Poland (Warsaw Area) - Lines with Obscure passenger services

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Introduction

These entries are based on the timetable from 12 December 2020 to 10 December 2021. However, it should be noted it is completely reissued about four times per year with "adjustments" due on 14 March, 13 June, 29 August and 7 November 2021. In addition, there are frequent amendments within timetable periods.

Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the M.G. Ball 2020 European Railway Atlas Enthusiasts Edition [ERA-E] ISBN: 978-1-9161212-9-4 and its Polish Regional version [ERA-R] 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

Łódź Kaliska avoiding line 539

[601/200a B110] (ERA-E 78B5; ERA-R 177B2-B3, R11) PL21/600

After a period of no use from 14 June until 24 August 2020 all trains between Warszawa and Ostrow Wielkopolski now run via Łódź Widzew and the Łódź Kaliska avoiding line, and vice versa.

Łódź Widzew - curve 541 - Łódź Olechow Wschód - Łódź Chojny

[602a] (ERA-E 78B5; ERA-R 177B2; R11) PL21/601

The December 2019 timetable change introduced a new service from Łódź Widzew to Łódź Kaliska via three new stations on the direct line between Koluszki and Łódź Chojny passing Łódź Olechów freight yard. Significantly increased use in 2020/21 with full details in new timetable 602a. Trains to/from the Poznań direction avoiding Łódź Kaliska and starting from/bound for Łódź Fabryczna given one minute at Łódź Widzew will use this route.

This reopening meant reinstatement of the flyover to access curve 541 to/from Łódź Olechów Wschód.

Skierniewice – line 529 – Skierniewice Rawka (podg. Miedniewice)

[601/B170] (ERA-E 75C1; ERA-R 177C2, not shown; E8) PL21/601A

This line runs eastwards from Skierniewice to the north of the yards, providing an alternative route towards Warszawa. By at least October 2019 a new Platform had been built on the far north side track [Peron 3 Track 104]. This means any train to/from Warszawa using this platform must run via 2km of previously goods only lines on the north side of a yard, plus the 1.9km long line 529 which is a separate alignment to/from the Warszawa main line on the north side of the westbound flyover from line 604.

Two KM services used Peron 3 Track 104 and ran via the obscure route until 7 November 2020. One Berlin - Warszawa EC also used the route, subject to good timekeeping of the train and conflicting service.

There is no use of Peron 3 Track 104 towards Warszawa in the 2020-2021 timetable period according the arrival and departure sheets, but note that most dated services do not yet show a departure platform. No EC services appear to use the route either. The compilers would welcome observations of any trains found to be using this route

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Warszawa Zachodnia "avoider" - Line 510 - Warszawa-Gołąbki - Line 19 - Piastów

[601, 612] (ERA-E 76C5; ERA-R174B4; R7, R5) PL21/602

A new IC service started in 2019/20 between Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina and Łódź Fabryczna running via the above previously freight only route. Trains ran approximately two hourly with gaps but were suspended from 18 March. It was shown as resuming on 8 November 2020, but did not do so. The service is not shown in the 2020-21 timetable.

Warszawa Gdańska – Warszawa Jelonki – Warszawa Gołąbki – Piastów (podg Jozefinów)

[601, 608] (ERA-E 76C5; ERA-R174B4; R7, R5) PL21/602A

This route allows trains from Warszawa Wschodnia and trains from the north and west to avoid Warszawa Centralna and Warszawa Zachodnia before taking the CMK or heading for Koluszki and destinations such as Łódź, Częstochowa and Wrocław. In excess of 15 trains, each way, make use of this diversion from 14 March 2021 until 11 December 2021 due to engineering works at Warszawa Zachodnia. Warszawa Wschodnia to Łódź Fabryczna and v.v. trains are especially likely to use this route.

The trains using the route can most easily be identified from the All Year arrival and departure sheets for Warszawa Gdańska Peron sheets. Alternatively look at timetable 601 and departures/arrivals from/to Warszawa Wschodnia that do not call at Warszawa Centralna and Warszawa Zachodnia and have twelve < symbols and two | symbols at Pruszków.

Gałkówek – Żakowice Południowe – p.odg. Zieleń – Koluszki

[601, 114] (ERA-E 78B5-C5; ERA-R 177C1; R11) PL21/603

Any services via this route use line 535 and cross over the Częstochowa main line to/from the east side platforms at Koluszki by calling at or running through Żakowice Południowe. Use in the past has been indicated by either a Timetable footnote, or a * or < marker against a Żakowice timing and use recently has varied from a few services to none.

Any prospective traveller should check the Żakowice Połudnowie arrival and departure sheets for services that are booked to call at Koluszki. Note Gałkówek via Żakowice Południowe to podg Zielen is common with PL21/113 and that a December 2018 traveller advised his Łódź – Koluszki - Opoczno service ran non-stop through Żakowice Południowe so a Journey Planner map view search may find others using this route than shown on the Peron sheets.

