Matsyaganda Express

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Matsyagandha Express
Matsyagandha Express at LTT.jpg
Service type Superfast Express
Locale Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka
First service May 01, 1998
Current operator(s) Southern Railway
Start Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
Stops 22
End Mangalore Central
Distance travelled 1,169.7 km (726.8 mi)
Average journey time 17hrs, 19hrs during Monsoon TimeTable (1st June - 31st Oct)
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12619/12620
On-board services
Class(es) 1 AC 2 Tier, 3 AC 3 Tier, 11 Sleeper Coaches, 5 UnReserved Coaches
Seating arrangements No
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Catering facilities Food is Loaded at Stations, No Pantry Car
Observation facilities ICF Coaches
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 46 km/h (29 mph) Average with Halts

The Matsyagandha Express (Kannada/Tulu: ಮತ್ಸ್ಯಗಂಧ ಎಕ್ಷ್ಪ್ರೆಸ್ಸ; Marathi/Konkani: मत्स्यगंधा एक्सप्रेस) is a daily superfast train running between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (Mumbai) and Mangalore Central.[1] Matsyagandha literally means "Smell of Fish" - the appellation was given since the train runs along the fishing coast of Western India adjoining the Arabian sea - Konkan railway route. The train has become important link and emotional chord for natives of Dakshina Kannada, Karwar and Udupi districts living in Mumbai and surrounding cities.

Matsyaganda Express trainboard

This service had a major accident on June 16, 2004, known as the Karanjadi train crash. It derailed and fell off a bridge after colliding with boulders on the tracks, killing 14 people near Karanjadi station.[2]

In 2011, MP of Trivandrum Dr.Shashi Tharoor demanded extension of this train to Trivandrum via Kottayam but caused a lot of protests in D.K District of Karnataka. [3]

Train numbers and route[edit]

Matsyagandha Express Train
Matsyaganda Express Route map



  1. ^ "Matsyaganda express 2619". Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Matsyaganda derails". Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  3. ^ "LETTER FROM DR. SHASHI THAROOR TO HON’BLE MINISTER OF RAILWAYS 2619". Shashi Tharoor. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 

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