Germany - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Owing to the size and complexity of the German railway system, the Obscure Services listing is subdivided by Land (Province). Berlin and Bremen are separate Länder, but it is convenient to include them with Brandenburg and Niedersachsen respectively. Details of Other Sparse Services, Services not included in the DB Kursbuch and Deletions since previous edition can be found below.

A brief Guide to German railway terminology is available.

This list is based on the timetable dated from 10 December 2017 to 8 December 2018, unless otherwise stated.

List of Länder (Regions)

Baden-Württemberg entries starting with 'DExx/601'
Bayern entries starting with 'DExx/651'
Berlin and Brandenburg entries starting with 'DExx/251'
Hamburg entries starting with 'DExx/051'
Hessen entries starting with 'DExx/501'
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern entries starting with 'DExx/101'
Niedersachsen_and_Bremen entries starting with 'DExx/151'
Nordrhein-Westfalen entries starting with 'DExx/351'
Rheinland-Pfalz entries starting with 'DExx/401'
Saarland entries starting with 'DExx/451'
Sachsen entries starting with 'DExx/301'
Sachsen-Anhalt entries starting with 'DExx/201'
Schleswig-Holstein entries starting with 'DExx/001'
Thüringen entries starting with 'DExx/551'

Other Services

The Other Services Page contains trains not operated by DB and which do not appear in their journey planner or timetables. These are mainly seasonal overnight services run by foreign operators.


See Germany - Tram services over obscure routes

Other Sparse Services

The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally in this country), with fewer than 6 trains each way on at least 3 days a week – or do not run each weekday. Lines listed here exclude those appearing in Kursbuch tables 12000 to 12999, which themselves are only a selection of the services shown in the Kursbuch der deutschen Museums-Eisenbahnen (published annually by Eisenbahn Kurier).

112 Lüneburg - Dannenberg Ost
133 Kiel Hbf - Kiel-Oppendorf No Sunday service
173 Neustrelitz - Mirow
186 Bad Doberan - Ostseebad Kühlungsborn West Limited winter service
209.20 Priort – Hennigsdorf – Birkenwerder (b Berlin) No weekend service
209.27 Wensickendorf – Schmachtenhagen Weekends only
209.54 Löwenberg (Mark) – Rheinsberg (Mark) - Stechlinsee No winter service
218 [Lutherstadt Wittenberg –] Pratau – Bad Schmiedeberg – Eilenburg Summer weekends only; limited service (2018 operation to be confirmed)
238 Zittau – Kurort Jonsdorf/Kurort Oybin Limited service for part of the winter
257 Dessau Hbf – Wörlitz No winter service
326 Drei Annen Hohne – Eisfelder Talmühle
333 Alexisbad – Hasselfelde and Eisfelder Talmühle
397 [Leer -] Ihrhove - Weener No trains until further notice, following destruction of the River Ems bridge
509 Moritzburg – Radeburg
513 Freital Hainsberg - Kurort Kipsdorf
517 Cranzahl – Vejprty (CZ) Summer weekends only; limited service
518 Cranzahl – Kurort Oberwiesenthal
544 Bad Brambach - Plesná (CZ)
566 Ilmenau - Rennsteig Weekends only
662.1 Monsheim – Münchweiler (Alsenz) Summer Sundays only
666 Ramsen – Eiswoog Wednesdays and Sundays only
675.1 Bundenthal-Rumbach – Hinterweidenthal Ost Summer Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays only
692 Perl – Thionville [France] Weekends only; limited service
707 Neckarbischofsheim Nord – Hüffenhardt Weekends and certain Wednesdays during the summer
723 Riegel-Malterdingen - Breisach Limited service at weekends
743 Lauchringen – Blumberg-Zollhaus Service over the entire route on Summer Sundays only
743 Geisingen-Leipferdingen – Blumberg-Zollhaus Limited service at weekends
752 Aulendorf - Bad Wurzach Summer Sundays only
754 Aulendorf - Pfullendorf Summer Sundays only
758 Amstetten – Gerstetten Summer Sundays only
759 Schelklingen – Münsingen - Engstingen
759 Engstingen - Gammertingen Summer Sundays only
767 Eyach - Hechingen (HzL) Summer Sundays only
769 Balingen – Schömberg Summer Sundays only
772 Maulbronn West – Maulbronn Stadt Summer Sundays only
790.11 Kornwestheim - Stuttgart-Untertürkheim No weekend service
947 Garching - Hörpolding Mondays to Fridays limited service; no weekend service

Regular services not in the Kursbuch

The following lines are not included in the DB Kursbuch, though some have a frequent service. Timetables can be found on the websites shown. Many ICE, IC and cross-border services do not appear in the Kursbuch either, so the European Rail Timetable is the best guide to these. Urban metro systems are not included in this list.

Stuttgart - Berlin (limited service) Flixtrain
136.1 Niebüll – Tønder – (Esbjerg) neg
137 Neumünster – Kaltenkrchen – Hamburg-Eidelstedt AKN Eisenbahn
138 Ulzburg Süd – Norderstedt Mitte AKN Eisenbahn
139 Elmshorn – Barmstedt – Ulzburg Süd AKN Eisenbahn
172 Waren (Müritz) - Malchow Hanseatische Eisenbahn
173 Neustrelitz – Mirow Hanseatische Eisenbahn
202 Wismar – Berlin – Cottbus (in Kursbuch as Wismar – Wittenberge only) Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG)
209.46 Cottbus – Forst (Lausitz) Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG)
209.54 Löwenberg (Mark) – Rheinsberg (Mark) Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB)
209.73 Neustadt (Dosse) – Pritzwalk Hanseatische Eisenbahn
209.74 Pritzwalk – Meyenburg Hanseatische Eisenbahn
218 Lutherstadt Wittenberg – Bad Schmiedeberg – Eilenburg Elbe Saale Bahn
220 Cottbus – Görlitz – Zittau Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG)
229 Görlitz – Hoyerswerda Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG)
479 Boppard – Emmelshausen Hunsrückbahn
former 483 Düren – Linnich Rurtalbahn
484 Düren – Heimbach (Eifel) Rurtalbahn
514 Freiberg (Sachs) – Holzhau Freiberger Eisenbahn
691 Bullay – Traben-Trarbach Moselweinbahn
762 Nürtingen – Neuffen Württembergische Eisenbahn

Deletions since previous edition

DE17/161 Hannover Hbf (Hannover Kurve) - Ahlem - Hannover-Linden - Hannover-Waldhausen - Hannover Messe/Laatzen (Hannover-Wülfel) Trains no longer follow this route, but parts of it are scheduled for use during diversions from 1 until 14 October 2018. See routes DE18/182 and DE18/183.
DE17/201 Rodleben (Roßlau (Elbe) Abzw Rvb) - Meinsdorf (Roßlau (Elbe) Abzw Rwa) (Roßlau (Elbe) avoiding line) Use of this temporary curve has now ceased.
DE17/518 Wiesbaden avoiding line: Wiesbaden-Biebrich – Wiesbaden Ost The train that used this route no longer runs.
DE17/523 Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Regionalbahnhof – Frankfurt am Main Stadion (Abzw Frankfurt Schwanheim) The junction has been remodelled as a conventional grade-separated one.

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