Germany (Niedersachsen and Bremen) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable in force until 10 December 2011, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

In the heading to each entry the map reference for the line in the Schweers+Wall Eisenbahn Atlas (2007/2008 edition) is shown, in italic, in addition to the reference to M.G. Ball's European Railway Atlas.

Obscure services

Saline – Westen

[10007] (16A3, 9B3) DE11/151

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.

Bremen-Sebaldsbrück – Bremen Hbf (via Abzw Vahr)

[380] (16B1, not shown, 9C2-9B2) DE11/152

Trains from the Hannover line to platforms 1, 2 or 3 at Bremen Hbf may use this spur, which passes 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. The RE trains have been retimed between Achim and Bremen, so may now use the main line; reports will be welcomed. 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 (Gabelung)

[120, 385] (16B1, 9D1-9C3) DE11/153

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

H FSSuX ICE1094 Hamburg-Altona – 06:12 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
E FSSuX IC2194 Hamburg-Altona – 06:12 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
D FO IC2407 Flensburg - 15:00 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
D SuO IC2417 Flensburg - 15:00 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf
H FSSuX ICE1095 Köln Hbf – 07:03 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
E FSSuX IC2195 Köln Hbf – 07:03 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona
D FO IC2406 Köln Hbf – 17:26 Diepholz – Stralsund

Kirchweyhe – Kirchweyhe BTE

(16B1 not shown, 20B4) DE11/154

This south to west curve provides the only usable connection between DB and the Bremen-Thedinghauser Eisenbahn. BTE runs a number of excursions each summer from Leeste to destinations on the DB network. See

Munster (Örtze) – Munster (Örtze) Kaserne Emminger Weg

[116] (17B1 not shown, 21D4) DE11/155

This is a branch line which serves an army camp south-west of Munster (Örtze). There is a passenger halt by a level crossing in Emminger Weg, in part of the military area that is open to the public, about 2.5km from Munster (Örtze) station. The following trains start and terminate there for the benefit of Bundeswehr personnel.

FO IC1931 11:50 Munster (Örtze) Kaserne Emminger Weg – Berlin Südkreuz
SuO IC1930 Berlin Südkreuz – 23:05 Munster (Örtze) – Munster (Örtze) Kaserne Emminger Weg

Lüneburg Westseite {West station}

[110] (18A2, not shown, 22C3) DE11/156

This is a separate station, west of the main line, which is used by Hamburg local trains starting or terminating at Lüneburg between 08:00 and 23:00 daily. It is also used by all trains to and from Dannenberg Ost.

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

[375, 385] (25A2, 40C3) DE11/157

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

SuX IC2241 Münster (Westf) Hbf – 06:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Hbf/Ostbahnhof
SuO IC2343 08:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Hbf/Ostbahnhof
D IC2242 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 21:35 Bünde (Westf) – Osnabrück Hbf/Münster (Westf) Hbf
E IC2242 Berlin Hbf – 21:13 Minden – Osnabrück Hbf/Münster (Westf) Hbf
D SuO IC2240 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 23:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf) Hbf
E SuO IC2240 Berlin Hbf – 23:13 Minden – Münster (Westf) Hbf

Aligse (Lehrte Nordgruppe, former Stw Lnf) – Ahlten

[363.3] (26B2, 122D4-122C4) DE11/158

This line is used by trains between Burgdorf and Hannover which are not booked to call at any intermediate station between Aligse and Hannover Karl-Wiechert-Allee. There is an hourly S-Bahn service between Hannover and Celle via this curve.

Lehrte - Wunstorf (via Hannover Linden and Seelze Rbf)

[300, 310, 370] (26B2, 122A2 to 122D2) DE11/159

This is the ring line round the south side of Hannover. It enables through trains, except those via Soltau or Celle, to avoid passing through Hannover Hauptbahnhof.

D1 FO IC1213 Berlin Südkreuz - 14:52 Wolfsburg - Köln Hbf
D1 FO IC1225 Berlin Hbf - 18:26 Lehrte - Köln Hbf
D2 FSuO IC2010 Tübingen Hbf/Köln Hbf - 13:15 Herford - Berlin Südkreuz

D1: 18 March to 8 April 2011

D2: Sundays and Fridays 14 to 30 January 2011, Fridays 18 March to 8 April 2011

Lehrte – Hannover Messe/Laatzen (via Misburg and Abzw Waldheim)

[349] (26B2, 122D4-122D3) DE11/160

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

SSuX ICE1091 Berlin Südkreuz – 05:59/06:18 Berlin-Spandau – München Hbf
SX ICE1093 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 18:00/18:19 Berlin-Spandau – Stuttgart Hbf
MO ICE1096 Stuttgart Hbf – 06:14 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
MSSuX ICE1092 Darmstadt Hbf – 06:14 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
FO ICE1172 Darmstadt Hbf – 15:50 Göttingen – Berlin Südkreuz
FO ICE1184 München Hbf – 17:50 Göttingen – Berlin Südkreuz/Hbf
SX ICE1090 München Hbf – 18:13 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Berlin Südkreuz

Lehrte – Sehnde

[323] (26B2, 122D4) DE11/161

At the flying junction with the Gifhorn and Braunschweig lines, east of Lehrte, trains from Hildesheim to beyond Lehrte use the longer north chord; all other trains to or from the Hildesheim line use the shorter south chord from Lehrte Ost.

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

[351] (40B3 not shown, 55A2-55B2) DE11/162

This 2km link line 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.

See also