Note A SSuX 11525 Skierniewice - 15:49 Koluszki - Łódź Fabryczna
Note B 51112 Bydgoszcz - 22:30 Koluszki - Łódź Kaliska
Note C 11575 Łódź Fabryczna - 06:39 Gałkówek - Skierniewice
Note A SSuX 11576 Łódź Fabryczna - 07:50 Gałkówek - Skierniewice
Note A SSuX 10145 Łódź Fabryczna - 16:12 Łódź Andrzejów - Warszawa Wschodnia

Note A: 14 December 2020 - 12 March 2021
Note B: 13 March 2021 - 30 June 2021
Note C: 14 March 2021 - 11 December 2021

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Ustanówek (p.odg. Czachówek Płd Czp 11) – Czachówek Wschodni

[604, 605] (ERA-E 76A1; ERA-R 174B3; E10) PL21/604

This north <=> east curve connects the Warszawa to Radom line with the southern freight ring and is used by all services in table 604 services to/from Góra Kalwaria. Additionally used by the train in PL21/652.

Czachówek Południowy – Czachówek Wschodni

[604, 605] (ERA-E 76A1; ERA-R 174B3; E10) PL21/605

No scheduled use in 2020-2021. This south <=> east curve connects the Radom to Warszawa line with the southern freight ring. Up to 12 July 2019 limited Warszawa to Góra Kalwaria (and v.v.) services continued to Czachówek Południowy to reverse and used this curve.

Warszawa Zachodnia - [Line 46] - Line 20 - Warszawa Główna Towarowa - Warszawa Gołąbki

[606] (ERA174B5, R7) PL21/605A

No use in 2020-2021 timetable. This is a 7km alternative route for trains between Warszawa Zachodnia and Sochaczew with a < against Warszawa Ursus Północny. Use was scheduled from 14 June 2020 to 8 November 2020 but they had reverted to the normal route from 31 August 2020. This followed extensive use during 2018/19 from 11 March 2018.

Note any inbound and outbound services use different routes between Warszawa Zachodnia and Warszawa-Czyste with those towards Warszawa via line 20, Warszawa-Czyste and a split of line 46 underneath the normal main line to reach the eastbound platforms at Warszawa Zachodnia. Outbound services with a < marker at Warszawa Ursus Północny plus calls at Warszawa Centralna [i.e. not on the local lines through Warszawa-Srodmiescie] should use the drop down variant of line 46 on the north side of the main line from Warszawa Zachodnia Peron 7 to Warszawa-Czyste to join line 20. See also PL21/655 for extra detail on Warszawa Gołąbki.

Warszawa Zachodnia Peron 8

[608] (ERA-E 76C5; ERA-R 174B5; R6) PL21/606

Usually local services to/from Warszawa Gdanska terminate at Warszawa Zachodnia Peron 8 on a sharp curve in relation to the main station platforms. In 2019/20 there was an hourly through service through to/from Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina and Legionowo Piaski via Warszawa Gdanska until 26 September 2020 when a Press Notice for station improvement works at Warszawa Zachodnia stated this service will resume after the work ends in 2023. So it was a surprise when they were re-instated from 11 November 2020, with the 2020/21 timetable showing them running until 14 March 2021.

Warszawa Praga - Warszawa Toruńska

[608] (ERA-E 76C5; ERA-R 174B5; R5) PL21/606A

Between 23 and 28 August 2020 many KM services to/from Warszawa Gdanska and Legionowo had < markers at Warszawa Praga and Warszawa Toruńska but these were on non-platform lines rather than through the freight yard. No use in 2020-21.

Chotomów – curve 511 - Legionowo Piaski – (Tłuszcz)

[609, 608] (ERA-E 76A1; ERA-R 174B5; D9) PL21/607

Regular use by a limited through Sierpc to Tłuszcz service which avoids Legionowo that commenced in 2017 and continues. Note the separate track starts before station Legionowo Przystanek so eastbound timings are for the stop before.

KM 51140 Sierpc - 12:49 Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki - Tłuszcz
KM 51142 Sierpc - 20:12/20:14 Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki - Tłuszcz
KM 15140 Tłuszcz - 14:33/14:39 Legionowo Piaski – Sierpc
KM 15142 Tłuszcz - 20:38/20:45 Legionowo Piaski – Sierpc

Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis

(Koluszki –) Bedoń – Łódź Widzew or Łódź Olechów – Łódź Chojny (– Łódź Kaliska)

[601] (ERA-E 78B5; ERA-R 177B1; R11) PL21/650

There are two routes between Bedoń and Łódź Chojny: the normal passenger route via Łódź Widzew or the southern ring line via Łódź Olechów. Services running via Łódź Olechów could previously be identified by either a footnote in the PDF advising of a call at Łódź Olechów Wschód or a < marker against Łódź Widzew plus a timing or | at Łódź Chojny and/or Łódź Kaliska.

