Poorva Express

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New Delhi (NDLS) bound 12381 (HWH-NDLS) Poorva Express.jpg
Poorva Express
Service type Superfast Express
Locale Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal
Current operator(s) Eastern Railways
Start Howrah Junction (HWH)
Stops 22
End New Delhi (NDLS)
Distance travelled 1,531 km (951 mi)
Average journey time 23 hours 10 minutes
Service frequency Daily
On-board services
Class(es) First AC, Second AC, Third AC, Sleeper, Unreserved
Seating arrangements Available
Sleeping arrangements Available
Auto-rack arrangements Available
Catering facilities Available (paid)
Observation facilities LHB coaches
Baggage facilities Available
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 63 km/h (39 mph) average with halts; 130 km/h (Max. speed)

The Poorva Express (Bengali: পূর্ব এক্সপ্রেস, Hindi: पूर्व एक्स्प्रेस) is a daily superfast express train of Indian Railways, running between Howrah, West Bengal, and New Delhi, the capital city of India.

The name Poorva signifies the eastern part of India. It is a very good train after Rajdhani for travellers of Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal.

The Train has been alloted a 22 coach rake of LHB Coaches, which started running from 30 April 2013 on allotment basis The Allotment of LHB Rake for first 1 month is like this. Now the maximum permissible speed of this train is 130.00 km/h.

Coach composition[edit]

The train generally consists of a total number of 22 Coaches as follows:

  • 1 AC First Cum AC II Tier
  • 2 AC II Tier
  • 3 AC III Tier
  • 1 Pantry Car
  • 11 Sleeper Class
  • 2 General Compartment
  • 2 End On Generator(Power Car)


Train Detail[edit]

Detail of Poorva Express
Pair Train No. Sector Departure Arrival Frequency Average Speed Stops Distance
1 12303[1] Howrah – New Delhi Via Patna 08:05 07:20 Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 66 km BWN, DGR, ASN, CRJ, MDP, JSME, JAJ, JMU, KIUL, MKA, BARH, BKP, PNBE, DNR, ARA, BXR, MGS, ALD, CNB, ETW, TDL,ALGN 1531 km
12304[2] New Delhi – Howrah Via Patna 16:20 16:55 Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun 62 km
2 12381[3] Howrah – New Delhi Via Gaya 08:15 07:20 Sun, Wed, Thu 62 km ALGN, TDL, ETW, CNB, ALD, BSB, MGS, BBU, DOS, ABUR, RFG, GAYA, KQR, PNME, DHN, ASN, DGR, BWN 1449 km
12382[4] New Delhi – Howrah Via Gaya 16:20 16:45 Mon, Tue, Fri 59 km


The train underwent change in its livery from creamy brown to official blue in early 2000s.Earlier it used to carry a full First AC coach as well.

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

On 14 December 2014 the 12381 UP Howrah - New Delhi Poorva Express derailed at 8.27 am after leaving Howrah at 8.15 am. 11 sleeper coaches and a pantry car (AC Hot Buffer Car) of the New Delhi-bound Poorva Express derailed at Liluah shortly after leaving Howrah station. There was no casualty or injury to any passenger, railway officials said. The train was moving at a slow speed when it derailed, the officials said, adding that the reasons for the mishap was being examined. What saved the passengers was the speed of the train. "The Poorva Express was moving at 10 to 15kmph when the accident occurred. The average speed of the train is 63kmph, though it can travel at 130kmph. Derailment at higher speeds would have been catastrophic," an official said.


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