Mangala Lakshadweep Express
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The Mangala Lakshadweep is a superfast train of Southern Railway and runs between Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi and Ernakulam Junction in Kerala. It is currently[when?] being operated with 12617 / 12618 train numbers and running along the Konkan railway route.
The train's name
The train was earlier running between Mangalore and Delhi in a roundabout route. Since the train was running till Mangalore, the name Mangala was derived from Mangaladevi, the most important deity of Mangalore city. This train is hauled by WDM 3A of Ernakulam shed from Ernakulam to Bhusawal and WAM 4/ WAP 4 of BSL shed from Bhusawal to Nizamuddin
This train at present[when?] leaves Ernakulam Junction every afternoon at 13:20 hrs to reach Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station at 13:10 on the 3rd day. Return this train leaves NZM at 9:20 AM to reach Ernakulam Junction at 10:00 AM on the 3rd day. It covers a distance of 3067 km in about 48 hours at an average of 64 km/h (40 mph).
On February 22, 2013, 4 coaches of the 12618 Hazrat Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Lakshadweep Express derailed near Nashik, leavin 20 persons injured. On November 15, 2013, 10 coaches including all the AC coaches of the 12618 Hazrat Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Lakshadweep Express derailed near Nashik again at 06:40 a.m., leaving 5 persons dead and 50 injured. In both cases, track rupture is suggested as cause of the accident.
Important stations of the train (12617 / 12618)
- Hazrat Nizamuddin
- Jhansi Junction
- Bina Junction
- Bhopal Junction
- Bhusawal Junction
- Manmad Jn
- Nasik Road
- Mangalore Junction (formerly Kankanadi)
- Ernakulam Junction