Italy (Lombardia) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services
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.
Luino - Pino-Tronzano [- Cadenazzo CH]
[160, CH 633] (ERA-R 152A3; S+W 5B3-5C3) IT23/01
The service between Luino and Cadenazzo appears very sparse in In Treno, but that does not show the full service. There are trains every two hours and the full service appears in Swiss timetable 633.
Busto Arsizio FS – Busto Arsizio FN
 (ERA-E 81C1; ERA-R 150B2; S+W 127C4) IT23/02
This north to west curve came into use on 11 September 2011. It is used by hourly trains between Bellinzona or Biasca and Malpensa Aeroporto. The junction with the main line is north of Busto Arsizio FS station.
Monza – Sesto S Giovanni
[27, 171, 180, 185, M11] (ERA-E 81C2, not shown; ERA-R 150C4; S+W 131B1-131B2) IT23/03
The lines from Como (“Linea Chiasso”) and from Lecco (“Linea Lecco”) run parallel between Monza and Milano Greco Pirelli. The Linea Chiasso dives under the Linea Lecco south of Monza. In general, trains between Chiasso and Milano Centrale follow the Linea Chiasso through the diveunder, whilst those between Lecco and Milano Porta Garibaldi use the flyover.
Sesto S Giovanni - Milano Greco Pirelli
[27, 171, 180, 185, M11] (ERA-E 81C2, not shown; ERA-R 150C4; S+W 133A1-133B1) IT23/04
The main line from Monza to Milano passes to the west of the locomotive maintenance depot north of Milano Greco Pirelli, but a double track line branches south of Sesto S Giovanni and runs east of of the depot.
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
The line east of of the depot is used by trains between Sesto S Giovanni and platforms 7, 8, 9 and 12 at Greco Pirelli. More specific details are available from departure and arrival sheets at Milano Greco Pirelli station, but services noted to have used this route are:
- Most S9 local trains (from Saronno via Seregno half-hourly) southbound
- Some S9 local trains northbound
- Most trains via Milano Lambrate starting or terminating at Sesto S Giovanni
Milano Nord Bovisa Politecnico - Milano Lancetti (Ferrovie Nord Milano)
[401, 402, M9] (ERA-E 81C2, not shown; ERA-R 150C3; S+W 132D2) IT23/05
Trains between the Passante line (via Milano Porta Venezia) to and from stations on the Seveso line run direct between Milano Lancetti and platforms 7 and 8 on the east side of Milano Nord Bovisa Politecnico station. Those to and from Saronno run via a tunnel below the line from Milano Nord Cadorna and use platforms 1 and 2 on the west side of Milano Nord Bovisa Politecnico station. Trains starting and terminating at Milano Nord Bovisa Politecnico normally used platforms 7 and 8. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
Rho – Milano-Certosa
[11, 40, 160, 165, M10] (ERA-E 81C1-C2, not shown; ERA-R 150C3; S+W 132A1) IT23/06
The lines from Domodossola (“Linea Gallarate”) and from Torino (“Linea Novara”) run parallel through Rho. The Linea Gallarate dive under the Linea Novara between Rho and Rho-Fiera Milano. Various crossovers allow exceptions, but in general trains between Gallarate and Milano Porta Garibaldi (main line station or Passante) follow the Linea Gallarate through the diveunder, while those between Gallarate and Milano Centrale use crossovers to the Linea Novara west of Rho. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
Milano Centrale – Milano Lambrate (Quadrivio Turro, Linea Venezia)
[12, 185, M10] (ERA-E 81C2, not shown; ERA-R 150C3-150C4; S+W 133A2 not shown) IT23/07
This recently-constructed line provides an alternative route from Milano Centrale towards Milano Lambrate. It passes to the west of the carriage sidings (shown as 'OMV' in the Atlante ferroviario d'Italia) where the lines to Greco Pirelli and Lambrate diverge. This connection crosses over the top of the 'balloon loop' running north of the carriage sidings. It is likely to be used by trains between the west side (low numbered) platforms at Milano Centrale and Milano Lambrate. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
Milano Centrale – Milano Porta Garibaldi (Bivio Mirabello)
[M14] (ERA-E 81C2, not shown; ERA-R 150C3; S+W 133A2 not shown) IT23/08
This line, nicknamed the 'umbrella handle' and opened in 2010, provides a route from Milano Centrale towards Milano Porta Garibaldi. It runs on the west side of the line to Greco Pirelli and connects with the direct line between Milano Porta Garibaldi and Milano Lambrate. Together with IT22/09 (below) it is used by trains between Milano Centrale and Malpensa Aeroporto via Milano Porta Garibaldi. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
