Bhopal Shatabdi Express

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Bhopal Shatabdi
Shatabdi Express being hauled by a WAP 5 locomotive
Service type Shatabdi Express
First service 14 November 1988
between New Delhi & Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
Current operator(s) Northern Railway
Start New Delhi Railway Station
Stops 5
End Bhopal Junction
Distance travelled 703 km (437 mi)
Average journey time 8 hours 05 minutes
Service frequency daily
Train number(s) 12001 / 12002
On-board services
Class(es) Executive Chair Car, AC Chair Car
Sleeping arrangements No
Catering facilities Yes
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 162 km/h (101 mph) maximum
91 km/h (57 mph), excluding halts

New Delhi Bhopal Shatabdi Express (Hindi: भोपाल शताब्दी) is a train operated by the Northern Railway which runs between New Delhi, the main railway station of India's capital territory, New Delhi, and Bhopal Junction the main railway station of Bhopal City, the state capital of central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The train is the fastest train in India with the top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).[1] The train commenced service in 1988 and was the first Shatabdi train to be introduced. The train runs at an average speed of 91 km/h (57 mph), excluding halts and touches a top speed of 156 km/h (97 mph) on the 195 km (121 mi) New Delhi-Agra stretch, which is the fastest for a train in India.There is a plan by the IR to cut short its travel time of 2 hours 06 minutes to 1 hour 35 minutes (95 minutes) in the New Delhi -Agra section at an astonishing average speed of 123 KM/HR when the Maximum Permissible Speed in this section enhance to 200 KM/HR.


The name "Shatabdi" means centenary in Sanskrit. The first Shatabdi Express train was introduced in 1988 to commemorate the birth centenary of Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. Sri Madhav Rao Scindia was Indian Railway Minister [2] at that point of time and the Shatabdi Express was his brainchild. The first Shatabdi Express was flagged off between Jhansi and New Delhi, which was later extended to Bhopal.[3] It was planned to run this train between Gwalior(GWL) and New Delhi(NDLS), but Indian Railway want good response for this train so they made it run between Jhansi and New Delhi


Interior view of Bhopal Shatabdi Express AC Chair Car

The trains are fully Air-conditioned and of a much higher standard than most Indian rail coaches. Shatabdi Express travelers are provided with snacks, meals, coffee/tea, a one litre water bottle/ 300ml packaged water (for short distance journey) provided by the railways owned and operated subsidiary '"Rail Neer", and juice.

The train runs with new imported LHB coaches on all days. The cost of meals, breakfast etc. is all covered in the booking fare.


The train runs across the tourism hub of India covering major tourist cities like New Delhi, Agra, Mathura, Gwalior, Jhansi & Bhopal.

The complete list of stations is as follows

  1. Bhopal Junction
  2. Lalitpur Junction
  3. Jhansi Junction
  4. Gwalior Junction
  5. Morena
  6. Dholpur Junction
  7. Agra Cantt
  8. Mathura Junction
  9. New Delhi

The train runs as a day train, and completes one side journey of around 701 km (436 mi) in 8 hours 05 minutes and it returns to New Delhi station at night.

As of Sept 21,2013 the train is supposed to stop at Lalitpur UP and Dhaulpur Rajasthan as well

Halting stations[edit]

Station Name[4]
BPL Bhopal Junction
LAR Lalitpur
JHS Jhansi Junction
GWL Gwalior Junction
MRA Morena
DHO Dholpur
AGC Agra Cantt.
MTJ Mathura Railway Station
NDLS New Delhi Railway Station

Coach Composition[edit]

The train has 13 AC Chair cars, 2 AC First class, 2 power cars (Total 17 coaches)

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
BSicon LDER.svg EOG E1 E2 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 C9 C10 C11 CE1 CE2 EOG

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "India's fastest train flagged off". 2006-02-15. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Chirdeep Bagga (2006-02-17). "Fastest train claim gone in 60 seconds". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  4. ^ "Bhopal Shatabdi - 12002". 

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