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

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This list is based on the timetable in force until 12 December 2020. Although dated as 'from 14 June 2020' the timetable has been updated and reissued monthly since then. The current edition shows some trains as running for only a few months, but later updates may extend the period of operation. Users are recommended to check the Trenitalia website to ensure they are using the latest version.

Table numbers quoted here are from In Treno Tutt'Italia, the official Trenitalia timetable. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the European Railway Atlas Regional Series and, in italic, to the Schweers+Wall Atlante ferroviario d’Italia e Slovenia.

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

Savona - S Giuseppe di Cairo

[144] (155C3, 44B2-44C2) IT20/61

There are two separate routes between Savona and S Giuseppe di Cairo, via Ferrania and via Altare. Most trains non-stop from Savona to S Giuseppe di Cairo run via Ferrania whereas most trains non-stop from S Giuseppe di Cairo to Savona run via Altare. These arrangements may vary in practice.

Exceptions to the general rule are:

  • Southbound non-stop via Ferrania:
SuX R4681 Fossano - 07:30 S Giuseppe di Cairo - Savona
RV10109/10119 Torino Porta Nuova - 12:13 S Giuseppe di Cairo - Savona
  • Northbound non-stop via Altare:
RV10122 05:31 Savona – Torino Porta Nuova
RV10126 07:31 Savona – Torino Porta Nuova
RV10136 Ventimiglia - 17:31 Savona - Torino Porta Nuova

Arquata Scrivia - Ronco Scrivia - Genova Piazza Principe

[30] (156A4, 32D4-45A2) IT20/62

There are two railways between Genova and Arquata Scrivia, the original line to the east (Linea vecchia dei Giovi) and a newer fast line, largely in tunnels, to the west (Linea succursale dei Giovi). There are connections between the two at Ronco Scrivia. Trains non-stop between Genova Piazza Principe and Arquata Scrivia, or stopping only at Ronco Scrivia, normally use the Linea succursale. Stopping trains use the Linea vecchia.

The following trains are scheduled to use the Linea vecchia from Arquata Scrivia to Ronco Scrivia, where they cross to the Linea succursale north of the station.

D IC35075 Torino Porta Nuova - 19:16 Novi Ligure - Ventimiglia
D IC519 Torino Porta Nuova - 19:16 Novi Ligure - Genova Brignole

Ronco Scrivia (Doppio Bivio Fegino) - Genova Sampierdarena (Bivio Polcevera)

[30] (156A1, 143A2) IT20/63

There are two routes into Genova from the Linea succursale dei Giovi from Arquata Scrivia. The main line runs direct through the Granarolo tunnel, but the alternative is to run via this spur onto the line from Ovada and then to Genova Sampierdarena. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Trains via route IT20/64 (below) normally run this way.

Ronco Scrivia (Quadrivio Torbella) - Genova Cornigliano (Bivio Cornigliano)

[25, 26] (156A1, 143A3) IT20/64

This route comprises a line through Genova Sampierdarena Smistamento and a north to west curve avoiding Genova Sampierdarena passenger station. It is used by trains between Arquata Scrivia and Savona, if not booked to call at Genova Piazza Principe. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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D SuO RV1723 Milano Porta Garibaldi - 07:51 Tortona – Ventimiglia
D SSuO RV1787 Bergamo - 08:25 Voghera – Ventimiglia
D SuO RV1727 Gallarate - 10:06 Tortona - Albenga
D SuO RV1729 Albenga - 18:47 Arenzano – Gallarate
D SuO RV1725 Ventimiglia - 20:14 Arenzano – Milano Porta Garibaldi
D SSuO RV1789 Ventimiglia - 20:38 Arenzano – Bergamo

Genova Brignole (Bivio Traversata) - Genova Sampierdarena

[M45] (156B1-156A1, 143A3-143C4) IT20/65

In addition to the main lines between Genova Brignole and Genova Sampierdarena, there are separate tracks at lower level via the former Genova Marittima S Limbania station. The low level lines are used by trains booked to use the sotterranea (underground) platforms 1 and 2 at Genova Piazza Principe and to pass through or call at Genova Via di Francia station. There are usually two or three trains each way hourly. Currently, this route is only being used by eastbound trains, because of long-running construction work. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

Genova 3.jpg

Casella Deposito (Ferrovia Genova Casella)

[420] (156B2, 45A1) IT20/66

Trains to and from Casella Paese mostly reverse at the junction points at Casella Deposito. Those attaching or detaching carriages have been known to run into the depot.

Riomaggiore - La Spezia Centrale

[31] (156C3, 46A4) IT20/67

There are two different routes between Riomaggiore and La Spezia Centrale, both being reversibly-signalled single tracks. Trains generally observe left-hand running, as is usual in Italy. Accordingly, southbound trains normally use the inland route via the longer tunnel, whereas northbound trains run through the shorter tunnel and then follow the coast.

Routes used occasionally for diversions

Genova Bolzaneto (Bivio Rivarolo) - Genova Piazza Principe (Bivio Bersaglio)

[30] (156A1, 143A3) IT20/69

This spur enables trains using the Linea vecchia from Arquata Scrivia to join the Linea succursale and run to and from Genova Piazza Principe via the Granarolo tunnel. It was used extensively following collapse of the Morandi bridge onto the Linea vecchia on 14 August 2018 and while most of the Linea succursale was closed for engineering work during the summer in 2019 and 2020.

See also