Germany (Thüringen) - 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

Grimmenthal – Ritschenhausen

[570, 815] (ERA-E 54C4; ERA-R 107B3; S+W 79C1) DE23/551

This line is used by RE7 services between Erfurt Hbf, Schweinfurt Hbf and Würzburg Hbf, to avoid reversal at Meiningen. These run every two hours, non-stop between Grimmenthal and Mellrichstadt Bf. Departures are at 35 minutes past every even hour from Grimmenthal and 6 minutes past every odd hour from Mellrichstadt Bf.

Grimmenthal: connections at west and east ends of station

[570] (ERA-E 54C4 not shown; ERA-R 107C3 not shown; S+W 67D4) DE23/552

Just west of Grimmenthal station, the Meiningen – Eisfeld line crosses over the Schweinfurt – Suhl line, each route having its own platforms at Grimmenthal. It is not possible for trains to run directly between Schweinfurt and Eisfeld, but connections at each end of the station enable through running between Meiningen and Suhl. Note that the western connection is used between Meiningen and Grimmenthal and the eastern one between Grimmenthal and Suhl. Which connection is used can be worked out by which platform is used at Grimmenthal: platforms 1 & 2 for the eastern connection and 3 & 4 for the western one.

The majority of trains which run between Meiningen and Suhl use the eastern connection, with the exception of the following which use the western one.

RB81289 Erfurt Hbf – 01:21 Grimmenthal – Meiningen
SSuX RE81082 05:04 Meiningen – Erfurt Hbf
RB81274 Eisenach – 05:24 Meiningen – Erfurt Hbf
SuX RE81084 Eisenach – 07:10 Meiningen – Erfurt Hbf
SSuX RB81273 Erfurt Hbf – 08:13 Grimmenthal – Meiningen
SSuX RE81083 Erfurt Hbf – 14:12 Grimmenthal – Meiningen
SSuX RE81085 Erfurt Hbf – 16:12 Grimmenthal – Meiningen
SSuX RE81087 Erfurt Hbf – 18:12 Grimmenthal – Meiningen
FSO RB80764 Ebenhausen (Unterfr) – 23:36 Grimmenthal (reverse) – Meiningen
RE81093 Erfurt Hbf – 23:57 Grimmenthal – Meiningen

For most of the day there is also a two-hourly shuttle service between Meiningen and Grimmenthal. Departures are generally at 08 minutes past each odd hour from Meiningen and 42 minutes past each even hour from Grimmenthal. These all use the western connection to arrive and depart in platform 4 with the exception of the 21:10 from Meiningen which terminates in platform 1. In addition, the 06:28 Grimmenthal – Erfurt Hbf starts from platform 4, therefore using neither connection.

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

Gotha Ost – Seebergen (Gotha Abzw Gk W)

[604, 605] (ERA-E 54C5; ERA-R 107C4;68A2) DE23/581

This north to east curve enables trains between Göttingen and Erfurt to run directly between Bad Langensalza and Neudietendorf without needing to reverse at Gotha. This diversion does not happen very often, but the route may also be used on occasions when there is engineering work between Erfurt and Bad Langensalza via Döllstädt.

It is used on the weekend of 4 and 5 February 2023 by RE1 Glauchau (Sachs) – Erfurt – Göttingen services which are not calling at Gotha but call additionally at Gotha Ost. These run every two hours.

Hopfgarten (b Weimar) – Oßmannstedt (Weimar Stw W1) via Weimar Gbf

[580] (ERA-E 55A5 not shown; ERA-R 108A5 not shown; S+W 68C1) DE23/582

This line, which avoids Weimar Hbf to the north, is occasionally used by RE services if there is engineering work blocking Weimar Hbf.

Großheringen – Camburg (Abzw Großheringen Ghs)

[560] (ERA-E 49A1; ERA-R 108b5; S+W 69A1) DE23/583

Occasionally RB25 services between Naumburg (Saale) Hbf and Saalfeld (Saale) are diverted via Großheringen station (reverse) and this curve.

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