Bhopal Shatabdi Express
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|
|Distance travelled||703 km (437 mi)|
|Average journey time||8 hours 05 minutes|
|Train number(s)||12001 / 12002|
|Class(es)||Executive Chair Car, AC Chair Car|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Indian gauge|
|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 161 km/h (100 mph). 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 152 km/h (94 mph) on the 313 km (194 mi) New Delhi-Agra stretch, which is the fastest for a train in India.
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  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.
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 complete list of stations is as follows
- Bhopal Junction
- Lalitpur Junction
- Jhansi Junction
- Gwalior Junction
- Dholpur Junction
- Agra Cantt
- Mathura Junction
- 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 as well
|LAR||Lalitpur||16:54||16:55||1 min||202||11:42||11:43||1 min||500|
|JHS||Jhansi Junction||17:51||17:59||8 min||291||10:48||10:56||8 min||403|
|GWL||Gwalior Junction||19:00||19:05||5 min||389||09:30||09:35||5 min||313|
|MRA||Morena||19:27||19:28||1 min||427||09:02||09:03||1 min||313|
|DHO||Dholpur||19:44||19:45||1 min||455||08:41||08:42||1 min||247|
|AGC||Agra Cantt.||20:25||20:30||5 min||507||08:12||08:17||5 min||195|
|MTJ||Mathura Railway Station||21:03||21:04||1 min||561||07:33||07:34||1 min||141|
|NDLS||New Delhi Railway Station||22:45||Destination||-||701||Source||06:00||-||0|
The train leaves New Delhi at 06:00 and reaches Bhopal Junction at 14:05. On the return journey, it leaves Bhopal Junction at 14:45 and reaches New Delhi at 22:45.
Coach Composition from New Delhi
The train has 14 AC Chair cars, 2 AC First class, 2 power cars (Total 18 coaches) (Loco-EOG-E1-E2-C1-C2-C3-C4-C5-C6-C7-C8-C9-C10-C11-CE1-CE2-CE3-EOG)
Coach Composition from Bhopal
The train has 14 AC Chair cars, 2 AC First class, 2 power cars (Total 18 coaches) (EOG-E1-E2-C1-C2-C3-C4-C5-C6-C7-C8-C9-C10-C11-CE1-CE2-CE3-EOG-Loco)
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