Nellai Express

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Nellai Express at Tirunelveli Junction
Nellai Express (Tirunelveli-Chennai) Route map

The Nellai Express is a super fast express train on the Indian Railways, It runs on all days connecting Tirunelveli Junction with Chennai Egmore via Tiruchirappalli and Madurai.

Numbers and route[edit]

Past Number

  • 119/120
  • 6119/6120
  • 2631/2632

Current Number

  • 12631/12632

As per the new numbering system, this train is assigned the number 12631 for the downward direction (Chennai Egmore - Tirunelveli) and 12632 for the upward direction (Tirunelveli - Chennai Egmore). In the downward direction, the train departs at 20.10 hours and reaches Tirunelveli at 08.00 hours next day. In the upward direction, the train departs at 19.25 hours and reaches Chennai at 07.05 hours. It covers the distance of 653 km in less than 12 hours with major stoppings at Madurai, Tiruchirappalli and Viluppuram and terminus at Chennai Egmore/Tirunelveli Junction. It is also one of the oldest commuter trains in India. It has 24 coaches. It runs with WAP4 from Chennai Egmore to Madurai and GOC WDP4B from Madurai to Tirunelveli and return via the same route.

Time schedule[edit]

From Tirunelveli to Chennai Egmore (12631)

Code Station Distance (km) Arr Time Dep Time Day of Arrival State Division Zone
TEN Tirunelveli Junction 0 - 19:25 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
CVP Kovilpatti 65 20:23 20:25 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
SRT Satur 86 20:43 20:45 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
VPT Virudunagar Junction 113 21:23 21:25 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
MDU Madurai Junction 157 22:05 22:10 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
SDN Sholavandan 178 22:29 22:30 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
DG Dindigul Junction 219 23:13 23:15 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
TPJ Tiruchirapalli 313 01:00 01:05 Daily Tamil Nadu TPJ Southern Railway
VRI Vridhachalam Junction 437 02:43 02:45 Daily Tamil Nadu TPJ Southern Railway
VM Villupuram Junction 491 03:53 03:55 Daily Tamil Nadu TPJ Southern Railway
TMV Tindivanam 527 04:39 04:40 Daily Tamil Nadu MAS Southern Railway
MLMR Melmaruvattur 556 05:04 05:05 Daily Tamil Nadu MAS Southern Railway
CGL Chengalpattu 594 05:38 05:40 Daily Tamil Nadu MAS Southern Railway
TBM Tambaram 625 06:08 06:10 Daily Tamil Nadu MAS Southern Railway
MBM Mambalam 643 06:29 06:30 Daily Tamil Nadu MAS Southern Railway
MS Chennai Egmore 650 07:05 - Daily Tamil Nadu MAS Southern Railway

From Chennai Egmore to Tirunelveli (12632)

Code Station Distance (km) Arr Time Dep Time Day of Arrival State Division Zone
MS Chennai Egmore 0 - 20:10 Daily Tamil Nadu MAS Southern Railway
TBM Tambaram 25 20:33 20:35 Daily Tamil Nadu MAS Southern Railway
CGL Chengalpattu Junction 56 21:03 21:05 Daily Tamil Nadu MAS Southern Railway
MLMR Melmaruvattur 91 21:33 21:35 Daily Tamil Nadu MAS Southern Railway
TMV Tindivanam 121 22:03 22:05 Daily Tamil Nadu MAS Southern Railway
VM Villupuram Junction 158 22:40 22:45 Daily Tamil Nadu TPJ Southern Railway
VRI Vridhachalam Junction 213 23:20 23:22 Daily Tamil Nadu TPJ Southern Railway
TPJ Tiruchirapalli Junction 337 02:05 02:10 Daily Tamil Nadu TPJ Southern Railway
DG Dindigal Junction 431 03:28 03:30 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
SDN Sholavandan 472 04:04 04:05 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
MDU Madurai Junction 493 04:35 04:40 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
VPT Virudunagar Junction 536 05:18 05:20 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
SRT Satur 564 05:43 05:45 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
CVP Kovilpatti 585 06:05 06:07 Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway
TEN Tirunelveli Junction 650 08:00 - Daily Tamil Nadu MDU Southern Railway

Relevance[edit]

The city of Tirunelveli is commonly referred to as "Nellai" based on the presiding deity of the temple "Nellaiappar" an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Hence the name "Nellai Express".

Speed[edit]

Top Speed is 82km/h from Villupuram Junction (from Chennai Egmore - Tirunelveli). Average Speed is 55km/h.

Code Station Speed
TEN Tirunelveli Junction 67
CVP Kovilpatti 71
SRT Satur 66
VPT Virudunagar Junction 60
MDU Madurai Junction 71
SDN Sholavandan 62
DG Dindigul Junction 54
TPJ Tiruchirapalli 66
VRI Vridhachalam Junction 50
VM Villupuram Junction 52
TMV Tindivanam 79
MLMR Melmaruvattur 59
CGL Chengalpattu 66
TBM Tambaram 57
MBM Mambalam 12
MS Chennai Egmore -


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