Golconda Express

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Golconda Express
17202 Guntur bound Golconda Express at Aler 01.jpg
Golconda Express with WAP4 locomotive at Aler
Overview
Service type Express
Locale Telengana, Andhra Pradesh
Current operator(s) South Central Railways
Route
Start Guntur
End Secunderabad Junction
Distance travelled 385 km (239 mi)
Average journey time 8 hrs 15 min for both
upwards and downwards journey
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 17201 / 17202
On-board services
Class(es) AC Chair Car, Second Sitting, Unreserved
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements No
Technical
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 46.91 km/h (29.15 mph) average with halts
Route map
Golconda Express (SC-GNT) Intercity Express Route map.jpg

Golconda Express is an intercity express train running between Secunderabad and Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. Numbered 17201/17202 this train belongs to South Central Railway of India.This train is a slow running train taking 8 hours to cover 383 km as it stops at each and every stop.

Name[edit]

This train is named after the historic Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. It is one of the important landmark in Hyderabad built by the Qutub Shahi Dynasty of Hyderabad.

Records[edit]

In 1973, this service was the fastest steam passenger train in India.[1]

Route[edit]

17202 Guntur bound Golconda Express enters Aler Railway Station in Nalgonda district

This train runs via Vijayawada, Warangal and Kazipet. This leaves Guntur at 5:45AM to reach Secunderabad at 13:45hrs. Return a second rake of this train leaves Secunderabad at 13:05hrs to reach Guntur at 21:20 hrs.

Derailment[edit]

On the morning of July 2, 2003 part of the Secunderabad-bound Golconda Express fell from a bridge near Warangal, killing at least 21 people.[2][3] In 1999 the train derailed near Ghanpur (Station) in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bryan Morgan (1985), The Great Trains, Rh Value Publishing, p. 206 
  2. ^ "Golconda Express toll rises to 21". Rediff. July 3, 2003. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  3. ^ V Subrahmanyam and D Krishna Reddy (July 2, 2003). "Golconda Express derails, 18 dead". Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gautami Express fire: Warangal district witness to many train accidents". Times of India. 3 August 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2010.