Łódź Olechów Wschód to Łódź Chojny is now in regular use as per PL21/601 but there is no use of the curve from Bedoń to Łódź Olechów in 2020/21 with the last known use by diverted PR services between 29 April and 15 May 2019.

Skierniewice avoiding line: podg Skierniewika – podg Skierniewice Park

[603, 602] (ERA-E 75C1; ERA-R 177C2; E8) PL21/651

This N - S curve (line 530) to the west of Skierniewice links the Łowicz and Koluszki lines. Previous scheduled use by summer overnight trains to/from the Baltic coast and by one train from May to June 2017. Use resumed from 30 August 2020 and continues in the 2020-2021 timetable

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Note B 53190 Gdynia Glówna - 01:46 Łowicz Główny - Kraków Główny
Note B 83190 Kołobrzeg - 02:13 Koluszki - Przemyśl
Note A 14100 Płock - 06:46 Łowicz Główny - Katowice
Note C 5330 Gdynia Glówna - 15:34 Łowicz Główny - Kraków Główny
Note D 5360 Gdynia Glówna - 15:34/15:48 Łowicz Główny - Kraków Główny/Zakopane
Note E 8320 Szczecin Główny - 18:49 Koluszki - Kraków Główny
Note A 5420 Gdynia Glówna - 19:22/19:41 Koluszki - Bielsko-Biała Główna
Note A 51112' Bydgoszcz Główna - 21:54/22:11 Koluszki - Łódź Kaliska
Note F 38191 Przemyśl - 01:28 Koluszki - Kołobrzeg
Note F 35191 Kraków Główny - 02:07 Koluszki - Gdynia Glówna/Hel
Note A 15112 Łódź Kaliska - 05:29/05:31 Koluszki - Bydgoszcz Główna
Note A 4521 Bielsko-Biała Główna - 08:00/08:01 Koluszki - Gdynia Glówna
Note A 3821 Kraków Główny - 09:14 Koluszki - Szczecin Główny
Note A 3561/3521 Zakopane/Kraków Główny - 12:02/12:18 Koluszki - Gdynia Glówna
Note A 45101 Katowice - 16:09 Koluszki - Gdynia Glówna
Note A 41101 Katowice - 20:36/21:00 Koluszki - Płock

Note A: 13 December 2020 to 30 June 2021
Note B: 27-30 June 2021
Note C: 14 March 2021 to 23 June 2021
Note D: 13 December 2020 to 27 February 2021 and 24 to 30 June 2021
Note E: 14 March 2021 to 30 June 2021
Note F: 26 to 30 June 2021

[Czachówek Wschodni -] Góra Kalwaria - p.odg Jaźwiny - Pilawa

[605,604] (ERA-E 76A1; ERA-R 178B2; E10) PL21/652

This is a 32 km section of the eastern end of the Warszawa southern freight ring.

Note A 28170 Kraków Główny - 00:57 Pilawa - Kołobrzeg

Note A: 14 March 2021 - 11 December 2021

[Czachówek Wschodni -] p.odg Jaźwiny - p.odg Żolnierka

[605,604] (ERA-E 76A1; ERA-R 178B2; E10) PL21/652A

This is an entry for a 29 km section of the eastern end of the Warszawa southern freight ring but then via the west to north curve avoiding Pilawa. Last use was 1 September 2018.

Warszawa Zachodnia - [Line 46] - Line 20 - Warszawa Główna Towarowa - Warszawa Gołąbki

[606] (ERA-E 76C5; ERA-R 174B5; R7) PL21/653

Moved to PL21/605A as scheduled use from June 2020 but none in 2020-21

(Sochaczew -) Warszawa Gołąbki - Line 507

[606,300] (ERA-E 76C5; ERA-R 174B4; R5) PL21/655

This entry indicates use of the short connection to/from line 507 as shown more clearly on Open Railway Map which splits to run either side of the main passenger route flyover east of Warszawa Gołąbki. Note that to do the more significant westbound outside of the flyover route you must be on a service from Warszawa Gdanska as any from Warszawa Zachodnia via PL21/605A cannot reach that route and cross to the Sochaszew line to the west of, and cannot call at Warszawa Gołąbki station. Previously used by one eastbound local train between 12-16 March 2018.

During the period of the Warszawa Zachodnia engineering works a number of IC services starting from either Warszawa Wschodnia or Warszawa Gdańska destined for Bydgoszcz, Poznań and Piła or v.v. use these connecting curves. Note that these services also use part of PL21/602A.

