Luxembourg - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable year 11 December 2022 to 9 December 2023, 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 Atlas Series, Book 1: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) 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; ) LU23/1

This route, which starts by running south from the east side of Luxembourg station through Luxembourg Triage (freight yard), provides an alternative route between Luxembourg station and the Trier line. It has been used by trains which did not stop at Cents Hamm or Sandweiler Contern and are given 2 – 4 minutes longer than usual. The route is common with LU23/1A as far as Berchem Nord junction. There are no services in the 2022/23 timetable.

Use of this route is now less likely as the normal exit route from Luxembourg station, shared with line 10, has been four tracked. In addition the single line section of Line 30 has also been double tracked through to Sandweiler Contern. Finally, recent engineering works which have closed the line through Cents Hamm have seen bus replacement rather than diversion via Oetrange.

Luxembourg — Luxembourg Triage (yard) — Luxembourg Sud — Berchem Nord – Berchem Sud — Berchem

[30] (ERA-E 39B1,39B-C4; ERA-R 63B3; ) LU23/1A

This is an alternative route to the main line between the east side of Luxembourg station and Berchem station, running through Luxembourg Triage and bypassing Howald station. Trains can rejoin the main line at either Luxembourg Sud (immediately south of Howald station, which cannot be accessed) or Berchem Sud.

Use of the northern half of the route starts from the east side of Luxembourg station and uses double track goods lines on the east side of the freight yard, continuing to Luxembourg Sud where the main line is rejoined. The following train definitely uses this route, and it is quite possible that some trains to/from France as well as peak hour services towards Bettembourg also use it. The compilers would welcome further information.

SSuX RE6537 17:23 Luxembourg -Volmerange

The northern half of the route, and most of the southern part as far as Berchem Nord junction, are used by trains diverted via Oetrange. See LU23/1. The entire route to Berchem station may be used if this is operationally convenient, but is considered to be rare by a local correspondent who has only managed it once in several years.

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) LU23/2

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) LU23/3

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


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