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 the much rarer line 968. Query the platform arrival/departure sheets for details.

It should be noted 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

[424/431/431a] (ERA171C2, B6) PL20/403

This is a split station with the junction some way north of the platforms. The very limited direct service to/from Laskowice Pomorskie normally terminates here, meaning the 1km to/from Peron I to the junction is much rarer than through the Bydgoszcz platforms.

Note the physical junction is a diamond slip so trains to/from Peron I and Lipowa Tucholska use slightly different pointwork from those to/from Tuchola. Please consult the Peron sheets for details but with the Laskowice Pomorskie service suspended until 31 August 2020, as at June 2020 the only use of Peron I is by southbound arrival Os55904 SSuO at 06:48 from Tuchola which returns north as Os55905 06:56 SSuO to Czerk via Lipowa Tucholska, both only running until 28 June, plus a southbound daily arrival Os55278 at 20:06 from Czerk via Lipowa Tucholska.

Tczew - Rokitki Tczewskie (podg Malinowo) via line 727

[426] (ERA172A2, R2) PL20/404

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. To confirm query the platform arrival/departure sheets

Note A IC58111 Gdynia Główna - 08:08 Tczew – Kostrzyn
R 55207 Gdynia Główna - 17:06 Tczew – Chojnice
Note B R 55257 17:24 Tczew – Chojnice

Note A: 15 March - 12 December 2020 Note B: 27 June - 29 August 2020

Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Szlachta

[429, 424] (ERA171C1, too detailed to be shown, B6) PL20/405

Until 18 March 2020, some Czerk – Wierzchuchin services double ran from Szlachta to Śliwice to reverse so used a connection at the south end of Szlachta station. From then the much reduced limited services all reverse at Szlachta using the more usual connection at the north end. According to the all year PDF use of the south end will resume on 30 August 2020.

Gdańsk Osowa - Rębiechowo

[440] (ERA172B4, A6 not shown) PL20/406

The direct Gdynia Główna - Kościerzyna/Kartuzy service via this third side of the triangle is significantly reduced now that most services run via the new line through Gdańsk Port Lotniczy. In 2019/20 this is four northbound [two SSuX] and just one southbound SSuX.

Gdańsk Wrzeszcz

[442,443] (ERA172B4, R2 not shown) PL20/407

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) PL20/408

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) PL20/409

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 tracks [one also designated 250 and 202) split again with a significant divergence south of the depot (see diagram below, although the divergence starts further south than shown). The operating use of the east side lines is believed to be the track nearest the depot (250) is used by both direction local services, and the furthest east track (202) is used as an alternative main line as it does not have a platform at Gdynia Cisowa. Travellers have reported use of 202 mainly to/from the Hel branch and to note this line continues on the east side of the local lines all the way to Gdynia.  

2. If a main line service is on 202 approaching Gdynia Główny, this 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 and this can also be used for 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 alternative route to/from Gdynia Główny higher numbered platforms and line 250 via line 963 to the west side of line 202 which avoids the flyover over line 202. 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) PL20/410

This system worked by the Pomorskie Towarzystwo Miłośników Kolei Żelaznych (PTMKŻ) with two unusual sections of track is a preserved ex PKP narrow gauge line from Nowy Dwor Gdanski to Sztutowo and Prawy Brzeg Wisły. The operating dates in 2020 are 1-3 & 30/31 May, 6/7, 11-14 June, daily June 20 to August 30 and 5/6, 12/13 and 19/20 September. Details are on their timetable.

Stegna Gdanska

This is a triangular station with platforms on all three sides. There was a limited service over the south to east curve to/from Sztutowo in 2017 for the first time since 2013, but none since.

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