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Unusual routes that can be found in the timetable

This page covers the scheduled trains in the timetable that use sections of line that either have a very low service level or are difficult to find.
Known current engineering diversions are highlighted in yellow. Note that these 'scheduled' works may be modified or even cancelled on a week-by-week basis especially the first or last week. Increasingly very little work is being shown in the GBTT despite being shown in ROTR. Work shown in ROTR usually but not always takes place.
The weekly diversions are posted out to members of the GENSHEET email list and the latest posting to the list can be downloaded here

All comments and corrections welcome to the list or alternatively
For lines noted as please send reports or confirmation of any trains using the line sections noted by email or to the list if you are a member of it.
Where platform use determines the route, both the NR 'planajourney' and advanced options on opendata websites give platforming information. The live departure boards for some stations also include platforms.
The two opendata websites of OpenTrainTimes (referred to as OTT below) or Realtimetrains (referred to as RTT below) will show the route taken by individual trains. These sites will also retain the data for a short while. For longer data retention see Charlwood House site. These sites also show any alterations from the planned route, indicated by a timing being VAR or STP not WTT and depending upon the 'clues' one site or the other will perform better.

Rare track used by regular trains

Table Line of interest Observation from timetable
1 Forest Gate - Barking line Some weekend LTS line trains to/from Liverpool Street to serve Stratford shopping centres. Also common diversion
3 Barking Bay Barking P1 - Barking Station Jn.) The bay is now rare with the extension of Gospel Oak services to Barking Riverside. used when LTS lines are closed due to engineering work
3 Gospel Oak chord No current use but a through train from Barking towards Willesden Jn has been run in recent years
3 Kensal Rise chord Trains at Willesden Jn low level (P1 or P2), extended times to/from Kensal Green.
Usually at end or start of service, eg 0551 Willesden Jn - Stratford
3 Primrose Hill Occasional diversion use when Gospel Oak route closed, with a Stratford - Willesden service
3 Stratford main to North London connection A small number of North London line trains use platforms at the main station. Check on RTT for platform use or the list on PSUL. Also see entry for table 14.
eg 1049 Stratford - Clapham Jn and 1037 arrival
5, 6 Ilford up flyover avoider Look for main line trains being overtaken or using P5 at Stratford. Commonly a couple of morning end-of-peak trains and a couple of before peak evening ones
Track inspections in the area, currently on Mondays, force a small area of two track running
Also fairly common with two track working on Sundays
5, 6 Ilford down flyover avoider Look for main line trains being overtaken. Very unusual but track inspections in the area, currently on Wednesdays , force a small area of two track running.
Rare with two track working on Sundays,
6 Manningtree North Curve. Remnant 'legal' service dating from Harwich - north boat trains, direct from Harwich to the north
Obvious in table 6 as an out of pattern train with times at both Harwich and Ipswich. One each way, morning and evening eg 0748 from Harwich PQ.
7 Sudbury branch connection at Marks Tey Some first and last trains on the Sudbury branch are through to/from Colchester
9 Sheringham level crossing North Norfolk Railway dining trains via Cromer
14 Route Stratford Centre Jn E to Stratford P11 & 12 for Tottenham Hale A small number of through trains complete the route Stratford Centre Jn E to/from Stansted/Hertford, usually at beginning or end of service, eg 0552 Liverpool St - Hertford East
Relatively common Sunday diversion sending Stansted / Cambridge trains via Stratford. Also see entry for table 3.
14, 17 Stratford - Seven Sisters via South Tottenham curves 0530 SAT Liverpool St - Enfield Town, although often cancelled or runs direct.
Two ECS run during the week.
15 Hitchin flat crossing, not flyover No current timetabled use
Was used by a small number of fast down trains used the flat crossing in the evening peaks, usually due to a slow Peterborough train coinciding with them. Can see use during engineering work
Check OTT/RTT, trains not via the flyover do not have line DCF noted at Hitchin.
16 Use of down slow no.2 line Finsbury Park - Alexandra Palace. Peak hour trains from Moorgate not calling Harringey.
Check OTT or RTT for trains showing as 'line SL2', eg 1647 Moorgate - Welwyn GC
16 Use of up slow no.2 line Alexandra Palace - Finsbury Park. Peak hour trains to Moorgate not calling Harringey.
Check OTT or RTT for trains at Finsbury Park in the morning peak, trains show as line SL2, eg 0755, 1640 Welwyn GC - Moorgate
16 Hertford loop up slow Most Hertford loop local trains turn in the new Stevenage P5. However some that start ECS from Letchworth, and also any diverted ECML main line services, will use the spur.
