Pallavan Express

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Pallavan Express
Pallavan express at chennai.jpg
Pallavan Express rushing past Mambalam
Service type Inter-city rail
Status Operating
First service August 15, 1984; 30 years ago (1984-08-15)
Current operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Start Karaikkudi Junction
Stops 11 (Loco change) From TPJ
End Chennai Egmore
Distance travelled 426 km (265 mi)
Average journey time 7 hours, 40 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12605/12606
Line used Chord line
On-board services
Class(es) CC, 2S, SLR, SLRD and UR/GS
Disabled access Handicapped/disabled access
Seating arrangements Open coach
Sleeping arrangements No
Auto-rack arrangements No
Catering facilities Yes
Observation facilities Yes
Entertainment facilities No
Baggage facilities Overhead racks
Rolling stock WDG4/WDP4B(GOC)
Two AC Chair car
Fourteen Non-AC 2S
Five UR/GS
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Operating speed 55 kilometres per hour (34 mph)
Track owner(s) Southern Railway zone
Timetable number(s) 21/21A[1]
Route map
Pallavan Express (KKDI - MS) Route map.jpg

Pallavan Express (Tamil: பல்லவன் அதிவிரைவு வண்டி) [a] is a superfast inter-city service operated by the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways. This service, which once connected the cities of Chennai and Tiruchirappalli in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Now runs up to Karaikudi.

General information[edit]

The Pallavan Express was constructed to run parallel to the Vaigai Express, which could not complete the round trip between Madurai and Chennai. The Express makes the 426 kilometres (265 mi) run in 7.5 hours with only 11 stops. It was once the most popular day train for travel between Karaikudi and Chennai Egmore via Trichy, making the one-way trip in just over 5 hours as compared to the 8–9 hours by road. The train attains its maximum speed of 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph) on the Vriddhachalam-Villupuram segment of the line.


Pallavan Express Reached Chennai Egmore

In recent developments, the train which departs Karaikudi at 04:30 hrs and arrives Trichy at 06.15 hrs and reaches Chennai Egmore at 12:10 hrs.[2] Then it swaps as Vaigai Express departing at 13.20 hrs for Madurai. As the other pair of Vaigai Express arrives Chennai Egmore at 14:40 hrs. The train swapped as Pallavan Express, departing at 15:45 hrs and arrives Trichy at 21.20 hrs and reach Karaikudi at 23:25 hrs.[3][b] The train has one pantry car for providing continuous refreshment/food supply to passengers. The pantry coach, denoted as PS1, which is a Pantry-cum Coach car (Reserved), which serves good quality of Idli, Dosa, Vada, Pongal and Variety of soups/snacks/beverages at an affordable prices during the journey. This Train runs via the Chord line which is through Ariyalur, Vrriddhachalam, Villupuram to and fro from Karaikudi.


The train is being hauled by an electric loco (RPM/ED WAP4) between Chennai Egmore and Tiruchirappalli Junction. And between Tiruchirappalli Junction and Karaikudi, it is hauled by diesel loco (GOC WDP4B/WDG4), since the line is not electrified and vice versa. The PS1 coach in this train is a Pantry-cum-Coach car, where half of the coach is used as a kitchen and the other half is used as a normal passenger coach.[c] This train shares its rakes with Vaigai Express.

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
BSicon LDER.svg SLR UR UR UR C1 C2 D1 D2 D3 D4 PS1 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10 D11 D12 D13 D14 UR UR SLR

Recent developments[edit]

Due to persistent demands for a day train from the elected representatives and people of Pudukkottai and Sivaganga districts, Southern Railway decided to extend the service till Karaikudi through Pudukkottai. The official announcement for the extension was made by the Union Minister for Railways in the Parliament during the Railway Budget- 2013.[4] This created a strong agitation among the Tiruchirappalli commuters.[5][6][7][8] Yet, the authorities were firm on the decision and extension was effected since 1 September 2013 from Karaikudi with a single stopping at Pudukottai.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Train was named as to commemorate the Pallavas Kingdom, who ruled over the parts that is the present Chennai and its surroundings.
  2. ^ The timings are in Indian Standard Time.
  3. ^ The coach composition is subject to change.


  1. ^ "Trains at a Glance July 2013 - June 2014". Indian Railways. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Train Time Table for CAPE-MS (Via. Chord Line)". Indian Railways. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Train Time Table for MS-CAPE (Via. Chord Line)". Indian Railways. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Railway Budget 2013-2014" (PDF). Ministry of Railways (Railway Board). p. 36. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Extension of Pallavan Express shocks Tiruchiites". The Hindu. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Consumer activists go on fast opposing extension of Pallavan Express". The Hindu. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "BJP protests train extension". The Hindu. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Protest over train extension". The Hindu. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Pallavan Express timings revised". The Hindu. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 

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