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

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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

Kyhna (Delitzsch Gbf) – Delitzsch unt Bf

[501.9] (ERA-E 49B2; ERA-R 102A2; S+W 58B2) DE23/301

This west to north curve connects the Halle (Saale) – Eilenburg and Leipzig – Bitterfeld lines.

SSuO S9 37930 05:56 Delitzsch unt Bf – Halle (Saale) Hbf
S9 37929 Halle (Saale) Hbf – 22:58 Kyhna – Delitzsch unt Bf

This line is also used occasionally by diverted ICE services between Bitterfeld and Halle (Saale) Hbf when the line via Landsberg (b. Halle) is closed for engineering work.

On 25 and 26 May 2023, because of emergency sleeper replacement, S9 Halle (Saale) Hbf – Eilenburg services are diverted over this curve to terminate and start at Delitzsch unterer Bahnhof, with a bus replacement service between there and Eilenburg.

Leipzig-Gohlis – Leipzig Hbf

[501.3] (ERA-E 57B5-57B4; ERA-R 84C5; S+W 131C3) DE23/302

All trains via Leipzig Olbrichtstraße run to and from the low level platforms at Leipzig Hbf, including the short workings to/from Schkeuditz on Mondays to Fridays only which run to and from Geithain. There is therefore no longer any use of the connection between the Olbrichtstraße line and the main station at Leipzig Hbf.

Leipzig Hbf (tief) (Leipzig Berliner Straße) – Leipzig Messe (Leipzig Nordkopf)

[501.2, 501.5, 501.6] (ERA-E 57B4-57B5 not shown; ERA-R 84C5; S+W 131C3-131C2) DE23/303

There are two routes available for S-Bahn trains between Leipzig Hbf (tief) and platforms 1 and 2 on the Bitterfeld line at Leipzig Messe. These are via Leipzig Nord on the Eilenburg line (6396) or via the main line to Bitterfeld (6411). All S2 and S6 trains to and from Leipzig Messe or beyond run via and call at Leipzig Nord and so use line 6396 and the connections between Leipzig Nordkopf, on line 6411, and Leipzig Nord in both directions. The southbound connection, in particular, follows a separate alignment of its own. The only S-Bahn trains to use the southern end of line 6411 are S5/S5X services to and from the Leipzig/Halle Flughafen line, via platforms 3 and 4 at Leipzig Messe.

Mügeln (b Oschatz) Bf – Glossen (b Oschatz)/Kemmlitz (b Oschatz) (Döllnitzbahn GmbH)

(ERA-E 50A1-49C1; ERA-R 102B1; S+W 59B3) DE23/304

The Döllnitzbahn operates a limited service beyond Mügeln over this 750mm gauge line. The following diesel trains are the only regular services to run to Glossen or Kemmlitz:

Schooldays only:

SSuX DBG106 Oschatz Hbf – 13:47 Mügeln (b Oschatz) Bf – Glossen (b Oschatz)
SSuX DBG101 06:48 Glossen (b Oschatz) – Oschatz Hbf
SSuX DBG107 14:14 Glossen (b Oschatz) – Oschatz Hbf

School holidays only:

MTWX DBG102 Oschatz Hbf – 11:30 Mügeln (b Oschatz) Bf – Glossen (b Oschatz)
MTWX DBG104 Oschatz Hbf – 14:34 Mügeln (b Oschatz) Bf – Kemmlitz (b Oschatz) Bf
MTWX DBG105 11:52 Glossen (b Oschatz) – Oschatz Hbf
MTWX DBG109 15:05 Kemmlitz (b Oschatz) Bf – Oschatz Hbf

In addition, steam trains operate to Glossen and Kemmlitz on certain weekends.

The Döllnitzbahn website has a calendar showing schooldays, school holidays and days with a steam service.

Zabeltitz/Nünchritz (Radebeul Abzw Az) – Radebeul-Naundorf

[500] (ERA-E 50A1; ERA-R 110A3; S+W 72C2) DE23/305

Fast trains between Dresden and Leipzig or Berlin generally run via Radebeul Ost but occasionally the route via Cossebaude is used. No use of the Cossebaude route, and hence this connection, has been identified in the current timetable period; however services may be diverted this way as operating convenience dictates.

