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==Introduction==
 
==Introduction==
This list is based on the timetable dated from 11 December 2016 to 9 December 2017, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in [[General Information]].  Map references relate to the 2014 issue of the Schweers+Wall ''Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland''.
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This list is based on the timetable dated from 10 December 2017 to 8 December 2018, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in [[General Information]].  Map references relate to the 2014 issue of the Schweers+Wall ''Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland''.
  
 
==Obscure services==
 
==Obscure services==
 
===Saline – Westen===
 
===Saline – Westen===
(''9B3'') DE17/151
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(''9B3'') DE18/151
  
 
This is a branch off the line from Westanleger to Wangerooge. Passenger trains run to/from Westen when required by pre-booked parties staying at the Youth Hostel or other accommodation there.
 
This is a branch off the line from Westanleger to Wangerooge. Passenger trains run to/from Westen when required by pre-booked parties staying at the Youth Hostel or other accommodation there.
Line 10: Line 10:
  
 
===Emden Hbf - Emden Außenhafen===
 
===Emden Hbf - Emden Außenhafen===
(''18B4'') DE17/152
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[395] (''18B4'') DE18/152
  
This branch line is used by trains connecting with the ferry to and from Borkum.  These are a few ''IC'' trains, mostly to and from Köln, and some local trains between Münster and Emden.  Dates and times of operation vary considerably and details can be found in the [http://www.westfalenbahn.de/fileadmin/user_upload/WFB_RE15_Fahrplan_2017.pdf Westfalen Bahn timetable].
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This branch line is used by trains connecting with the ferry to and from Borkum.  These are a few ''IC'' trains, mostly to and from Köln, and some local trains between Münster and Emden.  Dates and times of operation vary considerably.  'Emden Außenhafen' is indicated as the origin or destination of relevant trains in ''Kursbuch'' table 395.
  
 
===Bremen-Sebaldsbrück – Bremen Hbf (via Abzw. Vahr)===
 
===Bremen-Sebaldsbrück – Bremen Hbf (via Abzw. Vahr)===
[380] (''9C2-9B2'') DE17/153
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[380] (''9C2-9B2'') DE18/153
  
 
Trains from the Hannover line to platforms 1, 2 or 3 at Bremen Hbf may use this spur, which crosses from the north side of the line to the south side by passing under both the main Hannover line and the Osnabrück line. They may, alternatively, use crossovers at the approach to Bremen Hbf. The route via Abzw. Vahr has been used by ''RE'' trains from Hannover to Bremen and also by ''IC'' trains from Hannover to Oldenburg. Trains in the opposite direction normally use the flat junction at Hastedt but, if the departure signal at Bremen Hbf platforms 1, 2 or 3 shows speed restriction 4 (= 40 km/h), that may indicate use of this route. There is no passenger use of the connections between Bremen-Hemelingen and Bremen Hbf via Abzw. Vahr known to the compilers.
 
Trains from the Hannover line to platforms 1, 2 or 3 at Bremen Hbf may use this spur, which crosses from the north side of the line to the south side by passing under both the main Hannover line and the Osnabrück line. They may, alternatively, use crossovers at the approach to Bremen Hbf. The route via Abzw. Vahr has been used by ''RE'' trains from Hannover to Bremen and also by ''IC'' trains from Hannover to Oldenburg. Trains in the opposite direction normally use the flat junction at Hastedt but, if the departure signal at Bremen Hbf platforms 1, 2 or 3 shows speed restriction 4 (= 40 km/h), that may indicate use of this route. There is no passenger use of the connections between Bremen-Hemelingen and Bremen Hbf via Abzw. Vahr known to the compilers.
  
 
===Bremen avoiding line: Sagehorn – Dreye (Abzw. Bremen-Gabelung)===
 
===Bremen avoiding line: Sagehorn – Dreye (Abzw. Bremen-Gabelung)===
[120, 385] (''9D1-9C3'') DE17/154
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[120, 385] (''9D1-9C3'') DE18/154
  
 
Most trains between Hamburg and Osnabrück call at Bremen Hbf, but this route enables those that do not to avoid a lengthy detour.
 
