Italy (Emilia Romagna) - 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

Connections between the old main line (Linea Tradizionale) and the high-speed Linea AV/AC are listed in geographic ordcer from Piacenza to Bologna, irrespective of whether they have a regular passenger service or not.

Bivio Piacenza Ovest – Piacenza (P.M. Piacenza Ovest)

[45] (ERA-E 80C4; ERA-R 156C5; S+W 52D3) IT23/71

High-speed trains calling at Piacenza run via the Linea Tradizionale, except for the following which use the connection to the Linea AV/AC north of Piacenza.

FA8823 17:50 Milano Centrale - Pescara Centrale
FA8825 18:50 Milano Centrale - Ancona
FA8802 Ancona - 08:33 Piacenza - Milano Centrale
FR9330 Roma Termini - 23:41 Piacenza - Milano Centrale

Piacenza (2° Bivio Piacenza Est) – 1° Bivio Piacenza Est

[45] (ERA-E 80C4-C5; ERA-R 156C5; S+W 52D3) IT23/72

This connection south of Piacenza links the Linea Tradizionale with the Linea AV/AC. It is occasionally used for diversions.

1° Bivio Fidenza Ovest - Fidenza (2° Bivio Fidenza Ovest)

[45] (ERA-E 80C5; ERA-R 156C5; S+W 48A1) IT23/73

This connection between Linea AV/AC and the Cremona to Fidenza line first gained a passenger service in December 2019. It enables trains to use the Linea AV/AC between Milano and Fidenza and call at Parma.

FR8803 08:05 Milano Centrale - Bari Centrale
FR8807 11:05 Milano Centrale - Taranto
FR8809 12:05 Milano Centrale - Lecce
FR8811 13:05 Milano Centrale - Lecce
FR8813 14:05 Milano Centrale - Lecce
FR8819 16:05 Milano Centrale - Bari Centrale
FA8829 20:05 Milano Centrale - Ancona
FA8804 Ancona - 09:09 Parma - Milano Centrale
FA8806 Pescara - 10:09 Parma - Milano Centrale
FR8810 Bari Centrale - 12:09 Parma - Milano Centrale
FR8814 Lecce - 14:09 Parma - Milano Centrale
FR8818 Lecce - 16:09 Parma - Milano Centrale
FR8820 Taranto - 17:09 Parma - Milano Centrale
FR8824 Lecce - 18:09 Parma - Milano Centrale
FR8830 Bari Centrale - 23:07 Parma - Milano Centrale

Parma (2° Bivio Parma Est) - 1° Bivio Parma Est

[45] (ERA-R 157A5; S+W 35B3) IT23/74

This connection south of Parma links the Linea Tradizionale with the Linea AV/AC. It is occasionally used for diversions.

1° Bivio Modena Ovest - Modena (2° Bivio Modena Ovest)

[45] (ERA-R 157B4; S+W 141C3) IT23/75

This connection north of Modena links the Linea Tradizionale with the Linea AV/AC. It is not normally used by passenger trains, but is occasionally used for diversions.

Bivio Castelfranco Est: Castelfranco Emilia - Bologna Centrale

[45, 202] (ERA-E 83A1; ERA-R 157B4; S+W 48A1) IT23/76

Most high-speed trains beween Modena and Bologna are to and from the Ancona line, so use the ground-level platforms at Bologna Centrale. The following use the connections between the Linea Tradizionale and Linea AV/AC at Castelfranco Est, in order to use the low-level platforms and call at Modena.

FR9301 Mantova - 06:47 Modena - Roma Termini
FR9303 Milano Centrale - 07:41 Modena - Roma Termini
FR9328 Roma Termini - 21:51 Bologna Centrale - Mantova
FR9330 Roma Termini - 22:16 Bologna Centrale - Milano Centrale

Anzola dell'Emilia: PM Anzola - PM Lavino

[45] (ERA-E 83A1; ERA-R 158B5; S+W 144A2) IT23/77

Most high-speed trains to and from the Ancona line use the Linea Tradizionale all the way between Tavazzano (south of Milano) and Bologna Centrale, or the connection at Bivio Fidenza Ovest. The following use the Linea AV/AC between Milano and PM Anzola, just north of Bologna, and the connection there to the Linea Tradizionale.

