Slovakia - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Introduction

This list is based on the timetable dated from 15 December 2019 to 12 December 2020, unless otherwise shown. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: in the Slovak Railways timetable (Cestovný poriadok), the "crossed hammers" working days symbol means "Mondays to Fridays" not, as for most other railways, "Mondays to Saturdays".

Obscure services

In the heading to each entry, the map reference for the line in the European Railway Atlas 2016 published by M.G. Ball is shown.

Zbehy – Jelšovce

[140,141] (ERA 204A3) SK20/1

This curve is used by trains running directly between Prievidza and Bratislava, avoiding Lužianky. There are regular trains throughout the day and these can be readily identified in the ZSSK timetable as follows: For southbound services use timetable 140 and look for trains starting from Prievidza callling at Topoľčany with a black line below as far as Jelšovce and destination Bratislava hl.n. For northbound trains use timetable 141 and look for trains starting from Bratislava hl.n. with a departure time from Zbehy but seemingly no further stops until the destination of Prievidza.

Kysak avoiding line: Veľká Lodina (Kysak výh. č 35/36) – Obišovce (Kysak výh. č 39/40)

[180, 188] (ERA 202A3) SK20/2

This curve is used by trains between Prešov and Margecany which are not booked to call and reverse at Kysak. Note that trains designated 'EC' are services of private operator Leo Express, so ZSSK tickets/concessions are not valid. Between Košice and Prešov and vice versa, Leo Express services may carry a different train number from that shown below.

EC1263 Praha hl.n. – 03:11 Spišská Nová Ves - Prešov
FO R15711 Bratislava hlavná stanica – 20:41 Margecany - Humenné
EC1257 Praha hl.n. – 21:23 Spišská Nová Ves - Prešov
EC1254 05:38 Prešov - Praha hl.n.
SuO R17612 Humenné – 15:36 Prešov - Bratislava hlavná stanica
EC1250 23:42 Prešov - Praha hl.n.

Lipany – Plaveč

[188] (ERA 91A5) SK20/3

This is part of the former international route between Kraków and Košice but now has a very restricted dated service.

D1 FO 8520 15:57 Lipany - Čirč
D2 SuO 8752 16:00 Lipany – Čirč
D1 FSuO 8529 17:10 Čirč - Lipany

D1 8., 30.IV., 7.V., 30.VI., 14.IX., 28.X., 16.XI., but not 27.XII., 3.I., 6.III., 10.IV., 1., 8.V., 3.VII. - 28.VIII., 30.X.

D2 7.I., 3.II., 14.IV., 1., 15.IX., 17.XI., but not 22.XII. - 6.I., 2.II., 1.III., 12.IV., 5.VII. -30.VIII.

Plaveč – Čirč – Muszyna[PL]

[188] (ERA 91A5) SK20/4

This west to north curve is part of the former international route between Kraków and Košice. Two seasonal weekend train pairs are the only trains to use this curve AND continue to Muszyna in Poland. SK20/3 uses the curve but only continues as far as Čirč.

D1 SSuO RR8360 Poprad–Tatry - 08:52 Plaveč - Muszyna
D1 FSuO 8520 Lipany – 16:40 Plaveč – Čirč
D1 SSuO RR8361 09:53 Muszyna – Poprad-Tatry
D1 FSuO 8529 17:10 Čirč - Lipany

D1 F and Su, also 7.I, 3.II., 8., 14., 30.IV., 7.V., 30.VI., 1., 14., 15.IX., 28.X., 16., 17.XI., does not run 22.XII. - 6.I., 2.II., 1., 6.III., 10., 12.IV., 1., 8.V., 3.VII. - 30.VIII., 30.X.

Žilina – Žilina-Teplička

(ERA 200A3) SK20/5

Staff trains run to and from the marshalling yards east of Žilina, probably using the flyover east of Žilina and the goods lines. The following are 2018 timings. The compilers would greatly appreciate any information on the routes used by these trains.

9901 05:35 Žilina - Žilina-Teplička (arr 05:49)
9903 17:35 Žilina - Žilina-Teplička (arr 17:49)
9900 06:06 Žilina-Teplička - Žilina (arr 06:20)
9902 18:06 Žilina-Teplička - Žilina (arr 18:20)

Ružomberok – Zápalkáreň

(ERA 90A4 not shown) SK20/6

Shuttles ran along this 3 km freight line in July and August 2019.

Dates and times for the 2020 shuttles can be found at https://www.ruzomberok.sk/oznamy/leto-s-korytkom-2020.html

Trams

See Slovakia - 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 each weekday. Note some operating days to Muráň, Slavošovce & Dobšiná were revised on 27 July:

112 Zohor – Plavecké Podhradie Three pairs SO from Bratislava Hl s from 4 July to 15 September 2020. See here for details
122 Trenčianska Teplá - Trenčianske Teplice For operating dates of this NG electric tramway in 2020 see the operators' website [1]
123 Horné Srnie - Vlárský průsmyk(CD) This table has disappeared from the timetable pdfs
165 Plešivec - Muráň SuO train from Košice 5 July - 13 September plus 1 & 15 September 2020. See here for details
166 Plešivec - Slavošovce SO train from Košice on 4, 18 July, 8, 22, 29 August, 12 September 2020. See here for details
167 Rožňava - Dobšiná SO train from Košice on 11, 25 July, 1, 15 August, 5 September 2020. See here for details
169 Košice - Hidasnémeti (Hungary)
173 Červená Skala - Dobšinská Ľadová Jaskyňa
174 Brezno-Halny - Tisovec
185 Stará Ľubovňa - Plaveč
186 Spišská Nová Ves - Levoča The usual numerous return journeys were scheduled for 4 & 5 July 2020 but the Religious event these run for was cancelled.
188 Lipany - Plaveč - Muszyna (Poland)
191 Medzilaborce mesto - Lupków (Poland)

Deletions since previous edition

SK19/3 Čierna nad Tisou – Čop (Ukraine) No longer a sparse difficult to identify service
Table 112 Zohor - Plavecký Mikuláš Service withdrawn but see above Sparse Services section for limited trains to Plavecké Podhradie in 2020

Lines without services

The following lines have no passenger service, but are still included in the Cestovný poriadok:

135 Komárno - Komárom (Hungary)
190 Slovenské Nové Mesto - Sátoraljaújhely (Hungary)

See also