Most trains between Hamburg and Osnabrück call at Bremen Hbf, but this route enables those that do not to avoid a lengthy detour.
Line 36: Line 36:
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| D
 
| D
|
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| FO
| ''IC2411''
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| ''IC2417''
| Fehmarn-Burg - 11:20 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf
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| Fehmarn-Burg - 11:17 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf  
|-
 
| D1
 
| SO
 
| ''HKX1805''
 
| Hamburg-Altona – 13:01 Hamburg Harburg – Köln Hbf
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| D
 
| D
Line 52: Line 47:
 
|  
 
|  
 
| SuO  
 
| SuO  
| ''IC2417''
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| ''IC2409''
| Stralsund Hbf/Rostock Hbf – 15:04 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf  
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| Stralsund Hbf – 16:08 Hamburg Harburg – Köln Hbf
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|  
 
|  
 
| SSuX  
 
| SSuX  
 
| ''IC2195''
 
| ''IC2195''
| Hamburg-Altona - 16:11 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf  
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| Hamburg-Altona - 16:10 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf  
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|  
 
|  
 
| SuO  
 
| SuO  
 
| ''IC2197''
 
| ''IC2197''
| Flensburg – 16:11 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf
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| Hamburg-Altona – 18:10 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf  
|-
 
| D2
 
| FSuO
 
| ''HKX1807''
 
| Hamburg-Altona – 17:01 Hamburg Harburg – Köln Hbf
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|  
 
|  
Line 74: Line 64:
 
| ''ICE1098''
 
| ''ICE1098''
 
| Köln Hbf – 07:03 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona  
 
| Köln Hbf – 07:03 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona  
|-
 
| D1
 
| SO
 
| ''HKX1800''
 
| Köln Hbf – 09:14 Osnabrück Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| D
 
| D
 
|  
 
|  
 
| ''IC2410''
 
| ''IC2410''
| Köln Hbf – 09:56 Osnabrück Hbf - Fehmarn-Burg
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| Köln/Bonn Flughafen – 09:05 Gelsenkirchen Hbf - Fehmarn-Burg
|-
 
| D2
 
| FSuO
 
| ''HKX1802''
 
| Köln Hbf – 13:16 Osnabrück Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
 
|-
 
|
 
| FO
 
| ''IC2404''
 
| Aachen Hbf – 17:26 Diepholz – Stralsund Hbf
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|
 
|
Line 101: Line 76:
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
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The [https://www.hkx.de/ Hamburg Köln Express] trains, which used this route, ceased running in October 2017.
D1  Service suspended between 7 October and 9 December 2017 (inclusive)
 
 
 
D2  Service suspended between 6 October and 8 December 2017 (inclusive)
 
  
 
===Kirchweyhe – Kirchweyhe BTE===
 
===Kirchweyhe – Kirchweyhe BTE===
(''20B4'') DE17/155
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(''20B4'') DE18/155
  
 
This south to west curve provides the only usable connection between DB and the Bremen-Thedinghauser Eisenbahn. BTE runs excursions, mostly during the summer, from Leeste to destinations on the DB network. See [http://www.pingelheini.de www.pingelheini.de].
 
This south to west curve provides the only usable connection between DB and the Bremen-Thedinghauser Eisenbahn. BTE runs excursions, mostly during the summer, from Leeste to destinations on the DB network. See [http://www.pingelheini.de www.pingelheini.de].
  
===Lüneburg Westseite {West station}===
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===Lüneburg Westseite (West station)===
[110] (''22C3'') DE17/156
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[110] (''22C3'') DE18/156
  
This is a separate station, west of the main line, which is used by most Hamburg local trains starting or terminating at Lüneburg. Those using the main station are departures at 04:32 SuX, 05:32 and 05:52 SSuX and arrivals at 03:59 SSuO and 05:21 SSuX.  The Westseite is also used by all trains to and from Dannenberg Ost.
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This is a separate station, west of the main line, which is used by most Hamburg local trains starting or terminating at Lüneburg. Those using the main station are departures at 04:32 SuX, 05:32 and 05:52/05:58 SSuX and arrivals at 03:59 SSuO, 05:21 SSuX and 06:22 SuX.  The Westseite is also used by all trains to and from Dannenberg Ost.
  