FR9805 Torino Porta Nuova - 11:20 Reggio Emilia AV - Lecce
FR9809 Milano Centrale - 16:21 Reggio Emilia AV - Bari Centrale
D1 FR9325 Torino Porta Nuova - 17:42 Reggio Emilia AV - Bologna Centrale
FR9811 Milano Centrale - 18:14 Reggio Emilia AV - Pescara Centrale
FR9802 Pescara Centrale - 08:13 Bologna Centrale - Milano Centrale
FR9806 Bari Centrale - 12:18 Bologna Centrale - Milano Centrale
FR9808 Lecce - 19:18 Bologna Centrale - Torino Porta Nuova
FR8830 Bari Centrale - 21:18 Bologna Centrale - Milano Centrale

D1: 27 December 2022 only

Bologna S Viola - Bologna Centrale - Bologna S Ruffillo - Bivio Emilia

[45,46] (ERA-E 83A4-B4; ERA-R 156B5-156C4; S+W 144B3-144C4, not shown in full) IT23/78

High-speed trains via Bologna Centrale use the low-level platforms, except those to and from the Ancona line, which has no connection to the low-level.

Bologna Corticella (Bivio Navile) - Bologna Centrale (Bivio Venezia)

[55] (ERA-E 83A4; ERA-R 156B5; S+W 144C2-144B3, shown as under construction) IT23/79

High-speed trains beween Padova and Bologna Centrale use this line, which came into use in December 2017, to access the low level platforms at Bologna Centrale, unless running to or from the Ancona line.

Routes used occasionally for diversions

Bologna Cintura

(ERA-E 83A3-A4; ERA-R 156B5-156C5; S+W 144A2-144C3) IT23/81

The Bologna Cintura runs round the north and east of the city, avoiding Bologna Centrale, with connections to all main lines. Long-distance trains are occasionally diverted via the Cintura and this is indicated by omission of a usual stop at Bologna Centrale. Use of this route is much less frequent following completion of the Linea AV/AC through Bologna.

The Cintura is expected to be used on several weekends during 2023 by Frecciarossa trains between Milano and Venezia, as a result of engineering work between Verona and Padova in connection with construction of the Linea AV/AC. Italo services, if not cancelled, are likely to be similarly diverted.

PM Lavino - Bologna Corticella

This route between the Milano and Padova lines is used by FR trains with no advertised stop between Milano and Padova and an extended journey time. These trains need to switch between the Linea AV/AC and the old main line north of Bologna, so may use route IT23/77.

The following diversions apply on 28 January 2023 and are likely to apply on certain other weekends later in the year.

D FR9705 07:15 Milano Centrale - Venezia S Lucia
D FR9709 08:15 Milano Centrale - Venezia S Lucia
D FR9731 13:45 Milano Centrale - Venezia S Lucia
D FR9735 14:45 Milano Centrale - Venezia S Lucia
D FR9724 Venezia S Lucia - 11:16 Padova - Milano Centrale
D FR9740 Venezia S Lucia - 15:16 Padova - Milano Centrale
D FR8200 Venezia S Lucia - 16:16 Padova - Milano Centrale
D FR9752 Venezia S Lucia - 18:16 Padova - Milano Centrale

Bivio Tavernelle - Bologna Corticella

This route between the Verona and Padova lines is used by FR trains not calling at Vicenza and with a much extended journey time between Verona and Padova.

The following diversions apply on 28 January 2023 and are likely to apply on certain other weekends later in the year.

D FR9707 Milano Centrale - 09:09 Verona Porta Nuova - Trieste Centrale
D FR9717 Milano Centrale - 11:09 Verona Porta Nuova - Venezia S Lucia
D FR9723 Milano Centrale - 13:09 Verona Porta Nuova - Venezia S Lucia
D FR9727 Milano Centrale - 14:09 Verona Porta Nuova - Venezia S Lucia
D FR9755 Milano Centrale - 20:09 Verona Porta Nuova - Udine
D FR9757 Milano Centrale - 20:39 Verona Porta Nuova - Venezia S Lucia
D FR9708 Venezia S Lucia - 07:46 Padova - Milano Centrale
D FR9713 Udine - 08:16 Padova - Milano Centrale
D FR9728 Venezia S Lucia - 12:16 Padova - Milano Centrale
D FR9736 Venezia S Lucia - 14:16 Padova - Milano Centrale
D FR9748 Venezia S Lucia - 17:16 Padova - Milano Centrale
D FR9754 Venezia S Lucia - 18:46 Padova - Milano Centrale
D FR9758 Trieste Centrale - 19:16 Padova - Milano Centrale

See also