Check platforms at Stevenage, eg 0606 Stevenage - Moorgate.
20 Doncaster south approaches: spur line and Loversall Carr down direction Noted as trains being overtaken, or with a fast train close behind. 0803 London - Leeds
Search RTT for location Doncaster Decoy South Jn
Liable to rely on exact running on the day.
20 Doncaster south approaches: Loversall Carr line and flyover up direction A small number of Leeds -> London trains use Doncaster platform 4 or 8, to avoid flat crossing north of Doncaster
0440 MON-FRI York - London uses P4
0737 MON-FRI Harrogate - London uses P8
1745 MON-FRI Leeds - London uses P8
1045 SUN Leeds - London uses P8
Alternatively search RTT for location Doncaster Decoy South Jn
20, 31 Shaftholme - Askern - Knottingley GC London - Bradford trains calling Pontefract Monkhill.
Alternative route for Doncaster - Leeds / York trains late at night listed below.
Search RTT for trains timed at Knottingley south Jn
20 (Askern - Knottingley) - Church Fenton Can be used by late evening Doncaster - York trains, none show this as the 'normal' route

Usually also runs as a diversion few weekends a year
Search RTT for trains timed at Knottingley south Jn
20, 21 Old east coast main line Temple Hirst Jn - Selby London - Hull trains are usually via Selby, while the local services are via Goole.
20 Hambleton South - West Jns A few Leeds - London trains do not call Wakefield, and these will usually be via this route.
Search RTT for trains timed at Leeds and Temple Hirst Jn
Current timetable 0656 SAT Skipton - London
20 York avoiding lines Most 'Lumo' services to Edinburgh not calling York. However early signs are that it is somewhat unreliable in operation Search RTT for location York Yard South
21, 50 Sheffield area Tinsley route Normally trains not calling Rotherham Central use the main line via Masborough station site, exceptions are a few XC for route knowledge purposes late at night.
0320 Sheffield - Manchester (runs via Huddersfield)
1935 Bristol - Leeds
2349 Manchester - Sheffield (runs via Huddersfield)
Search RTT for location Broughton Lane Jn
21 Trains via Thrybergh Jn not Swinton No delay apparent in the public timetable, but a small number of trains (8) are run via Thrybergh Jn for route knowledge purposes. Unusually they are not all in the middle of the night, 1702 Scarborough - 1920 Doncaster - Sheffield
Search RTT for location Thrybergh Jn
22 Sherburn Jn - Gascoigne Wood Jn or Hambleton North Selby - York trains calling Sherburn in Elmet must run via Sherburn Jn - Gascoigne Wood Jn
Any not calling Sherburn in Elmet are normally via Hambleton North and ECML, eg 1456 Bridlington - York
Check route points on RTT, eg Hambleton North Jn and Selby.
39 Milford Jn - Gascoigne Wood jn Route knowledge trains Leeds - Hull eg 2130 Manchester - Hull
Search RTT for locationMilford Jn and trains to/from Hull
23, 39, 50 Castleford - Milford Jn Leeds - York trains taking ~40 minutes in addition to the train above
Used by a number of overnight/early services York - Manchester, and following daytime examples
1748 Scarborough - Leeds
2020 Leeds - Scarborough
Search RTT for trains timed at Milford Jn or the list on PSUL
26 Gainsborough - Barnetby One train each way MON-FRI (previously 3 each way on SAT)
26 M-S Connecting line to Retford HL station from Sheffield Slight extended timing, usually on first / last trains, and use of Retford platform 2
27 Altofts curve Fast services, not calling Castleford between Leeds and Wakefield Kirkgate, are the main users of this route
28 Hare Park - Crofton East Jn GC London - Bradford services can use this route if not calling Pontefract Monkhill. 1948 London - Bradford
Used by a late night Sheffield - Leeds which unusually does not call Sandal & Aggbrigg. 2315 MON - THU Sheffield - Leeds
Currently no XC / EC this route, knowledge retained by ECS
2330 Manchester - Sheffield, 0325 Sheffield - Manchester (run via Huddersfield)
28 Hare Park - Wakefield Calder Bridge Jn - Turners Lane Jn (for Leeds via Altofts) Used by a late night Sheffield - Leeds local train that unusually does not call between Fitzwilliam and Leeds. 2315 FRI Sheffield - Leeds
Currently no XC / EC this route, knowledge retained by ECS
30 Moorthorpe - Pontefract Baghill - Sherburn S Jn Table 33 local trains, most of the trains shown are via Leeds or Doncaster
Search RTT for locationMilford Jn
Also used for planned work diverting XC services Sheffield - Leeds not calling Doncaster or Sheffield