Note A 1528 Warszawa Wschodnia - 14:42 Warszawa Gdańska - Bydgoszcz Główna
Note A 15106 15:32 Warszawa Gdańska - Bydgoszcz Główna
Note A 1531 Warszawa Wschodnia - 16:36 Warszawa Gdańska - Bydgoszcz Główna
Note A 18112 17:30 Warszawa Gdańska - Piła Główna
Note A 71104 Poznań Główny - 07:50 Sochaczew - Warszawa Gdańska
Note A 5130 Bydgoszcz Główna - 07:55 Sochaczew - Warszawa Wschodnia
Note A 81112 Bydgoszcz Główna - 09:53 Sochaczew - Warszawa Gdańska
Note A 51106 Bydgoszcz Główna - 10:56 Sochaczew - Warszawa Gdańska
Note A 5128 Bydgoszcz Główna - 12:56 Sochaczew - Warszawa Wschodnia
Note A 5126 Bydgoszcz Główna - 16:51 Sochaczew - Warszawa Gdańska

Note A From 14 March 2021 to 11 December 2021

(Warszawa) - Bednary - podg Arkadia - Łowicz Przedmieście - (Zgierz - Łódź Kaliska)

[602, 606] (ERA-E 75C1; ERA-R 177C2; D8) PL21/656

Not scheduled since 2016 and no trains take this line in the current timetable.

(Warszawa) - Bednary - podg Arkadia - line 533 - (Belchów - Skierniewice)

[606, 603] (ERA-E 75C1; ERA-R 177C2; E8) PL21/657

A train pair was scheduled to use this line from 4 May to 16 June 2017, but there has been nothing since, and there are no services over the line in the current timetable.

(Warszawa Gdańska –) Warszawa Zoo (p.odg. Jagiellonka) – p.odg. W-wa Targówek – (Warszawa Wschodnia/Warszawa Rembertow)

[608, 613, KM2] (ERA-E 76C5,not correctly shown; ERA-R 174B5, not correctly shown; R6, R8) PL21/658

This west <=> east curve east of Warszawa Zoo consists of a very large grade separated junction which allows trains from Warszawa Wschodnia and trains coming from the Warszawa Rembertow direction to reach Warszawa Gdańska. Two westbound Woodstock service used this route in 2017.

There is considerable use of this curve in the 2020-2021 timetable period by trains avoiding Warszawa Centralna and Warszawa Zachodnia.

Warszawa Gdańska <=> Warszawa Rembertow services in the current timetable are identified in PL21/659

For Warszawa Wschodnia <=> Warszawa Gdańska services in the current timetable consult PL21/602A.

(Warszawa Gdańska/Legionowo –) p.odg. W-wa Michałów – Warszawa Rembertow

[608, 613, KM2] (ERA-E 76C5, not correctly shown; ERA-R 174B5, not correctly shown; R6, R8) PL21/659

This connecting line allows trains from the Warszawa Rembertow direction to continue west to Warszawa Gdańska (using PL21/658) or north towards Legionowo. Between p.odg. W-wa Michałów and Warszawa Rembertow the two tracks take totally different alignments east and westbound. Two westbound Woodstock service used this route in 2017. There is renewed use in 2020-2021.

Note A 4122/4123 Racibórz - 13:59 Warszawa Gdańska - Białystok
Note A 6127/10157 Wrocław Główny - 17:59 Warszawa Gdańska - Białystok
Note A 1626 Białystok - 09:36 Wołomin - Wrocław Główny
Note A 1632 Białystok - 17:36 Wołomin - Wrocław Główny
Note B SSuX KM10162 Siedlce - 17:06 Warszawa Wesoła - Warszawa Gdańska
Note B SSuX KM10166 Siedlce - 19:25 Mińsk Mazowiecki - Warszawa Zachodnia Peron 8

Note A: 14 March 2021 - 11 December 2021
Note B: 15 March 2021 to 10 December 2021

Skierniewice – Line 531 - Łowicz Przedmieście

[601, 602, 603, B110] (ERA-E 75C1; ERA-R 177C2; D8) PL21/660

None in the 2020 timetable, last saw passenger use in 2016.

Warszawa Wschodnia – Warszawa Wschodnia Towarowa – p.odg. Warszawa Antoninów – Warszawa Gocławek – Warszawa Wawer

[614] (ERA-E 76C5; ERA-R 174B5; R6, R8) PL21/661

Now the renovation and doubling of line 614 line via Otwock is complete the majority of IC services use this obscure route from 13 December 2020. It is an alternative between Warszawa Wschodnia and Warszawa Gocławek by any services booked via Otwock with a < against Warszawa Olszynka Grochowska. Note the routes split at Warszawa Rembertow with the inbound as a separate track until the Warszawa Wschodnia approaches. Previously last used used between 4 August - 1 September 2018.

See also