Germany (Bayern) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services
This list is based on the timetable dated from 11 December 2022 to 9 December 2023, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.
Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA-E" refer to the European Railway Atlas (All-Europe Edition) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "ERA-R" refer to the European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - Germany) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "S+W", or in italic, refer to Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland by Schweers + Wall.
Obscure services: Lines with regular use
Gemünden (Main) (Wernfeld) – Waigolshausen
[800, 810] (ERA-E 54B3; ERA-R 107A1-107B1; S+W 78C4-79B4) DE23/650
This line, which is about 35 km long, provides a more direct route between Gemünden (Main) and Schweinfurt than the main line via Würzburg or the branch lines via Bad Kissingen. It is used by the following services, which now run all year round.
|SSuO||RE4647||Frankfurt am Main Hbf – 10:20 Gemünden (Main) – Bamberg|
|SSuO||RE4649||Frankfurt am Main Hbf – 16:20 Gemünden (Main) – Bamberg|
|SSuO||RE4646||Bamberg – 13:01 Schweinfurt Hbf – Frankfurt am Main Hbf|
|SSuO||RE4648||Bamberg – 19:01 Schweinfurt Hbf – Frankfurt am Main Hbf|
Erfurt (Abzw Esbacher See) - Dörfles-Esbach and Creidlitz - Breitengüßbach (Abzw Weißenbrunn am Forst)
 (ERA-E 55A4-55A3; ERA-R 108A2; S+W 80B2) DE23/651
These two connections off the Erfurt to Breitengüßbach Schnellfahrstrecke are used by ICE trains calling at Coburg. The south connection from Abzw Weißenbrunn am Forst is also used by RE19 trains between Nürnberg Hbf and Sonneberg (Thür) Hbf which are non-stop between Bamberg and Coburg. These mostly run every two hours, but with some variation.
Trebgast (Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg Süd) – Marktschorgast (Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg Ost) (Schlömener Kurve)
[850, 860] (ERA-E 55A3-55B3; ERA-R 108B1; S+W 81B3) DE23/652
This south to north curve, opened in 2001, connects the Bayreuth and Hof lines, avoiding Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg. It is used by RE30 trains between Nürnberg and Hof via Bayreuth. These mostly run every two hours.
Hersbruck (rechts Pegnitz) – Pommelsbrunn
 (ERA-E 55A2; ERA-R 115B4; S+W 90A3) DE23/653
This 5.2 km-long spur links the lines leading east from Nürnberg on each bank of the Pegnitz. It is used by trains between Nürnberg Hbf and Neukirchen (b Sulzbach-Rosenberg) that call at Hersbruck (rechts Pegnitz). These comprise hourly RE services between Nürnberg and Schwandorf or Neustadt (Waldnaab).
Note that only those trains that are booked to call at Hersbruck (rechts Pegnitz) platform 1 are guaranteed to do the full length of the connection. Trains which use platforms 2 or 3 (which are all eastbound and most westbound trains) can either use the full connection or join/leave it at a junction around 2 km further east. The only trains that are booked to use platform 1 are the following westbound services:
|Note||RE3004/3594||Neustadt (Waldnaab) (SuX)/Weiden (Oberpf) (SuO) / Furth im Wald – 07:50 Hartmannshof – Nürnberg Hbf|
|Note||RE3028/3568||Neustadt (Waldnaab) / Regensburg – 19:51 Hartmannshof – Nürnberg Hbf|
Note: These trains have two portions which join at Neukirchen (b Sulzbach-Rosenberg)
Nürnberg Hbf (Nürnberg-Dutzendteich) - Nürnberg-Eibach (via Nürnberg Rangierbahnhof)
 (ERA-E 56C1; ERA-R 112B1; S+W 162B4-162C3) DE23/654
This route via the eastern end of the Nürnberg ring line is used by the following trains in order to avoid reversal at Nürnberg Hbf.
|Note||NJ421||Amsterdam C - 04:36/05:00 Nürnberg Hbf - Innsbruck Hbf|
|Note||NJ420||Innsbruck Hbf - 22:07/22:51 München Hbf / 22:41/22:42/23:25 Augsburg Hbf - Amsterdam Centraal|
Note: Times at intermediate stations vary within a complicated set of date ranges and in particular the Augsburg call is sometimes omitted. Checking with the journey planner on the DB or ÖBB website or app is recommended.