31 SUN Leeds Whitehall curve 0810 SUN Bradford - London is often diverted and uses part of this route.
32 Knottingley - Goole Limited service, 3 trains total M-S
Huddersfield - Wakefield Kirkgate - Altofts - Leeds Night Manchester - Leeds trains taking ~35 minutes Huddersfield - Leeds, eg SAT 0252 York - Manchester Airport.
Also a likely weekend diversion, search for Manchester trains at Altofts Jn
39 Leeds - Castleford - York Overnight Manchester - York trains taking ~50 minutes Leeds - York, eg SAT 0252 York - Manchester Airport or the list on PSUL. These are often revised from WTT.
  • 2042 Manchester - York
  • 2020 Leeds - Scarborough
  • 1748 Scarborough - Leeds
  • 0607 SAT York - Plymouth
Search at Castleford for trains to/from York or Manchester
40 Northallerton low level: Northallerton East - Boroughbridge Road - Longlands Jns Used by a few services, notable for not calling Northallerton
MON - FRI London - Middlesbrough pair Search RTT for locationBoroughbridge Road LC
41 Stockton Cut Jn - Hartburn Jn. Trains not calling Middlesbrough. Used by GC services London - Sunderland and also some local services Hartlepool - Darlington on SUN
20, 40, 42 Trains via Gateshead (HLB South Jn - Greensfield - KEB East - KEB south jns) Workings from the south/west into Newcastle via High level Bridge, most obvious being those into platform 1 or delayed.
Also used to turn ECML train sets.
eg 1101 Newcastle - Liverpool from P1
2000 London - Sunderland (before Newcastle call)
Search RTT for location via Gateshead or the list on PSUL
41 Trains via Gateshead (Park Lane - Greensfield - KEB East - KEB north jns) Sunderland - Newcastle via King Edward Bridge, most obvious being any to the high numbered west bays.
2000 London - Sunderland (after Newcastle call)
Search RTT for location via Gateshead
Also sees use by weekend ECML diversions.
41 NYMR Grosmont connection Used by NYMR through Pickering - Whitby trains, no longer shown in the timetable
52 Bedford - Wellingborough vis Wymington tunnel No current timetabled use.
Look for any trains overtaken near Wellingborough, or those that use Wellingborough P3/P4 and show slow lines throughout. Route also used for diversions and late at night.
52 Corby - Manton Jn Used by the direct London - Melton Mowbray trains, 0945/1835 London - Melton Mowbray
Used for late night diversions 'not calling Market Harborough' eg 2335 London - Nottingham. Similar diversions also occur at weekends.
53 Trains via Toton yard Several routes can be via Toton
  • Trains between Nottingham and Alfreton taking ~35 minutes not 25 are via Attenborough and Toton. Once the normal route, now a small number of trains for route retention.
    eg 0603 Sheffield - Nottingham
  • Trains between Derby - Chesterfield, via Long Eaton and Toton. Common for night/weekend engineering, and can be found due to the 20 minute additional time.
    2320 SAT Sheffield - Derby, also common diversion for 2330 Sheffield - Derby
  • Trains between Derby - London, via Chesterfield and Toton. Also shows as 20 minute additional time, for night / weekend engineering.
  • Trains between Chesterfield - London, not via Derby. There have been some timetabled expresses in the past, also a small number during weekend engineering.<
Search RTT for location Toton Centre
53 Chesterfield - Barrow Hill - Beighton Trains between Sheffield and Chesterfield with delays, 20 vs 15 minutes. Common early/late day diversion, or for route knowledge.
  • 1808 Edinburgh - Birmingham
  • 1702 London - 1835 Derby - Sheffield
  • 1750 Norwich - Sheffield
  • 0520 SAT Nottingham - Liverpool

Search RTT for location Barrow Hill Jn
54 Use Ely West Curve 1553 SUN Norwich - Peterborough - Manchester not calling Ely.
54 Syston North curve. A small number of Nottingham - Peterborough trains call or are via Melton Mowbray not Grantham
eg 0607 Nottingham - Norwich
Occasional weekend diversion if ECML is closed peterborough - Grantham
55 Pye Bridge line 2343 Worksop - Nottingham not calling Hucknall.
May be diverted to normal route, or the outward train be diverted via Pye Bridge
50, 56 Lichfield - Alrewas - Burton Trains between Birmingham and Derby with delays ~20 minutes, a common weekend diversion.
