Cholan Express

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Cholan Express
Cholan Express.jpg
The Name board of Cholan Express
Service type Express
Status Operating
Locale Trichy
Current operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Start Trichy
Stops 17
End Chennai Egmore
Distance travelled 401 km (249 mi)
Average journey time 8 hours, 15 minutes
Service frequency Daily each way
Train number(s) 16853/16854
Line used Main line
On-board services
Class(es) CC, 2S, SLR, SLRD , UR and Sleeper Class.
Disabled access Handicapped/disabled access
Seating arrangements Open coach
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Auto-rack arrangements No
Catering facilities Yes
Observation facilities Yes
Entertainment facilities No
Baggage facilities Overhead racks
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Operating speed 55 km/hr
Track owner(s) Southern Railway zone
Timetable number(s) 21/21A[1]

The Cholan Express (16854/16853) (Officially Tiruchirappalli-Chennai Egmore Express) is an express train operated by the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways. This train connects Chennai Egmore and Tiruchirappalli in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The train runs daily and have RSA with Mangalore Express. The Trains via Tanjore,Kumbakonam,Mayiladuthurai,Cuddalore and Villupuram.


Train is named after the Chola Kingdom which ruled over the regions through which the train passes. The Cholas ruled over their kingdom with headquarters at Woraiyur.

Coach Position[edit]

Total number of Coaches- 21

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


The Loco will be Change from Diesel to Electric from Villupuram.


It runs via Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Panruti, Cuddalore Chidambaram, Sirkazhi, Vaitheeswarankoil, Mayiladuthurai, Kumbakonam, and Thanjavur.

Additional information[edit]

The train used to have a milk van at the rear end and it was famous among rail fans of Tamil Nadu since it was the only train to do so in the state[citation needed].


Even though this is a day train, the train has sleeper coaches. This has been strongly criticized from various quarters and have asked to install seating coaches rather than sleeper coaches. But Now due to the Protest of several railay group the SR added three Chair Car Coaches. But there are still claims that Chair Car classes must be increased.

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