Category:Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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The category list below provides a list of those Countries in the Guide that have Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services pages.


Services given on these pages are over sections of line which carry a very restricted service or those not easily recognised from the timetable concerned ("unusual lines"), and their selection is therefore somewhat arbitrary. Train details are nearly all taken from public timetables. In some cases the routing given is to some extent speculative and has not been checked by observation, although it does seem probable. Where there is considerable doubt, this is indicated. The compilers would be pleased to hear from any reader with more definite information.

In general routes which are simply "main line connections" or which concern fairly minor deviations or which serve isolated sections of stations may be omitted here.

Some complex countries, specifically France, Germany and Italy, are further sub-divided into regions with their own pages; these also have summary pages with other useful information.

Train Running Dates

Only outline information is given about the days of operation of these trains, so it is essential that users check all trains and dates of operation with a current timetable before committing themselves to travelling on these services. In particular, no information is given on public holidays. However a useful website gives details of Worldwide Public Holidays.

Identification of Obscure Passenger Services

Countries are listed alphabetically. Each route entry is given an identification number for reference purposes; e.g. the first entry for Belgium for the 2010/11 timetable year is referred to as BE11/1. These entries are usually approximately in timetable order where an official timetable exists. As official (printed) timetables are becoming less common, a logical sequence such as geographical location is used where this does not exist (for instance Spain). For particularly large or complicated networks, such as Germany and Italy, listings are subdivided by geographic region. The extremities of the line are given as the passenger stations nearest to any junctions concerned. Where known, the actual junction names are given in parentheses ( ) following the station name. These may be identified by the prefix Bif. (French: = Bifurcation; Spanish: = Bifurcación; Portuguese: = Bifurcação) or P.Odg. (Polish: = Post Odgał) or Ram. (Romanian: = Ramificaţia) or Y (Belgium) or Abzw (German: = Abzweigstelle - a brief Guide to German railway terminology is available). In the case of connections from high-speed lines, the previous passenger station may be a considerable distance from the junction identified in the heading. Under many of these headings, reference to table numbers in the timetable book is given in square brackets [ ].

Map References

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). Generally this refers to the European Railway Atlas by M.G.Ball in the original printed editions published by Ian Allan. For countries with recent updates this refers to the modern electronic version, and to indicate this the map reference is prefixed "ERA". For some countries, an additional map reference may be given in italics: for Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Slovenia the Schweers+Wall Eisenbahn Atlas, for the Czech Republic the Malkus Atlas Drah Ceské Republiky, and for Poland the Eurosprinter Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011. The Printed Maps page lists all such maps referenced in EGTRE.

Details of Trains

Trains are listed by train number (in italics) and are usually given their true originating stations, unless the train originates at several places, in which case what appears to be the principal originating station is quoted. Terminating stations are normally given unless the train serves several places. In cases where a train originates some distance from the section of line concerned, the time is given for the last stopping place before that section, rather than at the station where the train starts (sometimes both are given). In the lists of trains, station names are sometimes abbreviated, provided the meaning is clear, in order to save space.

Abbreviations used in the lists of trains (such as details of running days or dates) are listed here.

No special indication is given for trains which do not convey seating accommodation (i.e. those with couchettes or sleeping cars only) and users should check the timetable for this restriction.

Other Sparse Services

A list of services (without train times) which are particularly sparse by the standards of the country concerned is also given under this heading. The train count is usually that for three mid-week days and may be different on market days or at weekends. There may be no trains on Sundays or public holidays.

Pages in category "Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services"

The following 89 pages are in this category, out of 89 total.