The Deccan Queen during its 80th anniversary celebrations on 1 June 2009.
|Service type||Superfast Express Train|
|First service||1 June 1930|
|Current operator(s)||Central Railway|
3 (Mumbai CST - Pune Junction)
|Distance travelled||192.2 km (119.4 mi)|
|Average journey time||3 hours, 10 minutes|
|Train number(s)||12123 / 12124|
|Class(es)||AC Chair Car, Chair Car, General|
|Catering facilities||Yes, paid service|
|Rolling stock||Kalyan WCAM-3 locomotive|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||60 km/h (37 mph) average with halts|
|Deccan Queen Route Map|
The Deccan Queen or Deccan Queen Express, (translated Dakhkhanchee Raanee in Marathi), is an Indian passenger train that connects Mumbai with Pune. It is one of the most popular trains on this sector and is a daily means of transport for thousands of passengers travelling between the two cities. It is a prestigious train of the Indian Railways.
Deccan Queen was started on 1 June 1930 as a weekend train for the British people in India during the days of British India, to ferry race-fans from Bombay (now Mumbai) to Poona (now Pune). The first service of the train was conducted from Calyan (now Kalyan) and Pune. It was converted to a daily service soon after, starting from Bombay Victoria Terminus (renamed Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus CSTM). It is one of the longest running trains on the Indian Railways to have never run on steam power. From the beginning, the Deccan Queen has been run using electric locomotives. Occasionally, it was given diesel locomotives in case of original locomotive failure.
The color of its rake has seen a lot of changes, from red colour to yellow and then to blue.
The Deccan Queen has several firsts or 'among the firsts' to her credit: she was India's first superfast train, she was the first long distance electric hauled passenger train, she was one of India's first vestibuled trains. The Deccan Queen was the first to have a Ladies Only car, and amongst the first to feature a diner. The train has an exciting and chequered history. The Deccan Queen got a brand new rake in 1966, consisting of Indian Railways standard integral anti telescopic cars. For the first time since the history of the train, third class (now second class) passengers were allowed to travel by this train. It had only reserved first class since inception until 1966.
Deccan Queen is the second train in India having ISO 9000 certification and a dining car after the India's first ISO Certified train Shaan - E - Bhopal Express running between Bhopal Habibganj (Bhopal) - Hazrat Nizamuddin (Delhi). It has sixteen coaches including the engine.
The Deccan Queen is also one of the most favourite trains among railfans. Every year on 1 June, its regular pass-holders, railfans and railway authorities celebrate the train's birthday. Deccan Queen entered its 82nd year of service on 1 June 2011.
The Deccan Queen departs daily from Pune at 07:15 IST and reaches Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Mumbai at 10:25 IST. It departs from Mumbai at 17:10 IST (5:10 PM IST) and reaches Pune at 20:25 IST (8:20 PM IST). Arrival times are generally delayed by a few minutes. The train number is 12124 (Up) while travelling from Pune to Mumbai, a distance of 192 km, and 12123 (Down) for the return journey. It is one of the Classic Trains of India with a history that started in 1930.
12123 Mumbai to Pune
During the journey from Mumbai, the train's first halt is at Karjat to attach banker locomotives at the rear to enable the train to climb the mountainous route. The train then halts at Lonavala after climbing to the top, and then halts at Shivajinagar station near Pune before finally terminating at the main Pune railway station.
|Stations||Arrives Time||Departs Time||Halt Time||Distance (From Mumbai CST)|
|Mumbai CST.||-||17:10||-||0 km (0 mi)|
|Karjat||18:33||18:35||2 min||99.9 km (62.1 mi)|
|Lonavla||19:18||19:20||2 min||128.6 km (79.9 mi)|
|Shivajinagar||20:08||20:10||2 min||189.8 km (117.9 mi)|
|Pune||20:25||-||-||192.2 km (119.4 mi)|
12124 Pune to Mumbai
After leaving Pune, the train stops only at Lonavala and Dadar stations before the Mumbai destination. The train also halts for a few minutes at a point named Monkey Hill (just after Lonavala) at the beginning of a steep descent in order to check its brakes. This is known as a "technical halt" and is not a scheduled halt at a station.
|Stations||Arrives Time||Departs Time||Halt Time||Distance (From Pune Junction)|
|Pune Junction - PUNE||-||07:15||-||0 km (0 mi)|
|Lonavala - LNL||08:09||08:10||1 min||63.6 km (39.5 mi)|
|Khandala - KAD||08:14||08:15||1 min||67.4 km (41.9 mi)|
|Monkey Hill - MNHL||08:20||72.6 km (45.1 mi)|
|Dadar - DR||10:03||10:05||2 min||183.6 km (114.1 mi)|
|Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - CSTM||10:25||-||-||192.2 km (119.4 mi)|
The train derailed in 1990 at Khandala Ghat, but there were no casualties.
The train service was disturbed in July to August 2005 due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai (26 July 2005)
On 30 November 2006, a mob of around 6000 protestors set fire to some coaches of the train near Ulhasnagar after forcing the passengers to get down. The arsonists were protesting against the vandalism of a statue of B. R. Ambedkar in far away Kanpur though the incident had nothing to do with the Deccan Queen.
- Classic Trains of India: Deccan Queen by S. Shankar
- Deccan Queen at India Rail Info