Kovai Express

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Kovai Express
Overview
Service type Superfast Express
Locale Tamilnadu
First service 14 April 1977 (1977-04-14)
Current operator(s) Southern Railways
Route
Start Chennai Central
Stops 10
End Coimbatore
Distance travelled 495.7 km (308.0 mi)
Average journey time 7 hours 25 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12675/12676
On-board services
Class(es) Coach (Chair Car, A\C Chair Car)
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements No
Catering facilities Pantry Car
Observation facilities Large windows
Technical
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 67 km/h (42 mph) average with halts
Route map
Kovai Express MAS - CBE Route map.png

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 [1] 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.

Service[edit]

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.

Schedule[edit]

Chennai Central - Coimbatore (Main)[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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,[2] and major leather goods exporting centers Ambur, Vaniyambadi,[3] and Vellore-Katpadi which is a major Medical center.[4]

Time Table[edit]

Station
Code
Station Name 12675 12676 Speed
Arrival Departure Halt Distance
in km
Arrival Departure Halt Distance
in km
Speed
in kmph
MAS Chennai Central Source 06:15 - 0 21:45 Destination - 497 Kmph
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

Rake[edit]

Coach Position[edit]

Kovai express is a single rake unit. Total number of Coaches are 24.

Loco SLR UR C2 C1 D1 D2 D3 D4 PC D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10 D11 D12 D13 D14 UR UR UR SLR

Locomotive[edit]

All electric Locomotive WAP4 from Erode and Royapuram Loco shed. At times, more powerful WAP7 loco is used.

Historic information[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kovai Express Information". indiarailinfo.com. 2013. 
  2. ^ "The changing face of steel city". The Hindu = 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/20/stories/2010082050580300.htm The Hindu: Growth sets Ambur leather sector shining
  4. ^ http://newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/article204993.ece?service=print Indian Express : Vellore Medical experts