Germany (Hessen) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Contents

Introduction

This list is based on the timetable dated from 9 December 2018 to 14 December 2019, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the 2014 issue of the Schweers+Wall Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland.

Obscure services

Routes are ordered geographically. In the Frankfurt area, routes in and out of the Hauptbahnhof are considered first and then the various avoiding lines. In both cases, routes are ordered clockwise round the city, from Frankfurt am Main Süd to Frankfurt am Main West.

Eichenberg avoiding line: Friedland (Han) (Abzw Eichenberg Nordkopf) – Arenshausen (Abzw Eichenberg Ostkopf)

[540.1] (55B3) DE19/501

This north to east curve links the Göttingen and Nordhausen lines and is used by through trains between Göttingen and Leinefelde (generally every two hours).

Bad Sooden-Allendorf (Abzw Eschwege-Wehre) – Wehretal-Reichensachsen (Abzw Eschwege-Stegmühle)

(55B4) DE19/502

Since the reopening of Eschwege Stadtbahnhof in 2009, all local trains between Eichenberg and Bebra reverse there, leaving and returning to the main line at a triangular junction at Eschwege West. Daytime expresses use the Schnellfahrstrecke, so the only passenger trains to use the main line, bypassing Eschwege, are overnight ones. The following use this route 9 December 2018 to 27 June 2019 and 28 October to 14 December 2019 unless shown otherwise. These trains run via Kassel on other nights.

D FO IC469 Flensburg - 01:20 SO Göttingen - Basel Bad Bf
D SO IC479 Kiel Hbf - 01:20 SuO Göttingen - Basel Bad Bf
D NJ471 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 01:26 Göttingen - Zürich HB
D MO ICE1271 Hamburg-Altona - 03:07 Göttingen - Chur
D NJ491 Hamburg-Altona - 22:59 Göttingen - Wien Hbf
D NJ470 Zürich HB - 01:48 Fulda - Berlin Ostbahnhof
D SuO ICE990 München Hbf - 02:25 MO Bad Hersfeld - Hamburg-Altona
D FO IC478 Basel Bad Bf - 03:28 SO Fulda - Flensburg
D SO IC468 Basel Bad Bf - 03:30 SuO Fulda - Kiel Hbf
D1 NJ490 Wien Hbf – 03:00 Würzburg Hbf – Hamburg-Altona

D1: Also runs via this route FSX 11 August to 27 October 2019

Bebra avoiding line: Ludwigsau-Friedlos (Abzw Blankenheim) – Ronshausen (Abzw Faßdorf)

[605, 610] (66 insert) DE19/503

This south to east curve enables trains between Fulda and Eisenach to avoid reversal at Bebra. It is used by trains (an ICE/IC service at least hourly) running non-stop between Fulda or Bad Hersfeld and Eisenach.

Gießen avoiding line: Dutenhofen – Großen Linden (Gießen Bergwald Stw Gs)

[445] (65A4) DE19/504

This west to south curve enables trains to run between Wetzlar and Friedberg (Hess) without reversing at Gießen.

SSuX RE24931 Siegen – 05:47 Wetzlar – Frankfurt am Main Hbf
SSuX RE24930 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – 17:58 Bad Nauheim – Siegen

Neuhof (Kr Fulda) (Fulda-Bronnzell) – Fulda via Flyover

[615] (78C1) DE19/505

The flyover south of the station allows trains to run from the northbound line from Hanau into the low-numbered platforms at Fulda, without crossing the Schnellfahrstrecke on the level. It is used by most RE trains via Flieden terminating at Fulda.

Flieden – Sterbfritz (Elm Bbf)

(78C1-78C2) DE19/506

This is part of the former main line between München and Hamburg. Daytime expresses now use the Schnellfahrstrecke and diversion of Gemünden local trains to Schlüchtern, instead of Fulda, has left the route with passenger trains only during the night.

D2 NJ491 Hamburg-Altona - 22:59 Göttingen - Wien Hbf
D3 NJ490 Wien Hbf – 03:00 Würzburg Hbf – Hamburg-Altona

D2: 9 December 2018 to 27 June 2019 and 28 October to 14 December 2019

D3: Not via this route Friday and Saturday nights 16 August to 26 October 2019

Hanau West (Weiche 403/404) – Hanau Hbf (Nordseite)

[640] (153D2) DE19/507

This route is used by trains between the Maintal and Fulda lines. There are two spurs linking the Maintal line to Hanau Hbf Nordseite (Fulda line). The southerly one is for eastbound trains via platform 7 only. The other is reversible and links with platforms 2 to 7. IC and ICE trains via Hanau may use the Offenbach or Maintal lines and routing is variable, depending on engineering work and other circumstances.