0807 SUN Leeds - Plymouth - some dates only.
All day SUN 12 / 19 / 26 Feb and 5 March
Search RTT for location Alrewas
56 Kingsbury - Whitacre Jns. Trains between Birmingham and Derby with delays or overtaken are candidates to use this route, or may happen to correct out of course running.
Search RTT for location Whitacre for trains calling Derby. Operation has been unreliable,
  • 2136 MON-SAT Nottingham - Birmingham
  • 0900 SUN Leeds - Plymouth often via this route
Also often used for weekend engineering to run Derby - Coleshill trains, with buses then to Birmingham which guarantees use.
58 Allington W - N line. Some Nottingham - Skegness trains omit Grantham, eg 0950 Nottingham - Skegness
Also any additional holiday trains, and also used if East Coast main line is closed at Grantham
59 M-F Werrington diveunder ECML diversions via Spalding, most passenger services still use flat route and bidirectional up slow line
1710 Peterborough - Lincoln and inward usually via diveunder
59 M-F Sleaford avoider 2310 Peterborough - Lincoln not calling Sleaford
Also used for ECML diversions Peterborough - Doncaster
59 M-S Direct between Gainsborough & Doncaster 5 trains a day. Now obvious on this table as it does not show the trains that are via Sheffield
Also used for ECML diversions Peterborough or Newark - Doncaster
59 Doncaster south approaches: east slow and Black Carr - Bessacarr Check platform at Doncaster for Lincoln trains using P1/P2/P3
2046 SAT Doncaster - Sleaford
Also southbound East Coast trains diverting via Lincoln use East slow
65 Stafford - Crewe down slow line, part of the Norton Bridge junction Check for trains times at Searchlight Lane and ignore those via Stoke, so mainly look for Liverpool services
65 Stoke - Stafford up fast line, part of the Norton Bridge junction No easy search, use PSUL
65 Prolonged closure Carstairs Final phase of work through to 4 June, only affects Carstairs station - Edinburgh.
  • Additional services via Kilmarnock SAT SUN
  • Glasgow - XC via Newcastle diverted via Shotts
  • Glasgow sleeper via Rutherglen - Cumbernauld
  • Sleepers via ECML, so using Kings cross incline and either Primrose Hill or Harlesden - Willesden reversing Wembley yard
50, 115 Small Heath Jn - Bordesley Jn - St Andrews Jn - Grand Jnc XC services that do not call at Coventry, at present just 1228 & 1430 Banbury - Newcastle, 1133 and 1333 from Birmingham<
Previously hourly/small>
68 Aston - Stechford London - Glasgow sleeper, on some dates. XC route knowledge trains no longer run.
Occasional diversion route when Rugby - Stafford closed fully
68, 69 Route taken Birmingham - Wolverhampton / Walsall.
Certain trains may be noted from timings to be delayed or overtaken, so implying the use of different routes. Birmingham - Wolverhampton times of 25 to 35 minutes as opposed to the normal 17 are indicitive of unusual routes, but may also arise from large recovery allowances. Late night services may be timed for the slowest route, but are frequently revised to another
Checks for locations of Darlaston Jn and Perry Barr West will show up most services of interest
Soho - Perry Barr - Bescot Most fast trains Birmingham New Street -> Tame Bridge (to Rugeley / Wolverhampton)
Can see use by longer distance services
Bescot - Wolverhampton New regular services from 2022, set up to serve future stations on this line.
xx52 Birmingham - Crewe
Also a few other services 1810 Shrewsbury - Birmingham, 32 mins and overtaken
Note that the last two late Euston - Wolverhampton trains are timed this route but often diverted back to the normal route or additionally diverted via Aston
New St - Aston - Bescot - Wolverhampton MON-THU 2306 Birmingham International - Shrewsbury timed around 35 minutes.
Common for the last two late Euston - Wolverhampton trains.
New St - Aston - Perry Barr - Soho - Wolverhampton Possible diversion for the last two late Euston - Wolverhampton trains.
