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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. It is also possible to enter a train identifier in the advanced searches, these are given where useful.

Rare track used by regular trains

Table Line of interest Observation from timetable
1 Forest Gate - Barking line and Barking flyover.
See also table 3 entry below
LTS line trains to/from Liverpool Street to serve Stratford shopping centres. Also common diversion
3 Barking Flyover (Tilbury Line W Jn - Barking Station Jn.) Start and end of service trains can use P7/P8 not P1 for ease of depot access
See also table 1 trains to/from Liverpool St
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 Stratford main to North London connection A number of North London line trains use platforms at the main station. Check on RTT for platform use. Also see entry for table 14.
eg 1523 Stratford - Clapham Jn
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
0900 M-F Colchester - London
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,
7 Sudbury branch connection at Marks Tey Some first and last trains on the Sudbury branch are through to/from Colchester
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.
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. Also see entry for table 3.
14, 17 Stratford - Seven Sisters via South Tottenham curves Service ceased ? Was 0520 SAT Liverpool St - Enfield Town
15 Hitchin flat crossing, not flyover Service ceased ? 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.
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',
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 0810, 1710 Welwyn GC - Moorgate
20 Doncaster south approaches: spur line and Loversall Carr down direction Noted as trains being overtaken, or with a fast train close behind. None in current timetable.
Search RTT for location Doncaster Decoy South Jn
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
0736 Harrogate - 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
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.
0521 Sheffield - Cleethorpes
1935 Bristol - Leeds
2126 Cleethorpes - Sheffield
2220 Manchester - Doncaster
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 (11) are run via Thrybergh Jn for route knowledge purposes. Unusually they are not all in the middle of the night, 1700 Scarborough - 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 1550 Hull - York
Check route points on RTT, eg Hambleton North Jn and Selby.
23, 39, 50 Castleford - Milford Jn Leeds - York trains taking ~40 minutes
Common with a few late/overnight/early services York - Manchester, also sometimes XC.
2124 Leeds - Scarborough
Search RTT for trains timed at Leeds and Milford Jn
26 SAT Gainsborough - Barnetby Trains to Cleethorpes via Kirton Lindsey, has been 3 a week on Saturdays for several years
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 - Calder Bridge Jn - Wakefield Kirkgate 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 Fitzwilliam. 2315 MON - THU Sheffield - Leeds
Currently no XC / EC this route, knowledge retained by ECS
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 Moorthorpe & 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
20 Feb - 27 Mar
Leeds Whitehall curve 0810 SUN Bradford - London 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 0419 Manchester Airport - York.
Also a likely weekend diversion, search for Manchester trains at Altofts Jn
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 SUN Manchester - Redcar 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 1754 Liverpool - Manchester
2000 London - Sunderland (before Newcastle call)
Search RTT for location via Gateshead
41 Trains via Gateshead (Park Lane - Greensfield - KEB East - KEB north jns) Working Sunderland - Newcastle via King Edward Bridge, most obvious being to the high numbered west bays.
2000 London - Sunderland (after Newcastle call)
Search RTT for location via Gateshead
Also weekend ECML diversions.
41 NYMR Grosmont connection Used by NYMR through Pickering - Whitby trains
52 Bedford - Wellingborough vis Wymington tunnel Trains overtaken near Wellingborough, or those that use Wellingborough P3/P4 and show slow lines throughout. No current use.
Route also used for diversions and late at night.
52 Corby - Manton Jn Used by the two MON-FRI direct 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.
    0603 Leeds - 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. Common for 2239 Sheffield - Derby
  • Trains between Derby - London, via Chesterfield and Toton. Also 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.<
53 Chestefield - 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
  • 0520 SAT Nottingham - Liverpool

Search RTT for location Barrow Hill Jn
54 Use Ely West Curve 1554 SUN Norwich - Peterborough (and beyond) 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
Also weekend diversions if ECML is closed
50, 56 Lichfield - Alrewas - Burton Trains between Birmingham and Derby with delays ~20 minutes, none booked this timetable but a common weekend diversion
0811 SUN Leeds - Plymouth
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 to Derby or beyond
Operation has been unreliable,
1935 Bristol - 2103 Birmingham - Leeds and 0900 SUN Leeds - Bristol are booked for this route.
Also used for weekend engineering to run Derby - Coleshill trains, with buses then to Birmingham
58 Allington W - N line. Some Nottingham - Skegness trains omit Grantham
Any additional holiday trains, and also used if East Coast main line is closed at Grantham
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 a common diversion
59 Doncaster south approaches: east slow and Black Carr - Bessacarr For Lincoln trains check platform at Doncaster
  • 0734 SAT Peterborough - Doncaster (?)
  • 0945 SAT Doncaster - Peterborough
  • 1200 SAT Peterborough - Doncaster (?)
  • 1415 SAT Doncaster - Peterborough
  • 2046 SAT Doncaster - Sleaford

