Pinakini Express

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Pinakini Express
Service type Express train
Locale Andhra Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Current operator(s) South Central Railway
Start Vijayawada Junction
Stops 13
End Chennai Central
Distance travelled 431 km (268 mi)
Average journey time 7 hours
Service frequency Daily
On-board services
Class(es) AC Chair Car, Second Class Sitting, General
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements No
Catering facilities Yes
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 60 km/h (37 mph) average with halts
Route map
Pinakini Express Route map.jpg

The Pinakini Express is an express train in India which runs between Vijayawada Junction Financial,cultural & Commercial city in Andhra Pradesh and Chennai Central. It was introduced in 1991. This train is named after the Pinakini river. The Vijayawada Division of the South Central Railway division of the Indian Railways administers this train.


Train Number 12711 runs from Vijayawada Junction to Chennai Central[1] while 12712 runs from Chennai Central to Vijayawada City.[2]



The Pinakini Express is usually hauled by a LGD WAP4 / WAP7. The 24 coach composition contains– 1 Pantry, 2 A/C Chair car, 8 Second sitting, 11 Unreserved and rest SLR.


  • Pinakini Express is the first train in the south to get a green toilet.[3]
  • Pinakini Express is part of the three sisters that includes Ratnachal Express and Satavahana Express. These three trains depart Vijayawada for Chennai, Vishakapatnam and Secunderabad respectively at the same time.
  • The first train Driver for Pinakini Express was Mr.Willam Henry Barnes (Special A grade Driver) from South Central Raily division, Vijayawada.


12711 (Vijayawada-Chennai)[edit]

SNo Stn Code Stn Name
1 BZA Vijayawada Junction
2 TEL Tenali Junction
3 NDO Nidubrolu
4 BPP Bapatla
5 CLX Chirala
6 OGL Ongole
7 SKM Singarayakonda
8 KVZ Kavali
9 BTTR Bitragunta
10 NLR Nellore
11 GDR Gudur Junction
12 SPE Sullurpeta
13 MAS Chennai Central

12712 (Chennai-Vijayawada)[edit]

S.No Stn Code Station Name
1 MAS Chennai Central
2 SPE Sullurpeta
3 GDR Gudur Junction
4 NLR Nellore
5 BTTR Bitragunta
6 KVZ Kavali
7 SKM Singarayakonda
8 OGL Ongole
9 CLX Chirala
10 BPP Bapatla
11 NDO Nidubrolu
12 TEL Tenali Junction
13 BZA Vijayawada Junction

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