Zabeltitz (Großenhain Berliner Bf W16) – Radebeul-Kotzschenbroda

[240] (ERA-E 50A1; ERA-R 102C1; S+W 59D3-59D4) DE23/306

EC/IC trains between Dresden and Berlin run direct via this route, except when engineering work causes diversions via routes DE23/333 or 23/337. RB and RE trains between Dresden and Elsterwerda run via Priestewitz and Großenhain Cottbuser Bf.

Dresden-Plauen (Abzw Freital Ost) – Tharandt

[510, 510.3] (ERA-E 50A1 not shown; ERA-R 110B1-110A1; S+W 72D4-72C4) DE23/307

A single-track line runs to the north of the main line at a lower level between Freital Ost and Tharandt. At Freital-Hainsberg it is on the opposite side of the narrow-gauge station and yard to the main line. It is used by all westbound trains not stopping between Dresden Hbf and Tharandt.

Arnsdorf (b Dresden) – Kleinröhrsdorf (Abzw Arnsdorf Nord)

[227] (ERA-E 50B1; ERA-R 110A5; S+W 60B4) DE23/308

Most trains between Dresden and Kamenz use the west to north connecting curve west of Arnsdorf. Trains calling at Arnsdorf reverse there and use the east to north curve. These are departures from Arnsdorf at 03:08, 1 January only (S8 16653) and from Kamenz at 03:43 SSuX (S8 16640) and 04:20 SuX (S8 16642).

Werdau (Werdau Bogendreieck, Werdauer Spitz) – Neumark (Sachsen) (Werdau Bogendreieck, Neumarker Spitz)

[544] (ERA-E 55C5; ERA-R 109A4; S+W 132A4) DE23/309

This north to south side of the Werdau triangle is part of the main line from Leipzig to München via Hof, but most trains now run to and from Zwickau. This side of the triangle is used by Vogtlandbahn trains which run between Zwickau Zentrum and Adorf (Vogtl), Bad Brambach or Cheb via reversal at Werdau, generally every hour.

Kamenz (Sachs) – Hosena

[227.1] (ERA-E 50B1-50B2; ERA-R 103A1-103A2; S+W 60C3-60B2) DE23/310

This freight line is used every summer by a weekend train pair between Dresden and Senftenberg. The north end of this line is within Land Brandenburg.

D3 SSuO RB16657 Dresden Hbf – 10:25 Kamenz (Sachs) – Senftenberg
D3 SSuO RB16656 Senftenberg – 17:08 Hosena – Dresden Hbf

D3: 8 July to 20 August 2023

Note that these services run as S8 between Dresden Hbf and Kamenz (Sachs) and as RB34 between Kamenz and Senftenberg.

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

Kyhna (Delitzsch Gbf) – Zschortau (Delitzsch Abzw Ah)

[501.4] (ERA-E 49B2; ERA-R 102A2; S+W 58B2) DE23/331

This west to south curve connects the Halle (Saale) – Eilenburg and Leipzig – Bitterfeld lines, providing an alternative route between Leipzig and Halle. The opening of the main line via Leipzig/Halle Flughafen in 2003 gave two possible routes between Leipzig and Halle via Gröbers, which has meant that this route has been little used.

It is however occasionally used by diverted S4 services between [Leipzig Hbf (tief) -] Leipzig Nord and Eilenburg, reversing at Delitzsch Gbf.

Horka – Bielawa Dolna (PL) – Węgliniec

[PKP260] (ERA-E 50C2; ERA-R 103C1; S+W 61B3-61C3) DE23/332

The weekend-only Kulturzug trains between Berlin Lichtenberg amd Wrocław Główny have occasionally been diverted via the curve from the Cottbus line and this recently-electrified and reopened freight cross-border line over the last few years.

After having been suspended since January, Kulturzug trains resume on 16 June 2023 via this route and run this way for the whole remainder of the timetable period.

SO IRE5837 / IRE69020 Berlin Lichtenberg – 09:32 Cottbus Hbf – Wrocław Główny
FO IRE5839 / IRE69022 Berlin Lichtenberg - 16:32 Cottbus Hbf - Wrocław Główny
SuO IRE69007 / IRE5836 Wrocław Główny – 18:12 Legnica / 19:01 Węgliniec – Berlin-Lichtenberg
D4 FO IRE69005 / IRE5838 Wrocław Główny – 20:14 Legnica / 21:01 Węgliniec – Berlin-Lichtenberg / Berlin Ostkreuz

D4: Terminates at Berlin Ostkreuz between 30 June and 18 August 2023.

Full timings are available on this VBB timetable pdf.

