Portugal - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Introduction

This list is based on the service valid as at 16 November 2022. CP's timetable periods nominally coincide with those in the rest of Europe, but in practice timetables are changed on an ad hoc basis, often with little notice. At 16 November 2022 the introduction dates of the various tables varied from 12 December 2021 to 11 November 2022!

CP no longer publishes a national railway timetable, so there are no table numbers.

Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA-E" refer to the European Railway Atlas (All-Europe Edition) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "ERA-R" are to the European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - Spain and Portugal) by M.G. Ball.

Obscure services

Lisboa Santa Apolónia (Bif. Xabregas) — Roma Areeiro (Chelas)

[TCE 693] (ERA-E 21C1; ERA-R 42C2) PT23/1

This south to west curve links Santa Apolónia station with Entrecampos and beyond.

R6403 05:35 Lisboa Santa Apolónia - Leiria
R6409 11:50 Lisboa Santa Apolónia - Figueira da Foz
IR811/813 16:53 Lisboa Santa Apolónia - Coimbra-B
IR810 Caldas da Rainha - 08:16 Entrecampos - Lisboa Santa Apolónia
R6452/6408 Leiria - 15:27 Entrecampos - Lisboa Santa Apolónia
R6459/6458/6414 Figueira da Foz - 21:33 Entrecampos - Lisboa Santa Apolónia

Louriçal (Amieira) — Bifurcação de Lares (— Figueira da Foz)

[TCE 693] (ERA-E 20C2; ERA-R 40C2) PT23/2

This south to west curve links the Linha do Oeste with the line to Figueira da Foz. The southbound timing is shown from Figueira da Foz as Bifurcação de Lares is a "v" shaped station, with separate platforms on the two lines.

R6409/6457/6456 11:50 Lisboa Santa Apolónia - 15:39 Louriçal - Figueira da Foz
R6459 17:17 Figueira da Foz - Lisboa Santa Apolónia

Trams

See Portugal - Tram services over obscure routes

Other sparse services

The following lines have few trains (relative to service levels generally in this country) - fewer than four trains each way on at least three days a week - or do not run every day of the week:

Linha da Beira Alta Pampilhosa - Guarda - Vilar Formoso
(- Fuentes de Oñoro (Spain))
All trains have been replaced by buses since 19 April 2022 for major engineering work.
Linha do Minho Valença - Tui/Guillarei (Spain) Two Trencelta services per day to/from Vigo. RENFE Regionales trains are still suspended.
Linha do Leste Entroncamento - Portalegre - Elvas - Badajoz (Spain) Two regional trains a day.
Linha do Vouga Oliveira de Azeméis - Sernada do Vouga Replaced by taxis with no known date for resumption of passenger trains. The line is still used by trains running empty to and from Sernada do Vouga works.

Deletions since last edition

None

See also