 
===Uelzen W750 - Uelzen W23 (Veerßer Kurve)===
 
===Uelzen W750 - Uelzen W23 (Veerßer Kurve)===
[305] (''32C1'') DE17/157
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[305] (''32C1'') DE18/157
  
 
The Stendal - Salzwedel - Uelzen - Bremen line crosses under the Hannover - Hamburg main line just south of Uelzen and curves north to serve the west side of Uelzen station. A new direct curve (the Veerßer Kurve) from the Stendal line to the east side of Uelzen station, giving a non-conflicting connection towards Hamburg, was opened in November 2013.
 
The Stendal - Salzwedel - Uelzen - Bremen line crosses under the Hannover - Hamburg main line just south of Uelzen and curves north to serve the west side of Uelzen station. A new direct curve (the Veerßer Kurve) from the Stendal line to the east side of Uelzen station, giving a non-conflicting connection towards Hamburg, was opened in November 2013.
Line 124: Line 96:
  
 
===Osnabrück Schinkel and Löhner Curves: Osnabrück ob Bf – Wissingen (Bbf Lüstringen)===
 
===Osnabrück Schinkel and Löhner Curves: Osnabrück ob Bf – Wissingen (Bbf Lüstringen)===
[385] (''40C3'') DE17/158
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[385] (''40C3'') DE18/158
  
 
This is a curve from the high level station at Osnabrück to the Hannover line.  
 
This is a curve from the high level station at Osnabrück to the Hannover line.  
Line 138: Line 110:
 
| ''IC2343''
 
| ''IC2343''
 
| Münster (Westf) - 08:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof  
 
| Münster (Westf) - 08:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof  
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|-
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|
 +
| SX
 +
| ''IC1926''
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| Köln Hbf - 16:57 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
 +
|-
 +
|
 +
| FSSuX
 +
| ''IC1929''
 +
| Berlin Ostbahnhof - 10:41 Bünde (Westf) - Köln Hbf
 
|-
 
|-
 
|  
 
|  
Line 149: Line 131:
 
| Berlin Ostbahnhof – 23:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf)  
 
| Berlin Ostbahnhof – 23:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf)  
 
|}
 
|}
 
===Osnabrück Schinkel and Stahlwerks Curves: Osnabrück ob Bf – Osnabrück unt Bf===
 
[385] (''40C3'') DE17/158A
 
 
These curves allow trains to run between the Münster and Rheine lines, passing through both the high-level and low-level platforms at Osnabrück.  ''IC'' trains between Münster (Westf) and Rheine are diverted this way, with extended journey time, from 5 to 13 August 2017.
 
  
 
===Ahlten (Abzw. Lehrte West) – Aligse (Lehrte Nordgruppe, former Stw Lnf)===
 
===Ahlten (Abzw. Lehrte West) – Aligse (Lehrte Nordgruppe, former Stw Lnf)===
[360.6.7] (''122D4'') DE17/159
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[360.6.7] (''122D4'') DE18/159
  
This west to north curve is used by trains between Hannover and Burgdorf which run non-stop between Hannover Karl-Wiechert-Allee and Aligse. There is an hourly ''S-Bahn'' service between Hannover and Celle by this route.
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This west to north curve is used by trains between Hannover and Burgdorf which run non-stop between Hannover Karl-Wiechert-Allee and Aligse. There is an hourly ''S-Bahn'' service between Hannover and Celle by this route.  The curve is also used by ''IC/ICE'' trains between Hamburg and Hannover Messe/Laatzen from 1 to 14 October, when the usual stop at Hannover Hbf is omitted.
  
