Mumbai Rajdhani Express
|Mumbai Rajdhani Express|
|Service type||Rajdhani Express|
|Locale||Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana & Delhi|
|First service||17 May 1972 |
|Current operator(s)||Western Railways|
|End||New Delhi railway station|
|Distance travelled||1,384 km (860 mi)|
|Average journey time||15 hours 57 minutes|
|Train number(s)||12951 / 12952|
|Class(es)||AC 1st Class, AC 2 Tier, AC 3 Tier|
|Catering facilities||2 Pantry Car Coach attached|
|Observation facilities||LHB rakes|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||Top Speed - 140.00 km/h (86.99 mph) , 86.73 km/h (53.89 mph) average with halts|
The 12951/12952 Mumbai Rajdhani Express is a super fast express train of Rajdhani class belonging to Indian Railways that runs between Mumbai and Delhi in India. It was introduced on 17 May 1972 between the then Bombay Central and New Delhi. Since the time of its introduction, the train has become so popular that, as of May 2012 its reservation chart is prepared only 15 minutes before departure. It is a daily service. It operates as train number 12951 from Mumbai Central to New Delhi and as train number 12952 in the reverse direction.
The Mumbai Rajdhani generally has one AC 1st Class coach, five AC 2 tier class coaches, two pantry cars, two luggage cum generator coaches & up to eleven AC 3 tier coaches taking the total up to 21 coaches. Since its inception, the Mumbai Rajdhani ran with 16 coaches. However, the conventional rakes were replaced by Linke-Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches for this train in 2004 and the number of coaches was also increased to 19 including the pantry cars.The number of coaches again was increased to 21 by the Western Railways to accommodate more passengers in June 2012.
The 12951/12952 Mumbai Rajdhani Express is the fastest train on the Mumbai - Delhi sector and the fastest Rajdhani train as well as the second fastest in India. Mumbai Rajdhani Express is the first Rajdhani to get Alstom-LHB Coaches in India. It used to run six days a week until September 2000 after which Railways decided to run it daily. In its early days, it used to cover the distance of 1385 kilometres in each direction in 19 hours and 5 minutes. However, after the electrification of the route, the speed of the train improved and as of September 2012, it takes 15 hours 50 mins when operating as train number 12951 at an average speed of 90.46 km/h (excluding halts) while on its return journey as train number 12952 takes 16 hrs 05 mins at an average speed of 89.00 km/h (excluding halts) thus making it the fastest train on the Mumbai - Delhi sector. Before the introduction of the LHB coaches the maximum speed that could be attained with the conventional rakes was 130 kmph. After their introduction, the LHB coaches enhanced the speed of the Rajdhani to more than 130 kmph and even touching 140 kmph mark at times.
When introduced, the Mumbai Rajdhani was hauled by a single WDM-2 diesel locomotive and WAP alternating current locos for electric traction. For some years, a double-headed engine was also used to maintain speed. Diesel engines were used between Mumbai and Vadodara, which necessitated the change of locos. Dual traction AC/DC WCAM 2/2P locos were introduced in 1998, which made the hauling of train on electrical traction possible up to Mumbai Central. It used to depart with WCAM 2P locomotive from Mumbai central in order to use Mumbai's DC traction wires up to Vile Parle. From 8 February 2012, Mumbai Rajdhani is hauled by Ghaziabad (GZB) based WAP 5 or WAP 7 from end to end. The Western railway completed DC Electric Conversion to AC on 5 February 2012. The work was done on Vile Parle - Churchgate section.
12951 Rajadhani Express leaves Mumbai Central every day at 16:40 hrs IST and reaches the New Delhi at 08:30 hrs IST on the next day. On return, the 12952 Rajadhani Express leaves New Delhi every day at 16:30 hrs IST and reaches the Mumbai Central at 08:35 hrs IST on the next day.
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