Marusagar Express

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The Marusagar Express is a weekly express train that runs between Ajmer and Ernakulam, connecting Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka to Kerala. The train runs through four zones of Indian Railways, traveling 2859 km in around 47 hours. There are 29 halts along the way. It starts from Ajmer on Friday morning and reaches Ernakulam Junction on Sunday early morning, and starts back to Ajmer on Sunday evening to reach Ajmer on Tuesday afternoon.

History[edit]

The service of this train started in 2001 September from Ratlam Junction to Mangalore Junction as 'Ratlam - Mangalore Superfast Express' with 10 AC coaches, 10 Sleeper, 2 General and 2 SLR coaches. Later in year 2003 it got extended to Jaipur on one side and to Ernakulam on other side. From 2009 September onwards, the service of this train was extended up to Ajmer. It is the Fourth fastest train of North Western Railways after 12973/12974 Jaipur - Indore SuperFast Express, 12181/12182 Jaipur - Jabalpur Super Fast Express & 12465/12466 Jodhpur - Indore Intercity Express. This train is in the "superfast" category, and so has more importance than normal passenger and express train.

Origin of name[edit]

The word "MaruSagar" essentially means "Desert-Ocean". The word "Maru" refers to the Thar Desert in Rajasthan and the word "Sagar" refers to the ocean (the Arabian Sea). Thus, the train connects the desert state of Rajasthan to the Arabian Sea coast in the West. It travels from Ajmer in Rajastan to Ernakulam, in Kerala, passing through the towns of Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Kota, Nagda, Ratlam Junction, Vadodara, Panvel, Ratnagiri, Goa, Mangalore, Kasaragod, Cannanore, Kozhikode and Thrissur Railway Station on the way. After Vadodara, the train travels along the western coast of India beside the Arabian Sea.

Train details[edit]

Train composition[edit]

LOCO-SLR-GS-GS-S1-S2-S3-S4-S5-S6-S7-S8-S9-S10-PC-B5-B4-B3-B2-B1-A1-HB1-GS-GS-SLR;

Loco link[edit]

The train runs completely on Diesel Traction and uses WDP 4 Diesel locomotive of Bhagat Ki Kothi of North Western Railway. Its the longest running train on Diesel Engine.

Running timetables[edit]

2978 DN Ajmer-Ernakulam Marusagar Express (Friday)

No. Station Code Station Arrival Departure Kilometers Day
1 AII Ajmer Jn Source 07:35 0 1
2 KSG Kishangarh 08:01 08:03 29 1
3 JP Jaipur Jn 09:50 10:05 135 1
4 SWM Sawai Madhopur Jn 12:05 12:20 266 1
5 KOTA Kota Jn 13:35 13:45 374 1
6 NAD Nagda Jn 16:54 16:56 599 1
7 RTM Ratlam Jn 17:30 17:50 640 1
8 BRC Vadodara Jn 22:00 22:10 902 1
9 ST Surat 00:01 00:06 1031 2
10 VAPI Vapi 01:16 01:18 1124 2
11 BSR Vasai Road 03:35 03:40 1246 2
12 PNVL Panvel 05:05 05:10 1313 2
13 VEER Veer 07:23 07:25 1456 2
14 RN Ratnagiri 09:30 09:35 1676 2
15 THVM Thivim 11:48 11:50 1945 2
16 MAO Madgaon Jn 13:15 13:25 2010 2
17 KAWR Karwar 14:16 14:18 2092 2
18 GOK Gokarna Road 14:48 14:50 2142 2
19 BTKL Bhatkal 16:01 16:03 2246 2
20 KUDA Kundapura 17:06 17:08 2314 2
21 UD Udupi 17:38 17:40 2359 2
22 MAJN Mangalore Jn 19:05 19:15 2440 2
23 KGQ Kasaragod 19:58 20:00 2492 2
24 CAN Cannanore (Kannur) 21:45 21:50 2577 2
25 CLT Kozhikode 23:30 23:35 2667 2
26 SRR Shoranur Jn 01:40 01:45 2753 3
27 TCR Thrissur Railway Station 02:20 02:25 2785 3
28 ALY Alwaye 03:20 03:25 2840 3
29 ERS Ernakulam Jn 04:20 Destination 2859 3

2977 UP Ernakulam-Ajmer Marusagar Express (Sunday)

No. Station Code Station Arrival Departure Kilometers Day
1 ERS Ernakulam Jn Source 19:50 0 1
2 AWY Alwaye 20:20 20:25 20 1
3 TCR Thrissur Railway Station 21:20 21:25 75 1
4 SRR Shoranur Jn 22:15 22:25 107 1
5 CLT Kozhikode 00:25 00:30 193 2
6 CAN Cannanore (Kannur) 02:15 02:20 283 2
7 KGQ Kasaragod 03:58 04:00 368 2
8 KNKD Mangalore Jn 04:55 05:05 419 2
9 UD Udupi 06:21 06:22 501 2
10 KUDA Kundapura 06:49 06:50 545 2
11 BTKL Bhatkal 07:34 07:35 614 2
12 GOK Gokarna Road 08:43 08:44 718 2
13 KAWR Karwar 09:28 09:30 768 2
14 MAO Madgaon Jn 10:45 10:55 850 2
15 THVM Thivim 11:45 11:46 914 2
16 RN Ratnagiri 14:15 14:20 1184 2
17 VEER Veer 17:24 17:25 1404 2
18 PNVL Panvel 19:50 19:55 1547 2
19 BSR Vasai Road 21:05 21:10 1614 2
20 VAPI Vapi 22:51 22:52 1736 2
21 ST Surat 00:20 00:25 1829 3
22 BRC Vadodara Jn 02:08 02:18 1958 3
23 RTM Ratlam Jn 06:25 06:45 2219 3
24 NAD Nagda Jn 07:27 07:29 2261 3
25 KOTA Kota Jn 10:00 10:10 2486 3
26 SWM Sawai Madhopur 11:45 12:05 2593 3
27 JP Jaipur 14:05 14:20 2725 3
28 KSG Kishangarh 16:21 16:23 2830 3
29 AII Ajmer 17:35 Destination 2859 3

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