Frankfurt am Main Hbf

Trains between Frankfurt am Main Hbf and Frankfurt am Main Stadion, Neu Isenburg or Frankfurt am Main Süd may use two routes over the River Main, crossing the Niederrader Brücke or the Main-Neckar-Brücke, about 2 km further upstream. The line over the Niederrader Brücke gives access to platforms 1a through 8 on the south side (via Abzw Gutleuthof), platforms 15 through 24 on the north side of the Hauptbahnhof and the S-Bahn underground station. The Main-Neckar-Brücke gives access to platforms 4 through 13, but following construction of a new spur it may be possible for trains to run to platforms 1 to 3 as well. Platforms 4 through 8 are accessible from both bridges.

Trains via Frankfurt am Main Süd and Neu Isenburg mainly use the Main-Neckar-Brücke and those via Frankfurt am Main Stadion mainly the Niederrader Brücke. There is little difference in journey time between Frankfurt am Main Stadion and the Hauptbahnhof via either bridge. However, there is a significant difference between Frankfurt am Main Süd and the Hauptbahnhof, with trains via Niederrader Brücke being scheduled at least 10 minutes, rather than 6 or 7 minutes for the Main-Neckar-Brücke route.

Many long-distance trains reverse at Frankfurt and, in the lists below, trains using a route inward are shown before those using it outward.

There are extensive alterations to train services in the Frankfurt area between August and October 2019. These are reflected in tables below as far as possible.

Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Frankfurt am Main Süd

[615, 615.1, 640] (151C3-151D3) DE19/508

Most trains run via Main-Neckar-Brücke. The following trains run via Niederrader Brücke and Abzw Forsthaus:

D4 FO IC469 Flensburg - 03:33 SO Hanau Hbf - Basel Bad Bf
D5 SO IC479 Kiel Hbf - 03:33 SuO Hanau Hbf - Basel Bad Bf
D6 SuX ICE1091 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 11:41 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D7 FO ICE1683 Hamburg-Altona - 15:17 Hanau Hbf – Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D8 SO ICE28 Wien Hbf - 15:18 Hanau Hbf – Frankfurt am Main Hbf
FO IC478 Basel Bad Bf - 02:13 SO Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Kiel Hbf
SO IC468 Basel Bad Bf – 02:13 SuO Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Flensburg
FO IC2278 Karlsruhe Hbf - 08:08 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Kassel-Wilhelnshöhe/Hannover Hbf
D9 SO IC1986 Stuttgart Hbf - 10:16 Frankfurt am Main Süd – Hamburg-Altona
D7 FO IC1972 12:16 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Hamburg-Altona
D10 FSSuX EC218 Graz Hbf - 16:14 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Erfurt Hbf
D7 FSuO ICE1594 16:14 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Hamburg-Altona
D8 SO ICE229 16:14 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Wien Hbf
D ICE776 17:10/17:16 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Oldenburg (Oldb) Hbf
D11 FSSuX IC1951 17:16 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Erfurt

D4: 20 September to 25 October 2019

D5: Not 28 June to 26 October 2019

D6: 11 June to 9 August 2019

D7: 9 December 2018 to 7 June 2019

D8: 5 January to 23 March 2019

D9: 15 to 29 December 2019 and 30 March to 8 June 2019

D10: 10 December 2018 to 8 August 2019 and 28 October to 12 December 2019

D11: 12 August to 24 October 2019

Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Neu Isenburg (via Abzw Forsthaus)

[650, 650.2] (151C3-151C4) DE19/509

Most trains to and from Neu Isenburg, other than S-Bahn, run via Main-Neckar-Brücke, but the following are scheduled via Niederrader Brücke:

D12 IC2390/2392 Stuttgart Hbf - 08:47 Darmstadt Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D13 SO IC1986 Stuttgart Hbf - 09:25 Darmstadt Hbf - Hamburg-Altona
FO IC1992 Stuttgart Hbf - 10:35 Darmstadt Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
FSSuX EC218 Graz Hbf - 15:24 Darmstadt Hbf - Erfurt Hbf
D14 SO IC1976 Stuttgart Hbf - 21:32 Darmstadt Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D15 SSuX IC1990 Stuttgart Hbf - 23:33 Darmstadt Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D16 SSuX ICE1097 Hamburg-Altona - 09:54 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Darmstadt Hbf
D14 ICE1575 10:56 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Heidelberg Hbf/Karlsruhe Hbf
MO IC1999 11:16 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Stuttgart Hbf
D12 IC2391 16:50 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Stuttgart Hbf
D14 SuO IC1973 21:49 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Stuttgart Hbf
D15 FSX ICE1593/1595 23:16 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Stuttgart Hbf

D12: Train IC2392 runs MO. Trains IC2390 and IC2391 run in connection with trade fairs. Train IC2391 runs on 24, 28 and 29 January, 11 and 12 February, 11 to 14 March, 1 April, 6 to 9 May, 24 June, 1 July, 11, 12 and 16 to 19 September and 14 to 17 October 2019. IC2390 runs a day later in all cases.

