Germany (Rheinland-Pfalz) - 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.
Mainz-Mombach – Mainz Abzw Kaiserbrücke West
 (ERA-E 57A2; ERA-R 122C1; S+W 151B2) DE23/401
This west to north curve links the line from Koblenz via Bingen with the Kaiserbrücke over the Rhein. It may be used by trains to Hochheim (Main) or Mainz-Bischofsheim if not calling at Mainz Hbf. Various types of older carriages are not permitted through the tunnels at Mainz, so any trains including such vehicles are likely to be diverted this way. This should not affect regular passenger trains operating through Mainz; excursions and other special trains are more likely to use this route.
The following train is the rear portion of a service that divides at Budenheim.
|SSuX||RB29681||Bad Kreuznach – 07:14 Budenheim – Wiesbaden Hbf|
On various dates the following overnight services are booked to run via this curve. Whether these trains run this way can be confirmed by their omitting calls at both Mainz Hbf and Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbf.
|D2||Daily / MWFX||NJ420||Innsbruck Hbf – 03:47 Frankfurt am Main Süd – Amsterdam Centraal|
|D2||Daily / MWFX||NJ421||Amsterdam Centraal – 23:46 Koblenz Hbf – Innsbruck Hbf|
D2: Daily 31 March - 25 May and 21 August - 27 September 2023; MWFX 28 September - 10 December 2023 (one day later from Frankfurt Süd)
Ludwigshafen (Rhein) Hbf – Ludwigshafen BASF Nord
[670.1] (ERA-E 53C1-61C2; ERA-R 111A2; S+W 159A2-158D1) DE23/402
Trains operate between Ludwigshafen Hbf and the BASF chemical works. These are shown in table 670.1 in the DB Kursbuch. There are very few trains on Saturdays and Sundays.
Use of the trains is officially restricted to those with works passes. Smoking and photography are strictly forbidden within the works.
Ludwigshafen west curve: Ludwigshafen-Oggersheim (Überleitung Nord) – Ludwigshafen-Mundenheim
 (ERA-E 53C1 not shown; ERA-R 111A2; S+W 158D2) DE23/403
This pair of curves, via the low level west side platforms at Ludwigshafen (Rhein) Hbf, is used by through trains between the Worms and Schifferstadt lines. There is an RE service between Mainz and Karlsruhe via Germersheim every two hours for most of the day. Northbound trains run via platform 6 and the diveunder route to the Worms line, whereas southbound trains run via the direct curve to platforms 8 or 9.
Schifferstadt avoiding line: Limburgerhof (Limburgerhof Abzw.) – Böhl-Iggelheim (Böhl-Iggelheim Abzw.)
 (ERA-E 53C1; ERA-R 111A1; S+W 158D3-158C4) DE23/404
This line is used by trains between Mannheim / Ludwigshafen and Neustadt (Weinstraße) / Kaiserslautern not calling at Schifferstadt.
Enkenbach – Kaiserslautern Hbf
[672.2] (ERA-E 53B1; ERA-R 112C4; S+W 155C4-155D3) DE23/405
Most services between Enkenbach and Kaiserslautern Hbf are not booked to call at Hochspeyer, so run on the direct line via Eselsfürth. Only the following trains run via Hochspeyer.
Enkenbach – Hochspeyer – Kaiserslautern Hbf:
Mondays to Fridays: 05:55, 06:26, 06:56, 08:21, 13:57, 18:28, 19:21
Saturdays: 06:56, 08:21
Kaiserslautern Hbf – Hochspeyer – Enkenbach:
Mondays to Fridays: 06:37, 07:07, 17:36, 21:50
Saturdays and Sundays: 21:50
Hochspeyer curve: Frankenstein (Pfalz) (Hochspeyer Ost) – Enkenbach (Hochspeyer Nord)
[672.2, 676] (ERA-E 53B1; ERA-R 112C4; S+W 155D4) DE23/406
This east to north curve links the Neustadt (Weinstraße) and Bingen (Rhein) lines east of Hochspeyer.
|D1||SuO||RE WX81493||Koblenz Hbf – 11:06 Rockenhausen – Wissembourg|
|D1||SuO||RE4098||Koblenz Hbf – 19:23 Enkenbach – Karlsruhe Hbf|
|D1||SuO||RE4099||Karlsruhe Hbf – 08:53 Neustadt (Weinstraße) Hbf – Koblenz Hbf|
|D1||SuO||RE WX81494||Wissembourg – 18:17 Neustadt (Weinstraße) Hbf – Koblenz Hbf|
D1: 2 April to 29 October 2023, plus holidays
Trier Hbf - Ehrang Ort / Kordel
 (ERA-E 52C2 not shown; ERA-R 111C5; S+W 155D1) DE23/407
There are two routes between Trier Hbf and the Moselstrecke to Koblenz, or the Eifelstrecke towards Köln. The main line runs via Ehrang Bahnhof, but there is also a single line that runs on the far (east) side of the marshalling yard (Rbf) at Ehrang. The eastern route is sometimes used by RE trains from Trier to Koblenz, non-stop to Schweich.
On the weekends of 28/29 January, 11/12 and 18/19 February, 4/5 and 11/12 March 2023, RB22 trains from Kyllburg to Trier Hbf (in that direction only) were diverted, then again by RB81/82/83 services in both directions between Trier and Wittlich / Koblenz Hbf between 18 March and 10 April 2023 but a check of the DB journey planner in mid-March showed the trains being diverted from 1 April onwards only. A journey on 5 April was diverted via Ehrang Rbf as suggested.
RB81/82/83 services between Trier Hbf and Wittlich or Koblenz will be diverted this way between Trier Hbf and Ehrang Ort between 22 July and 2 September, and again between 14 and 20 October 2023.
Whether trains are due to take this route can be ascertained by calls at Pfalzel and Ehrang being omitted by RB services.
Koblenz-Moselweiß (Koblenz Mosel Gbf) - Koblenz-Lützel
[470,690] (ERA-E 53B4; ERA-R 105B2; S+W 150C2) DE23/408
This west to north curve links the Moselstrecke from Trier to the Linke Rheinstrecke via Bonn Hbf, avoiding Koblenz Hbf. It is used by a pair of RE12 services between Trier and Köln.
|RE13942||Trier Hbf – 19:36 Wittlich Hbf – Köln Messe/Deutz|
|RE13943||Köln Messe/Deutz – 07:19 Koblenz-Lützel – Trier Hbf|
Note that once the Eifelstrecke via Gerolstein is fully reopened, these workings are likely to cease. This is currently expected to be in mid-2024.
Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis for engineering work diversions
Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein (Pfaffendorf) - Niederlahnstein
 (ERA-E 53B4; ERA-R 105B2; S+W 150D2) DE23/431
If trains are diverted via the Rechte Rheinstrecke they normally cross back to the left bank to call at Koblenz Hbf. Exceptionally, they may use this route and not call at Koblenz. Diverted trains can be readily identified because they stop at Bonn-Beuel and Neuwied instead of Bonn Hbf and Koblenz Hbf.
An hourly local service runs between Neuwied and Niederlahnstein for the entire 2022-2023 timetable period, owing to work in the Horchheimer Tunnel on the curve from Koblenz Pfaffendorf to the Horchheimer Brücke.