Chennai Egmore – Mangalore Central Express

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Chennai Egmore – Mangalore Central Express
Overview
Service type Express rail
Status Operating
Locale Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Karnataka
First service July 1, 2003; 11 years ago (2003-07-01)
Current operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Route
Start Chennai Egmore (MS)
Stops 50
End Mangalore Central (MAQ)
Distance travelled 983 km (611 mi)
Average journey time 23 Hours 35 Minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 16859 / 16860
Line used Chord line (MS – TPJ)
Tiruchirappalli-Erode line (TPJ – ED)
Jolarpettai–Shoranur line (ED – SRR)
Shoranur–Mangalore section (SRR – MAQ)
On-board services
Class(es) 1A-cum-2A, 3A, SL, 2S, SLR and UR / GS
Disabled access Handicapped/disabled access
Seating arrangements Open coach
(Reserved)
Corridor coach
(Unreserved)
Sleeping arrangements Couchette car
Auto-rack arrangements No
Catering facilities No
Observation facilities Windows in all carriages
Entertainment facilities No
Baggage facilities Overhead racks
Baggage carriage
Technical
Rolling stock Locomotive:
MSTPJ: WAP4 (RPM / GOC);
WDP-4D (TPJMAQ)
Bogie:
One AC 2-Tier (HA1)
Two AC 3-Tier (3A)
Ten II SL
Three Second seating (2S)
Three UR / GS
Two SLR
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC, 50 Hz (MSTPJ)
Operating speed 42 kilometres per hour (26 mph)
Track owner(s) Southern Railway zone
Timetable number(s) 21 / 21A / 86 / 86A[1]
Route map
Chennai Egmore - Mangalore Central Express Route map.jpg

Chennai Egmore – Mangalore Central Express is a regional rail service connecting Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India with Mangalore in Karnataka, India.

Overview[edit]

This train was introduced during the 2003–2004 Railway Budget as a new daily train between Chennai Egmore and Erode via Tiruchirappalli Junction in Tamil Nadu, India.[2] Later in the 2005–2006 Railway Budget, the train (No.6607 / 6608) was extended up to Coimbatore,[3] citing large number of Melmaruvathur bound pilgrims, leaving the people of Karur in despair, who were largely benefitted of this train fearing decrease in reservation quotas.[4] The train was again extended to Mangalore in 2007, a move which forced the authorities to cancel the Tiruchirapalli–Mangalore Express (No.6867 / 6868), with revised timings.[5][6] The number of train was changed from the initial 6607 / 6608 to 6107 / 6108,[7] and from 6107 / 6108 to 16107 / 16108 since December 2010 onwards as a part of train management system over the entire Indian Railways network.[8][9] Again, the number of the train was changed to the present 16859 / 16860, since 1 September 2013.[10]

Rakes[edit]

The train has 21 coaches comprising One AC 2-Tier (HA1), Two AC 3-Tier (3A), Ten Second Class Sleepers, Three Second Seating (2S), Three General compartments (Unreserved) and Two Luggage rakes.[a]

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
BSicon LDER.svg SLR UR UR S10 S9 S8 S7 S6 S5 S4 S3 S2 S1 D3 D2 D1 B2 B1 HA1 UR SLR

Schedule[edit]

Some of the prominent stoppages include Tambaram, Melmaruvathur, Viluppuram, Vriddhachalam, Tiruchi, Karur, Erode, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Shoranur, Kozhikode, Mahe, Kannur and Kasaragod.[5] This daily train departs Chennai Egmore as 16859 at 22:15 hours, arrives Tiruchirappalli Junction the next morning at 4:50 hours,[11] reverses the loco and departs at 5:00 hours and finally arrives Mangalore Central at 21:50 hours.[12] On the return journey, the train departs Mangalore Central as 16860 at 6:50 hours, arrives Tiruchirappalli Junction at 21:50 hours,[13] reverses the loco and departs at 22:00 hours and finally arrives Chennai Egmore, the next morning at 5:05 hours.[14][b]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The coach composition is subject to change.
  2. ^ The timings are in Indian Standard Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trains at a Glance July 2013 - June 2014". Indian Railways. Railway Board. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "50 new trains to introduced, increase frequency of 13". The Times of India (New Delhi). 26 February 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Speech: Railway Budget 2005-06". Ministry of Railways (India). Press Information Bureau. 26 February 2005. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Karur public resent move to extend train up to Mangalore". The Hindu (Karur). 2 January 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Train services to be extended". The Hindu (Tiruchi). 2 January 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Train service between Karur, Chennai sought". The Hindu (Karur). 7 May 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Train timings revised". The Hindu (Coimbatore). 2 July 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Railways to Switch to ‘Five’ – Digit System for Numbering all its Passenger Carrying Trains from December 2010". Press Information Bureau. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Railways migrate to 5-digit number scheme to monitor trains". The Times of India. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Southern railway plans more trains from Chennai". The New Indian Express (Chennai). 2 July 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Train Time Table for MS-MAQ (Via. Chord Line)" (PDF). Indian Railways. p. 2. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Train Time Table for MS-MAQ (Via. Other lines)" (PDF). Indian Railways. p. 3. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Train Time Table for MAQ-MS (Via. Other lines)" (PDF). Indian Railways. p. 3. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Train Time Table for MAQ-MS (Via. Chord Line)" (PDF). Indian Railways. p. 1. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 

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