 
===Lehrte (Abzw Lehrte West) – Misburg – Abzw Waldheim – Hannover Messe/Laatzen (Hannover Wülfel)===
 
===Lehrte (Abzw Lehrte West) – Misburg – Abzw Waldheim – Hannover Messe/Laatzen (Hannover Wülfel)===
(''122D4-122D3'') DE17/160
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(''122D4-122D3'') DE18/160
  
 
This route forms the eastern part of the ring line round the south side of Hannover. It is used by the following trains to avoid reversal at Hannover Hbf.
 
This route forms the eastern part of the ring line round the south side of Hannover. It is used by the following trains to avoid reversal at Hannover Hbf.
  
 
{| class="ostable"
 
{| class="ostable"
| D6
 
 
|  
 
|  
| ''EN452''
 
| Moskva Belorusskaja - 21:59 Berlin Hbf - Paris Est
 
|-
 
 
| SSuX
 
| ''ICE1091''
 
| Berlin Südkreuz – 05:45/06:07/06:18 Berlin-Spandau – München Hbf
 
|-
 
 
|  
 
|  
| SX
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| ''Locomore''
| ''ICE1093''
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| Berlin-Lichtenberg - 16:46 Hannover Hbf - Stuttgart Hbf  
| Berlin Ostbahnhof – 17:45/18:17 Berlin-Spandau – Stuttgart Hbf/München Hbf
 
 
|-
 
|-
| D7
 
 
|  
 
|  
| ''EN453''
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| SSuX
| Paris Est – 01:02 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Moskva Belorusskaja
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| ''ICE1598''
 +
| 05:58 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
 
|-
 
|-
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|  
 
|  
| FSSuX
+
| ''Locomore''
| ''ICE1092''
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| Stuttgart Hbf - 10:20 Göttingen - Berlin-Lichtenberg 
| Karlsruhe Hbf/06:13 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|  
 
|  
Line 195: Line 162:
 
| ''IC1970''  
 
| ''IC1970''  
 
| Stuttgart Hbf - 15:50 Göttingen - Stralsund Hbf
 
| Stuttgart Hbf - 15:50 Göttingen - Stralsund Hbf
|-
 
 
| FO
 
| ''IC1086''
 
| München Hbf – 17:50 Göttingen – Berlin Südkreuz
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
D6: Runs via this route when departure from Berlin is on 31 August.
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For dates of operation of Locomore services and to make bookings, see the [https://www.flixbus.de/locomore Flixbus] website.
 
 
D7: Runs via this route when departure from Paris is on 1 September.
 
  
===Hannover Hbf (Hannover Kurve) - Ahlem - Hannover-Linden - Hannover-Waldhausen - Hannover Messe/Laatzen (Hannover Wülfel)===
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The trains between Paris and Moskva are diverted this way when departure from Moskva is on 24 April and from Paris on 26 April.
(''122B2-122D3'') DE17/161
 
  
This route forms the western part of the ring line round the south side of Hannover. It is used by the following trains to avoid reversal at Hannover Hbf.
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This route is also used by diverted ''IC/ICE'' trains between Lehrte and Hannover Messe/Laatzen from 1 to 14 October, when the usual stop at Hannover Hbf is omittedThis includes trains to and from Hamburg via the west to north curve at Lehrte.
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
| D8
 
|
 
| ''LOC1819''
 
| Berlin-Lichtenberg - 16:46 Hannover Hbf - Stuttgart Hbf
 
|-
 
| D9
 
|
 
| ''LOC1818''
 
| Stuttgart Hbf - 10:19 Göttingen - Berlin-Lichtenberg  
 
|}
 
 
 
D8: Train ran TWThX until 6 April, then daily until 11 May 2017, and recommenced WThX on 24th August 2017.
 
 
 
D9: Train ran MTWX until 6 April, then daily until 12 May 2017, and recommenced TWX on 25th August 2017.
 
