Germany (Baden-Württemberg) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services Temp

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Mannheim-Waldhof – Mannheim Hbf (via Mannheim-Käfertal)

[655, 655.1] (ERA-E 53C2-53C1; ERA-R 111A2-111B2; S+W 159A1-159A2) DE21/601

Most trains between Mannheim-Waldhof and Mannheim Hbf run via Mannheim-Luzenberg. Only two trains are scheduled to call at Mannheim-Käfertal and, therefore, obliged to use the alternative route. TGV/ICE trains between Frankfurt am Main and Paris via Saarbrücken normally run via Mannheim-Käfertal, in order to avoid reversal at Mannheim Hbf.

Trains are diverted via Mannheim-Luzenberg from 23 October 2021 and do not use this route.

SX ICE775 Hamburg-Altona - 23:23 Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof - Karlsruhe Hbf
SO ICE877 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 23:23 Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof - Karlsruhe Hbf
SSuX RB16389 Biblis - 17:29 Mannheim-Waldhof - Mannheim Hbf
SSuX RB16388 16:11 Mannheim Hbf – Biblis

The ICE trains reverse at Mannheim Hbf.

Appenweier – Legelshurst (Appenweier Kurve)

[719] (ERA-E 58B4; ERA-R 117C5; S+W 102C1) DE21/602

This north to west curve forms part of the triangular junction between the Karlsruhe – Basel main line and the line to Kehl and Strasbourg. Local trains between Kehl and Offenburg stopping at Appenweier, use platform 9 on the south curve. The north curve is used by through trains between Karlsruhe and Strasbourg, which are

  • TGV/ICE between Paris and Stuttgart
  • TGV/ICE between Paris or Marseille and Frankfurt am Main via Karlsruhe

Ubstadt-Weiher (Abzw Ubstadt) – Vaihingen (Enz) (Abzw Rollenberg)

[771] (ERA-E 53C1; ERA-R 82A2; S+W 161B1) DE21/603

This north to east curve connects the Heidelberg to Karlsruhe main line with the Mannheim to Stuttgart Schnellfahrstrecke. It is normally used by frequent EC/IC/ICE trains non-stop between Heidelberg Hbf and Vaihingen (Enz) or Stuttgart Hbf.

Bruchsal (Abzw Bruchsal Nord) – Vaihingen (Enz) (Abzw Rollenberg)

[770] (ERA-E 53C1; ERA-R 82A2; S+W 161B1) DE21/604

This south to east curve connects the Heidelberg to Karlsruhe main line with the Mannheim to Stuttgart Schnellfahrstrecke. It is normally used by EC/IC/ICE/TGV trains non-stop between Karlsruhe Hbf or Bruchsal and Vaihingen (Enz) or Stuttgart Hbf.

Bruchsal – Bruchsal Tunnelstraße (Abzw Bruchsal Ost)

[710.9] (ERA-E 53C1; ERA-R 82A2; S+W 161A2-161B2) DE21/605

There are two routes into Bruchsal from Abzw Bruchsal Ost. The 'long curve' (Strecke 4131) can only be accessed from Platforms 4 and 5 at Bruchsal. All platforms can be accessed from the 'short curve' (Strecke 4130).

Most trains to and from the Bretten line starting and terminating at Bruchsal use the 'short curve' and bay platform 6, which is adjacent to platform 1. Through trains from Bretten to Heidelberg mostly use the 'short curve'.

Through trains from Heidelberg to Bretten mostly use the 'long curve', but the departure from Bruchsal at 19:01 is an exception, as it is scheduled to use platform 2b, except on Fridays when it uses platform 4.

Enzberg (Abzw Mühlacker Süd) – Ötisheim (Abzw Mühlacker Nord)

[772] (ERA-E 58C5; ERA-R 82B3; S+W 94A2) DE21/606

This west to north curve links the Pforzheim and Bretten lines, avoiding Mühlacker, and is used on Sundays and public holidays from May to mid-October by the following trains.

D SuO RB17980 Tübingen Hbf - 10:32 Pforzheim Hbf - Maulbronn Stadt/Kloster
D SuO RB17990 14:32 Pforzheim Hbf - Maulbronn Stadt/Kloster
D SuO RB17989 Maulbronn Stadt/Kloster - 13:07 Maulbronn West - Pforzheim Hbf
D SuO RB17999 Maulbronn Stadt/Kloster - 17:06 Maulbronn West - Tübingen Hbf

Leopoldshafen Frankfurter Straße – KIT-Campus Nord

[710.1 not shown] (ERA-E 58C5 not shown; ERA-R 82A1; S+W 160C2) DE21/607

This branch off the Hochstetten line of the Albtalbahn is used by services for workers at KIT Campus, part of Karlsruher Institut für Technologie. Although trains to and from KIT-Campus Nord are shown in the KVV timetable, downloadable as a PDF, note C states that entry to the establishment is permitted only with an official identification card. Services for KIT-Campus Nord leave Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof Vorplatz at 07:16 and 08:04 Mondays to Fridays, with return workings from KIT-Campus Nord at 16:37 and 17:37.

This entry is included only as a matter of record. Reports indicate that passengers without authority to enter the complex will be removed from the train at a makeshift concrete platform in the woods outside the perimeter fence, and collected on the train's return.

Laupheim Stadt avoiding line: Laupheim West - Schemmerberg

[751] (ERA-E 59B3; ERA-R 119A4; S+W 105A3) DE21/608

The Laupheim Stadt branch is connected to the Ulm - Friedrichshafen main line by a triangular junction at Laupheim West. Through services calling at Laupheim Stadt use the north and south curves whereas those not calling at Laupheim Stadt use the main line avoiding the branch. For most of the day there is an hourly service in each direction via Laupheim Stadt and at least one train each hour between Ulm and Biberach direct.

Ettlingen West – Ettlingen Erbprinz

(ERA-E 58C5; ERA-R 82B1; S+W 161B4) DE21/609

This line links the Albtalbahn with the DB main line at Ettlingen. Ulmer Eisenbahnfreunde operate a number of steam excursions between Karlsruhe Hbf and Bad Herrenalb which use this connection. These normally run approximately monthly, May to October.

Schlatt (Hohenz.) (Walkenmühle) – Hechingen Landesbahn

[768] (ERA-E 59A4; ERA-R 118B4; S+W 104A2) DE21/610

Trains to and from Gammertingen use the DB station at Hechingen except for:

SSuX HzL86309 06:52 Hechingen Landesbahn - Tübingen (via Sigmaringen and Balingen)
SSuX HzL86344 Sigmaringen - 20:46 Schlatt - Hechingen Landesbahn

Schliengen - Haltingen

[703] (ERA-E 58A2-58B2; ERA-R 117B2; S+W 110A2-110A3) DE21/611

Trains with no stops between Müllheim (Baden) and Weil (Rhein) run via the new Katzenberg Tunnel. These are mainly EC/IC/ICE trains non-stop between Freiburg (Breisgau) and Basel Badischer Bf. Stopping trains follow the old main line via Rheinweiler.