D13: 15 December to 8 June 2019

D14: 9 August to 29 September 2019

D15: 29 July to 17 October

D16: 28 October to 13 December

Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Frankfurt am Main Stadion

[471, 472, 655, 655.1] (151C3-151B4) DE19/510

Most trains (and particularly RE and RB ones) run via Niederrader Brücke. Most RE and RB trains use platforms 15–24 on the north side of the Hauptbahnhof. Most S-Bahn S7 services and many IC and ICE trains run via Abzw Gutleuthof and use platforms 1–8 on the south side of the Hauptbahnhof.

Trains that normally use this route do not do so on Saturdays and Sundays 10 August to 29 September 2019. Trains may not run on those days, be diverted via Frankfurt-Niederrad or run direct to and from Frankfurt am Main Süd, without calling at the Hauptbahnhof (see route DE19/515).

The following trains are scheduled to use this route:

  • ICE trains from Frankfurt am Main Hbf to Mannheim Hbf hourly 05:50 to 20:50 and at 21:51
  • ICE trains from Frankfurt am Main Hbf to Frankfurt am Main Flughafen hourly 07:10 to 22:10, but not 09:10, 12:10 and 16:10
  • ICE trains from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt am Main Hbf hourly 06:32 to 21:32 and every two hours 07:16 to 19:16
  • ICE and IC trains from Frankfurt am Main Fernbahnhof to Frankfurt am Main Hbf every two hours 04:42 to 20:42

The following trains are also scheduled to use this route:

D40 FSO RJ66 Budapest Keleti - 00:31 SSuO Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D41 FSX IC990 München Hbf - 00:31 SSuX Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf/Hamburg-Altona
D42 ICE992 München Hbf/Stuttgart Hbf - 02:30 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Berlin Hbf
SSuX IC827 Köln Hbf - 04:36 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - München Hbf
SuX ICE418/618 München Hbf - 05:18 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Essen Hbf/Düsseldorf Hbf
SuO ICE1018/1518 München Hbf - 05:18 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Dortmund Hbf
D ICE672 Wiesbaden Hbf - 05:34 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen - Hamburg-Altona
ICE1696 Karlsruhe Hbf - 05:28 Mannheim Hbf - Kiel Hbf
D ICE1557 Wiesbaden Hbf - 09:02 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Dresden Hbf
ICE27 Dortmund Hbf - 12:02 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Wien Hbf
D ICE1653 Wiesbaden Hbf - 15:02 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Dresden Hbf
D43 ICE1655 Wiesbaden Hbf - 17:02 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Dresden Hbf
ICE4 Zürich HB - 22:33 Mannheim Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D ICE887/1087 Hamburg-Altona - 00:13 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Wiesbaden Hbf
SuO ICE879 Berlin Ostbf - 00:50 MO Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Karlsruhe Hbf
D ICE993 Hamburg-Altona/Leipzig Hbf - 02:25 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - München Hbf
MO IC2097 04:05 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - München Hbf
D44 IC2220/2320 05:42 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Hamburg-Altona/Lübeck Hbf
D ICE1554 Dresden Hbf - 20:42 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Wiesbaden Hbf
ICE695 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen - 21:51 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Stuttgart Hbf

D40: 14 December to 27 July, also 18 October 2019

D41: Not 29 July to 17 October 2019

D42: Not 19 July to 8 September, nor Fridays and Sundays 13 September to 18 October 2019

D43: 9 December to 10 June; Saturdays only 15 June to 3 August and 2 November to 14 December 2019

D44: Not Saturdays and Sundays 5 January to 24 March 2019

Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Frankfurt-Höchst (via Abzw Mainzer Landstraße)

[466, 627, 646] (50A3, 151C3-151B3) DE19/511

All trains, other than S-Bahn, between Frankfurt-Höchst and Frankfurt am Main Hbf run via Abzw Mainzer Landstraße. Most of those to and from Koblenz and Wiesbaden use the connection between Abzw Mainzer Landstraße and platforms 15–24 on the north side of Frankfurt am Main Hbf. Most of those to and from Limburg (Lahn) run via Abzw Gutleuthof to use platforms 1–8 on the south side of the Hauptbahnhof.

Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Frankfurt-Rödelheim (via Abzw Mainzer Landstraße)

[637] (50A3, 151C3-152D2) DE19/512

This route is used by the through trains between Brandoberndorf, Grävenwiesbach and Frankfurt am Main Hbf, all of which arrive and depart at the north side platforms. S-Bahn trains between Frankfurt-Rödelheim and Frankfurt am Main Hbf run via Frankfurt West.

Frankfurt am Main Süd (Abst Anlage) – Frankfurt-Louisa

[650, 650.2] (151D3-151C4) DE19/513

This east to south curve provides a link between Frankfurt am Main Süd and the Darmstadt line. There is a frequent S-Bahn service over tracks parallel to this route.

On Saturdays and Sundays from 10 August to 29 September 2019 this route is used by IC/ICE trains between Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe and Heidelberg Hbf or Karlsruhe Hbf, from Frankfurt am Main Süd at 18 minutes past odd hours and from Darmstadt Hbf at 22 minutes past even hours.

The line is also used by:

TWX FLX Berlin-Lichtenberg - 11:34 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Stuttgart Hbf
SuO IC1956 Leipzig Hbf - 17:51/18:01 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Karlsruhe Hbf
D17 FO IC1079 Hamburg-Altona - 18:01 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Stuttgart Hbf
FLX Berlin-Lichtenberg - 19:37 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Stuttgart Hbf
FLX Stuttgart Hbf - 08:04 Darmstadt Hbf - Berlin-Lichtenberg
D18 SuO ICE1174 Basel SBB - 13:40 Darmstadt Hbf - Erfurt Hbf
D19 FO IC1970 Stuttgart Hbf - 13:46 Darmstadt Hbf – Stralsund Hbf
TWX FLX Stuttgart Hbf - 15:56 Darmstadt Hbf - Berlin-Lichtenberg

D17: 14 December 2018 to 7 June 2019

D18: 29 September to 27 October 2019

D19: 14 December 2018 to 17 May 2019

Days and dates of operation of Flixtrain services may vary. To confirm timings and to make bookings, see the Flixtrain website.

Frankfurt am Main Stadion – Neu Isenburg (via Abzw Forsthaus)

[471, 650] (151B4-151C4) DE19/514

This route is used by trains between Frankfurt am Main Stadion and Neu Isenburg if not booked to call at Frankfurt am Main Hbf.

D20 SSuX ICE1223 06:48 Darmstadt Hbf - Dortmund Hbf (train continues to München via Kassel)

D20: From 28 October 2019 the train starts from Wiesbaden, so does not use this route.

Frankfurt am Main Stadion – Frankfurt am Main Süd (via Abzw Forsthaus)

[640, 655.1] (151B4-151D3) DE19/515

This route is used by trains between Frankfurt am Main Stadion and Frankfurt am Main Süd if not booked to call at Frankfurt am Main Hbf.

RE trains operate thus, Mondays to Fridays until 25 October 2018.

  • From Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Regiobahnhof: 07:05, 09:05, 11:11, 13:11, 15:11, 17:11, 19:11, 21:11
  • From Frankfurt am Main Süd: 06:41, 08:41, 10:39, 12:39, 14:39, 16:42, 18:39, 20:39

RB trains run hourly from Frankfurt am Main Süd to Frankfurt am Main Stadion 07:56 to 22:56 on Saturdays and Sundays 10 August to 29 September and Mondays to Fridays 28 October to 13 December 2019. There is no equivalent service advertised in the opposite direction.

Saturdays and Sundays 10 August to 29 September 2019 there are ICE trains hourly at 7 minutes past the hour from Frankfurt am Main Süd and at 36 minutes past the hour from Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof. Other services are:

