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

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This list is based on the timetable in force from 14 June until 12 December 2020. 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.

A large number of local trains, especially in Northern Italy, and some long-distance trains, are shown in In Treno Tutt'Italia as not running after various dates in August and September 2020. If correct this would leave some areas, particularly Lombardia, with a very sparse service. The compilers think this is probably a timetable compilation error, so have not shown the trains concerned as 'dated' in the listings below. However, users are advised to check schedules carefully.

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.

From 14 June until 23 July 2020 all non-stop trains between Savona and S Giuseppe di Cairo in both directions run via Altare, except for RV1748 on 24 June.

Exceptions to the general rule otherwise are:

  • Southbound non-stop via Ferrania:
SuX R4681 Fossano - 07:30 S Giuseppe di Cairo - Savona
D SuO RV1733 Torino Porta Nuova – 07:40 S Giuseppe di Cairo - Albenga
D SuO RV1735 Torino Porta Nuova - 07:57 S Giuseppe di Cairo – Albenga
D SuO RV1719 Torino Porta Nuova - 08:51 S Giuseppe di Cairo - Imperia
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
RV10136/10138 Ventimiglia - 17:31 Savona - Torino Porta Nuova
SO RV1748 Albenga - 18:47 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.

Outside periods of engineering work (see below), the following train is scheduled to use the Linea vecchia from Arquata Scrivia to Ronco Scrivia, where it crosses to the Linea succursale north of the station.

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

Trains are diverted from the Linea succursale to the Linea vecchia on Saturdays and Sundays 20 June to 5 July and also from 25 July to 6 September (IC trains) or 9 September (regional trains).

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 Galleria (= Tunnel) Granarolo, 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) run this way on 21 & 28 June and 13 September 2020.

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.

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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 Galleria Granarolo. 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 summer 2019.

On Saturdays and Sundays 20 June to 5 July and also from 25 July to 6 September this route is used by all IC trains between Alessandria and Genova.

It is also used by regional trains SSuO 20 June to 5 July; also 25 July to 9 September, unless shown otherwise:

  • From Ronco Scrivia: 07:12, 10:13, 12:12, 13:12, 14:12, 16:12, 17:12, 17:53 D1, 20:12, 21:12, 21:55 and 23:12 D2
  • From Genova Piazza Principe: 05:24, 05:34, 06:24, 07:24, 08:23, 09:27, 10:25, 12:08, 13:24, 13:47 D3, 14:24, 15:48, 16:24, 17:24, 17:47, 18:24, 18:58 D4, 20:24, 20:50 D5 and 21:27

D1: SSuX 27 July to 9 September

D2: Also 19 & 26 June and 3 July

D3: SSuO 20 June to 5 July and 25 July to 6 September

D4: 27 July to 31 July, 31 August to 4 September, 7 to 9 September

D5: SO 20 June to 4 July

See also