Germany (Schleswig-Holstein) - 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: Lines used on a regular basis


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Niebüll – Niebüll neg

[136](ERA-E 43A5; ERA-R 83B4; S+W 1D3) DE23/001

DB and neg Niebüll GmbH have separate stations in Niebüll. The only passenger service over the section of the branch to Dagebüll between the neg station and the junction with the main line is provided by a few through workings, which involve a couple of Intercity coaches being detached from trains to Westerland (Sylt) and shunted to the neg platforms where they are attached to the branch dmu, and the same in the reverse direction.

These workings run throughout the year at varying times, which can be ascertained from DB Kursbuch timetable 130 (currently omitted) or the neg website.

Niebüll station avoiding line

[136](ERA-E 43A5; ERA-R 83B4; S+W 1D3) DE23/002

DB operate car shuttles between Niebüll and Westerland (Sylt). At Niebüll these run to/from sidings alongside the station and a loading/unloading facility south of the station. All DB shuttles have a class 628 diesel multiple unit (dmu) (branded "SyltShuttlePlus") attached to the back before departure and these convey passengers wishing to travel between Westerland and Niebüll, though at the Intercity fare rather than the local fare. Interrails are valid.

For southbound shuttles arriving at Niebüll the dmu is detached in the sidings and runs to Niebüll station. The fastest route is simply to run north to the road crossing and reverse into platform 4 which is the easternmost platform and the only one accessible without crossing the road. However, sometimes the dmu reverses at the road crossing and runs south down the station avoiding line east of the shuttle terminal to reverse again onto the main line and enter Niebüll station from the south. This is probably for operational reasons, most likely occupation of platform 4 by another train.

Kiel-Oppendorf – Schönberg (Holstein)

(ERA-E 43B4-43C4; S+W 3C4-3D4) DE23/003

Tourist trains usually run every Saturday and Sunday during the summer between Schönberg (Holst) and Schönberger Strand, plus some other days. Scheduled passenger services operate between Kiel Hbf and Kiel-Oppendorf, leaving the section between Oppendorf and Schönberg without regular services.

However, during the Kieler Woche sailing festival in late June, trains run through on Fridays to Sundays between Kiel Hbf and Schönberg (Holst) with connections to and from Schönberger Strand. In 2023, the Kieler Woche takes place between 16 and 26 June. Times are at the end of the RB76 table on, the Schleswig-Holstein public transport site.

Work is under way to upgrade the line to allow reintroduction of a regular passenger service between Kiel Hbf and Schönberger Strand, which may restrict operations from time to time. Reinstatement of regular services has been delayed until possibly the end of 2024.

Tarp (Flensburg Weiche Süd) – Padborg (Abzw Flensburg Friedensweg)

(ERA-E 43A5; ERA-R 83C4; S+W 3C2) DE23/004

This south-to-north curve links the Neumünster and Padborg lines, avoiding Flensburg station.

Three IC train pairs per day run between Hamburg and København via this route. The dated night trains between Stockholm and Berlin also run this way.

D1 IC396 Hamburg Hbf – 10:26 Schleswig – København H
IC394 Hamburg Hbf – 14:26 Schleswig – København H
D1 IC392 Hamburg Hbf – 18:26 Schleswig – København H
D2 D300 Berlin Hbf – 23:59 Hamburg Hbf – Stockholm C
D1 IC393 København H – 10:02 Padborg – Hamburg Hbf
IC395 København H – 14:02 Padborg – Hamburg Hbf
D1 IC397 København H – 18:02 Padborg – Hamburg Hbf
D2 D301 Stockholm C – 23:06 Høje Taastrup – Berlin Hbf

D1: 11 December 2022 - 6 June 2023, 21 August - 9 December 2023

D2: Daily from Germany 7 April - 23 September 2023 (one day later from Sweden/Denmark) plus other dates until end of year - see Snälltåget website

Other services via Padborg call at Flensburg and so use the loop line via Flensburg Süd.

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

Kiel avoiding line: Flintbek (Meimersdorf) – Kiel-Hassee Cittipark

[103, 146] (ERA-E 43B4; ERA-R 84B2; S+W 118B2) DE23/031

This north to south curve allows trains to run between the Neümunster and Flensburg lines at Kiel without reversal at the Hauptbahnhof. It has been used in the past, although not in the last few years, by passenger trains when engineering work blocks the main line between Neümunster and Flensburg.

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