69 Pleck - Darlaston Jn Walsall - Wolverhampton direct, a one-a-week closure avoidance train has ceased. Was 0543 SAT Wolverhampton - Walsall - Rugeley
Frequent service likely again soon
73 Hatton North curve Stratford on Avon via Dorridge and reverse services, most daytime hours
eg 1203 SAT Stratford - Kidderminster
50, 74, 132 Birmingham Camp Hill Line No time penalty occurs so these are not detectable in public times, but a proportion of XC services (14 on MON-FRI, 5 SAT) run via Camp Hill.
eg 1342 Birmingham - Bristol, 1153 Plymouth - Manchester
Also 0836 Malvern - Birmingham
Search RTT for location Lifford East Jn
50, 74, 132 Galton - Smethwick Jns and via Kidderminster A few trains Birmingham - Worcester / Cheltenham trains run via Kidderminster, mainly for route knowledge
Usually early or late in the day, eg 0500 Birmingham - Cardiff, 2058 Hereford - Birmingham.
Check for trains with times at both Birmingham New St and Kidderminster on RTT
Trains taking 1 hour Cheltenham - Birmingham or not calling Bromsgrove are candidates, but not guaranteed as a similar public timings may be given for the few trains non-stop via Worcester and Bromsgrove. Both routes are unreliable due to late night engineering work. Check schedules near the intended date of travel on OTT/RTT
77 Warrington Bank Quay - Acton Grange Jn via low level line Around half of the services Chester - Warrington run via the low level lines due to conflicting with Crewe - Warrington main line trains.
Many of the Chester - Leeds services, eg 1126 SAT Chester - Leeds
Check RTT for Walton Old Jn.
As this can depend on the timekeeping of both services the use of this line is unpredictable, although at Warrington the set route can at least be discerned from the signalling.
77 Ellesmere Port - Helsby Trains calling Ince & Elton. Note that only the trains to Warrington or beyond run past Helsby through the junction
  • 0510 MON-SAT Liverpool - Ellesmere Port
  • 0633 MON-SAT Ellesmere Port - Helsby
  • 1850 MON-SAT Helsby - Ellesmere Port
  • 1906 MON-SAT Ellesmere Port - Liverpool
81 Wrexham connecting line First/last Bidston line trains that start/end at Wrexham General use connecting line (platform 3) as stock travels to/from Chester
Check platform use.
1900 SUN Bidston - Wrexham
85 Earlestown west curve
  • 0510 MON-SAT Liverpool - Ellesmere Port
  • 1906 MON-SAT Ellesmere Port - Liverpool
84, 85 Golborne Jn - Lowton Jn - Newton le Willows Jn A small number of Wigan - Liverpool trains call at or are via Newton le Willows, identifiable by the lack of a stop at St Helens and footnote.
  • 1542 MON - FRI Liverpool - Wigan NW
  • 1831 MON - SAT Liverpool - Wigan NW
  • 0924 MON - FRI Wigan NW - Liverpool
93 Heald Green direct line Manchester - Crewe trains not calling Stockport or Manchester Airport. 0511 Manchester - Bournemouth, 1940 London - Manchester.
Late evening trains are unreliable and are frequently diverted via Stockport.
Conversley, the 2200 Euston - Manchester is also often diverted via Styal.
97 Dinting triangle avoiding Glossop Manchester -> Hadfield -> Glossop - Manchester and (previously) the reverse in evenings, more frequent previously in both peaks
0532 Manchester - Hadfield, 2329 MON - SAT Manchester - Hadfield
Additionally in the autumn the service is usually more extensive
97 Stockport - Guide Bridge Stockport to Stalybridge, once-a-week closure avoidance trains.
  • 0830 SAT Stalybridge - Stockport
  • 0904 SAT Stockport - Stalybridge
77, 85 Earlestown curve Warrington BQ - Liverpool services, currently just the 0510 Liverpool - Ellesmere Port and 1609 Ellesmere Port - Liverpool
Can see use by diverted london - Liverpool trains
100, 101 Parkside curve Usual route for the Manchester - Barrow / Windermere services calling at Wigan NW.