Ingolstadt Hbf – Weichering and Brunnen (Oberbay) (Seehof Bbf)
[983,993] (ERA-E 60A5 not shown; ERA-R 115B1; S+W 97D4) DE23/655
The two single lines to Ingolstadt from Augsburg and from Donauwörth join at Seehof Bbf and then split into two independent single tracks forming a flying junction with the main line from München. Crossovers south of Ingolstadt Hbf mean that all platforms are accessible from both routes, but the branch trains do not normally cross the main line on the flat. Trains to platforms 5, 6 and 7 on the east side of Ingolstadt Hbf use the flyover, but those to platforms 1, 2 and 2a on the west side do not.
In a reversal of practice in previous years, the hourly trains to and from Augsburg mostly use the flyover and platforms 6 or 7. Trains to and from Ulm via Donauwörth mostly use the direct spur from Seehof Bbf to and from platforms 1 or 2. However in the morning and evening peaks, and at weekends, the Ulm trains use platforms 5 to 7 and the Augsburg trains use platforms 1, 2 or 2a. A check on the DB journey planner or app is recommended.
Augsburg-Oberhausen – Neusäß (Augsburg-Hirblinger Straße)
 (ERA-E 60A4 not shown; ERA-R 120A4 not shown; S+W 163C3) DE23/656
There are two routes into Augsburg from the Ulm line, one being a surface-level route to the west side of the Donauwörth line, the other running from a flying junction with the surface route then flying over the Donauwörth line to approach Augsburg from the east side of the Donauwörth line. Ulm trains to and from platforms 6 and 7 at Augsburg-Oberhausen (which are most of them) can only use the surface-level route. From the flyover route only platforms 1 and 2 at Augsburg-Oberhausen can be reached.
Lindau-Aeschach - Lochau-Hörbranz (Lindau-Reutin) (Lindau avoiding line)
 (ERA-E 59B2; ERA-R 119A1; S+W 112D3) DE23/657
This west to east curve allows trains to run between Germany and Austria without reversing at Lindau-Insel (the former Lindau Hbf). Since December 2020 this has been used by ECE trains between München and Zürich and by May 2023 by an hourly Ulm - Lindau-Reutin IRE service.
München-Lochhausen (Abzw Pasing Nord) – München Hbf (Abzw München Kanal) (via the Abstellbahn)
 (ERA-E 61B1 not shown; ERA-R 95B5; S+W 164B3-164D3) DE23/658
The normal route for trains, other than S-Bahn and those via Starnberg, between München-Pasing and München Hbf is via the Augsburg line (5503) The following train to München Hbf is scheduled to use the Abstellbahn line (5524) from Abzw Pasing Nord to Abzw München Kanal on the line from Ingolstadt.
|D1||SO||ICE1207||Hamburg-Altona - 14:11 Augsburg Hbf - Innsbruck Hbf|
D1: 17 December 2022 - 25 March 2023
München Hbf Starnberger Bahnhof
[955, 956, 960, 961] (ERA-E 61B1-61C1 not shown; ERA-R 95B5 not shown; S+W 165A3) DE23/659
The Starnberger Bahnhof is an annexe to the north west of München Hbf, comprising platforms 27 to 36. The approach lines differ from those to the main station.
Trains from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen via Starnberg line pass through the south side of München-Pasing station and then fly over the Augsburg, Ingolstadt and Landshut lines.
Trains from the Holzkirchen line use the S-Bahn line to pass under the main lines into München Hbf and then a connection from Donnersbergerbrücke to the Starnberger Bahnhof.