Milano Porta Garibaldi (Bivio Ghisolfa) - Milano Nord Bovisa
[M14] (ERA-E 81C2, not shown; ERA-R 150C3; S+W 132D2 not shown) IT23/09
This connection, probably opened in 2010, links the FS line west of Porta Garibaldi with FNM lines south of Nord Bovisa. Together with route IT22/08 it is used by trains between Milano Centrale and Malpensa Aeroporto via Milano Porta Garibaldi. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
Milano Porta Garibaldi (Bivio Ghisolfa) – Bivio Musocco – Triplo Bivio Seveso – Milano Lambrate (Bivio Turro)
[M8] (ERA-E 81C2, not shown; ERA-R 150C3-150C4; S+W 132C1) IT23/10
Most trains between Milano Porta Garibaldi and Milano Lambrate run direct via Bivio Mirabello. This route around the north side of Milano parallels the Milano Centrale - Rho main line between Bivio Musocco and Triplo Bivio Seveso and is common with the next entry between Milano Porta Garibaldi and Triplo Bivio Seveso. It enables trains via Milano Lambrate to arrive and depart at the west end of Porta Garibaldi. Trains using the west-facing terminal platforms, 1 to 12, are obliged to run via Bivio Musocco as are those calling at Villapizzone. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
This route is used by trains between Milano Porta Garibaldi and Bergamo or Cremona on Mondays to Fridays thus:
- From Milano Porta Garibaldi: 06:22, 07:22, 08:22, 10:22, 13:22, 15:22, 16:22, 16:36, 17:22, 17:36, 18:22, 18:36 and 19:22
- From Milano Lambrate: 07:06, 07:16, 07:58, 08:03, 09:13, 10:13, 14:17, 17:13, 17:21, 18:13 and 19:13
It is also used by:
|R24917||05:48 Milano Porta Garibaldi - Albairate|
|SSuX||RV2325||12:17 Milano Porta Garibaldi - Asti|
|R2595||17:05 Milano Porta Garibaldi - Livorno Centrale|
|SSuX||R3005||17:17 Milano Porta Garibaldi – Arquata Scrivia|
|RV2485||22:05 Milano Porta Garibaldi - Bologna Centrale|
|R10600||Cremona - 06:25 Milano Lambrate - Milano Porta Garibaldi|
|SuX||RV2456||Bologna Centrale - 08:13 Milano Lambrate - Milano Porta Garibaldi|
|R2594||Livorno Centrale - 10:23 Milano Lambrate - Milano Porta Garibaldi|
|SSuX||RV2375||Asti - 17:32 Milano Lambrate - Milano Porta Garibaldi|
|RV3924/3950||Pesaro/Rimini - 20:53 Milano Lambrate - Milano Porta Garibaldi|
|SuX||S24978||Albairate - 21:26 Milano Lambrate – Milano Porta Garibaldi|
|SuX||S24982||Albairate - 22:26 Milano Lambrate – Milano Porta Garibaldi|
In addition, the following trains run along part of this route, from Bivio Musocco to Milano Lambrate:-
|SSuX||R10899||17:51 Milano Certosa - Piacenza|
|SSuX||R10604||Cremona - 07:46 Milano Lambrate - Milano Certosa|
|SSuX||R10898||Piacenza - 07:51 Milano Lambrate - Milano Certosa|
|SSuX||R3008||Arquata Scrivia - 08:08 Milano Lambrate - Milano Certosa|
|SuX||R2398||Voghera/Pavia - 08:53 Milano Lambrate - Milano Certosa|
Milano Porta Garibaldi (Bivio Ghisolfa) – Bivio Musocco – Triplo Bivio Seveso – Milano Greco Pirelli
[M8] (ERA-E 81C2, not shown; ERA-R 150C3; S+W 132C1-133A2) IT23/11
Almost all trains between Milano Porta Garibaldi and Milano Greco Pirelli run direct via Bivio Mirabello. This route around the north side of Milano parallels the Milano Centrale - Rho main line between Bivio Musocco and Triplo Bivio Seveso and is common with the previous entry between Milano Porta Garibaldi and Triplo Bivio Seveso. It enables trains via Milano Greco Pirelli to arrive and depart at the west end of Porta Garibaldi. Trains using the west-facing terminal platforms, 1 to 12, are obliged to run via Bivio Musocco as are those calling at Villapizzone. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
|S24916||05:43 Milano Porta Garibaldi - Saronno|
Milano Lambrate – Pioltello-Limito
[12, 185, M10] (ERA-E 81C2, not shown; ERA-R 150C4; S+W 133B3) IT23/12
There are two routes between Milano Lambrate and the main line towards Brescia. Most trains use a direct connection off the main line between Milano Lambrate and Milano Rogoredo at Bivio Lambrate. Others, particularly some to and from Milano Porta Garibaldi or Milano Greco Pirelli, use the alternative route, which passes to the east of the sidings south of Lambrate, then dives under the normal route and runs alongside Milano Smistamento (marshalling yard) before rejoining the Direttissima lines east of Segrate. Use of this route may depend on line occupation and punctuality, as crossovers south of Lambrate provide an alternative. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
