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

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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.

Obscure services

Saline – Westen

[10007] (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)

[380] (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)

[10] (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

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

Lüneburg Westseite {West station}

[110] (18A2, not shown, 22C3) DE09/155

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)

[31, 375, 385] (25A2, 40C3) DE09/156

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 Ostbahnhof
SuO IC2343 08:04 Osnabrück Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
SX IC2242 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 21:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf) Hbf
SO IC2342 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 21:35 Bünde (Westf) – Osnabrück Hbf
SuO IC2240 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 23:35 Bünde (Westf) – Münster (Westf) Hbf

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

[410] (25A2, 40C3) DE09/157

These curves enable trains to run between the high level and low level stations at Osnabrück. The following trains are diverted via this route from 26 October until 22 November 2009, as a result of engineering work between Münster (Westf) and Rheine.

D FSO IC2005 Emden Hbf – 07:30 Rheine – Konstanz
D FSSuX IC2015 Emden Hbf – 07:30 Rheine – Stuttgart Hbf
D IC336 Emden Hbf – 09:36 Rheine – Luxembourg
D IC334 Norddeich Mole – 11:36 Rheine – Luxembourg
D IC332 Norddeich Mole – 13:36 Rheine – Luxembourg
D IC330 Norddeich Mole – 15:36 Rheine – Luxembourg
D FSSuX IC2334 Norddeich Mole – 17:36 Rheine – Köln Hbf
D FSuO IC2332 Emden Außenhafen – 17:36 Rheine – Köln Hbf
D SuO IC2330 Norddeich Mole – 19:36 Rheine – Köln Hbf
D MO IC2331 Köln Hbf – 07:30 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Norddeich Mole
D SuX IC2333 Köln Hbf – 09:31 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Norddeich Mole
D FSuX IC231 Luxembourg – 11:31 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Norddeich Mole
D FSuO IC331 Luxembourg – 11:31 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Emden Außenhafen
D IC333 Luxembourg – 13:31 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Norddeich Mole
D IC335 Luxembourg – 15:31 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Norddeich Mole
D SuO IC2004 Konstanz – 17:31 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Emden Hbf
D SSuX IC2014 Stuttgart Hbf – 17:31 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Emden Hbf
D IC337 Luxembourg – 19:31 Münster (Westf) Hbf – Norddeich Mole

Aligse (Lehrte Nordgruppe, former Stw Lnf) – Ahlten

[363.3] (26B2, 122D4-122C4) DE09/158

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

[22, 349] (26B2, 122D4-122D3) DE09/159

This line forms part of a ring line round the south side of Hannover. In addition to the following trains, it is occasionally used by additional services between Berlin or Leipzig and Hannover Messe/Laatzen during certain Trade Fairs.

SSuX ICE1091 Berlin Südkreuz – 06:18 Berlin-Spandau – München Hbf
SX ICE1093 Berlin Ostbahnhof – 18:19 Berlin-Spandau – Stuttgart Hbf
SSuX ICE1092 Darmstadt Hbf – 06:14 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof
D FO ICE1192 Darmstadt Hbf – 15:49 Göttingen – Berlin Südkreuz
D FO ICE1184 München Hbf – 17:50 Göttingen – Berlin Ostbahnhof
SX ICE1090 München Hbf – 18:13 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Berlin Südkreuz

Lehrte – Sehnde

[323] (26B2, 122D4) DE09/160

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.

Wunstorf – Hannover Messe/Laatzen or Hannover Hbf (via Seelze Rbf, Ahlem and Hannover-Linden (Abzw Waldhausen))

[370] (26B2, 40B & 118A to 118C) DE09/161

This route enables trains to/from the Minden and Bremen lines to depart/arrive at the east end of Hannover Hbf, or to reach Hannover Messe/Laatzen during certain Trade Fairs. Any to and from Bremen also use the goods line flyover between Wunstorf and Abzw Gummerwald. The number of special trains has been greatly reduced in recent years.

Edesheim (Leine) Schnellfahrstrecke connection

[351] (40B3 not shown, 43A4) DE09/162

The connections between the Schnellfahrstrecke and the old main line at Edesheim (Leine) (north of Northeim) are not normally used by passenger trains. That allowing trains to run between the old main line to the south and the Schnellfahrstrecke to the north is used by the following trains between 25 April and 19 May 2009, plus other days as noted.

D1 SSuX IC2275 06:00 Hannover Hbf – Stuttgart Hbf
D2 SuX IC2277 Hamburg-Altona – 08:00 Hannover Hbf – Karlsruhe Hbf
D2 SuX IC2279 Stralsund – 10:00 Hannover Hbf – Karlsruhe Hbf
D3 IC2371 Hamburg-Altona – 12:00 Hannover Hbf – Konstanz
D4 IC2373 Stralsund – 14:00 Hannover Hbf – Karlsruhe Hbf
D4 IC2375 Hamburg-Altona – 16:00 Hannover Hbf – Frankfurt am Main Hbf/Heidelberg Hbf/Karlsruhe Hbf
D5 FSSuX IC2181 Westerland (Sylt) – 17:02 Hannover Hbf – Göttingen
D4 IC2377 Ostseebad Binz – 18:00 Hannover Hbf – Frankfurt am Main Hbf/Karlsruhe Hbf
D6 FSuO IC2379 Stralsund – 20:00 Hannover Hbf – Göttingen/Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D1 SSuX IC2176 Göttingen – 06:02 Northeim – Hamburg-Altona
D1 SSuX IC2182 Kassel Hbf – 07:11 Northeim – Stralsund
D7 MTO IC2182 Kassel Hbf – 06:45 Göttingen – Stralsund
D2 SuX IC2378 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – 09:11 Northeim – Hamburg-Altona
D8 IC2376 Karlsruhe Hbf – 11:14 Northeim – Stralsund/Ostseebad Binz
D9 FX IC2374 Karlsruhe Hbf – 13:11 Northeim – Hamburg-Altona
D10 IC2174 Karlsruhe Hbf – 13:11 Northeim – Rostock Hbf
D4 IC2372 Karlsruhe Hbf – 15:11 Northeim – Stralsund
D11 FSuX IC2370 Konstanz – 17:11 Northeim – Hamburg-Altona
D6 FSuO IC2270 Konstanz – 17:11 Northeim – Stralsund
D12 SuX IC2276 Karlsruhe Hbf – 19:12 Northeim – Hamburg-Altona
D13 SuO IC2288 Karlsruhe Hbf – 19:12 Northeim – Rostock Hbf
D6 FSuO IC2274 Karlsruhe Hbf – 21:11 Northeim – Hannover Hbf/Hamburg-Altona

See also