München-Obermenzing – München Ost (München Süd) (via Laim Rbf)
[900, 950, 951, 990] (ERA-E 61B1 not shown; ERA-R 95B5-95B4; S+W 164C3-165A4) DE23/660
This route is used by trains between the Ingolstadt line and München Ost if not calling at München Hbf. No services have been identified as using it in the current timetable period.
Urlaubs Express trains via München Ost may use this route, but not if scheduled to call at Augsburg Hbf.
München-Pasing – München Ost (München Süd) (via Laim Rbf)
[950, 951, 980] (ERA-E 61B1-61C1; ERA-R 95B5-95B4; S+W 164D3-165A4) DE23/661
This route is one of two routes available for trains between München-Pasing and München Ost if not calling at München Hbf. It runs north of the main Augsburg line from München-Pasing via Laim Rbf and then under the main lines from München Hbf.
|D2||NJ236||Venezia S. Lucia – 04:05 Salzburg Hbf – Stuttgart Hbf|
|D3||SuX||IC1296||Salzburg Hbf – 07:20 München Ost – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf|
|D3||IC1290||Salzburg Hbf – 09:33 München Ost – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf|
|D3||EC218||Graz Hbf – 11:32 München Ost – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf|
|D3||EC114||Klagenfurt Hbf – 13:31 München Ost – Dortmund Hbf|
|D3||EC112/212||Klagenfurt Hbf / Zagreb Gl.kol – 15:31 München Ost – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf|
|D3||EC216||Graz Hbf – 17:31 München Ost – Saarbrücken Hbf|
|D4||FSSuX||ICE1560||17:03 München Ost – Ulm Hbf|
D2: 11 December 2022 - 30 January 2023
D3: 27 August - 9 December 2023
D4: 12-22 December 2022; 9 January - 24 August 2023
Urlaubs Express trains via München Ost may also use this route.
München-Pasing (Abzw Landsberger Straße) – München Ost (München Süd) (via München Landsberger Straße)
[950, 951, 980] (ERA-E 61B1-61C1 not shown; ERA-R 95B5-95B4; S+W 164D3-165A4) DE23/662
This is the alternative route between München-Pasing and München Ost if not calling at München Hbf. It diverges south from the Augsburg main line at Abzw Landsberger Straße to join the S-Bahn line to München Harras (DE23/663) as far as Bft Friedenheimer Brücke, where it joins route DE23/661. Therefore the only unique sections of this route are the connections at Landsberger Straße and Friedenheimer Brücke.
|TThSuO||NJ469||Paris Est – 02:15 Karlsruhe Hbf – Wien Hbf|
|D6||EC217||Saarbrücken Hbf – 09:47 Augsburg Hbf – Graz Hbf|
|D6||EC213||Frankfurt (Main) Hbf – 11:46 Augsburg Hbf – Zagreb Gl. kol|
|D5||SO||ICE1201||Hamburg-Altona – 12:03 Augsburg Hbf – St. Anton am Arlberg|
|IC2083||Hannover Hbf – 14:00/14:01 München-Pasing – Berchtesgaden Hbf|
|D6||EC115||Münster (Westf) Hbf – 13:47 Augsburg Hbf – Klagenfurt Hbf|
|D6||EC219||Frankfurt (Main) Hbf – 15:47 Augsburg Hbf – Graz Hbf|
|D6||EC117||Frankfurt (Main) Hbf – 17:46 Augsburg Hbf – Klagenfurt Hbf|
|D6||SX||ICE1291||Frankfurt (Main) Hbf – 19:46 Augsburg Hbf – Salzburg Hbf|
|D7||NJ237||Stuttgart Hbf – 23:02 Augsburg Hbf – Venezia S.L.|
|MThSO||NJ468||Wien Hbf – 00:12 TFSuO München Ost – Paris Est|
|IC2082||Berchtesgaden Hbf – 11:17 München Ost – Hamburg-Altona / Hannover Hbf|
|D6||EC212||Zagreb Gl. kol. – 15:31 München Ost – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf|
|D5||SO||ICE1200||St. Anton am Arlberg – 15:37 München Ost – Hamburg-Altona|
|D6||FSSuX||ICE1560||17:03 München Ost – Ulm Hbf|
D5: 17 December 2022 - 25 March 2023
D6: 27 August - 9 December 2023
D7: 11 December 2022 - 31 January 2023
Urlaubs Express trains via München Ost and Augsburg may also use this route.
