Howrah Chennai Mail

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Howrah Chennai Mail
A View of Anakapalle Train station.jpg
Howrah bound Chennai Mail hauled by WAP 4 class electric locomotive at Anakapalle station in Andhra Pradesh
Service type Superfast/Mail
Locale West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
First service 15 August 1900; 114 years ago (1900-08-15)
Current operator(s) South Eastern Railway zone
Start Howrah
End Chennai Central
Distance travelled 1,661 km (1,032 mi)
Service frequency daily
On-board services
Class(es) AC first, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, Sleeper Class, General Unreserved. 27 coaches in all.
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Catering facilities Pantry Car attached
Observation facilities Large Windows
Baggage facilities Below the seats
Rolling stock Standard Indian Railway coaches
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 60 km/h (37 mph), including halts

Howrah-Chennai Mail is a superfast mail train of Indian railways connecting two metropolitan cities of India, Kolkata and Chennai, and the major cities of Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Bhubaneswar.


The train made its inaugural run on 15 August 1900, which makes it one of the oldest running trains on Indian Railways. It rightly deserves to be categorised as one of the classic trains of India, having run and served the country on this route from very early days of Indian Railways through all its stages of development(over 112 years),first hauled by steam engines, including the WP class engines, then by diesel, and now by electric locomotives. It was the first passenger train to be dieselised on South Eastern Railway, in 1964/65. Till the introduction of the Coromandal Express in the mid seventies, it was the main and fastest train link between Howrah and Chennai (then Madras) with much less number of halts. Presently, this train is the second most important train on the Howrah-Chennai main line after the high speed Coromandal Express. It covers 1661 Kilometers at an average speed of 60 km/h.

Coach composition[edit]

This train has Ac first, Ac two tier, AC three tier, Sleeper, General classes. A Pantry car facility is available in it. It is the only train in India with 27 coaches. All its classes except General require prior reservation; General class coaches of this train are usually crowded, and can be boarded with a general daily ticket.Tatkal scheme is available in this train.

Rake sharing[edit]

It shares rakes with Coromandal Express.


Important stations through which it passes are Kharagpur, Balasore, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada , Nellore , Gudur.


12839 Howrah Chennai Mail leaves Howrah at 11:45 P.M. everyday and reaches Chennai Central on second day early morning at 3:50 a.m. 12840 Chennai Howrah Mail leaves Chennai Central at 11:40 p.m. everyday and reaches Howrah at 4:10 a.m. second day.


Since the whole route is electrified, Throughout its journey it is hauled by WAP 4 class electric locomotives of Indian railways.[1]


  1. ^ "Howrah Chennai SF Mail/12839". India Rail Info. 1 July 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012.