Poland (North (Central)) - Lines with Obscure passenger services

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Introduction

These entries are based on the timetable from 15 December 2019 to 12 December 2020. However, it should be noted it is completely reissued about four times per year with "adjustments" due on 15 March, 14 June, 30 August and 18 October 2020. In addition, there are frequent amendments within timetable periods.

Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the 2019 Polish Regional version of the European Railway Atlas published by M.G. Ball ISBN: 978-1-9161212-1-8 and the Mały Atlas Linii Kolejowych Polski 2011 published by Eurosprinter ISBN: 978-83-931006-3-7

Obscure services: Lines with regular use

Iława

[400/405/500] (ERA172B1, B8) PL20/400

There are two routes between Iława station and Działdowo, the Malbork – Warszawa main line diving under the Toruń – Olsztyn line from the north side, plus Line 968, a curve from the south side platform also serving a freight yard. Trackwork means trains to/from Działdowo booked at platform 3 cannot reach the diveunder line so these must use line 968.

Note B PR 90621 Działdowo – 06:00 Smolniki - Iława
SSuX PR 90623 Działdowo – 06:59/07:04 Smolniki - Iława
SSuX PR 90625 Działdowo – 16:38/16:35 Smolniki - Iława
Note A SX PR 90647 Działdowo – 18:38 Smolniki - Iława
Note A SSuX PR 90632 11:48 Iława - Działdowo
Note B IC5128 Bydgoszcz Główna - 16:53 Iława - Warszawa Zachodnia
Note A SX IC81154/51100 Kołobrzeg/Gdynia Główna - 18:47 Iława - Łódź Fabryczna
IC5328 Olsztyn Główny - 20:07 Iława - Kraków Główny

Note A: Until 13 March 2020 Note B: Until 14 March 2020

It should be noted in addition to the above that departures from Iława Peron 1 & 2 can also reach Line 968 but the regular non-conflicting route for Malbork - Iława - Działdowo services is the diveunder. Additionally all Olsztyn - Iława - Malbork services use connections at the Olsztyn end of the station to cross to the north side platforms. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Toruń Główny – podg Nieszawka (Suchatówka)

[405] (ERA177A4, R3) PL20/401

There are two routes: the more northerly via Toruń Towarowy yard climbs over the Bydgoszcz line whereas the alternative passes through Toruń Kluczyki station. Trains calling at Toruń Kluczyki (all PR services) must use the southerly route. TLK services, which have a "<" marker against Toruń Kluczyki, are booked to take the northerly route but in practice may use either.

Lipusz - Bytów

[Line 212] (ERA171C2/C1, B5) PL20/402

For the last few years private operator SKPL has run trains on this 24km branch [PKP Line 212] on Saturdays and Sundays from July to September plus a few other dates. Timetables will appear at their website nearer these dates if the service continues.

Wierzchucin

[424/431a] (ERA171C2, B6) PL20/402

This is a split station with the junction some way north of the platforms. As the very limited direct service to/from Laskowice Pomorskie terminates here, the 1km to/from Peron I to the junction is much rarer than through the Bydgoszcz platforms. Please consult the Peron sheets for details as platform usage/train operating days are very complicated in 2019/20.

Note the physical junction is a single diamond slip so some trains to/from Peron 1 and Lipowa Tucholska use slightly different pointwork from those to/from Tuchola.

Tczew - Rokitki Tczewskie (podg Malinowo) via line 727

[426] (ERA172A2, R2) PL20/403

There are alternative routes to/from the Chojnice line: the double track main line which runs on a lengthy embankment to fly over the Gdansk lines to the east side platforms of Tczew station, and a single track at ground level (line 727) to the west side. All platforms can be reached by arrivals from line 727 so it is not possible to know what route they take, but departures from platforms 1 & 2 must use line 727.

Note A IC58111 Gdynia Główna - 08:04 Tczew – Kostrzyn
Note B R 55207 Gdynia Główna - 17:13 Tczew – Chojnice

Note A: 15 March - 12 December 2020 Note B: Until 14 March 2020

Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Szlachta

[429, 424] (ERA171C1, too detailed to be shown, B6) PL20/404

Some Czerk/Laskowice Pomorskie – Lipowa Tucholska/Wierzchuchin services either run through via or double run from Szlachta to Śliwice to reverse so use a connection to/from table 429 and Table 424 at the south end of Szlachta station as opposed to the more usual one at the north.

Gdańsk Osowa - Rębiechowo

[440] (ERA172B4, A6 not shown) PL20/405

With opening of the lines serving Gdańsk Port Lotniczy, the direct Gdynia Główna - Kościerzyna/Kartuzy service via this third side of the triangle is significantly reduced to in 2020 a maximum of four northbound and one southbound per day.

Gdańsk Wrzeszcz

[442,443] (ERA172B4, R2 not shown) PL20/406

There is a flyover as part of the reinstated junction for the newish services via Gdańsk Port Lotniczy which should be used by the through services from Gdańsk Główny. Note crossovers also allow use of the non-flyover route but any departure or arrival using Peron II is more likely to use the flyover.