Check for trains timed at both Eccles and Wigan NW
100, 101 Connections to Wigan NW from Wallgate line Check for trains at Salford Crescent and Wigan NW eg 1720 Manchester - Wigan
Hellifield - Clitheroe A couple of 'day trip' trains run to Hellifield or the Settle and Carlisle line from Preston area on Sundays.
eg 0840 Blackpool - Carlisle
To cease May
106 Heysham branch As easily seen in printed timetable, also use Bare Lane - Morecambe Platform 2
106 Hest Bank curve. Lancaster - Carnforth - Morecambe trains, minimal legal service. 0519 MON - SAT Lancaster - Carnforth - Morecambe
113 Northolt Jn Trains from Marylebone calling South Ruislip use the underpass (line SL), mainly those to Gerrards Cross. Fast London - High Wycombe use the relatively new flat junction (line FL)
50, 120, 122 Reading West underpass line (DFR) Trains between high number platforms 12-15 and Basingstoke / Newbury line
Mainly at start / end of service, search for Reading - Reading West and check suitable platform numbers, eg 0516 Reading - Newbury, 1645 Bournemouth - Manchester
50, 120, 122 Reading West underpass line (UFM) Trains between mid number platforms 9, 10, 11 and Basingstoke / Newbury line
The common route, check trains with suitable platform numbers, eg 1057 Newbury - London
123 Reading Festival line (FVL) Trains between low number platforms 3, 7, 8 and relief line to Didcot, line code FVL
Most XC services, search for Reading to Oxford and check trains with suitable platform numbers, eg 1415 Reading - Manchester, 0727 Manchester - Bournemouth
123 Didcot Foxhall Jn Previous XC route knowledge train no longer running
Can see diversion use at weekends.
126 Leckwith connection west of Cardiff Delays to Cardiff - Bridgend trains, although historically unreliable there are now booked calls at Ninian Park
Check for trains timed at both Penarth curve north Jn and Bridgend.
  • 0535 Cardiff - Milford Haven (calls Ninian Park)
  • 0554 Cardiff - Maesteg
  • 0631 Cardiff - Pembroke Dock (calls Ninian Park)
  • 2315 Cardiff - Carmarthen
  • 0346 Swansea - London
  • 0500 Carmarthen - Cardiff (calls Ninian Park)
  • 1850 Carmarthen - Cardiff
  • 1915 Milford Haven - Cardiff (calls Ninian Park)
  • 2115 Maesteg - Cardiff (calls Ninian Park)
  • 2010 Tenby - Cardiff (calls Ninian Park)
126 Margam OVE line 0346 Swansea - London has added time and on RTT / OTT shows line OVE at Margam, however may be diverted to standard route.
126 Trains not calling Swansea In practice trains may use either Swansea District (SD) or Landore curve (LC).
  • 1041 Holyhead - 1513 Cardiff - Llanelli (SD)
  • 1831 MON-THU Manchester - Carmarthen (SD)
  • 1204 SUN Cardiff - Milford Haven (LC)
  • 1250 MON-FRI Fishguard - Cardiff (SD)
  • 1241 SAT, 1240 SUN Fishguard - Cardiff (LC)
Individual trains can be checked for the date of travel at OTT

126 Carmarthen avoiding line Check printed timetables for trains not calling Carmarthen
1058 MON-SAT Swansea - Fishguard
133 Dr Days curve avoiding Bristol 1559 Filton Abbey Wood - Bath, route also often used for weekend or weeknight diversions
138 Coombe Junction - platform Only the 4 trains calling Coombe, and probably only when passengers are present, run to Coombe platform. Otherwise reverse short at Coombe Jn
50, 150 Reading Spur Junction Used by trains to/from Guildford using main line platforms (7-10) at Reading
None planned, but use may arise when XC services are diverted via Guildford when the line to Basingstoke is shut
Check the platforms for trains to/from Guildford or directly for location Reading New Junction
150 Reading Southern Junction Used by trains to/from Guildford using relief line platforms (11-15) at Reading, mainly local trains to/from carriage sidings. eg 1729 Gatwick - Reading
Full list on PSUL
During the day most trains will use the 'Southern' platforms (4-6) also used by Waterloo trains. Use also may arise when XC services are diverted via Guildford when the line to Basingstoke is shut
Check the platforms for trains Reading - Guildford
151 Addlestone - Byfleet Daily on Sundays for Waterloo - Staines - Woking trains, which go to Weybridge MON - SAT. Also a common weekend diversion around line blockages between Waterloo and Woking.
Yeovil Pen Mill - Junction The small number of direct trains are listed in the table 153A
Also used for diversions when Salisbury - Yeovil is closed.
