Germany (Schleswig-Holstein) - 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 used on a regular basis
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Niebüll – Niebüll neg
(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 diesel unit, and the opposite manoeuvre in the reverse direction.
Niebüll platform avoiding lines
(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 two sidings on the east side of the station platforms and a loading/unloading facility south of the station and all have a class 628 diesel multiple unit (dmu) (branded "SyltShuttlePlus") attached to the back before departure [although experience has shown these shuttles are frequently cancelled]. These shuttles depart from Niebüll or Westerland stations conveying passengers and Interrails are valid.
For services to Westerland, the "SyltShuttlePlus" dmu departs in the wrong direction southbound to reverse to attach to a shuttle, but just the furthest east of the two tracks can be considered a separate alignment [in red on the map above], that being the only one on the far side of the terminal and loading ramp, the second as also shown is parallel to the passenger main line although it does not go through any platform at Niebüll. On arrival from Westerland, again at the rear of the service, the dmu is detached in the sidings and the fastest route is simply to run north to reverse into platform 4 easternmost platform. However, a report was received that the dmu did not do this but after reversal ran south on the furthest east track of the shuttle terminal to reverse again on the main line and enter Niebüll station from the south. This is probably for operational reasons, as platform 4 signalling allows occupation by more than one 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 nah.sh, 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 SJ (EN345/346) and Snälltåget (D300/301) 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|
|EN346||Berlin Gesundbrunnen – 22:01 Hamburg Hbf – Stockholm C|
|D2||D300||Berlin Hbf – 23:59 Hamburg Hbf – Stockholm C|
|EN345||Stockholm C – 01:59 Odense – Berlin Hbf|
|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
Note these services are compulsory reservation for journeys to/from Germany. All 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.