Also southbound East Coast trains diverting via Lincoln use East slow
62 St Albans branch connection 2110 Euston - St Albans direct to the branch
68 Stechford - Aston - Soho Previous XC route knowledge train no longer running
50, 115 Small Heath Jn - Bordesley Jn - St Andrews Jn - Grand Jnc XC services that do not call at Coventry, at present just 1430 Banbury - Birmingham, 1133 and 1433 from Birmingham
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 T69 Most fast trains Birmingham New Street -> Tame Bridge (to Rugeley)
Inward trains are normally via Aston
Soho - Perry Barr - Bescot - Wolverhampton 1513 Shrewsbury - 1558 Wolverhampton - Birmingham, 32 mins and overtaken
Previous XC route knowledge trains no longer running
Note that the last two late Euston - Wolverhampton trains are timed this route but then often diverted back to the normal route
New St - Aston - Bescot - Wolverhampton Timed around 35 minutes, none booked.
69 Pleck - Darlaston Jn Walsall - Wolverhampton direct, a one-a-week closure avoidance train. 0543 SAT Wolverhampton - Walsall
73 Hatton North curve Stratford on Avon via Dorridge and reverse services, most daytime hours
eg 1202 SAT Stratford - Kidderminster
50, 74, 132 Birmingham Camp Hill Line No time penalty occurs so these are not detectable in public times, but a few (8 on MON-FRI) XC services eg 1035 Bristol - Edinburgh, 1442 SUN Birmingham - Paignton run via Camp Hill.
See PSUL for a full list
Search RTT for location Lifford East Jn
50, 132
Birmingham Camp Hill Line SUN January 2 / / 9 / 16 / 23
50, 74, 132 Galton - Smethwick Jns and via Kidderminster A few trains at start or end of 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 timing 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 Stanlow & Thornton. Note that only the trains to Warrington or beyond run past Helsby through the junction
  • 0510 MON-SAT Liverpool - Ellesmere Port
  • 0633 MON-FRI (0625 SAT) Ellesmere Port - Helsby
  • 0641 SAT Helsby - Ellesmere Port
  • 0714 SAT Ellesmere Port - Helsby
  • 1806 MON-SAT Helsby - Ellesmere Port
  • 1910 MON-SAT Ellesmere Port - Liverpool
81 Wrexham connecting line First/last trains at Wrexham use connecting line (platform 3) as stock travels to/from Chester
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.
  • 1800 MON - SAT Liverpool - Wigan NW
  • 0703 MON - SAT Wigan NW - Liverpool
  • 0806 Wigan NW - Liverpool
93 Heald Green direct line Manchester - Crewe trains not calling Stockport or Manchester Airport. 0511 Manchester - Bournemouth. Late evening trains are unreliable and are frequently diverted via Stockport.
Conversley, the 2200 Euston - Manchester is also often diverted via Styal. Individual trains can be checked on PSUL and for the date of travel at OTT
97 Dinting triangle avoiding Glossop Used by peak hour trains 'against peak' to give mornings Manchester -> Hadfield -> Glossop - Manchester and (previously) the reverse in evenings
0707 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.
  • 0846 SAT Stalybridge - Stockport
  • 0944 SAT Stockport - Stalybridge
100, 101 Parkside curve Usual route for the Manchester - Barrow / Windermere services calling at Wigan NW.
Check for trains at Eccles and Wigan NW
100, 101 Connections to Wigan NW from Wallgate line Usual route for the Leeds - Manchester - Wigan NW service
Check for trains at Salford Crescent and Wigan NW
Hellifield - Clitheroe A couple of 'day trip' trains run to Hellifield or the Settle and Carlisle line from Preston area on Sundays.
eg 0812 Blackpool - Hellifield
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. 0517 MON - SAT Lancaster - Carnfoth - Morecambe
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, 1127 Manchester - Bournemouth
50, 120, 122 Reading West underpass line (UFM) Trains between mid number platforms 10, 11 and Basingstoke / Newbury line
Mainly up trains from Newbury to London. Search for Reading - Reading West and check trains with suitable platform numbers, eg 1459 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
  • 0538 Cardiff - Milford Haven (calls Ninian Park)
  • 0554 Cardiff - Maesteg)
  • 0632 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)
  • 2100 Carmarthen - Cardiff (calls Ninian Park)
Check for trains timed at both Ninian Park and Bridgend.
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)
  • 1631 SAT Manchester - Milford Haven (SD)
  • 1204 SUN Cardiff - Milford Haven
  • 0500 (0501 SAT) Carmarthen - Cardiff (SD)
  • 1250 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
1059 SAT / 1101 MON-FRI 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 Coombe Jn
150 Reading Spur Junction Used by trains to/from Guildford using main line platforms (7-10) at Reading, local trains entering or leaving service. eg 0717 Reading - Shalford
Use also 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 1859 Redhill - Reading
