Border Crossings: Germany - Poland

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(Heringsdorf) - Ahlbeck Grenze - Świnoujście Centrum

[D] (Re)opened in September 2008, this route was operated by Usedomer Bäderbahn until December 2017 but is now operated by DB Regio Nordost. It is on the opposite side of the River Oder/Odra from PKP Świnoujście.

(Pasewalk -) Grambow DB - Szczecin PKP

[D] DB works to Szczecin Głowny.

(Angermünde -) Tantow DB - Szczecin PKP

[D] DB works to Szczecin Głowny. It is planned to electrify this route in the next few years.

(Wriezen -) Neurüdnitz DB - Siekierki PKP (- Godków)

Line closed.

Küstrin-Kietz DB - Kostrzyn PKP

[D] The Berlin - Kostrzyn passenger service has been operated by NEB (Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn) since the 2006/2007 timetable, currently using Polish-built Pesa Link DMUs. This line is closed for three years from December 2020 while the bridge over the River Oder/Odra is replaced by a new structure at a slightly higher level. Trains from Berlin terminate at Küstrin-Kietz on the German side of the river with a bus replacement cross border.

Previously there were through trains scheduled across this border with the 2019/2020 timetable having one Gorzów Wielkopolskie - Berlin Ostkreuz train pair. Any freight is worked by DB to Kostrzyn.

(Frankfurt (Oder) -) Frankfurt Oderbrücke DB - Kunowice PKP (- Rzepin)

[E*] DB has responsibility for the cross-border EuroCity services, but PKP dual voltage Class 370 electrics work through to Berlin. The only local passenger trains from Poland to Frankfurt (Oder) are the Polregio DMUs working through to/from Zielona Góra. PKP works freight to and from Frankfurt Oderbrücke where DB and PKP different voltage electric locomotives are changed.

Guben DB - Gubin PKP (- Czerwieńsk)

[ED] A trial weekend-only passenger service between Guben and Zielona Góra re-started from 12 June 2022 under the designation RB92, three train pairs on Saturdays, two on Sundays and public holidays. This went daily from the December 2022 timetable, with two pairs at weekends to be extended to/from Cottbus from 1 April 2023. The passenger services had been withdrawn on 6 October 2002. Freight traffic remains worked by PKP to Guben.

Guben DB - Gubinek PKP

Line closed.

Forst (Lausitz) DB - Zasieki PKP (- Tuplice)

[D] PKP formerly worked all services to Forst. Following withdrawal of the "Wavel" IC service at the December 2014 timetable change, there were just two local terminating services each way. However, in 2023 there are four pairs of RB93 Forst - Żagań services, which are operated by DB Regio on behalf of Polregio.

From December 2023, DB Regio will operate five RB93 train pairs at three-hourly intervals through from Cottbus Hbf to Żagań. This is as well as the local RB46 services which run between Cottbus and Forst, operated by ODEG.

In addition a weekend "Kulturzug" DMU return working between Berlin and Wrocław has run since mid-2016, initially as one train pair but for several years as two pairs. It was suspended during the Coronavirus pandemic and between January and June 2023. Between June and December 2023 it runs via the Horka – Węgliniec crossing instead; however it is expected to return to this route in due course.

(Weisswasser -) Bad Muskau DB - Leknica PKP (- Tuplice)

Line closed.

Horka DB - Bielawa Dolna PKP (- Węgliniec)

[E*] Freight only. The boundary between the German 15 kV ac and Polish 3 kV dc electrification systems is 1.5 km west of the bridge over the river Neiße/Nysa, which forms the border. This route was long term closed for upgrading including electrification with Węgliniec to the east to north curve at Horka reopening on 25 November 2016, and the main freight artery via Horka High Level in December 2018.

It has been suggested a passenger service might be introduced but so far the only use has been by limited diversions of the weekend only Berlin - Wroclaw Pociąg do Kultury DMU service via the east to north Horka curve. The Kulturzug / Pociąg do Kultury trains run this way every weekend between 16 June and 3 December 2023. See Obscure Services entries DE23/332 and PL23/168 for details.

Görlitz DB - Zgorzelec PKP

[D] From 1 March 2015 when the DB operated Dresden - Wrocław services were withdrawn there were no cross-border passenger services until a PKP operated Jelenia Góra - Lubań Śląski - Zgorzelec - Görlitz service commenced on 12 December 2015. These are now operated by Koleje Dolnośląskie.

In addition some Trilex DMUs operating RE services from Dresden Hbf were extended to Zgorzelec from December 2019 to connect with the new electric PKP service towards Wrocław as Görlitz DB - Zgorzelec PKP remains unelectrified, joined by some PolRegio services from Żary and Legnica. These are all listed in PKP PDF 260.

DB/PKP freight normally uses other border crossings but any via this route would be worked by PKP diesels to Görlitz.

(Görlitz -) Hagenwerder DB - Krzewina Zgorzelecka PKP - Hirschfelde DB (- Zittau)

[D] This line carries domestic German services between Görlitz and Zittau, which call at Krzewina Zgorzelecka in Poland mainly to serve the German village of Ostritz which is accessed by a footbridge over the river Neisse from the station entrance. Between Krzewina Zgorzelecka and Hirschfelde the line crosses the river twice and traverses a 200m section within Germany.

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