, likely permanently.
T4 (Former 113) Čížkovice – Obrnice SSuO & Public Holidays 30 March - 28 October 2018. See T4 letáček jízdní řády T4 Středohorský motoráček
121 Hostivice – Podlešín
Former 125 (Lužná u Rakovníka –) Krupá – Kolešovice SSuO 7 July - 25 August, 7 October 2018. See Table ZVL. Also "Krupá – Kolešovice", "Kolešovka 2018" and "Muzeum CD Luzna"
(Lužná u Rakovníka –) Rakovník - Bochov 19 May 2018 only. See Table ZVL.
132 Kadaň předměstí - Poláky SSuO 25 March - 03 September 2018
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 SSoU 28 April - 02 September 2018
162 Čistá – Kralovice u Rakovníka
T6 (Former 165) Kadaň - Podbořany SSuO 30 March - 28 October 2018. See Table T6 and Capital Jízdní řády DOUPOVSKÁ DRÁHA
T6 (Former 165) Vilémov u Kadaně – Kadaňský Rohozec SSuO 30 March - 28 October 2018. See Table T6 and Capital Jízdní řády DOUPOVSKÁ DRÁHA
178 Svojšín – Bor 2 trains FSSuO. Withdrawal of service proposed from December 2018 timetable change.
182 Staňkov – Horšovský Týn
229 Jindrichuv Hradec – Nová Bystrice Restricted winter service; better in the summer
233 Čelákovice – Mochov Re-opened 03 April 2018.
243 Moravské Budějovice – Jemnice SSuO to 04 November. See Table ZVL & Capital Jízdní řády JEMNICKÁ DRÁHA
244 Bohutice – Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou
Former 247 Boří Les - Lednice SSuO to 15 September 2018. See Table ZVL.
261 Pustá Kamenice – Žd'árec u Skutče
274 Litovel Předměstí – Mladeč SSuO 16 June to 30 September 2018
292 Mikulovice - Głuchołazy (Poland) - Jindřichov ve Slezsku
297 Mikulovice - Zlaté Hory
298 Třemešná ve Slezsku - Osoblaha
314 Opava východ - Svobodné Heřmanic FO to 21 September 2018, SSuO to 30 September 2018. See Table ZVL & Capital Jízdní řády HVOZDNICKÝ EXPRES
341 Vlárský prusmyk - Horné Srnie (Slovakia) Two trains (dated) each way per week

Deletions since the previous edition

CZ17/16A Brno freight avoiding line: Brno-Horní Heršpice – Brno dolní nádraží – odb. Táborská (– Brno-Židenice) Used only during engineering diversions between 3 June and 10 September 2017

See also