NJ470 Zürich HB - 00:05 Mannheim Hbf - Berlin Ostbahnhof
SSuX D20 RB28699 05:05 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Hanau Hbf
D21 SSuO ICE731 Köln Hbf - 05:30 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Nürnberg Hbf/München Hbf
D22 ICE1535 08:09 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Berlin-Gesundbrunnen
D23 ICE1590 08:09 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Berlin Ostbahnhof
D24 SSuO ICE1023 Dortmund Hbf - 08:16 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Wien Hbf
D23 ICE1592 10:09 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Berlin Ostbahnhof
D24 SSuO IC1521 Dortmund Hbf - 10:16 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - München Hbf
D23 FSSuO ICE1698 12:09 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Berlin Ostbahnhof
D24 SSuO ICE1227 Dortmund Hbf - 12:16 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Wien Hbf
D23 ICE1196 14:09 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Berlin Ostbahnhof
D22 SX ICE1633 16:09 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Berlin-Gesundbrunnen
D25 ICE1694 16:09 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Berlin-Gesundbrunnen
D22 SX ICE1635 18:09 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Berlin-Gesundbrunnen
D26 ICE1692 18:09 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Berlin-Gesundbrunnen
D24 SSuO IC2337 Hamburg-Altona - 18:16 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Passau Hbf
D24 SuO IC2335 Kiel Hbf - 20:16 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Regensburg Hbf
D24 IC2339 Hamburg-Altona - 22:12 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Nürnberg Hbf
NJ421 Düsseldorf Hbf - 23:53/23:54 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf - Innsbruck Hbf
NJ471 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 04:02/04:21 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Zürich HB
D20 SSuX RB28698 04:40 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf
NJ420 Innsbruck Hbf - 05:26 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Düsseldorf Hbf
D24 SSuO IC2338 Nürnberg Hbf - 07:29 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Hamburg-Altona
D22 SSuX ICE1646 Erfurt Hbf - 07:41 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf
D24 SO IC2336 Passau Hbf - 09:29 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Kiel Hbf
D24 SSuO IC2334 Passau Hbf - 11:29 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Hamburg-Altona
D22 SuX ICE1091 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 11:41 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf
D23 SuX ICE1691 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 11:41 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf
D23 ICE1193 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 13:41 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf
D22 ICE1632 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen - 15:41 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf
D23 FSSuO ICE1695 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 15:41 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf
D24 SSuO ICE1126 Wien Hbf - 17:29 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Dortmund Hbf
D27 SSuX ICE1697 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 17:39 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf
D23 SSuO ICE1197 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 17:41 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf
D22 ICE1630 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen - 17:41 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf
D24 SuO ICE1222 Innsbruck Hbf - 19:29 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Dortmund Hbf
D24 FO ICE1522 München Hbf - 19:29 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Dortmund Hbf
D24 FSuX ICE1622 München Hbf - 19:32 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Dortmund Hbf
D24 ICE1022 Wien Hbf - 21:30 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Dortmund Hbf
D21 FSSuO ICE752 München Hbf - 23:07 Frankfurt am Main Süd - Köln Hbf/Dortmund Hbf

D20: 10 December to 25 October 2019

D21: 9 August to 29 September 2019

D22: 10 August to 25 October 2019

D23: 9 December 2018 to 10 June 2019

D24: 2 January to 28 March 2019

D25: 9 December 2018 to 9 August 2019

D26: MSX 9 December 2018 to 11 January 2019, SX 13 January to 9 August 2019

D27: 10 December 2018 to 7 June 2019

Limburg Süd (Abzw Breckenheim) - Wiesbaden Hbf (Wiesbaden-Wäschbach)

[472] (151B1 - 151D1) DE19/516

This branch off the Köln - Frankfurt Schnellfahrstrecke is used by ICE trains between Köln and Wiesbaden Hbf.

D28 SSuX ICE711 Köln Hbf - 06:55 Limburg Süd - Stuttgart Hbf
SSuX ICE1228 München Hbf (via Dortmund) - 18:20 Limburg Süd - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
SSuX ICE712 Mainz Hbf - 06:23 Wiesbaden Hbf - Köln Hbf
D29 SSuX ICE1223 07:08 Wiesbaden Hbf - München Hbf (via Dortmund)
D28 SSuX ICE710 Stuttgart Hbf - 16:45 Wiesbaden Hbf - Köln Hbf

D28: 10 December 2018 to 16 April 2019 and 9 September to 13 December 2019

D29: 28 October to 13 December 2019

Mainz-Bischofsheim (Abzw Kostheim Ost) – Mainz-Kastel (Abzw Kostheim)

[645.8-9, 651] (151D2-151C2) DE19/517

This connection across the Main splits in two parts at Abzw Kostheim Ost just north of the river. The two main tracks fly over the Höchst line and turn west to touch it briefly (Abzw Kostheim) before turning north to become route DE19/518 to the Kaiserbrücke over the Rhein. There is also a single-track south-to-west curve (line 3531) that avoids the flyover and diverges from the Höchst line to the south at Abzw Kostheim. This is used by used by trains from Mainz-Kastel to Bischofsheim, but all trains from Bischofsheim use the main track until Abzw Kostheim. The eastbound main track from Abzw Kostheim to Abzw Kostheim Ost is only used by trains coming from the Mainz Kaiserbrücke via route DE19/518.