  
 
===Lehrte – Sehnde===
 
===Lehrte – Sehnde===
[360.3] (''122D4'') DE17/162
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[360.3] (''122D4'') DE18/161
  
 
East of Lehrte, the lines from Braunschweig and Hildesheim join with the line from Gifhorn in a complex flying junction. Trains '''from''' Lehrte towards Braunschweig or Hildesheim dive under the Gifhorn line and follow the original alignment of the Braunschweig line. Trains '''towards''' Lehrte diverge to the north and fly ''over'' the Gifhorn line about ½ km further north.
 
East of Lehrte, the lines from Braunschweig and Hildesheim join with the line from Gifhorn in a complex flying junction. Trains '''from''' Lehrte towards Braunschweig or Hildesheim dive under the Gifhorn line and follow the original alignment of the Braunschweig line. Trains '''towards''' Lehrte diverge to the north and fly ''over'' the Gifhorn line about ½ km further north.
Line 235: Line 178:
  
 
===Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe (Abzw Siekweg) – Göttingen east side platforms===
 
===Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe (Abzw Siekweg) – Göttingen east side platforms===
(''55A2-55B2'') DE17/163
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(''55A2-55B2'') DE18/162
  
 
This 2km link (line 1803) leaves the Kassel ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' south of Göttingen and then crosses the Eichenberg line before joining the eastern platforms at Göttingen. It is normally used by northbound trains stopping at platform 4 at Göttingen. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram
 
This 2km link (line 1803) leaves the Kassel ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' south of Göttingen and then crosses the Eichenberg line before joining the eastern platforms at Göttingen. It is normally used by northbound trains stopping at platform 4 at Göttingen. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram
Line 246: Line 189:
 
| SSuX
 
| SSuX
 
| ''ICE272''
 
| ''ICE272''
| Zürich HB - 22:43 Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe - Hamburg-Altona   
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| Zürich HB - 22:45 Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe - Hamburg-Altona   
 
|}
 
|}
 
Most ''IC/ICE'' trains between Kassel and Hannover are scheduled to use this route between 12 and 28 August 2017.
 
  
 
===(Eichenberg –) Friedland(Han.) (Abzw. Grone) – Göttingen east side platforms===
 
===(Eichenberg –) Friedland(Han.) (Abzw. Grone) – Göttingen east side platforms===
(''55A2-55B2'') DE17/164
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(''55A2-55B2'') DE18/163
  
German sources report that all trains to/from the Eichenberg line at Göttingen platforms 4 and 5 use this previously freight-only connection. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram.
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Trains to and from the Eichenberg line at Göttingen platforms 4 and 5 generally use this previously freight-only connection. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram.
 
[[File:Gottingen2.jpg|50px|thumb|none]]
 
[[File:Gottingen2.jpg|50px|thumb|none]]
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==Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis for engineering work diversions==
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===Osnabrück Schinkel and Stahlwerks Curves: Osnabrück ob Bf – Osnabrück unt Bf===
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[385] (''40C3'') DE18/181
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These curves allow trains to run between the Münster and Rheine lines, passing through both the high-level and low-level platforms at Osnabrück.  The route may be used by ''IC'' trains if the direct line between Münster (Westf) and Rheine is blocked.  This is indicated by an extended journey time and local trains being replaced be buses.  Such diversions too place between 5 and 13 August 2017.
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===Lehrte (Abzw Lehrte West) – Misburg – Abzw Waldheim – Hannover-Linden - Wunstorf===
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(''31D4-31B4'') DE18/182
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This is a ring line around the south side of Hannover.  It is used by diverted ''IC'' trains between Lehrte and Osnabrück from 1 to 14 October, when the usual stop at Hannover Hbf is omitted.
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===Hannover Hbf (Hannover Kurve) - Ahlem - Empelde===
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(''122B2-122D3'') DE18/183
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This route forms part of the ring line round the south side of Hannover, with the curve to the Hameln line. The following trains are diverted this way:
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{| class="ostable"
 +
| D1
 +
| FO
 +
| ''IC469''
 +
| Flensburg - 23:59 Hannover Hbf - Basel Bad Bf
 +
|-
 +
| D1
 +
| SO
 +
| ''IC479''
 +
| Kiel Hbf - 23:59 Hannover Hbf - Basel Bad Bf
 +
|-
 +
| D1
 +
| SuO
 +
| ''ICE1271''
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| Hamburg-Altona - 01:10 MO Hannover Hbf - Chur
 +
|-
 +
| D1
 +
| SSuX
 +
| ''ICE272''
 +
| Zürich HB - 22:45 Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe - Hamburg Hbf
 +
|-
 +
| D1
 +
| SuO
 +
| ''ICE590''
 +
| München Hbf - 23:43 Kassel-Wilhemshöhe - Hamburg Hbf
 +
|-
 +
| D2
 +
| SuO
 +
| ''ICE990''
 +
| München Hbf - 02:25 MO Bad Hersfeld - Hamburg-Altona
 +
|-
 +
|}
 +
 +
D1: 1 to 14 October
 +
 +
D2: 30 September to 7 October
  
