Serbia - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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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 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) RS17/1

The suspension of the Beograd to Bucureşti Nord international service has removed the only train to travel from Beograd to Beograd Dunav via the Sava riverside line. The international train has not appeared since the 2013-2014 timetable.

The following trains use the section of line between Beograd Dunav station and the junction at Pančevački Most:-

2500 06:53 Beograd Dunav - Zrenjanin
2601 07:34 Beograd Dunav - Vršac
2502 10:45 Beograd Dunav - Zrenjanin
2603 11:50 Beograd Dunav - Vršac
2605 15:23 Beograd Dunav - Vršac
2504 15:38 Beograd Dunav - Zrenjanin
2607 16:35 Beograd Dunav - Vršac
2506 18:34 Beograd Dunav - Zrenjanin
2609 20:25 Beograd Dunav - Vršac
2501 Zrenjanin - 06:12 Pančevački Most - Beograd Dunav
2600 Vršac - 06:30 Pančevački Most - Beograd Dunav
2602 Vršac - 09:42 Pančevački Most - Beograd Dunav
2503 Zrenjanin - 10:12 Pančevački Most - Beograd Dunav
2604 Vršac - 11:13 Pančevački Most - Beograd Dunav
2505 Zrenjanin - 14:12 Pančevački Most - Beograd Dunav
2606 Vršac - 15:58 Pančevački Most - Beograd Dunav
2507 Zrenjanin - 17:02 Pančevački Most - Beograd Dunav
2608 Vršac - 20:01 Pančevački Most - Beograd Dunav

Notes:-

  • The route between Novi Beograd and Pančevački Most via Beograd Centar sees a regular service of electric multiple unit trains marketed as BG Voz/BG Train.
  • Most of the outer suburban Beovoz trains to or from the Pančevo glavna st. direction that terminate at or start from Pančevački Most use a side platform there, on the single line to Beograd Dunav, labelled Dunavski Kolosek or Dunavski Peron.

Golubinci - Inđija

[10, 30] (ERA 222B5) RS17/2

This curve connects the Beograd - Šid and Beograd - Novi Sad lines. There are no services in the current timetable.

Niš – Niš ranžirna – Crveni Krst

[91] (ERA 223A1) RS17/3

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. 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. Total journey time is about 40 minutes.

The staff trains have not appeared in the 2015-2016 or 2016/17 timetables and have either ceased, or are no longer advertised. The 2014-2015 timings are given below. More information would be welcomed by the compilers.

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) RS17/4

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. It is not knwon whether the train ran in 2016 or will run in 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) RS17/5

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. All local trains and some fast trains run via Ćuprija. A few fast services use the southern part of the new deviation. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

Cuprija deviation.jpg

Trains without a station stop at Ćuprija can be assumed to travel via the southern half of the new deviation. They are as follows:-

D293 Beograd Glavna – 00:27 Jagodin - Sofia
D292/14292 Sofia – 01:44 Paraćin - Beograd Glavna
D334 Gevgelija – 04:58 Paraćin - Beograd Glavna
336 Skopje - 15:03 Paraćin - Beograd Glavna
490 Sofia – 16:58 Paraćin - Beograd Glavna

Beograd Centar - Rakovica

[70] (ERA 224B2) RS17/6

From Beograd Centar to Rakovica once had a frequent suburban service, but now the only trains shown as taking this line in the journey planner are three train pairs on line 70 starting/finishing from Beograd Centar rather than Beograd Glavna. This will be the only passenger route south from Beograd after the old terminus closes, possibly in 2018.

2901 03:59 Beograd Centar - Niš
2991 11:20 Beograd Centar - Lapovo
2905 15:28 Beograd Centar - Niš
790 Lapovo - 09:39 Resnik - Beograd Centar
2900 Niš - 12:34 Rakovica - Beograd Centar
2902 Niš – 20:17 Resnik - Beograd Centar

Požega avoiding line: Rasna – Boračko

[50, 73] (ERA 222B2) RS17/7

This is a south to east curve avoiding Požega station. Due to engineering operations on the direct route via Vreoci and Valjevo, this curve is used by the following pair of overnight trains until 15 November 2017 which run via Lapovo and Kraljevo.

D 12432 Bar - 01:10 Užice - Beograd
D 12433 Beograd - 02:33 Cacak – Bar

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) The Zvečan - Kosovska Mitrovica Sever service is not confirmed as running; information welcomed
73 Kraljevo - Stalać
85 Prokuplje - Merdare
B, 10 Šid - Tovarnik (Croatia)
C Bogojevo - Erdut (Croatia)
D, 44 Vršac - Stamora Moravita (Romania)
E Dimitrovgrad - Kalotina Zapad (Bulgaria)
F Preševo - Tabanovce (Macedonia) Service suspended since 20 October 2016 because of engineering work

Deletions since previous edition

RS16/3 Karađorđev Park - Rakovica (Rasputnica Dedinje) No services in current or last timetable
45 Mala Krsna - Požarevac No longer sparse
B Horgos - Röszke (Hungary) Removed from timetable

See also