Bangalore Rajdhani Express
|Bangalore Rajdhani Express|
|Service type||Rajdhani Express|
|Locale||Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh & Delhi|
|First service||01 November 1992|
|Current operator(s)||South Western Railway|
|End||Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station|
|Distance travelled||2,365 km (1,470 mi)|
|Average journey time||33 hours 30 minutes|
|Train number(s)||22691 / 22692 (Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun) & 22693 / 22694 (Tue, Fri, Sat)|
|Class(es)||AC 1st Class, AC 2 Tier, AC 3 Tier|
LHB rakesNo of rakes = 4
|Track gauge||Broad Gauge|
|Operating speed||72 km/h (45 mph) average with halts; 130 km/h (81 mph) max|
The Rajdhani Express is the 2nd fastest train on the Bengaluru- Delhi sector after Duronto. It is a daily service. It operates as train number 22691 from Bangalore City Junction to Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and as train number 22692 in the reverse direction - four days a week. On the other days, it operates as 22693 / 22694. It covers a distance of 2365 kilometres in Bangalore City Junction to Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station direction and it takes 36 hours 30 mins when operating as train number 22691 at an average speed of 72 km/h while its return journey as train number 22692 takes 36 hrs 50 mins to cover 2382 kilometers at an average speed of 72 km/h thus making it the second fastest train on the Bangalore - Delhi sector. It uses a LGD WAP7/WAP4 electric engine till Secunderabad and from Secunderabad it uses WDM 3A of KZJ till Bangalore. It will have a top speed of 130kmph with its Lalgudda WAP7.
Train service 22691/22692 has 11 halts in either direction at Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam, Dharmavaram Junction, Anantapur, Raichur, Sedam, Secunderabad Junction, Kazipet Junction, Nagpur Junction, Bhopal Junction and Jhansi Junction. Train service 22693/22694 has 7 halts in either direction at Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam, Dharmavaram Junction, Secunderabad Junction, Kazipet Junction Nagpur Junction, Bhopal Junction and Jhansi Junction. Train service 22693/22694 operates on a different route between Bangalore and Secunderabad.
Originally introduced in 1992, this was a weekly train, then converted to bi-weekly, tri-weekly and then four times a week. In end of March 2010, service 12493/12494, which later became 22693/22694 was added to make it a daily service. This was the first Rajdhani where overnight service standard was changed - the distance being greater than what can be covered overnight at Indian Railway's speeds.
The Bangalore Rajdhani generally has a 1 First AC, 4 AC 2 tier, 1 pantry cars, 2 luggage cum generator coach & 8 AC 3 tier coaches taking the total up to 16 coaches. This Rajdhani had an infamous coach composition in terms of livery such that it was also called 'King of Mismatch'. Sometimes it had coaches of 7 different liveries.This mismatch is not seen now after the train switched over to LHB coaches. 22693/22694 received LHB coaches effective 21 April/22 April 2012. 22691/22692 Bangalore Rajdhani also received LHB rakes effectively from 09/08/2012 thus making it to run entirely with LHB since August 9, 2012.
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- "Bengaluru Rajdhani Express/21429 Train Bengaluru City/SBC to Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM - India Rail Info - Database of Indian Railways Trains & Stations". India Rail Info. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- "Bangalore Rajdhani/12430 Train Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM to Bangalore City/SBC - India Rail Info - Database of Indian Railways Trains & Stations". India Rail Info. Retrieved 2010-07-26.