Andhra Pradesh Express
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|Andhra Pradesh Express|
|Service type||Superfast Express|
|Locale||Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi|
|Current operator(s)||South Central Railways|
|End||New Delhi Railway Station|
|Distance travelled||1,677 km (1,042 mi)|
|Average journey time||26 hours 30 minutes|
|Train number(s)||12724 / 12723|
|Class(es)||AC first class, AC two tier, AC 3 tier, sleeper, pantry, unreserved|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||63.28 km/h (39.32 mph) average with halts|
The Andhra Pradesh Express (Telugu: ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్ ఎక్స్ప్రెస్, Hindi: आन्ध्र प्रदेश एक्सप्रेस) is a superfast South Central Railway train which connects the Andhra Pradesh state capital Hyderabad and India's capital city New Delhi. It operates daily, taking around 27 hours to cover the distance while passing through the states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Haryana.
Indian Railways has allocated the service number 12723 for the Hyderabad–New Delhi run, and service number 12724 for the New Delhi–Hyderabad run. The train service was first commissioned by Madhu Dandavate in 1976.
Description of operations
During 1978, the Andhra Pradesh Express covered the distance in just under 23 hours. Since then the running time of the service has increased. When this train was introduced many of the sections of the route were single-line, that is, almost 300 km out of a total of 1670 km. The signalling in 1978 was semaphore based.
When the service introduced, the 14-coach train was pulled by a 2600 HP ALCO derived diesel locomotive – a WDM2 using the Indian Railways' nomenclature. In 1981 the capacity was increased to 21 coaches pulled by 2 ALCO (WDM2) derived locomotives with a combined 5200 HP. This double-headed power pulled the train up and down the hilly sections (with 1:63 gradient) between Itarsi and Nagpur – a distance of 300 km. The train originally had a fully equipped pantry car.
Currently the train operates with 24 coaches (including 7 air conditioned coaches) and is pulled by electric locomotives (WAP-7 / WAP-1 / WAP4) throughout the double line electrified section with modern concrete sleepers. The signalling is electronic and the drivers use radios to maintain communication with controllers, but the running time continues to increase. As at 26 April 2010, the train was pulled by a WAP-7 from the Lallaguda Shed throughout the journey. The other trains going through the Northern Plains have been allocated WAP-5 and WAP-7 locomotives as they traverse through less hilly regions.
From its commissioning in 1978 until the early 1990s there were just five stops in the Andhra Pradesh Express service – Jhansi, Bhopal, Nagpur, Balharshah and Kazipet. Since then several intermediate stops have been added leading to the present run time of around 27 hours.
The Andhra Pradesh Express leaves New Delhi every evening at 17:30 hrs to reach Hyderabad Decan at 19:50 on the next day. On its return journey, the train leaves Hyderabad every morning at 06:25 hrs to reach New Delhi at 09:05 on the morning of the next day. It covers a distance of 1677 km in about 26 hours 30 minutes.As you can observe,this train stops a lot in Andhra Pradesh and outskirts but has a non-stop run in between Nagpur and Bhopal.As it's counterpart Dakshin express is way too slow,there is a demand for providing halts at Itarsi and Bina.It's average speed(including halts is62 km/h (39 mph).
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|Hazrat Nizamuddin||NZM||no halt||no halt||–||7||1||08:38||08:40||2 min||1670||2|
|Mathura Jn.||MTJ||19:28||19:30||2 min||141||1||06:06||06:08||2 min||1536||2|
|Agra Cantt.||AGC||20:37||20:40||3 min||195||1||05:20||05:23||3 min||1482||2|
|Gwalior Junction||GWL||22:00||22:03||3 min||313||1||03:29||03:32||3 min||1364||2|
|Jhansi Junction||JHS||23:30||23:38||8 min||410||1||02:08||02:16||8 min||1267||2|
|Bhopal Junction||BPL||03:20||03:30||10 min||701||2||21:50||22:00||10 min||976||1|
|Nagpur Junction||NGP||09:40||09:50||10 min||1090||2||15:45||15:55||10 min||587||1|
|Chandrapur||CD||12:24||12:26||2 min||1287||2||12:54||12:55||1 min||390||1|
|Balharshah Junction||BPQ||13:20||13:30||10 min||1301||2||12:25||12:35||10 min||376||1|
|Sirpur Kaghaznagar||SKZR||14:18||14:20||2 min||1371||2||10:54||10:55||1 min||306||1|
|Bellampalli||BPA||14:53||14:55||2 min||1409||2||10:27||10:28||1 min||268||1|
|Mancherial||MCI||15:13||15:15||2 min||1429||2||10:01||10:02||1 min||248||1|
|Ramagundam||RDM||15:23||15:25||2 min||1443||2||09:48||09:50||2 min||234||1|
|Kazipet Jn||KZJ||16:45||16:47||2 min||1535||2||08:40||08:42||2 min||142||1|
|Secunderabad Jn||SC||19:15||19:20||5 min||1667||2||06:45||06:50||5 min||10||1|
- The Andhra Pradesh Express has a top speed of 110 km/h where permitted although the locomotive (usually a WAP-7 class) has a top speed of 160 km/h.
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