A few trains were diverted this way over the Christmas/New Year period in 2022/23:

D1 SO IRE5837 / IRE69020 Berlin Lichtenberg – 09:32 Cottbus Hbf – Wrocław Główny
D2 FO IRE5839 / IRE69022 Berlin Lichtenberg - 16:32 Cottbus Hbf - Wrocław Główny
D3 Note MSuO IRE69005 / IRE5836 Wrocław Główny – 18:15 Legnica / 19:02 Węgliniec – Berlin-Lichtenberg
D2 Note FO IRE69007 / IRE5838 Wrocław Główny – 20:50 Legnica / 21:39 Węgliniec – Berlin-Lichtenberg

D1: SO 17 - 31 December 2022

D2: FO 16 - 30 December 2022

D3: SuO 11, 18 December 2022, 1 January 2023; MO 26 December 2022

Note In the DB Journey Planner, these trains are shown as running non-stop between Legnica and Cottbus Hbf; however in Koleje Dolnośląskie Table 260 they are shown as calling at Węgliniec at the times indicated.

Special tickets, valid for these trains only, are required. Regular DB and InterRail tickets are not accepted. Kulturzug tickets can be purchased from DB ticket machines (under "Gesamtes Angebot / Spar- und Freizeitangebote" > "Freizeit und Aktionen") or at ticket offices or the DB Regio website. Tickets can also be bought on board the train for a small supplement.

Further information is at the VBB website.

Note that Wrocław is still often referred to in Germany by its German name, Breslau.

See also entry PL23/168.

Falkenberg (Elster) – Glaubitz (b Riesa) (Abzw. Zeithain Bogendreieck)

(ERA-E 50A2-50A1; ERA-R 102C2-102C1; S+W 59C1-59C3) DE23/333 [The northern part of this route is in Land Brandenburg]

This part of the original rail route from Berlin to Dresden links Falkenberg with the Leipzig – Dresden main line near Riesa. The local passenger service was withdrawn in 2004, but when there is engineering work on the main line to/from Berlin via Elsterwerda, all EC and IC trains between Berlin and Dresden are diverted by this route. This occurred frequently in the last few years while the main line was upgraded. Although the upgrade has now been completed, further occasional diversions still occur.

Between 22 April and 9 December 2023, most IC/EC trains between Berlin and Dresden / Chemnitz are diverted this way, with the Chemnitz trains using the north to west curve towards Riesa (see new entry DE23/333A, below) rather than the north to east curve towards Glaubitz.

D4 Daily/MX EC171 Berlin Hbf – 07:08 Berlin Südkreuz – Praha hl.n
D5 Daily/MX EC173 Hamburg-Altona – 09:08 Berlin Südkreuz – Budapest-Nyugati
D4 Daily/MX EC175 Flensburg – 13:08 Berlin Südkreuz – Praha hl.n
D6 EC177 Berlin Hbf – 15:08 Berlin Südkreuz – Praha hl.n
D7 IC2271 Warnemünde – 16:33 Berlin Südkreuz – Chemnitz Hbf
D7 IC2273 Warnemünde – 18:33 Berlin Südkreuz – Chemnitz Hbf
D6 ICE870 Dresden Hbf – 07:02 Dresden-Neustadt – Hamburg-Altona
D7 IC2272 Chemnitz Hbf – 07:48 Riesa – Warnemünde
D6 EC178 Praha hl.n – 09:03 Dresden-Neustadt – Berlin Hbf
D7 IC2270 Chemnitz Hbf – 09:48 Riesa – Warnemünde
D4 Daily/MX EC176 Praha hl.n – 11:03 Dresden-Neustadt – Hamburg-Altona
D8 MO IC1076 Dresden Hbf – 11:03 Dresden-Neustadt – Hamburg-Altona
D4 Daily/MX EC174 Praha hl.n – 13:03 Dresden-Neustadt – Flensburg
D7 IC2170 Dresden Hbf – 13:26 Dresden-Neustadt – Warnemünde
D4 Daily/MX EC378 Praha hl.n – 15:03 Dresden-Neustadt – Kiel Hbf
D8 MO IC1078 Dresden Hbf – 15:03 Dresden-Neustadt – Hamburg-Altona
D9 Daily/MX EC252 / EC172 Budapest-Nyugati – 17:03 Dresden-Neustadt – Hamburg-Altona
D8 MO IC1072 Dresden Hbf – 17:03 Dresden-Neustadt – Hamburg-Altona
D6 Daily/MX EC170 Praha hl.n – 19:03 Dresden-Neustadt – Berlin Hbf

