Italy (Toscana) - 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

Pisa Centrale - Livorno Centrale (Bivio Mortellini)

[33, M55] (ERA-E 81C4; ERA-R 156C1; S+W 50C1-50B2) IT23/91

There are two routes between Pisa Centrale and Bivio Mortellini, which approach opposite ends of Pisa Centrale station. Trains normally use the route that will avoid the need for reversal. Those between Firenze and Livorno use the western route and those between La Spezia and Livorno run via the eastern route.

Campiglia Marittima avoiding line: San Vincenzo (Campiglia Dev Piazzalone) - Populonia (Campiglia Dev Baratti)

[33, 260] (ERA-E 81C5; ERA-R 160A5; S+W 56C3) IT23/92

This north to west curve is used by trains between Livorno and Piombino Marittima, if not calling at Campiglia.

R18255 Firenze S. Maria Novella - 07:30 S Vincenzo - Piombino Marittima
D SuO RV4015 Firenze S. Maria Novella - 09:41 S Vincenzo - Piombino Marittima
D SuO R19469 Livorno Centrale - 09:45 S Vincenzo - Piombino Marittima
D SSuO R19486 Piombino Marittima - 19:43 Populonia - Firenze S Maria Novella
D SuO R19488 Piombino Marittima - 21:43 Piombino – Firenze S Maria Novella

Asciano - Monte Antico

(ERA-E 83C1-C2; ERA-R 160C5-160B4; S+W 58B2-58A4) IT23/93

There are excursions over this line, mainly during the summer. For further details see the Ferrovie Turistiche Italiane website. The format for most excursions is to run from Siena to Monte Antico via Asciano and then to return to an intermediate station for a special event or bus tour, before returning direct to Siena. Excursions to Chiusi do not use this line.

However, in recent years the two autumn excursions, to the white truffle festival in San Giovanni D'Asso, on consecutive Sundays in November, have coved the by line going out from Sienna via Monte Antico to San Giovanni D'Asso but then returning via Asciano to Sienna. In 2022 the trains ran on Sundays 13 and 20 November. Departure from Monte Antico at 10-30, San Giovanni D'Asso 11-15/16-15 and Asciano arrive at 16-50.

Further details from Agenzia Visione del Mondo; booking@visionedelmondo.com or phone +39 577 48003 / Fax 281834 or +39 347 808 5581.

[Firenze] - S. Donnino-Badia (Bivio/P.C. Renai) - Montelupo-Capraia (Bivio/P.C. Samminiatello) - [Empoli]

[280] (ERA-E 83B1; ERA-R 157B2; S+W 52B2-52B3) IT23/94

There is a relatively new section of main line avoiding Signa, but the old route remains in use to serve Signa station. The new line is used by all trains not calling at Signa.

Firenze Castello - Le Piagge (Firenze Rifredi Dev Olmatello)

[280] (ERA-R 158B3; S+W 145C2) IT23/95

This north to west curve links the Prato and Pisa lines north of Firenze Rifredi. The following trains to and from Empoli use this line, as a consequence of closure of Firenze Porta al Prato terminus on 12 September 2022.

  • From Firenze Castello: 08:19, 09:19, 10:46, 14:40, 16:40, 18:40
  • From Le Piagge: 07:59, 09:00, 10:28, 14:11, 16:11, 18:11

All trains run SuX.

Firenze S Maria Novella avoiding line: Firenze Rifredi - Firenze Campo di Marte

[46, 47, M60] (ERA-E 83B5; ERA-R 158C3; S+W 145C2) IT23/96

This north to west curve allows trains to run direct between the Bologna and Roma lines, without needing to reverse at Firenze S. Maria Novella. It is used by all express services not calling at Firenze S. Maria Novella and by local trains running directly between Firenze Campo di Marte and Firenze Rifredi. A large number of trains, both local and long-distance, use this route and can be readily identified in the timetable.

Firenze S Maria Novella - Firenze Campo di Marte

[47, 272, M60] (ERA-E 83B5; ERA-R 158C3; S+W 145C2) IT23/97

There are two routes between Firenze Campo di Marte and Firenze S Maria Nocella. Local services to and from Campo di Marte platforms 1 and 2 take the southerly route. High speed services and a very few peak hour local services use platforms 3 upwards at Campo di Marte, so use the northerly route which it partially shares with the line to Firenze Rifredi.

Firenze Osmonnoro depot shuttle: Firenze Rifredi (Dev.Olmatello) - Osmonnoro Works platform

(ERA-E 83C4-C5; ERA-R 158B3; S+W 145B2) IT23/98

The Osmonnoro locomotive depot and works is at the end of a 4 km branch off the Firenze to Pisa line between Firenze Rifredi and Le Piagge. A train operates from Firenze S Maria Novella for the benefit of employees. In 2020 this left Firenze S Maria Novella at about 07:35 (believed to be platform 3) and called at Firenze Rifredi platform 7 at about 07:43. It runs to the works platform which is on the north side of the beginning of the depot loop. There are no details of the evening service available, but it is not possible to join the train as the works is not accessible to the public.

Cecina - Volterra Saline-Pomarance

[259] (ERA-R 160A5; S+W 56C1-57A1) IT23/99

There was a limited summer service on this branch line until 2020. There is usually an annual excursion on a Sunday in early November. In 2022 the train ran on 6 November, departing Cecina at 11:32 and Volterra Salin-Pomarance at 16:30. Further details from Agenzia Visione del Mondo; booking@visionedelmondo.com or phone +39 577 48003 / Fax 281834 or +39 347 808 5581.

Routes used occasionally for diversions

Pisa S Rossore (Pisa dev Navicelli) - Livorno Centrale (Pisa, Binario Mezzaluna)

[2, 32, 33] (ERA-E 81B5; ERA-R 157A1; S+W 50B1) IT23/100

This north to south curve enables trains to run between the La Spezia and Livorno lines without passing through Pisa Centrale. It is used occasionally by overnight trains, with the usual call at Pisa Centrale omitted.

Pisa Centrale - Vada (via Collesalvetti)

[2, 33] (ERA-E 81B5-C5; ERA-R 157A1; S+W 51B3-56C1) IT23/101

This electrified, single-track line provides an alternative to the main line between Pisa and Vada. It is occasionally used by overnight passenger trains on diversion. This is indicated by a call at Livorno Central being omitted, but sometimes trains do not stop there because they are diverted between Pisa and Roma via Firenze. It is important to check that the train passes through Vada and other stations to Roma via Civitavecchia.

The following are extremely unusual daytime diversions:

D1 SSuO FB8606 Roma Termini - 09:20 Cecina - Torino Porta Nuova
D1 SSuO FB8620 Roma Termini - 16:05 Campiglia Marittima - Milano Centrale
D2 SO FB8630 Roma Termini - 20:32 Campiglia Marittima - Genova Piazza Principe

D1: 21 January to 5 February and 11 March to 2 April 2023

D2: 21 January and 11 March 2023 only

See also