Luxembourg - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable year 12 December 2021 to 10 December 2022, unless otherwise stated. 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 - France and Benelux) by M.G. Ball. An additional map reference in italics for some entries refers to Eisenbahnatlas Frankreich Band 1: Nord by Schweers + Wall.

Obscure services

Luxembourg — Luxembourg Triage (yard) — Luxembourg Sud — Berchem Est — Syren — Oetrange

[30] (ERA-E 39B1,39B-C4; ERA-R 63B3; ) LU22/1

This route, which starts by running south from Luxembourg station on the east side of the freight yard, provides an alternative route between Luxembourg station and the Trier line. It is used by trains which do not stop at Cents Hamm or Sandweiler Contern and are given 2 – 4 minutes longer. The following train appears to use this route in the current timetable although the running time seems too short.

RE5107 06:13 Luxembourg - Wasserbillig - Trier Hbf

The compilers would appreciate feedback on the routing of this train. Use of this route is now less likely as the normal exit route from Luxembourg station, shared with line 10, has now been four tracked. In addition the single line section of Line 30 has also been double tracked through to Sandweiler Contern.

For about six months, in the second half of 2021, the line between Luxembourg and Oetrang, via Cents-Hamm, was completely closed for engineering works, in association with the provision of the new Platforms 10 - 14 at Luxembourg Gare, with most RB services diverted over this route Monday - Saturday.

This line can also be used between Luxembourg and Berchem (north junction, PK 11.371) by trains to/from the Bettembourg direction. This is most likely at peak hours, when capacity is limited.

Luxembourg avoiding line: Bertrange-Strassen (Luxembourg Hollerich, km 1.4) — Luxembourg Sud (km 14.0) via Luxembourg Triage (yard)

(ERA-E 39B1; ERA-R 63C5) LU22/2

This line, which avoids Luxembourg City to the south, links the line from Belgium via Arlon with the line to France via Thionville. The compilers are not aware of any booked passenger services over this route at present, although plans exist for future services to serve a new station at Cessange.

Bettembourg avoiding line: Hettange-Grande [France] (Bettembourg-M) — Noertzange (Bettembourg-W)

(ERA-E 39B1; ERA-R 63C5) LU22/3

During February 2018; Line 90 between Luxembourg and Bettembourg was completely closed and a few rush hour trains, between Luxembourg and Thionville, were diverted via this curve. No further diversions since 2018 have been detected via this curve. The compliers would welcome any information on recent use by passenger trains.

Other Sparse services

60b Noertzange to Rumelange This line has only a limited commuter service SSuX.

Deletions since last edition

LU21/3 Aubange SNCB (Y Aubange) — Rodange CFL In July 2019, CFL stopped operating across the border from Rodange to Virton due to the GSM-R systems on their 2200 series units not being acceptable in Belgium. Local media reports suggest there are no plans to introduce any replacement.
LU21/4 Wasserbillig — Mertert Port No observed passenger use over some years.
LU21/5 Tétange — Langengrund No observed passenger use over some years.

See also