 
===Northeim (Han) - Edesheim (Leine)===
 
===Northeim (Han) - Edesheim (Leine)===
(''55B1'') DE17/165
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(''55B1'') DE17/184
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Connections between the old main line and the ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' at Edesheim (Leine), north of Northeim (Han), are sometimes used by ''IC/ICE'' trains during engineering work.  Use of the old main line instead of the ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' results in an extended journey time between Göttingen and Hannover, but it is not normally possible to tell from public information which connection is being used.  Many trains were diverted via the old main line between Göttingen and Edesheim (Leine) between 12 and 28 August 2017. 
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===Norten-Hardenburg - Northheim (Han)===
 +
(''55B1-55B2'') DE17/185
  
Connections between the old main line and the ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' at Edesheim (Leine), north of Northeim (Han), are sometimes used by ''IC/ICE'' trains during engineering work. Many trains are diverted via the old main line between Göttingen and Edesheim (Leine) between 12 and 28 August 2017.
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Connections between the old main line and the ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' at Norten-Hardenberg, south of Northeim (Han), are sometimes used by ''IC/ICE'' trains during engineering work. Use of the old main line instead of the ''Schnellfahrstrecke'' results in an extended journey time between Göttingen and Hannover, but it is not normally possible to tell from public information which connection is being used.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 14:51, 10 December 2017

Introduction

This list is based on the timetable dated from 10 December 2017 to 8 December 2018, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the 2014 issue of the Schweers+Wall Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland.

Obscure services

Saline – Westen

(9B3) DE18/151

This is a branch off the line from Westanleger to Wangerooge. Passenger trains run to/from Westen when required by pre-booked parties staying at the Youth Hostel or other accommodation there. During the summer season, excursions run between Wangerooge and Westen: see DB's Wangerooge website and search ("Suche") for "Westen" during the season.

Emden Hbf - Emden Außenhafen

[395] (18B4) DE18/152

This branch line is used by trains connecting with the ferry to and from Borkum. These are a few IC trains, mostly to and from Köln, and some local trains between Münster and Emden. Dates and times of operation vary considerably. 'Emden Außenhafen' is indicated as the origin or destination of relevant trains in Kursbuch table 395.

Bremen-Sebaldsbrück – Bremen Hbf (via Abzw. Vahr)

[380] (9C2-9B2) DE18/153

Trains from the Hannover line to platforms 1, 2 or 3 at Bremen Hbf may use this spur, which crosses from the north side of the line to the south side by passing under both the main Hannover line and the Osnabrück line. They may, alternatively, use crossovers at the approach to Bremen Hbf. The route via Abzw. Vahr has been used by RE trains from Hannover to Bremen and also by IC trains from Hannover to Oldenburg. Trains in the opposite direction normally use the flat junction at Hastedt but, if the departure signal at Bremen Hbf platforms 1, 2 or 3 shows speed restriction 4 (= 40 km/h), that may indicate use of this route. There is no passenger use of the connections between Bremen-Hemelingen and Bremen Hbf via Abzw. Vahr known to the compilers.

Bremen avoiding line: Sagehorn – Dreye (Abzw. Bremen-Gabelung)

[120, 385] (9D1-9C3) DE18/154

Most trains between Hamburg and Osnabrück call at Bremen Hbf, but this route enables those that do not to avoid a lengthy detour.

