Italy (Campania) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Introduction

This list is based on the timetable in force from 11 December 2022. Although the timetable is shown as valid until 10 June 2023, most long-distance services are shown as operating only until March. Such trains are not indicated by note 'D' (for a service only running on certain dates), because it is a reasonable expectation that their period of operation will be extended or a similar service is provided instead. It is assumed that the timetable will continue to be updated and reissued regularly, as has been the case since summer 2020. Users are recommended to check the Trenitalia website to ensure they are using the latest version of the timetable.

Table numbers quoted here are from In Treno Tutt'Italia, the official Trenitalia timetable. 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 - Italy) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "S+W", or in italic, refer to Atlante ferroviaro d'Italia e Slovenia by Schweers + Wall.

Two useful symbols exist which show the booked route for trains not calling at a station: in the middle of the train column, a vertical bar "|" means that the train passes through the station without stopping, whereas a dot "." means that the train does not pass through that station but instead takes a different route.

Obscure services

Rocca d'Evandro-S Vittore - Bivio Cassino Sud

[80] (ERA-E 84B4; ERA-R 164A5; S+W 77B2) IT23/151

This route is partly in Lazio; see IT23/148

1º Bivio Caserta Nord - 2º Bivio Caserta Nord (Interconnessione Caserta Nord)

[6] (ERA-E 84C5; ERA-R 164A4; S+W 77C4) IT23/152

This 6.1km connecting line allows trains on the AV/AC line from Roma to Napoli to connect with the old main line from Roma to Napoli via Caserta and is used by all high-speed services between Roma and Foggia, Bari and Lecce.

Aversa avoiding line: S. Marcellino-Frignano – Gricignano-Teverola

[3, 85] (ERA-E 86A4; ERA-R 163A3-163B3; S+W 150C3-150D3) IT23/153

This west to east curve is used by trains between the Formia and Caserta lines, to avoid reversal at Aversa. It is used by some trains between Roma and Caserta, because the Formia route is faster than the original main line via Cassino. However, Frecciargento and Frecciarosso trains between Roma, Bari and Lecce via Caserta use the new high speed line and not this route. It is also used by trains running direct to Cancello via IT23/154.

The routing of overnight trains between Roma and the Napoli area is particularly susceptible to variation.

ICN703 07:31 Roma Termini - Bari
SuX R21095 Roma Tiburtina - 10:00 Villa Literno - Napoli Centrale
SO R5897 Roma Termini - 14:54 Villa Literno - Napoli Centrale
FO R5891 Roma Termini - 16:47 Villa Literno - Benevento
FO IC705 16:01 Roma Termini - Taranto
SuX R21254 Napoli Campi Flegrei - 19:45 S Marcellino-Frignano - Caserta
SX R5895 Roma Termini - 21:44 Villa Literno - Napoli Centrale
D SO R5889 Roma Termini - 21:44 Villa Literno - Napoli Centrale
R5899 Roma Termini - 23:07 S Marcellino-Frignano - Napoli Centrale
SuX R5892 Caserta - 03:50 Marcianise - Formia-Gaeta
SuO ICN788 Lecce - 04:07 MO Caserta - Roma Termini
SSuX R5840 Napoli Centrale - 05:15 - Gricignano-Teverola - Roma Tiburtina
D R5894 Benevento - 06:17 Marcianise - Roma Termini

Trains via route IT23/154 also use this route.

Gricignano-Teverola – Maddaloni-Marcianise Smistamento – Cancello

[3, 85] (ERA-E 86A4; ERA-R 163B3; S+W 150D3-151C3) IT23/154

This line, opened in 1993, provides a connection between the Roma - Napoli main line via the coast and the inland main line via Cassino, bypassing Caserta and serving Maddaloni-Marcianise marshalling yard and freight terminal en route. Some overnight trains may use the Aversa avoiding line (IT23/153 above) and this route, but not every night. These are ones, other than high-speed, shown in In Treno not passing through Aversa, Caserta or Napoli Campi Flegrei.

D1 ICN1959 23:00 Roma Termini - Siracusa
D1 ICN795 Torino Porta Nuova - 23:44 Roma Ostiense - Reggio di Calabria Centrale
D2 ICN1963 Milano Centrale - 00:21/00:36 Firenze Campo di Marte - Siracusa
D3 ICN794 Reggio di Calabria Centrale - 03:10 Salerno - Torino Porta Nuova
D3 ICN1956 Siracusa - 01:08 MSuO Lamezia Terme Centrale - Roma Termini

D1: Mondays until 13 February and FSSuX 20 February to 30 March 2023.

D2: Mondays 9 January until 13 February and FSSuX 20 February to 30 March 2023.

D3: Not 5 January 2023.

