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|First service||26 December 1977|
|Current operator(s)||East Coast Railway|
|Stops||Dadar, Nashik Road, Bhusaval, Akola, Nagpur, Durg, Raipur, Bilaspur, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Tatanagar, Kharagpur and Santragachi|
|Distance travelled||1,968 kilometres (1,223 mi)|
|Average journey time||
30 hrs 30 mins (for 12859) & 31 hrs 30 mins(for 12860)
|Train number(s)||12859 / 12860|
|Class(es)||AC, Sleeper, General|
|Catering facilities||Available (paid)|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pantry service is provided by SER.
- ''Dialogue with Life'' by Madhu Dandvate. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
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