FSSuX ICE1099 Hamburg-Altona – 06:12 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
FO IC2401 Hamburg-Altona – 06:12 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
D FO IC2417 Fehmarn-Burg - 11:17 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf
D SO IC2405 Stralsund Hbf – 15:12 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf
SuO IC2409 Stralsund Hbf – 16:08 Hamburg Harburg – Köln Hbf
SSuX IC2195 Hamburg-Altona - 16:10 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf
SuO IC2197 Hamburg-Altona – 18:10 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf
FSSuX ICE1098 Köln Hbf – 07:03 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
D IC2410 Köln/Bonn Flughafen – 09:05 Gelsenkirchen Hbf - Fehmarn-Burg
SX IC2196 Köln Hbf – 17:02 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona

The Hamburg Köln Express trains, which used this route, ceased running in October 2017.

Kirchweyhe – Kirchweyhe BTE

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This south to west curve provides the only usable connection between DB and the Bremen-Thedinghauser Eisenbahn. BTE runs excursions, mostly during the summer, from Leeste to destinations on the DB network. See www.pingelheini.de.

Lüneburg Westseite (West station)

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This is a separate station, west of the main line, which is used by most Hamburg local trains starting or terminating at Lüneburg. Those using the main station are departures at 04:32 SuX, 05:32 and 05:52/05:58 SSuX and arrivals at 03:59 SSuO, 05:21 SSuX and 06:22 SuX. The Westseite is also used by all trains to and from Dannenberg Ost.

Uelzen W750 - Uelzen W23 (Veerßer Kurve)

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The Stendal - Salzwedel - Uelzen - Bremen line crosses under the Hannover - Hamburg main line just south of Uelzen and curves north to serve the west side of Uelzen station. A new direct curve (the Veerßer Kurve) from the Stendal line to the east side of Uelzen station, giving a non-conflicting connection towards Hamburg, was opened in November 2013.

Most trains between Stendal and Uelzen use the original line to and from the west side of Uelzen station. However, IRE services from Berlin to Hamburg (introduced on 15 April 2014) normally use the Veerßer Kurve in this direction only to call at platform 102 on the east side of the station.

Osnabrück Schinkel and Löhner Curves: Osnabrück ob Bf – Wissingen (Bbf Lüstringen)

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This is a curve from the high level station at Osnabrück to the Hannover line.

SuX IC2241 Münster (Westf) – 06:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
SuO IC2343 Münster (Westf) - 08:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
SX IC1926 Köln Hbf - 16:57 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
FSSuX IC1929 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 10:41 Bünde (Westf) - Köln Hbf
IC2242 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 21:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf)
SuO IC2240 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 23:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf)

Ahlten (Abzw. Lehrte West) – Aligse (Lehrte Nordgruppe, former Stw Lnf)

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This west to north curve is used by trains between Hannover and Burgdorf which run non-stop between Hannover Karl-Wiechert-Allee and Aligse. There is an hourly S-Bahn service between Hannover and Celle by this route. The curve is also used by IC/ICE trains between Hamburg and Hannover Messe/Laatzen from 1 to 14 October, when the usual stop at Hannover Hbf is omitted.

Lehrte (Abzw Lehrte West) – Misburg – Abzw Waldheim – Hannover Messe/Laatzen (Hannover Wülfel)

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This route forms the eastern part of the ring line round the south side of Hannover. It is used by the following trains to avoid reversal at Hannover Hbf.

Locomore Berlin-Lichtenberg - 16:46 Hannover Hbf - Stuttgart Hbf
SSuX ICE1598 05:58 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
Locomore Stuttgart Hbf - 10:20 Göttingen - Berlin-Lichtenberg
FO IC1970 Stuttgart Hbf - 15:50 Göttingen - Stralsund Hbf

For dates of operation of Locomore services and to make bookings, see the Flixbus website.

The trains between Paris and Moskva are diverted this way when departure from Moskva is on 24 April and from Paris on 26 April.