Hochheim (Main) (Abzw Kostheim) – Mainz Hbf (Abzw Kaiserbrücke Ost)

[471] (151C2) DE19/518

This route allows trains from the north bank of the River Main to access the Kaiserbrücke over the River Rhein to Mainz, so trains can run between Mainz Hbf and the Frankfurt area via Frankfurt-Höchst. This line can also be used to allow trains to run between Mainz-Bischofsheim and Mainz-Mombach without passing through Mainz Hbf.

The line is used from 9 December 2018 by a new hourly RE service between Frankfurt am Main Hbf and Mainz Hbf via Hochheim (Main).

On 16 December 2018 the following trains have no booked stops between Frankfurt am Main Hbf and Ingelheim, so are expected to use this route and route DE19/401, the curve between the Kaiserbrücke and Mainz-Mombach.

D SuO RE4251 Koblenz Hbf - 05:56 Ingelheim - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D SuO RE4255 Koblenz Hbf - 07:55 Ingelheim - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D SuO RE4257 Koblenz Hbf - 09:55 Ingelheim - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D SuO RE4252 07:07 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Koblenz Hbf
D SuO RE4254 09:08 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Koblenz Hbf

The following trains are also diverted via this route:

D30 IC2028 Nürnberg Hbf - 07:42 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Hamburg-Altona
D30 ICE1222/1622 Innsbruck Hbf/München Hbf - 19:42 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Dortmund Hbf

D30: 26 October to 14 December 2019

Kelsterbach – Frankfurt am Main Stadion (Abzw Frankfurt Schwanheim)

[471] (152C3-152D3) DE19/519

This is part of the original main line and is used by trains between Mainz Hbf and the Frankfurt area via Kelsterbach, which stop at neither of the stations at Frankfurt am Main Flughafen.

D31 SSuX RE29243 Kirchheimboladen – 06:56 Rüsselsheim – Frankfurt am Main Hbf
SSuX RE29205 Alzey – 07:39 Rüsselsheim – Frankfurt am Main Hbf
FO RE29648 15:30 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Bad Kreuznach
FSSuX RE29650 17:34 Frankfurt am Main Hbf – Bad Kreuznach

D31: Some days the train starts from Alzey and Kirn with alternative train numbers.

From 26 October to 14 December 2019 RB and RE trains between Frankfurt am Main Hbf and Rüsselsheim run via this route and do not call at Frankfurt am Main Regionalbahnhof. Details of S-Bahn services during this period are not yet available.

The following trains are also diverted via this route, omitting the normal call at Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof, 26 October to 14 December 2019.

D IC2021 Hamburg-Altona - 06:29 Mainz Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D ICE23 Dortmund Hbf - 07:40 Mainz Hbf - Wien Hbf
D ICE1221 Dortmund Hbf - 09:42 Mainz Hbf - München Hbf/Seefeld in Tirol
D ICE27 Dortmund Hbf - 11:42 Mainz Hbf - Wien Hbf
D ICE925 Hamburg-Altona - 15:42 Mainz Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D32 SX ICE1655 Wiesbaden Hbf - 16:43 Mainz Hbf - Dresden Hbf
D IC2017 Hamburg-Altona - 17:42 Mainz Hbf - Passau Hbf
D IC2229 Kiel Hbf - 19:42 Mainz Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf/Passau Hbf
D IC2029 Hamburg-Altona - 21:44 Mainz Hbf - Nürnberg Hbf
D IC2221/2321 Lübeck Hbf - 23:42 Mainz Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D IC2226 Passau Hbf/09:38 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Kiel Hbf
D IC2024 Nürnberg Hbf - 11:38 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Hamburg-Altona
D ICE926 13:38 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Hamburg-Altona
D ICE922 15:38 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Hamburg-Altona
D ICE26 Wien Hbf - 17:38 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Dortmund Hbf
D ICE22 Wien Hbf - 21:43 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Dortmund Hbf

D32: Also diverted via this route 11 June to 9 August 2019

Raunheim (Abzw Mönchwald) – Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf (Abzw Mönchhof)

[471] (152B4) DE19/520

This spur connects the old main line from Mainz Hbf to the Schnellfahrstrecke from Köln. It is used by trains calling at both Mainz Hbf and Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf. There is an hourly IC service for most of the day.

Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf – Zeppelinheim

[655.1] (152D3) DE19/521

This south to west curve is from Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf to the line to Mannheim via Biblis. It is used by trains running direct between Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf and Mannheim. These are principally hourly ICE trains between Köln and Basel or München and two-hourly ICE trains between Frankfurt am Main and Stuttgart (which reverse at Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf).

