Chennai Rajdhani Express

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Chennai Rajdhani Express
The old coaches of the Rajdhani Express leaving Ennore
Service type Rajdhani Express
Locale Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi
Current operator(s) Northern Railway,one of the 17 zones of Indian Railway
Start Chennai Central
Stops 9
End Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station
Distance travelled 2,194 km (1,363 mi)
Average journey time 28 hours 15 minutes
Service frequency Monday, Saturday (12433)
Wednesday, Friday (12434)[1]
On-board services
Class(es) AC First Class(1A), AC Two Tier(2A), AC Three Tier(3A)
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Catering facilities Yes
Observation facilities Received new LHB rakes in 2012
Entertainment facilities Yes(1A)
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 77.23 km/h (47.99 mph) average with halts
Indian Railways Chennai Rajdhani Express (interactive map)

The Chennai Rajdhani Express (12433/34) is an important train connecting Chennai to New Delhi. It was first introduced in 1993 and runs twice a week from Delhi and twice from Chennai. The Chennai Rajdhani is a fast alternative to the classic Grand Trunk Express and the modern superfast Tamil Nadu Express. The Chennai Rajdhani covers a distance of 2176 kilometers in 28 hours 10 minutes as compared to 33 hours covered by Tamil Nadu Express and 35 hours taken by Grand Trunk Express.[2] It gets WAP7/WAP4 from SCR's LALLAGUDA electric shed.

Interior of a First Class AC bedroom


Chennai Rajdhani Express crossing Vallur Thermal Power Plant

The train has a high priority at signals, on the Indian railway network, and is fully air-conditioned. Passengers are provided with complimentary meals during the journey. Depending on the timings of the train, lunch, high tea, dinner, morning tea, and breakfast are served. The trains offer three classes of accommodation; First Class AC with 2 or 4 berth lockable bedrooms, Second Class AC 2-tier with open system berths (bays of 4 berths + 2 berths on the side) but provided with curtains for privacy, Second Class AC 3-tier (bays of 6 berths + 2 berths on the side) with no privacy curtains.

Passengers travelling on the First AC class in this train are treated with luxury. They get their own private cabin, music stereos, scent emitters and a 4 course dinner.

The Chennai Rajdhani Express runs at an average speed of 77.23 km/h,[3][4] and touches a top speed 130 km/h in the Delhi-Bhopal section of the route.[citation needed] This train is now running with brand new LHB rakes since 2012


The 12433 Rajdhani Express leaves Chennai Central in the morning of Monday/Friday at 06:10 and reaches Hazrat Nizamuddin at 10:20 in the morning of the next day.[3] While on the return journey, the 12434 Rajdhani Express leaves Hazrat Nizamuddin at 16:00 on Wednesday/Friday and reaches Chennai Central at 20:15 in the evening of the next day.[4]


  1. ^ "H Nizamuddin (NZM), Delhi Railway Station". Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Chidambaram flags off bi-weekly Chennai-Delhi Duronto Express". The Hindu. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Rajdhani Express - 12433". 
  4. ^ a b "Chennai Rajdhni - 12434". 

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Route map: Google / Bing