Poland (North East) - Lines with Obscure passenger services
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Obscure services: Lines with regular use
- 2.1 Suwałki - Papiernia - curve 517 - Las Suwalski
- 2.2 Kętrzyn - Węgorzewo
- 2.3 Białystok - Wałily
- 2.4 Hajnówka - Siemianówka
- 2.5 Chełm – Dorohusk – Jagodin (Ukraine)
- 2.6 [Warsaw] - podg Stojadja - Minsk Mazowiecki avoider – Line 13 - Pilawa
- 2.7 Rejowiec avoiding line
- 2.8 Łuków – Parczew Kolejowa (– Lublin)
- 2.9 Dęblin – Stawy
- 2.10 Chełm - Włodawa
- 3 Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis
- 4 See also
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
Suwałki - Papiernia - curve 517 - Las Suwalski
 (ERA174A2, B12) PL20/500
The March 2019 PDF for table 530 showed increased running time between Plociczno kolo Suwałk and Suwałki between 3-8 June 2019, the same scenario that happened in mid March 2018 when this diversion previously occured. In 2019/20 there is one northbound and one southbound with extra time in this section but the Journey Planner and Map view confirm these are purely crossing related delays.
Kętrzyn - Węgorzewo
 (ERA173B3/B2, B10/A10) PL20/501
Private operator SKPL has run summer services on this 33 km branch. If they run in 2020 times should appear at the Shortlines website
Białystok - Wałily
 (ERA179B5, C12/13) PL20/502
This 36.6km branch had a summer weekend service introduced in 2016 and in 2020 this has changed with one pair FSSuO and the other SSuO, running from 1 May until 27 September 2020 with timings on 534 PDF
Hajnówka - Siemianówka
 (ERA179B4, D13) PL20/503
No service is shown in the 2019/20 PDF when issued in December 2019 although Siemianówka is in its heading... In Summer 2019 two train pairs were advertised from 29 June until 1 September on Saturdays and Sundays, plus on Friday evenings from Hajnówka to Siemianówka at 20.40, returning Saturday at 04.51.....
Chełm – Dorohusk – Jagodin (Ukraine)
[550/M401] (ERA184C5, F13) PL20/504
Two parallel lines cross the Poland/Ukraine border between Chełm and Jagodin, a standard gauge line (1435mm) and a broad gauge line (1520mm). Each has a passenger service. PKP operates a long standing Warszawa - Kyïv overnight service on the 1435mm gauge tracks to/from Yahodyn, where gauge changing takes place by means of bogie exchange. The train thus changes to/from PKP diesel traction for the short cross-border journey; this is the only passenger service east of Chelm to Dorohusk.
Standard gauge line
Used by the Warszawa – Kiev (and v.v.) overnight train pair. Trains exchange bogies at Jagodin.
|68||Warszawa Zachodnia - 22:05 Chelm - Kiev Passajirskii|
|67||19:13 Kiev Passajirskii - Warszawa Zachodnia|
Broad gauge line
A daytime pair of Ukrainian cross border DMUs was introduced on 12 June 2017, initially successful and increased to two pairs, subsequently reduced to one in December 2018. Allegedly due to a Customs dispute with the Polish Authorities concerning fuel duty this pair only ran to Dorohusk with a bus to/from Chelm from 9 June 2019 but even this service was withdrawn after running on the 18 June 2019.
[Warsaw] - podg Stojadja - Minsk Mazowiecki avoider – Line 13 - Pilawa
[550, 613] (ERA178B2, D10/E10) PL20/505
Regular use has resumed as the Dęblin - Lublin main line has reopened as indicated by an entry in table 613 and < markers at Minsk Mazowiecki. Was previously the main route for fast trains between Warsawa Wschodnia and Pilawa due to capacity limitations on the single track line via Otwock which is now a long term engineering work closure for doubling so in due course this route may not be used. Last use was until 1 September 2018.
Rejowiec avoiding line
[550a/554] (ERA184B2 not shown, F12) PL20/506
This reinstated curve 563 resumed passenger use on 9 June 2019
|TLK82105||Lublin Główny - 19:32 Trawniki - Hrubieszów Miasto|
|TLK22100||Hrubieszów Miasto - 07:39/07:58 Krasnystaw Fabryczny - Lublin Główny|
Łuków – Parczew Kolejowa (– Lublin)
[551a] (ERA179A1, E11/12) PL20/507
Even though the direct main line via Dęblin is now fully reopened, two pairs of TLK's remain scheduled via this route. This 52km section had reopened on 11 June 2017 for diverted Warsaw - Lublin services due to those long term engineering works.
Dęblin – Stawy
 (ERA178C1, E11) PL20/508
There are two passenger routes approaching Dęblin from the Łuków line which connect to either the north or south ends of Dęblin station forming a balloon loop. The normal mode of operation for some years as confirmed by the Journey Planner map view is for trains from Łuków to Dęblin to arrive at Dęblin using the southern route, [even if they are continuing south and need to reverse in order to do so]. Trains from Dęblin to Łuków use the northern route.
Chełm - Włodawa
 (ERA185B5/C5, E13/F13) PL20/509
This otherwise freight only branch has had a sponsored summer weekend only service in recent years. 2019 dates were SSuO between 29 June and 29 September but as at December 2019 no PDF had been issued.
Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis
Siedlce avoiding line: Białki Siedleckie (podg Doły) – Stok Lacki (podg Ujrzanów)
 (ERA179A2, D11) PL20/550
If additional time is allowed between Siedlce and Stok Lacki, it may be due to the train being required to reverse around the Siedlce avoiding line (line 520). Last scheduled use in 2017 TT period.