Madonnelle - Volla (Circumvesuviana)

[508] (ERA-E 86A4; ERA-R 163B2; S+W 153A2) IT23/155

This south to north route allows trains to run between the line to San Giorgio a Cremano via Villa Visconti and the line towards Baiano without reversal.

There was an extended period when trains appeared in the Circumvesuviana timetable but did not run. However, a service comprising one return trip on weekday afternoons was observed operating in January and March 2019 and appears to have continued until early 2020.

No trains have been advertised via this route, or to Acerra, since 18 May 2020, if not earlier. It is not known if this is a temporary or permanent measure.

As and when the line is extended from Volla to the new station on the high-speed line at Afragola, there may be a service throughout the day, but it could be many years before this happens.

Linea Monte Vesuvio: Napoli Centrale (Bivio/PC Casoria) – Salerno

[86] (ERA-E 86A4-86B5; ERA-R 164A4-164B3; S+W 153A2-154D2) IT23/156

This line is normally used by trains between Napoli Centrale and Salerno which are not scheduled to stop intermediately. The southeast end of the line is also used thus:

  • Salerno – Bivio S Lucia: Trains between Salerno and Nocera Inferiore not scheduled to stop intermediately
  • Salerno – Bivio Sarno: All trains between Salerno and Sarno. This includes most overnight trains via Salerno which do not call at Napoli Centrale; these run via Cancello.

Linea Monte Vesuvio: Napoli avoiding line

[3, 86] (ERA-E 86A4; ERA-R 163B3; S+W 153A1) IT23/157

A north to east curve allows trains to run direct between the high-speed lines from Napoli to Roma and to Salerno without reversing at Napoli Centrale.

FA8333 Roma Termini - 08:34 Napoli Afragola - Reggio di Calabria Centrale
FA8863 Roma Termini - 10:03 Napoli Afragola - Reggio di Calabria Centrale
FA8867 Roma Termini - 15:09 Napoli Afragola - Reggio di Calabria Centrale
FR8419 Venezia S Lucia - 17:38 Napoli Afragola - Reggio di Calabria Centrale
FR9639 Milano Centrale - 18:50 Napoli Afragola - Reggio di Calabria Centrale
FA8519 Bolzano/Bozen - 19:23 Napoli Afragola - Sibari
SuX FR9608 05:15 Salerno - Milano Centrale
FA8509 Sibari - 09:13 Salerno - Bolzano/Bozen
FR8418 Reggio di Calabria Centrale - 09:54 Salerno - Venezia S Lucia
FA8862 Reggio di Calabria Centrale - 12:44/12:58 Salerno - Roma Termini
FR9658 Reggio di Calabria Centrale - 16:17 Salerno - Milano Centrale
FA8868 Reggio di Calabria Centrale - 17:45 Salerno - Roma Termini
FA8332 Reggio di Calabria Centrale - 18:54 Salerno - Roma Termini

Benevento - Morcone

(ERA-E 84B5-C5; ERA-R 164B5; S+W 78B4-78B3) IT23/158

This is part of the line from Benevento to Bosco Redole, which lost its passenger service in 2013, because of a landslide. Excursions are sometimes operated to Morcone, from Napoli Centrale and from Salerno. See the Fondazione FS website for more information.

Avellino - Lioni

(EA-E 84C5-86C1; ERA-R 164B4-164C4; S+W 83B1-83D2) IT23/159

This is part of the line from Avellino to Rocchetta S Antonio Lacedonia, which lost its passenger service in 2010. Excursions are sometimes operated from Benevento to Lioni. See the Fondazione FS website for more information.

Routes used occasionally for diversions

Gricignano-Teverola – Maddaloni-Marcianise Smistamento – Maddaloni Inferiore (Bivio Maddaloni)

[80] (ERA-E 86A4; ERA-R 163B3; S+W 150D3-151B3) IT23/161

This is a variation on route IT23/154, but including the north-facing curve at the east end of Maddaloni-Marcianise Smistamento towards Caserta, instead of the south-facing one to Cancello. IC trains between Roma and Napoli were diverted this way on a number of occasions in 2019.

Casalnuovo di Napoli (Doppio Bivio Cassino) - Napoli S Giovanni-Barra (Doppio Bivio Marittima)

[86] (ERA-E 86A4; ERA-R 163B2; S+W 155D2-155D3) IT23/162

This line enables trains to run between the Cancello and Torre Annunziata lines without having to reverse at Napoli Centrale.

D4 MSSuX ICN795/1575 Torino Porta Nuova - 23:24 Roma Tiburtina - Salerno

D4: Until 17 February, but not 5 and 6 January 2023 (the curve at Napoli is traversed next morning)

See also