161 Point Pleasant Jn - East Putney LUL - Wimbledon main line Trains will have a delay but this is not conclusive. The most likely are 0454 Basingstoke - Waterloo and 2312 Waterloo - Basingstoke. The late night trains especially are often revised and run main line. Equally to allow the short route without waiting time, the public times can be 'normal'. Trains with specifically altered schedules may be a safer bet

In some weeks a few other late/early services may be diverted, check on Journeyplanners for platform at Clapham Jn or on RTT for SW trains at East Putney
Weekend diversion are rare but known seen in this 2004 photo
Fulwell curve Strawberry Hill The small number of peak hour trains show up in the pdf timetable as Shepperton - Twickenham services, eg 1743 Waterloo - Shepperton
Also used for diversions when Kingston (incl) - Wimbledon is closed, but if Kingston can be reached trains will usually reverse there.
155, 178 Portsmouth & Southsea low level platforms Services starting / terminating at Portsmouth & Southsea, approx 1 per hour each route. Check platform numbers in RTT / OTT
162 Streatham reversible (fast) spur No longer used by WTT services. Trains will show on journey planners as using Clapham Jn P12/13 (fast lines) not P14/15 (slow lines) and the schedule has 'RVL' - 'FL' line codes.
Use can also be forced by engineering work closing the slow lines, or diversions via Dorking from the Gatwick route
163 Streatham Hill - Tulse Hill 0750, 0820 Streatham Hill - London Bridge.
167 Factory Jn - Battersea Park Shown by timetable footnotes, trains not running to/from Clapham Jn, eg 2204 Dalston - Battersea.
Can also see use due to engineering work.
168, 3 Falcon Jn - Clapham Jn Pl 16/17 (Victoria side) - Latchmere Jn. Even if not through from East Croydon etc, Southern services use this route. The Clapham Jn - Stratford via Willesden trains, operator [LO] run from the Staines lines side of Clapham Junction (Plat 1).
168 West London Jn - Willesden Jn (Acton) - Sudbury Jn Note that East Croydon - Watford trains use the slow lines north of Wembley, so use the 'Willesden Relief' lines both ways, not fast line from West London jn.
180 Victoria - Factory Jn via Stewarts Lane low level. Planned for 0500 Gillingham - Victoria, not reliably used. This route forms an extra line due to there only being 3 tracks at high level into Victoria, and it was mostly used inbound. Easiest during engineering work. Search RTT for passenger services at location Stewarts Lane Jn
180 Brixton Jn - Canterbury Road Jn - Cambria Jn (most trains use Crofton Road J-South London line-Voltaire Road Jn). Main use is for trains that do not stop but are still routed via Catford
Details in PSUL or check trains to/from Victoria using platforms 3 or 4 at Denmark Hill
Check RTT for location Canterbury Road Jn
Also a common weekend diversion, which can be unnoticed unless the whole Herne Hill route is blocked as otherwise it has little effect on timings.
180, 188 Shortlands Junction 'old' flat route Stopping trains are on the southernmost lines using P1/P2 at Shortlands and Bromley South, so use the newer diveunder line, although this is designated 'FL'.
The 'flat' route is used mainly by Rochester line trains that are routed via Catford, eg 1342 London Vic - Gillingham
180, 191 New Beckenham - Beckenham Junction Used by route knowledge trains late at night, 0015 London - Tunbridge Wells, 0445 Tonbridge - London although these can be diverted to normal route. Common weekend diversion, most often of Hastings services with closures through Lewisham & Grove Park
180, 191 Bickley - Petts Wood fast curve SUN 0015 London CHX - Tonbridge, look for trains at Orpington P2 / P3. Most likely use is through engineering diversions. Line is coded DFV and UFV on data sites OTT and RTT
182 Ladywell spur (Ladywell Jn - Parks Bridge Jn) The normal route for Charing Cross - Hayes services as these do not not call Lewisham
Half hourly M-S
Routes show up on all data feed sites
184, 185, 186 Lewisham Vale Jn - Tanners Hill Jn. Charing Cross - Lewisham services, services to/from Cannon St use slow lines and stop at New Cross or St Johns.