München-Pasing – München Harras
[999.7] (ERA-E 61B1-C1 not shown; ERA-R 95B5-95B4 not shown; S+W 164B3-165A4) DE23/663
This single track runs south of the main lines and the southern ring line from München-Pasing to Heimeranplatz and then joins the Holzkirchen line. It is used by S20 trains between Pasing and Solln or Höllriegelskreuth at peak times Mondays to Fridays.
München-Moosach – München-Johanneskirchen (via München-Freimann)
(ERA-E 61B1-61C1; ERA-R 95B5-95C5; S+W 164D2-165C2) DE23/664
The Bayerisches Eisenbahnmuseum usually runs Nikolausfahrten rund um München on the first two weekends in December. These depart from München Ost and operate via the Nordring; in past years they have generally been routed via München-Moosach. Departures from München Ost are normally at 10:00, 11:30, 13:30 and 15:00. These trains also use the route between München Süd and München-Neulustheim via Laim Rbf and the connection between the S-Bahn and Mühldorf lines at Riedenburgerstraße.
The Bayerischer Localbahn Verein operate Rund um München. Trains are running at Easter (Ostern) and Pentecost (Pfingsten) (28/29 May 2023); however this year they are not running via the Nordring but only over passenger track to the south of München.
Rosenheim avoiding line: Bad Endorf (Abzw Rosenheim Ost) – Pfraundorf (Inn) (Abzw Rosenheim Süd)
[ÖBB 300] (ERA-E 60C2; ERA-R 121A2; S+W 116C1-116C2) DE23/665
This east to south curve linking the Salzburg and Wörgl lines provides a through route between Salzburg and Kufstein for Austrian Korridorzüge, which run non-stop through Germany. They are not included in the DB Kursbuch, but are those shown in the ÖBB Fahrplanbilder (table 300) calling at both Kufstein and Salzburg Hbf.
Rosenheim (Abzw Landl (Obb.)) – Rohrdorf (Oberbayern)
(ERA-E 60C2; ERA-R 121A2; S+W 116C1-116C2) DE23/666
This 7.1 km branch line has no regular passenger service but is once again served by trains on a few days in early September each year in connection with a local version of the Oktoberfest beer festival. The service is known as the "Wies'n-Express" and the 2023 timetable is here.
Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis for engineering work diversions
Langenprozelten - Gemünden Zollberg - Rieneck - Rieneck Sinnberg - Burgsinn Bbf - Fulda
[615, 800, 801] (ERA-E 54B3; ERA-R 107A1; S+W 78C3) DE23/681
This route comprises a west to north curve linking the Aschaffenburg and Flieden lines, avoiding the need to reverse at Gemünden (Main), and a connection from the old main line to the Schnellfahrstrecke towards Fulda at Burgsinn. It is used occasionally for diversions when the line between Hanau and Flieden is blocked.
Aschaffenburg avoiding line: Kleinostheim (Abzw Steinerts) – Stockstadt (Main) (Abzw Mainaschaff)
 (ERA-E; ERA-R; S+W 77C4) DE23/682
This curve links the Hanau and Darmstadt lines to the west of Aschaffenburg Hbf. Because of short-notice engineering work at Hainburg-Hainstadt, it was used in August 2022 by diverted RE85 services between Hanau Hbf, Babenhausen and Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach or Erbach (Odenwald) in both directions.
Burgsinn - Burgsinn Bbf - Würzburg
[800.1] (ERA-E 54B3; ERA-R 107A1; S+W 78C3) DE23/683
This route comprises a connection between Burgsinn, on the old main line, and the Schnellfahrstrecke towards Würzburg. It has been used by ICE trains between Hanau and Würzburg with an extended journey time and not stopping at Aschaffenburg.
