Gitanjali Express

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This article is about Indian Railways train between Howrah and Mumbai. For other uses, see Geetanjali (disambiguation).
Gitanjali Express
12859 Geetangali Express.jpg
Gitanjali Express
Service type Superfast
First service 26 December 1977
Current operator(s) East Coast Railway
Start Howrah
Stops Dadar, Nashik Road, Bhusaval, Akola, Nagpur, Durg, Raipur, Bilaspur, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Tatanagar, Kharagpur and Santragachi
End Mumbai CST
Distance travelled 1,968 kilometres (1,223 mi)
Average journey time

30 hrs 30 mins (for 12859) & 31 hrs 30 mins

(for 12860)
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12859 / 12860
On-board services
Class(es) AC, Sleeper, General
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Catering facilities Available (paid)
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Route map
Gitanjali Express Route map

Gitanjali Express is a daily train running between two metro cities, Kolkata, (Howrah Station) in West Bengal and Mumbai, (Mumbai CST) in Maharashtra connecting the East with the West. Numbered 12859/60 this train belongs to the superfast cateogory. This train takes 30½ hrs to cover the distance of 1968 km between Mumbai and Howrah while the return takes 31.5 hrs.

Coach of 12859 Geetangali Express


Rabindranath Tagore a famous poet of India wrote the book Geetanjali. Since this train, too, starts from Bengal this train has the same name. People love the train as much the book. This is the first Classless train in India introduced by Ex Railway Minister Prof. Madhu Dandvate on 26 December 1977.[1]


This train goes via Dadar, Kalyan, Nashik Road, Bhusaval, Akola, Nagpur, Durg, Raipur, Bilaspur, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Chakradharpur, Tatanagar, Kharagpur and Santragachi to reach Howrah Junction and vice versa.

Technical information[edit]

This train belongs to the East Coast Railway and its coaches are maintained by the same i.e. ECor This train is hauled by an Santragachi (SRC) WAP-4 from Howrah Junction to Igatpuri, and from Igatpuri to Mumbai CST, it's hauled by a Kalyan (KYN) WCAM-3, because of direct current (DC) traction ahead from Kalyan.

Coach Composition[edit]

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
BSicon LDER.svg SLR GEN GEN A2 A1 B2 B1 PC S14 S13 S12 S11 S10 S9 S8 S9 S7 S6 S5 S4 S3 S2 S1 GEN LDS

Pantry service is provided by SER.


  1. ^ ''Dialogue with Life'' by Madhu Dandvate. Retrieved 2011-11-17.