This route is also used by diverted IC/ICE trains between Lehrte and Hannover Messe/Laatzen from 1 to 14 October, when the usual stop at Hannover Hbf is omitted. This includes trains to and from Hamburg via the west to north curve at Lehrte.

Lehrte – Sehnde

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East of Lehrte, the lines from Braunschweig and Hildesheim join with the line from Gifhorn in a complex flying junction. Trains from Lehrte towards Braunschweig or Hildesheim dive under the Gifhorn line and follow the original alignment of the Braunschweig line. Trains towards Lehrte diverge to the north and fly over the Gifhorn line about ½ km further north.

As an exception to this, any train from Hildesheim that terminates at Lehrte platform 3 will use the south side of the flying junction in the inbound direction.

Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe (Abzw Siekweg) – Göttingen east side platforms

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This 2km link (line 1803) leaves the Kassel Schnellfahrstrecke south of Göttingen and then crosses the Eichenberg line before joining the eastern platforms at Göttingen. It is normally used by northbound trains stopping at platform 4 at Göttingen. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram

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The following train is booked to use platform 4 at Göttingen, but may not always do so.

SSuX ICE272 Zürich HB - 22:45 Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe - Hamburg-Altona

(Eichenberg –) Friedland(Han.) (Abzw. Grone) – Göttingen east side platforms

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Trains to and from the Eichenberg line at Göttingen platforms 4 and 5 generally use this previously freight-only connection. Click on the thumbnail for a full size diagram.

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

Osnabrück Schinkel and Stahlwerks Curves: Osnabrück ob Bf – Osnabrück unt Bf

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These curves allow trains to run between the Münster and Rheine lines, passing through both the high-level and low-level platforms at Osnabrück. The route may be used by IC trains if the direct line between Münster (Westf) and Rheine is blocked. This is indicated by an extended journey time and local trains being replaced be buses. Such diversions too place between 5 and 13 August 2017.

Lehrte (Abzw Lehrte West) – Misburg – Abzw Waldheim – Hannover-Linden - Wunstorf

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This is a ring line around the south side of Hannover. It is used by diverted IC trains between Lehrte and Osnabrück from 1 to 14 October, when the usual stop at Hannover Hbf is omitted.

Hannover Hbf (Hannover Kurve) - Ahlem - Empelde

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This route forms part of the ring line round the south side of Hannover, with the curve to the Hameln line. The following trains are diverted this way:

D1 FO IC469 Flensburg - 23:59 Hannover Hbf - Basel Bad Bf
D1 SO IC479 Kiel Hbf - 23:59 Hannover Hbf - Basel Bad Bf
D1 SuO ICE1271 Hamburg-Altona - 01:10 MO Hannover Hbf - Chur
D1 SSuX ICE272 Zürich HB - 22:45 Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe - Hamburg Hbf
D1 SuO ICE590 München Hbf - 23:43 Kassel-Wilhemshöhe - Hamburg Hbf
D2 SuO ICE990 München Hbf - 02:25 MO Bad Hersfeld - Hamburg-Altona

D1: 1 to 14 October

D2: 30 September to 7 October

Northeim (Han) - Edesheim (Leine)

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Connections between the old main line and the Schnellfahrstrecke at Edesheim (Leine), north of Northeim (Han), are sometimes used by IC/ICE trains during engineering work. Use of the old main line instead of the Schnellfahrstrecke results in an extended journey time between Göttingen and Hannover, but it is not normally possible to tell from public information which connection is being used. Many trains were diverted via the old main line between Göttingen and Edesheim (Leine) between 12 and 28 August 2017.

Norten-Hardenburg - Northheim (Han)

(55B1-55B2) DE17/185

Connections between the old main line and the Schnellfahrstrecke at Norten-Hardenberg, south of Northeim (Han), are sometimes used by IC/ICE trains during engineering work. Use of the old main line instead of the Schnellfahrstrecke results in an extended journey time between Göttingen and Hannover, but it is not normally possible to tell from public information which connection is being used.

See also