Milano Lambrate – Posto di Movimento Trecca – Milano Rogoredo
[26, 45, M8] (ERA-E 81C2, not shown; ERA-R 150C4; S+W 133B3) IT23/13
There are two routes between Milano Lambrate and Milano Rogoredo. Most trains use the main line, but there is an alternative, the Linea Cintura, via a dive-under from the east side of the layout at Lambrate. Most trains take between 5 and 8 minutes between Milano Lambrate and Milano Rogoredo but some take between 11 and 15 minutes and hence are likely to use this route. Trains between Porta Garibaldi or Greco Pirelli and Rogoredo are particularly likely to use this route, but crossovers south of Lambrate provide an alternative. The dive-under provides the only route between Lambrate and Porta Romana, so is used by all trains between Milano Greco Pirelli and Milano S Cristoforo. These diverge from the route to Rogoredo at Posto di Movimento Trecca. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
Milano Rogoredo – Pioltello-Limito (via Posto di Movimento Trecca and Milano Smistamento)
 (ERA-E 81C2, not shown; ERA-R 150C4; S+W 133B3-133D3) IT23/14
This route is used by trains between the Brescia and Bologna or Genova lines if not booked to call at Milano Centrale, Lambrate or Porta Garibaldi. From Posto di Movimento Trecca it passes under the main line to Milano Lambrate and runs along the north side of Milano Smistamento. The frequent trains between Pioltello-Limito and Milano Porta Vittoria use a different route, via Segrate and Bivio Lambro. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
The route is used by summer weekend trains between Bergamo and Ventimiglia.
Pioltello Limito – Treviglio - Brescia
[12, 185, M10] (ERA-E 80C4-C5; ERA-R 150C4-152C1; S+W 21C3-21D3) IT23/15
The high-speed line between Milano and Brescia is in two parts. The section between Pioltello Limito and Treviglio is a Direttissima electrified at 3000 volts and can be used by any train. From Treviglio to near Brescia is a Linea AV/AC electrified at 25 kV and only used by high-speed trains.
Most of the way to Treviglio the Direttissima runs close to the old main line, the Linea Lenta, but diverges east of Melzo, bypassing Trecella and Cassano d’Adda. This section is used by most trains not stopping between Treviglio and Pioltello-Limito or Milano Lambrate. A few trains are booked to run non-stop via the Linea Lenta and can be distinguished by a vertical line in the timetable column. Trains to or from Bergamo which run via the Direttissima use a connecting line from the Linea Lenta at Bivio d'Adda, west of Treviglio.
There are connections between the Linea Lenta and the Direttissima between Vignate and Melzo, principally to allow access to a freight terminal. That east of Vignate is scheduled to be used by train R2606 from Treviglio at 08:01 SSuX. There is no scheduled passenger use of the crossover west of Melzo.
Milano Rogoredo (Doppio Bivio S Donato) – Tavazzano
 (ERA-E 80C4; ERA-R 152B1; S+W 21B3-21C4) IT23/16
The first section of the Milano - Bologna high speed line, between Milano Rogoredo and Tavazzano is electrified at 3,000 Volts and can be used by any electric train. For most of the way it runs to the southwest of the old main line, the Linea Tradizionale. Many trains non-stop between Milano and Lodi run via the high speed line, but a significant number use the the Linea Tradizionale. These can be can be identified in the timetable by the presence of a vertical bar '|' in the timing column against all the intermediate stations. Trains to Lodi via the high speed line use the connection from Bivio/PC Melegnano (where the high speed line continues southwards) to Tavazzano.
Palazzolo sull'Oglio - Paratico Sarnico
(ERA-E 80B5; ERA-R 152C2; S+W 134A2-134B1) IT23/17
There are excursions over this branch line, mainly during the summer, but the regular summer weekend service no longer operates. For further details see the Ferrovie Turistiche Italiane website.
Rovato - Bornato-Calino
(ERA-E 80B5-C5; ERA-R 152C2; S+W 134B3-134C2) IT23/18
The passenger service over this line, re-introduced in June 2010, was withdrawn in December 2018. The line has been used by excursions from Milano or Bergamo to Iseo or other stations on the Edolo line. For further details see the Ferrovie Turistiche Italiane website, but there appear to be no trains over this line in 2022.
Torino Stura - Rho Fiera (Linea AV/AC)
See details under Piemonte region.