Serbia - 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, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA" refer to the European Railway Atlas The Balkans, Regional Series 2016, by M.G.Ball.

Obscure services

Beograd (Beograd Spoljna) – Beograd Dunav - Pančevački Most

[44] (ERA 224B2) RS18/1

As of June 2018 it is reported that Beograd Dunav has closed, and no services use this line. Unless services resume at the December 2018 timetable change this entry will be deleted.

Golubinci - Inđija

[10, 30] (ERA 222B5) RS18/2

This curve connects the Beograd - Šid and Beograd - Novi Sad lines.

To facilitate engineering work between Novi Sad and Stara Pazova, from 24 April 2018 the Budapest to Beograd services (trains 340 to 345) use this curve and reverse at Golubinci. However timings in the Journey Planner (Sept.2018) suggest all trains take this route. Confirmation of this would be appreciated by the Compilers. The engineering work is scheduled to take two years and both southbound and northbound trains use the diversion.

Niš – Niš ranžirna – Crveni Krst

[91] (ERA 223A1) RS18/3

Niš ranžirna is a freight yard to the west of Niš, and is connected to both the Niš - Beograd and Niš - Skopje lines via triangular junctions. Staff trains run from Niš via the east to north curve off the Skopje line, call at the freight yard station at Niš ranžirna (where they wait for 15 minutes and change train number), then run via the south to east curve to Crveni Krst and back to Niš, performing a clockwise loop. Though these trains are clearly intended for members of staff, no objection has been raised to other passengers using them in the past. It was confirmed in October 2017 that the staff trains still run, but are not advertised. Use by passengers has therefore ceased or is unofficial. The most recent timings avialable are:


6300/6301 06:40 Niš - Niš ranžirna - Niš
6202/6303 14:40 Niš - Niš ranžirna - Niš
6304/6305 18:40 Niš - Niš ranžirna - Niš

Vršac – Bela Crkva

[former 43] (ERA 223A5, not shown) RS18/4

This approximately 44 km line has not had a regular passenger service since about 2005. A tourist service operated every weekend from 20 June to the end of August 2015, with a connection to and from Beograd. No trains are believed to have run in 2016 or 2017. The summer 2015 times were as follows:

E SSuO 09:30 Vršac – Bela Crkva
E SSuO 17:20 Bela Crkva – Vršac


Paraćin - Gilje (Rasputnica Ćuprija)

[70] (ERA 223A2) RS18/5

At the end of 2015 a new cut-off opened north of Paraćin which straightened the line north to Gilje. The southern part of the old main line was retained to serve Ćuprija with a new east to north curve, west of the station, joining the old line with the northern half of the new deviation. There are therefore two routes between Paraćin and Gilje. Trains which are not booked to call at Ćuprija run the entire length of the new line. Trains booked to call at Ćuprija only use the northern half of the new line. From the December 2017 timetable change all services are booked to call at Ćuprija. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

Cuprija deviation.jpg

Beograd Centar - Rakovica

[70] (ERA 224B2) RS18/6

The closure of Beograd Glavni terminus means all trains south of Beograd Centar now take this route. This entry will be deleted at the December timetable change.

Požega avoiding line: Rasna – Boračko

[50, 73] (ERA 222B2) RS18/7

This is a south to east curve avoiding Požega station. Due to engineering operations on the direct route via Vreoci and Valjevo, this curve was used by diverted overnight trains from Beograd to Bar in 2017. This use has now ended.

Other sparse services

The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally in this country) - fewer than three trains each way on at least three days a week - or do not run each weekday:

33 Senta - Banatsko Miloševo
34 Subotica - Kanjiža
60 Lapovo - Kraljevo
60 Leposavić - Zvečan - Kosovska Mitrovica Sever (Kosovo)
73 Kraljevo - Stalać
85 Prokuplje - Merdare
B, 10 Šid - Tovarnik (Croatia)
C Bogojevo - Erdut (Croatia)
D, 44 Vršac - Stamora Moravita (Romania) Service suspended
E Dimitrovgrad - Kalotina Zapad (Bulgaria)
F Preševo - Tabanovce (Macedonia)

Deletions since previous edition

None

See also