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The Amarkantak Express (12853/12854) is a daily superfast express train which runs between the Bhopal Junction railway station in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh and Durg, a city in Chhattisgarh state in central India. This train replaced the 8225/8226 Bhopal - Bilaspur Mahanadi Express along with the 8291/8292 Bhopal - Raipur Express and the 1235/1236 Bhopal - Jabalpur Express.
The name of the train comes from the name of the city Amarkantak, which is a pilgrim town in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Narmada River, which is the largest river in Central India originates near the city.
Arrival and Departure information
As at December 2012, train no. 12854 departs from Bhopal Junction daily at 3.45 pm, reaching Durg the next day at 07.55 am.
Train no. 12853 departs daily from Durg at 6.20 pm reaching Bhopal Junction the next day at 10:30 am.
Route and Stations
- Bhopal Junction (Terminal)
- Habibganj, Bhopal
- Itarsi Junction
- Pipariya, Hoshangabad
- Bankhedi, Hoshangabad
- Madan Mahal
- Jabalpur Junction
- Sihora Road
- Katni Junction
- Anuppur Junction
- Bilaspur Junction
- Tilda Newra
- Raipur Junction
- Bhilai Power House
- Durg (Terminal)
The train normally consists of 24 coaches :
- 1 AC 1 cum II Tier (HA1)
- 1 AC II Tier(A1)
- 3 AC III Tier(B1 B2 B3)
- 14 Sleeper Coach (S1-S14)
- 3 General Coach (G1-G3)
- 1 Ladies Reserved Coach
- 1 Handicapped Coach
As is customary with Indian Railways, coaches are added/removed as per the demand.
Average speed and frequency
This is a daily train service in each direction. The trains operate at an average speed of 70 km/hour.
Locomotives used on service
The trains are hauled by the following locomotives:
- ET WAP-4 between Bhopal Junction and Itarsi Junction.
- ET WDP-4B between Itarsi Junction and Katni Junction.
- ET WAP-4 Katni Junction and Durg Junction.
Other trains from Bhopal to Chhattitsarh
- 12441/12442 Rajdhani Express
- 12707/12708 Samata Express
- 18233/18234 Narmada Express
- 18235/18236 Bhopal - Bilaspur Express
- 18237/18238 Chhattisgarh Express
- 18473/18474 Jaipur - Puri Express