Germany (Niedersachsen and Bremen) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services
This list is based on the timetable dated from 13 December 2009 to 11 December 2010, 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.
Saline – Westen
 (16A3, 9B3) DE09/151
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. Occasional passenger trains, locally advertised, sometimes run in connection with special events at the west end of the island.
Bremen-Sebaldsbrück – Bremen Hbf (via Abzw Vahr)
 (16B1, not shown, 9C2-9B2) DE09/152
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)
 (16B1, 9D1-9C3) DE09/153
Most trains between Hamburg and Osnabrück call at Bremen Hbf, but this route enables those that do not to avoid a lengthy detour.
|FSSuX||ICE1094||Hamburg-Altona – 06:12 Hamburg Hbf – Köln Hbf|
|FO||ICE1101||Hamburg-Altona – 11:22 Hamburg-Harburg – Köln Hbf|
|FSSuX||ICE1095||Köln Hbf – 07:03 Essen Hbf – Hamburg-Altona|
|D1||SuO||IC1816||Köln Hbf – 17:23 Diepholz – Hamburg-Altona|
|FO||IC1806||Köln Hbf – 17:26 Diepholz – Hamburg-Altona|
|E||WO||AZ13317||13:43 Hamburg-Altona – Verona Porta Nuova|
|H||TO||AZ13329||17:03 Hamburg-Altona – Innsbruck Hbf|
|H||WO||AZ13328||17:03 19:08 Innsbruck Hbf – Hamburg-Altona|
|E||ThO||AZ13316||17:03 19:08 Verona Porta Nuova – 20:24 Bolzano – Hamburg-Altona|
D1: 9 January to 10 May 2009.
Kirchweyhe – Kirchweyhe BTE
(16B1 not shown, 20B4) DE09/153A
This south <==> 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. In 2009 these were as follows: 2 3 May Hamburg-Harburg; 7 June Bremen-Vegesack; 12 July Worpswede; 2 August Bederkesa; 16 August Bad Zwischenahn; 11 October Hamburg-Harburg. They are often fully booked and advance reservation is essential. See www.pingelheini.de.
Munster (Örtze) – Munster (Örtze) Kaserne Emminger Weg
[17.2] (17B1 not shown, 21D4) DE09/154
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|