|Service type||Superfast Express|
|First service||14 April 1977|
|Current operator(s)||Southern Railways|
|Distance travelled||495.7 km (308.0 mi)|
|Average journey time||7 hours 25 minutes|
|Class(es)||Coach (Chair Car, A\C Chair Car)|
|Catering facilities||Pantry Car|
|Observation facilities||Large windows|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||67 km/h (42 mph) average with halts|
The Kovai Express (Train Number: 12675/12676) is a daily superfast express train on Indian Railways, running between Chennai Central and Coimbatore city Junction. The train made its inaugural run on 14 April 1977  and was one of the fastest Express trains in India, with an average speed of 65 km/hr including stops . It is also one of the most prestigious trains of Southern Railway.
This train is an all day, day time superfast and has a Chair Car (Coach) seating arrangement with air-conditioned and non-air conditioned coaches and Pantry car. The 12679/Chennai Central-Coimbatore Intercity Express is its opposite route partner.
Chennai Central - Coimbatore (Main)
Kovai Express Train Number 12675 starts from Chennai at 06.15 hours and reaches Coimbatore at 13.45 hours. Train Number 12676 leaves Coimbatore at 14.20 hours and reaches Chennai at 21.45 hours. This train gets overtaken by the 12243 Chennai Central - Coimbatore Junction Shatabdi Express sometimes on the Down direction. The Train number is 12675. Departs at Chennai Central at early morning 6:15 AM and reaches Coimbatore Junction at 13:45Hrs (01:45 PM).
This train also provides connectivity for Mettupalayam / Ooty by the Coimbatore - Mettupalayam passenger and for passengers bound to Palakkad, Shoranur and beyond by the 56651/56650 Coimbatore - Kannur Fast Passenger / 6346 Thiruvananthapuram - Lokamanya Tilak (T) Netravathi Express.
Coimbatore (Main) - Chennai Central
The return journey commences at 14:20 Hrs (02:20 PM) at Coimbatore Junction and reaches Chennai Central at 21:45 Hrs (09:45 PM). The return journey has one additional stop at Perambur, a suburb in Chennai for passengers disembarking towards east & central part of the city.
Route and Stations
The train connects the state capital and South India’s largest Metropolis and state capital Chennai with Tamil Nadu’s second largest city Coimbatore, a major textile, educational and engineering center. This train covers 6 corporation cities out of 10 in the state. This train covers Chennai,Vellore,Salem,Erode,Tiruppur and Coimbatore corporations. The route covers most of the major industrial hubs in North West part of Tamil Nadu. Enroute, starting from Coimbatore, it covers important towns of Tirupur, an international hosiery goods exporting town, Erode, a principle agricultural town, Salem which is a major steel and mineral town, and major leather goods exporting centers Ambur, Vaniyambadi, and Vellore-Katpadi which is a major Medical center.
|PER||Perambur||-||-||-||-||21:14||21:15||1 min||491||12 Kmph|
|AJJ||Arakkonam||07.13||07.15||2 min||069||20:23||20:25||2 min||428||71 / 77 Kmph|
|WJR||Wallajah Road||07.44||07.45||1 min||105||19:54||19:55||1 min||392||70 Kmph|
|KPD||Katpadi||08.10||08.12||2 min||130||19:33||19:35||2 min||367||60 Kmph|
|AB||Ambur||08.49||08.50||1 min||182||18:54||18:55||1 min||315||84 Kmph|
|JTJ||Jolarpet||09.18||09.20||2 min||214||18:23||18:25||2 min||284||68 Kmph|
|MAP||Morappur||09.59||10.00||1 min||268||17:24||17:25||1 min||229||84 Kmph|
|SA||Salem||10.52||10.55||3 min||334||16:36||16:40||4 min||164||76 Kmph|
|ED||Erode||11.51||11.55||4 min||396||15:45||15:50||5 min||101||66 Kmph|
|TUP||Tirupur||12.38||12.40||2 min||446||14:58||15:00||2 min||51||68 Kmph|
|CBE||Coimbatore Main||13:45||Destination||-||496||Source||14:20||-||0||46 Kmph|
Kovai express is a single rake unit. Total number of Coaches are 24.
The old number was 75/76, later changed in 80's to 2675/2676, as per new four digit format numbering system later adopted by the Indian Railways.From December 2011 onwards 5 digit train number system was introduced all over India and accordingly Kovai express train number was again changed as 12675/12676.
- Famous trains
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- Cheran ExpressExternal links
- Kovai Express Route
- "Kovai Express Information". indiarailinfo.com. 2013.
- "The changing face of steel city". The Hindu = 2011.
- http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/20/stories/2010082050580300.htm The Hindu: Growth sets Ambur leather sector shining
- http://newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/article204993.ece?service=print Indian Express : Vellore Medical experts