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 to/from Guildford or directly on RTT for location Reading Southern Junction
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 show up in the printed timetable eg 1354 Yeovil pen Mill - Yeovil Jn, or through trains sucha s 1750 SAT London - Yeovil Jn via Castle Cary
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, eg 0454 Basingstoke - Waterloo. The late night trains especially are likely to get 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
Other trains may have a delay but that is to call at Wimbledon depot.
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 - Wimbledon is closed.
155, 178 Portsmouth & Southsea low level platforms Services starting / terminating at Portsmouth & Southsea, approx 1 per hour each route.
162 Streatham reversible (fast) spur A small number of Dorking -> Victoria trains, most common in the morning peak, eg 0645, 1614 Horsham - Victoria. Trains will show on journey planners as using Clapham Jn P12 (fast lines) not P14 (slow lines) and the schedule has 'RVL' - 'FL' line codes.
Currently no down direction use
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 No current use, ECS only.
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. Only Clapham Jn - Stratford via Willesden trains, operator [LO] run from the Staines lines side of Clapham Junction (Plat 1).
180 Victoria - Factory Jn via Stewarts Lane low level. No current use. This route forms an extra line due to there only being 3 tracks at high level into Victoria, and it was mostly used inbound. 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 (P1/P2 at Shortlands and Bromley South) so using the newer diveunder line, although this is designated 'FL'.
The 'flat' route is used mainly by trains from Rochester that are routed via Catford, eg 1215 Gillingham - London Vic, 0530 Ashford - London Bfr
180, 191 New Beckenham - Beckenham Junction Used by route knowledge trains late at night, 0015 London - Tunbridge Wells, 0445 Tonbridge - London. Common weekend diversion, most often of Hastings services with closures through Lewisham & Grove Park
180, 191 Bickley - Petts Wood fast curve No current timetabled use, look for trains at Orpington P2 / P3. Line is coded DFV and UFV on data sites OTT and RTT
182 Ladywell spur (Ladywell Jn - Parks Bridge Jn) Now 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, while Cannon St services 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, mainly in peak hours.
, 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
Half hourly MON - SAT, no trains Sunday.
188 Chislehurst curves MON-FRI rush hour services Faversham/Gillingham - Cannon St via Swanley. At present all up services use 'CL' and down use RVL. The reversible spur (line code RVL) has seen up direction use in the past. Also the fairly common diversion of T189 Charing Cross - Kent services via Maidstone East that may give up direction use of the reversible curve
188 Sittingbourne west curve No current use. Previously direct services to/from Sheerness from the west for startup of service direct from Gillingham depot
189 Minster south-west curve MON - FRI at school times call at both Sandwich and Minster, obvious in pdf timetables.
  • 0738 Ramsgate - 0809 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 Motherwell - Shotts - Edinburgh.
65, 209 Holytown - Wishaw Another 'legal minimum' line, at least for local trains
0739 Carstairs - Garscadden
Also used by some through trains:
  • 0438 Glasgow - London
  • 0512 London - Glasgow
  • 0424 SAT Glasgow - Manchester Apt
  • 1847 SAT Glasgow - Manchester Apt
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
40, 209 Cross Country train via Edinburgh suburban 2105 Glasgow - Edinburgh, for route knowledge reasons. Found by checking for passenger services at Craiglockhart Jn using OTT or RTT
40, 209 Cross Country 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
214 Stirling - Cumbernauld. Although an unusual route overall, all the track is used by other regular services. Any trains (none at present) can be noted by their delay between Stirling - Glasgow, or search RTT for trains with Cumbernauld and Stirling calls
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.
  • 2148 (2151 SAT) Edinburgh - Perth
  • 2319 MON-SAT Edinburgh - Perth
  • 1855 SUN Edinburgh - Perth
  • 0555 Markinch - Edinburgh
  • 0618 MON-SAT Markinch - Edinburgh
  • 0618 Perth - Edinburgh
  • 0936 SUN Perth - Edinburgh
218 Cowlairs N - E jns There is usually a Sunday Edinburgh - Oban service in the summer. The Fort William sleeper service runs via Queen St low level and Bathgate at present.
219 Inverness Rose Street curve Any trains (none at present) 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.
Sheffield Tram Use of curve to avoid city centre Several services at the start or end of the day.

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