Poland (Warsaw Area) - Lines with Obscure passenger services

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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

Łódź Kaliska avoiding line 539

[601/200a B110] (ERA177B2-B3, R11) PL20/600

Regular use recommenced on 1 September 2015 by roughly 2 hourly through Warszawa – Wrocław TLKs and use continues in 2020

Łódź Widzew - curve 541 - Łódź Olechow Zachod - Łódź Chojny

[602a] (ERA177B2, R11) PL20/601

Since December 2019 there have been a number of services between Łódź Chojny and Łódź Widzew with up to 24 minutes as opposed to the usual 6 with a < marker at the intermediate stop of Łódź Dąbrowa. These have a footnote in 602a [and many other PDFs if to/from other tables] advising of a call at Łódź Olechów Wschód meaning they travel via the southern Łódź line 25 and curve 541. These footnotes are the only mention of a service to this station, there is no specific table so for the full service look for Łódź Olechów Wschód in a Peron search.

This reopening has meant reinstatement of the flyover to access curve 541 to/from Łódź Olechów Wschód as confirmed by a February 2020 traveller but there are no services direct to/from Łódź Olechów Wschód and the Koluszki direction.

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

[601, 612] (ERA174B4, R7, R5) PL20/602

A new IC service has started for 2019/20 between Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina and Łódź Fabryczna running via the above previously freight only route. Trains run approximately two hourly with gaps.

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

[601, 114] (ERA177C1, R11) PL20/603

Any listings 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. In the December - March 2019/20 601 PDF, calling services were identified by a Timetable footnote and a < marker at Żakowice and entries in the Żakowice Połudnowie station sheets. Gałkówek via Żakowice Południowe to podg Zielen is common with part of PL20/113.

In the March - June 2020 601 PDF there are none, all those previously calling at Żakowice Południowe to/or from Koluszki ceased running on 14 March as the only services listed are three to, and four from Tomaszów Mazowiecki direct to Slotwiny, i.e. using one of the alternative routes in PL20/113.

However note that a December 2018 traveller advised his Łódź – Koluszki - Opoczno service ran non-stop through Żakowice Południowe so there are probably similar services but there are none with ONLY a < marker at Żakowice in the latest 601 PDF so these cannot be identified from the timetable. A Journey Planner map view may assist.

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

[604, 605] (ERA174B3, E10) PL20/604

This north <=> east curve connects the Warszawa to Radom line with the southern freight ring. In 2019/20 all 604 services to/from Góra Kalwaria use this curve, previously only traversed by those with a '<' against Czachówek Południowy.

Czachówek Południowy – Czachówek Wschodni

[604, 605] (ERA174B3, E10) PL20/605

No scheduled use in 2020. This south <=> east curve connects the Radom to Warszawa line with the southern freight ring. In recent years a few Warszawa to Góra Kalwaria (and v.v.) services continued to Czachówek Południowy to reverse and use this curve. Last known use was up to 12 July 2019.

Warszawa Zachodnia

[608] (ERA174B5, R6) PL20/606

Normally table 608 is only for local services to/from Warszawa Gdanska terminating at Warszawa Zachodnia Peron 8, a through line on a sharp curve in relation to the main station platforms. In 2019/20 until at least 13 June 2020 there is an hourly through service to/from Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina and Legionowo Piaski via Warszawa Gdanska plus a pair of overnight TLK's giving the first opportunity for many years to travel the gap to the main line.

Chotomów – curve 511 - Legionowo Piaski – (Tłuszcz)

[609, 608] (ERA174B5, D9) PL20/607

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 - 12:42 Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki - Tłuszcz
Note A KM 51142 Sierpc - 20:23 Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki - Tłuszcz
Note A KM 15140 Tłuszcz - 14:43 Legionowo Piaski – Sierpc
KM 15142 Tłuszcz - 20:49 Legionowo Piaski – Sierpc

Note A Until 21 May 2020

Obscure services: Lines used on an occasional basis

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

[601] (ERA177B1, R11) PL20/650

There are two routes between Bedoń and Łódź Chojny: a north route via Łódź Widzew or southern 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. There is no complete use of the southern route in 2019/20 and none since diverted PR services between 29 April and 15 May 2019 but Łódź Olechów Wschód to Łódź Chojny is currently in regular use as per PL20/601.

Skierniewice avoiding line: (Bełchów) - podg Skierniewika - line 530 - [Koluszki]

[603, 602] (ERA177C2, E8) PL20/651

This has been used by summer overnight trains to/from the Baltic coast in previous years, and by one train from May to June 2017 but no use indicated in 2020 PDFs.

Czachówek Wschodni - Góra Kalwaria - p.odg Jaźwiny - Pilawa (p.odg Żolnierka)

[605,604] (ERA178B2, E10) PL20/652

No use since 1 September 2018. This is a 29 km section of the eastern end of the Warszawa southern freight ring, avoiding Pilawa.

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

[606] (ERA174B5, R7) PL20/653

Trains between Warszawa Zachodnia and Sochaczew with a < against Warszawa Ursus Północny. None scheduled in 2019/20. Used extensively during 2018/19 from 11 March 2018.

These were routed along line 20 past Odolany carriage sidings and Warszawa Główna Towarowa freight yard to join the Sochaczew line at Warszawa Gołąbki. Inbound and outbound services use different routes between Warszawa Zachodnia and Warszawa-Czyste. Westbound 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 an unnumbered line on the north side from Warszawa Zachodnia Peron 7 to Warszawa-Czyste to join line 20. Services towards Warszawa should run via line 20, Warszawa-Czyste and line 46 underneath the normal main line to reach the eastbound platforms at Warszawa Zachodnia. Either route is a 7km diversion.

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

[606,300,100] (ERA174B4, R5) PL20/654

This route allows trains from Warszawa Gdańska to reach the CMK - the high speed line from Warszawa to Katowice, avoiding Warszawa Zachodnia, as well as being a diversionary route if the line is blocked between Piastów and Warszawa Włochy. Note from Warszawa Gołąbki – Piastów from 2019/20 is in regular use as per PL20/602.

Warszawa Gdańska – Warszawa Jelonki – Line 507 - Warszawa Gołąbki - (Sochaczew)

[606,300] (ERA174B4, R5) PL20/655

No use in 2020. This route allows trains from Warszawa Gdańska to reach the main line from Warszawa to Sochaczew and Poznań. The short connecting line 507 towards Sochaczew splits to run either side of a flyover on the main passenger route east of Warszawa Gołąbki. Note this route is 95% duplicated by PL20/654. Last used by one local train between 12-16 March 2018.

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

[602, 606] (ERA177C2, D8) PL20/656

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

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

[606, 603] (ERA177C2, E8) PL20/657

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 – p.odg. W-wa Michałów – Warszawa Rembertow

[608, 613, KM2] (ERA174B5, not correctly shown, R6, R8) PL20/658

No scheduled use in 2020. The west <=> east curve east of Warszawa Zoo consists of a very large grade separated junction and between p.odg. W-wa Michałów and Warszawa Rembertow this route take totally different alignments east and westbound. The curves allow east - west train services to bypass the three main Warszawa stations to the north. Two westbound Woodstock service used this route in 2017.

Skierniewice – Line 531 - Łowicz Przedmieście

[601, 602, 603, B110] (ERA177C2, D8) PL20/659

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] (ERA174B5, R6, R8) PL20/660

Alternative route between Warszawa Wschodnia and Warszawa Gocławek used by any TLK trains 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. No booked use in 2020 and this line cannot be used at present by any diverted long distance services as Otwock to Pilawa is long term closed for doubling. Last used between 4 August - 1 September 2018

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