Gdynia Stocznia

[450/451 & 452] (ERA172B4 not shown, R2) PL20/407

The SKM local and main lines take separate routes with Gdynia Stocznia station on an elevated section flying over freight lines leading into the docks.

Gdynia Główny – Rumia via line 202

[452] (ERA172B4 not shown, R2) PL20/408

1. There are running lines on either side of Gdynia Cisowa EMU Depot, two to the east and one to the west, as shown on the second diagram. On the west side, the track [designated Line 250) can be used by main line services in both directions. On the east, the two by-pass tracks [designated 250 again and 202) split with a significant divergence south of the depot (again, as shown on the diagam, although the divergence starts further south than shown), and the operating use is believed to be that the track nearest the depot (250) is used by all local services, and the furthest east track (202) is used as an alternative to the single track west side line as it does not have a platform at Gdynia Cisowa. Travellers have reported using 202 on main line services, especially to/from the Hel branch and it continues south parallel to the main and local lines.  

2. If a main line service is on 202 approaching Gdynia Główny, this line continues via a drop down connection to be parallel with routes to/from Gdynia Docks to cross under Line 250 between Gdynia Grabówek and Gdynia Glówna, also used for Main Line Departures onto line 202. These services normally use the higher numbered platforms at Gdynia Glówna but there are crossovers allowing access to line 202 to/from the lower numbered platforms so none can be listed from the Peron sheets.

3. There is another alternative route to/from line 250 and Gdynia Główny. Line 250 goes over line 202, but there is also line 963 from higher numbered platforms that would not use this flyover, nor line 202 to access line 250 so any Reports of use of lines 963 or 202 would be welcomed by the Compilers.

Note the 2020 Table 452 PDF has many services to/from the north and Gdynia with < markers from either Rumia and/or Gdynia Chylonia suggesting use of either alternative route.

Diagrams of the relevant parts of the route are available here:

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Żuławskiej Kolei Dojazdowej

[457] (ERA172B3, A7 not shown correctly) PL20/409

This system worked by the Pomorskie Towarzystwo Miłośników Kolei Żelaznych (PTMKŻ) is a preserved ex PKP narrow gauge line from Nowy Dwor Gdanski to Sztutowo and Prawy Brzeg Wisły.

Stegna Gdanska

This is a triangular station with platforms on all three sides. There was a limited service over the south to east curve in 2017 for the first time since 2013, but none scheduled since. The operating dates in 2019 are 1-5 May, 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 June, daily June 20 to August 31 and October 31, November 1. Details are on their timetable.

Sztutowo

If travelling to/from Sztutowo on either a loco hauled train or a railcar towing trailers it will reverse around a triangle on arrival or departure from Sztutowo as there is no run round loop.

Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis

Prabuty - Kwidzyn

[415] (ERA172B1, B7) PL20/450

This 33km freight only line 218 has been used occasionally for diversions.

Czersk - Bąk - Kościerzyna

[429] (ERA171C2, B6) PL20/451

Arriva Poland ran two pairs each Saturday and Sunday from 23 June to 1 September 2018 but these were not in the PDFs for 2019 or 2020.

Lipowa Tucholska - Bąk - Kościerzyna

[429] (ERA171C2, B6) PL20/452

This route overlaps with PL20/451 between Bąk and Kościerzyna. No scheduled services except occasional use by Excursions organised by SMK Chojnice or Turkol

Maksymilianowo - line 201 - Bydgoszcz Wschód

[430/430a] (ERA176C5, C6/R3) PL20/452

Bydgoszcz Glówna avoiding line used on one night by one train in 2017. May be used in conjunction with PL20/453

Bydgoszcz Wschód - line 201 - Nowa Wies Wielka - [Inowrocław]

[430] (ERA176C5, R3/C6) PL20/453

Used if the main line is closed between Bydgoszcz and Nowa Wies Wielka, or, in conjunction with PL20/452, to avoid reversal at Bydgoszcz Glowny. Last scheduled on one night by one train in 2017 and by a Turkol Steam Tour on 12 April 2019.

Bydgoszcz Główna

[425] (ERA176C5, R3) PL20/454

One diverted Gdynia - Piła train was unusually booked to depart from the "wrong" side of Bydgoszcz Główna, Peron IV Track 11 between 6 - 10 May 2019. It was hoped this may use the Mały Atlas shown 800m long line 745 from the goods yard which curves underneath the Inowrocław main line to line 425, but a local correspondent advises they used a short link just beyond the west end of the platform that leads to the correct departure route.

There is also an opposite facing connection to/from the Inowrocław main line to the west end Piła side platforms which saw use by a passenger service in April 2018. For use of either connection search for through trains from Inowrocław to/from Piła that reverse in Bydgoszcz Główna although there are none scheduled in 2019/20.

See also