Weiterstadt (Abzw Darmstadt Stockschneise) – Darmstadt Nord – Darmstadt-Kranichstein

(154C2) DE19/522

This west to east route connects the Mainz and Aschaffenburg lines north of Darmstadt Hbf. Between Darmstadt Nord and Darmstadt-Kranichstein it has its own alignment, different from the one used by local passenger trains. The Darmstadt-Kranichstein railway museum sometimes runs a shuttle service between Groß-Gerau and Kranichstein during its annual Bahnwelttage event in May.

Arheilgen – Darmstadt-Nord

[641] (49B1, 154C2) DE19/523

This north to east curve connects the Frankfurt am Main and Aschaffenburg lines north of Darmstadt Hbf. It is used by through trains between Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach and Frankfurt am Main Hbf via Darmstadt Nord, generally every two hours.

Darmstadt Hbf – Weiterstadt (Abzw Darmstadt Bergschneise and Abzw Weiterstadt Stockschneise)

[651] (154C3-154C2) DE19/524

Darmstadt Hbf is connected to the line towards Mainz by three geographically separate tracks, of which two technically constitute a widely separated double track flying junction and the third is reversible.

The Darmstadt to Mainz track (line 3537) diverges from the main track towards Frankfurt (line 3605) north of Darmstadt Hbf, at about the the place where it passes over the Aschaffenburg – Mainz line. It then makes a 135° curve to the left and joins the Aschaffenburg – Mainz line from the north at Abzw Stockschneise. The Mainz to Darmstadt track (line 3530) diverges to the south at Abzw Stockschneise directly to the Hauptbahnhof, where it eventually becomes platform 9.

Between these two tracks, there is a reversible track which splits from the Mainz - Aschaffenburg line on the flat at Abzw Bergschneise, 1 km east of Abzw Stockschneise. At Darmstadt Hbf it arrives between the tracks from/to Darmstadt Nord, which eventually become platforms 7 and 8.

Trains from Mainz use line 3530. Trains towards Mainz from platforms 6 and 7 can use either the reversible track to Abzw Bergschneise or line 3537. The latter route is longer but allows higher speeds; nevertheless the shorter Bergschneise route is usually used because it does not conflict with use of line 3605 to Frankfurt. Which route is used can be seen from the position of the scissors crossover points just north of the platforms – left for the Bergschneise route, right for the Stockschneise route. The compilers would welcome any confirmation of use of the latter route.

Darmstadt Hbf – Darmstadt-Kranichstein

(154C3-154C2) DE19/525

A shuttle service may operate between Darmstadt Hbf and Darmstadt-Kranichstein in connection with special events at the Darmstadt-Kranichstein railway museum. These trains normally use a completely different route from normal passenger services, which operate to and from platforms on the west side of Darmstadt Hbf. The shuttles use platform 1, on the east side of the Hauptbahnhof, and the goods line via Darmstadt Nord (including part of DE19/523). For details of future events, see the museum website.

Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis for engineering work diversions

Hanau avoiding line: Großkrotzenburg - Hanau Nord (Rauschwald)

(151D2) DE19/531

This line allows trains to run between the Aschaffenburg and Fulda or Friedberg lines without reversal at Hanau Hbf.

D33 NJ491 Hamburg-Altona - 21:05 Göttingen - Wien Hbf
D34 FSO NJ490 Wien Hbf - 03:00 SSuO Würzburg Hbf - Hamburg-Altona

D33: 28 June to 27 October 2019

D34: 16 August to 26 October 2019

Frankfurt am Main Hbf avoiding line: Frankfurt West (Galluswarte) – Frankfurt-Niederrad

(151C3-151B3) DE19/532

This line provides a link between Frankfurt West and lines to the south, for trains not required to call at the Hauptbahnhof. It is sometimes used by IC trains when there is engineering working in the Hauptbahnhof area. However, as most IC trains via Frankfurt West also run via Darmstadt, use of route DE19/533 is more likely.

Frankfurt am Main Hbf avoiding line: Frankfurt West (Galluswarte) – Frankfurt-Louisa (Main-Neckar Brücke)

(151C3) DE19/533

This line provides an alternative link between Frankfurt West and lines to the south, but particularly via Darmstadt, for trains not required to call at the Hauptbahnhof. There were numerous diversions of IC trains between Gießen and Darmstadt via this route during autumn 2018.

Use of this route is indicated by trains calling at Frankfurt am Main West instead of the Hauptbahnhof.