Bamberg avoiding line: Oberhaid (Höflein) - Hallstadt (b Bamberg)
[810, 820] (ERA-E 54C3; ERA-R 114C5; S+W 80B4) DE23/684
This west to north curve enables trains to run between the Schweinfurt and Saalfeld lines without reversing at Bamberg Hbf. Occasionally, ICE trains between Erfurt and Frankfurt am Main are diverted via this route with journey times extended by at least 40 minutes. On the weekend of 4 and 5 February 2023, trains run non-stop between Frankfurt (Main) Hbf or Hanau Hbf and Erfurt Hbf via this curve.
Nürnberg-Eibach - Fürth (Bay) Hbf (via Nürnberg Großmarkt)
 (ERA-E 56C1; ERA-R 112B1; S+W 162B4-162B3) DE23/685
This route via the western end of the Nürnberg ring line may be used by IC/ICE trains between Augsburg and Würzburg during work on the line via Ansbach. Bus replacement of local trains may indicate this. This route may also be used by trains between the Treuchtlingen and Bamberg lines, in event of work in the Nürnberg area, but that is much less usual.
Feucht (Nürnberg-Reichswald) - Fürth (Bay) Hbf (via Nürnberg Rangierbahnhof)
 (ERA-E 56C1; ERA-R 112B1; S+W 162D4-162B3) DE23/686
This route via the full length of the Nürnberg ring line can be used by trains between Fürth and Regensburg in order to avoid Nürnberg Hbf. ICE and IC trains may be diverted to run this way but it is most unusual. Any such diversion is indicated by the usual stop at Nürnberg Hbf being omitted.
The Münchener Nordring runs round the north side of the city and has connections to the Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Landshut and Rosenheim lines. It is rarely used by passenger trains, except for the section between München-Johanneskirchen and München-Daglfing, which forms part of the S-Bahn line from München Ost to München Flughafen Terminal.
See route DE23/664 for details of steam trains via the Nordring. The Venice Simplon Orient Express usually makes use of the Nordring on the few occasions when it passes through the München area without stopping there.
Olching – München-Johanneskirchen (via München-Freimann)
(ERA-E 61B2-61C1; ERA-R 95A5-95C5; S+W 166B2-165C2) DE23/691
This is the route from the Augsburg line along the Nordring.
Olching - München-Feldmoching
(ERA-E 61C2-61B1; ERA-R 95B5-95C5; S+W 165D1-164C2) DE23/692
This route allows trains to run between the Augsburg and Landshut lines via the Nordring.
München-Karlsfeld – München-Johanneskirchen (via München-Freimann)
(ERA-E 61B2-61C1; ERA-R 95B5-95C5; S+W 166B2-165C2) DE23/693
This is the route between the Ingolstadt line and München Ost via the Nordring.
München-Moosach – München-Feldmoching (via München Nord Rbf Lasallestraße)
(ERA-E 61B1-61C2; ERA-R 95B5-95C5; S+W 164D2-165D1) DE23/694
This and the following route may be used when the line is blocked between München-Moosach and München-Feldmoching. Trains from München mostly run this way, with their journey time extended by about seven minutes.
München-Feldmoching - München-Allach (via München Nord Rbf Lasallestraße and München Nord Rbf Forstweg)
(ERA-E 61C2-61B1; ERA-R 95B5-95C5; S+W 165D1-164C2) DE23/695
This and the previous route may be used when the line is blocked between München-Moosach and München-Feldmoching. Trains to München mostly run this way, with their journey time extended by about eighteen minutes.
München-Daglfing - München-Trudering - Haar (Abzw München-Waldtrudering)
(ERA-R 95C5-95C4; S+W 167B3) DE23/696
This is the north to east connection from the Nordring to the Rosenheim line. It is used by any trains listed under routes DE23/691 and DE23/693 when they do not run to München Ost.