Search RTT for passenger services at locationLewisham Vale Jn not going to Victoria
184 Slade Green - Barnehurst Trains calling at both Slade Green and Barnehurst are a circular service on Woolwich / Bexleyheath lines, shows clearly in timetable pdf eg1101 from Cannon St
, also used for diversions with closures towards Dartford
185 Crayford curve, Crayford A Jn - Crayford B Jn Trains calling at both Slade Green and Crayford are a circular service on Woolwich / Sidcup lines, shows clearly in timetable pdf eg 1818 from Cannon St
Peak MON-FRI only
188 Chislehurst curves Returned to frequent use by Charing Cross - Maidstone trains, there are also peak hour services Faversham/Gillingham - Cannon St via Swanley. At present uses the reversible curve up direction to access the slow lines directly Most up services use 'CL'. The reversible spur (line code RVL) is only used in the up direction by the 0656 Ramsgate - Cannon St, but can also be used with the fairly common diversion of T189 Charing Cross - Kent services via Maidstone East.
188 Sittingbourne west curve Direct service (0505 M-F Gillingham - Sheerness) for startup of service direct from Gillingham depot, or very rare engineering work scenario.
189 Minster south-west curve MON - FRI at school times call at both Sandwich and Minster, obvious in pdf timetables.
  • Faversham - 0737 Ramsgate - 0804 Minster - London
  • 1524 Dover - Faversham
Also used for diversions of Dover trains to Minster when there are buses Minster - Ramsgate
209 Mossend S to E jns Single legal minimum service train, currently 0559 MON-SAT Motherwell - Shotts - Edinburgh.
2313 SAT Edinburgh - Carstairs - Motherwell has seen frequent diversions to this route, as can the Glasgow - London sleeper
65, 209 Holytown - Wishaw Another 'legal minimum' line, at least for local trains
0739 Carstairs - Garscadden
Also used by some through trains, best found by a search for 'not Scotrail' services at Holytown Jn:
  • 0428 (0426 SAT) Glasgow - London
  • 0452 Glasgow - Manchester Apt
  • 0745 Glasgow - Liverpool
  • 0520 Wolverhampton - Glasgow
  • 1612 Liverpool - Glasgow
65 Newton East Jn 0426 SAT Glasgow - London uses this route for route knowledge reasons. Found by checking for 'not Scotrail' services at Mount Florida
65, 209 Through trains via Carmyle 0745 Glasgow - Manchester Apt, 1612 Liverpool - Glasgow for route knowledge reasons. Found by checking for 'not Scotrail' services at Carmyle
65, 209 Mossend N - E 0745 Glasgow - Manchester Apt, 1612 Liverpool - Glasgow for route knowledge reasons. Found by checking for 'not Scotrail' services at Carmyle
50, 209 Train via Edinburgh suburban 2105 MON-FRI Glasgow - Edinburgh, for route knowledge reasons. Found by checking for passenger services at Craiglockhart Jn using OTT or RTT
50, 209 Through train via Shotts 2105 SAT Glasgow - Edinburgh, for route knowledge reasons. Found by checking for 'not Scotrail' services at Benhar Jn (code XLB) using OTT or RTT
215 Winchburgh - Dalmeny Planned engineering diversion for late night Fife - Edinburgh services, may be unreliable
  • 2231 MON-THU Dundee - Edinburgh
  • 2258 SUN Glenrothes - Edinburgh
Peak service withdrawn from 2020, and potential diversion use for Glasgow - Aberdeen services is not favoured currently
215 Thornton S to W jn The Fife circle trains only run on SUN [from 2022]. On MON-SAT most now terminate at Cowdenbeath or Thornton in preparation to run, in future, onto Leven.
  • 0729 MON-FRI Glenrothes - Edinburgh
  • 1711 MON-FRI Edinburgh - Glenrothes
215 Thornton N to W jn There are a number of Perth / Dundee / Markinch - Dunfermline - Edinburgh trains, mainly for end of service stock positioning or route knowledge reasons.
  • 2318 MON-SAT Edinburgh - Perth
  • 1855 SUN Edinburgh - Perth
  • 0600 MON-SAT Perth - Edinburgh
  • 0700 MON-FRI Perth - Edinburgh
  • 0936 SUN Perth - Edinburgh
218 Cowlairs N - E jns The Fort William sleeper service runs via Queen St low level and Bathgate at present, but may use this route if late. Summer SUN Edinburgh - Oban train ceased after 2022
219 Inverness Rose Street curve None in current timetable
Any altered trains can be noted as to/from Dingwall but using the 'south' platforms (1-4) at Inverness
LUL Use of Rickmansworth curve Several services at the start or end of the day.
Can see use in disrupted operations.
LUL Kensington Olympia SAT SUN regular use, MON-FRI see LUL timetablesL
Sheffield Tram Use of curve to avoid city centre Several services at the start or end of the day.
Manchester Tram Media City triangle See PSUL

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