Limburg Süd (Caltex) - Kelsterbach (Brunnenschneise)

(152B3) DE19/534

This north to east curve allows trains to run between the Köln - Frankfurt Schnellfahrstrecke and the old main line between Mainz and Frankfurt. The following diversions apply between 26 October and 14 December 2019 and are the first significant passenger use of the route since the Schnellfahrstrecke opened. Trains can be readily distinguished in timetables by omitting the normal stop at Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof.

D SSuX ICE811 Köln Hbf - 07:06 Limburg Süd - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D SSuX ICE813 Dortmund Hbf - 08:06 Limburg Süd - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D SSuX ICE815 Dortmund Hbf - 09:07 Limburg Süd - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D SSuX ICE817 Köln Hbf - 15:52 Limburg Süd - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D SSuX ICE17 Bruxelles Midi - 16:20 Köln Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D SSuO ICE17 Bruxelles Midi - 17:07 Limburg Süd - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D SSuX ICE819 Köln Hbf - 17:18 Limburg Süd - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D SX ICE215 Bruxelles Midi - 18:19 Köln Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D ICE911 Köln Hbf - 19:18 Limburg Süd - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D ICE129 Amsterdam Centraal - 19:21 Köln Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D ICE618/1018 München Hbf - 05:43 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Essen Hbf/Dortmund Hbf
D ICE220 07:15 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Amsterdam Centraal
D SSuX ICE818 13:35 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Köln Hbf
D35 ICE810 20:31 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - Köln Hbf

D35: Runs via this route SuX 26 October to 2 November and daily 4 November to 14 December 2019

Wiesbaden avoiding line: Wiesbaden-Biebrich - Wiesbaden Ost

(151C3-151B3) DE19/535

At weekends from 5 January to 24 March 2019 all IC and ICE trains between Koblenz and Mainz are diverted via the Rechte Rheinstrecke, on the opposite side of the River Rhein from usual. This requires use of the Wiesbaden avoiding line, which no longer has a regular passenger service.

In addition, the following trains are diverted on weekdays from 20:00 on 2 January until 28 March 2019.

D IC209 Kiel Hbf - 00:48 Koblenz Hbf - Basel SBB
D MO IC2419 Köln Hbf - 03:10 Koblenz Hbf - Stuttgart Hbf
D IC2013 Dortmund Hbf - 12:00 Koblenz Hbf - Oberstdorf
D FSuO IC1911 Dortmund Hbf - 14:18 Koblenz Hbf - Stuttgart Hbf
D FSuO IC1915 Berlin Ostbahnhof - 18:18 Koblenz Hbf - Stuttgart Hbf/Tübingen Hbf
D IC2339 Hamburg-Altona - 20:48 Koblenz Hbf - Nürnberg Hbf
D IC2215 Hamburg-Altona - 21:48 Koblenz Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D36 NJ421 Düsseldorf Hbf - 22:18 Koblenz Hbf - Innsbruck Hbf
D FSuX IC2321 Hamburg-Altona - 22:48 Koblenz Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D FSuO IC2221 Lübeck Hbf - 22:48 Koblenz Hbf - Frankfurt am Main Hbf
D IC208 Basel SBB - 03:51 Mainz Hbf - Kiel Hbf
D IC2012 Oberstdorf - 14:49 Mainz Hbf - Dortmund Hbf
D EC114 Klagenfurt Hbf - 17:44 Mainz Hbf - Dortmund Hbf
D SuX ICE1522/1622 München Hbf - 20:02 Mainz Hbf - Dortmund Hbf
D SX IC2210 Stuttgart Hbf - 21:01 Mainz Hbf - Dortmund Hbf
D ICE1022 Wien Hbf - 22:01 Mainz Hbf - Dortmund Hbf
D IC2020 Frankfurt am Main Hbf - 23:41 Mainz Hbf - Hamburg-Altona

D36: Also diverted Saturdays excepted 14 to 25 July 2019.

Groß Gerau – Groß Gerau-Dornberg

[660] (154A2) DE19/536

IC and EC trains between Mainz and Mannheim (not calling at Frankfurt am Main Flughafen) normally run via Worms, but are sometimes diverted via Groß Gerau and Groß Gerau-Dornberg. Trains, including RE services, are diverted this way on 15 and 16 December 2018.

The following train is scheduled to run this way 5 January to 24 March 2019.

D SSuO EC8 Zürich HB - 14:20 Mannheim Hbf - Hamburg-Altona

Relief IC trains may also use this west to south curve. Following signalling alterations at Mannheim Hbf, it is no longer possible to determine there whether a train to Mainz is to run via Groß Gerau. If local trains via Worms are replaced by buses, it is likely that IC and EC trains will use this route.

See also