D4: 22 April - 29 October; MX 31 October - 9 December 2023

D5: 1 July - 29 October; MX 31 October - 9 December 2023

D6: 22 April - 9 December 2023

D7: 22 April - 10 November 2023

D8: MO 30 October - 4 December 2023

D9: 22 April - 29 October; MX 31 October - 9 December 2023. Runs as EC252 until 30 June 2022, then as EC172

[Falkenberg (Elster) –] Röderau – Riesa (Abzw. Röderau Bogendreieck)

(ERA-E 50A2-50A1; ERA-R 102C2-102C1; S+W 59C1-59C3) DE23/333A

This north to west curve links the line from Falkenberg (Elster) (DE23/333) with Riesa station, thence the lines to Chemnitz or Leipzig. It is used between April and November 2023 by the new IC services between Warnemünde and Chemnitz.

D7 IC2271 Warnemünde – 16:33 Berlin Südkreuz – Chemnitz Hbf
D7 IC2273 Warnemünde – 18:33 Berlin Südkreuz – Chemnitz Hbf
D7 IC2272 Chemnitz Hbf – 07:48 Riesa – Warnemünde
D7 IC2270 Chemnitz Hbf – 09:48 Riesa – Warnemünde

D7: 22 April - 10 November 2023

Taucha (b. Leipzig) (Leipzig-Heiterblick) – Leipzig-Stötteritz (Leipzig-Schönefeld)

[209.43] (ERA-E 57C5-57C4; ERA-R 84C5; S+W 131B3) DE23/334

This line links the Eilenburg line with the route to Leipzig Hbf (tief) or Markkleeberg via Leipzig-Stötteritz. It is used when the usual route to Leipzig Hbf via Leipzig-Thekla is unavailable. RE10 services between Cottbus, Eilenburg and Leipzig are occasionally diverted this way to/from Leipzig-Stötteritz instead of the Hauptbahnhof.

Schkeuditz (Leipzig-Wahren Westkopf) – Wiederitzsch – Leipzig Hbf (Leipzig-Mockau)

(ERA-E 57B5-57C5; ERA-R 84B5-84C5; S+W 131B3-131C3) DE23/335

This is a longer route between Schkeuditz and Leipzig Hbf via the freight ring line. It is common with route DE23/338 between Wiederitzsch and Leipzig-Mockau. No services have been identified as using this route in the current timetable.

Leipzig Hbf (Leipzig-Mockau) – Rackwitz (Abzw Leipzig Messe Nord)

[250] (ERA-E 57C5-57B5 not shown; ERA-R 84C5; S+W 131C3-131C2) DE23/336

A single line (6388) runs to the east of the flyovers carrying the Wiederitzsch and Flughafen lines. It no longer has regular services, but may be used when the main line is unavailable.

Engelsdorf (b. Leipzig) Hp (Engelsdorf KV Bft) – Rackwitz (Abzw Leipzig Messe Nord)

(ERA-E 57C4-57B5; ERA-R 84C5; S+W 131D3-131C2) DE23/337

This line joins the Dresden and Bitterfeld lines via the eastern end of the Leipzig freight ring line. It connects into DE23/336 at Leipzig-Mockau. It is used by IC/EC trains between Dresden and Berlin when the main line via Elsterwerda is not available, as an alternative to DE23/333.

Leipzig-Leutzsch – Wiederitzsch – Leipzig Hbf (Leipzig-Mockau)

[250, 580] (ERA-E 57B5-57C5; ERA-R 84B5-84C5; S+W 131C3-131B3) DE23/338

This is a longer route between Leipzig-Leutzsch and Leipzig Hbf via the freight ring line. No use of this route has been identified in the current timetable but it may be used when the direct route via Leipzig-Gohlis is not available.

Dresden Hbf avoiding curve (Dresden Friedrichstadt – Dresden Mitte)

[245] (ERA-E xxxx; ERA-R xxxx; S+W 73 A3) DE23/339

This curve links the Cossebaude and Dresden-Neustadt lines, avoiding Dresden Hbf to the north-west. From 3 June 2023, because of engineering work at Dresden Hbf, RB31 services between Dresden and Elsterwerda-Biehla via Cossebaude are diverted via this curve in both directions to start and terminate at Dresden-Neustadt instead of Dresden Hbf. This work is planned to last for approximately 18 months.

See also