|Pandian Superfast Express|
Pandian Express at Madurai Junction
|Service type||Superfast Express|
|Current operator(s)||Southern Railways|
|Distance travelled||497 km (309 mi)|
|Average journey time||9 Hours|
|Class(es)||First AC, Second AC, Third AC, First Class, Sleeper, Unreserved|
|Observation facilities||Large windows|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||60 km/h (37 mph) average with halts|
The Pandian Express (பாண்டியன் அதிவிரைவு வண்டி) is a rail service of the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways and runs between Madurai Junction and Chennai Egmore via Tiruchirapalli and vice versa.
The name of the train commemorates the 6th century BC to 17th century AD Pandyan Dynasty or Pandian Kingdom of Tamil Nadu. It is a standard train consisting of 24 coaches. The main towns on the way are Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Ariyalur, Tiruchirapalli and Dindigul. The train operates daily and covers a distance of 497 km.The train runs at a top speed of 110 km/h It is a Prestigious train with Southern Railways. It shares rake with Rockfort Express and is maintained at Madurai
This train had the livery changed twice - first it had the "Olive-Green livery", separated by 2 yellow-lines between the upper & lower part of the windows & later on it was changed to "Maroon colour" on the MG.
This train was numbered as 6717/6718 when it was run on MG. It was hauled by WAP4 loco from madurai to chennai egmore and via the same route.
The train number is 12637 departs at 21:20 hours from Chennai Egmore and arrives at 6.15 hours at Madurai Junction. The train number is 12638 from Madurai to Chennai starts at 20:35 Hours and reaches by 05:35 Hours. The Train Also has Sharing with Rockfort Express as (16177/16178) from Chennai to Trichy.
- First Class coaches were removed in 2014 along with Rockfort Express.
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Speed of the Train
Pandian Express is the one of the fastest trains in Southern Railways. Its running along with average speed of 54 km/hr. Its pulled by Electric Loco at the full running section.
- Rockfort Express
- Pallavan Express
- Tiruchirappalli – Tirunelveli Intercity Express
- Chennai Madurai AC Duronto Express
- Vaigai express
- Kanyakumari Express
- Vascodagama Express
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