|Service type||Superfast Express|
|Locale||Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal|
|Current operator(s)||Eastern Railways|
|Start||Howrah Junction (HWH)|
|End||New Delhi (NDLS)|
|Distance travelled||1,531 km (951 mi)|
|Average journey time||23 hours 10 minutes|
|Class(es)||First AC, Second AC, Third AC, Sleeper, Unreserved|
|Catering facilities||Available (paid)|
|Observation facilities||LHB coaches|
|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 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.
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)
- 12303/04 Poorva Express is hauled by a single WAP-4/WAP 7 electric locomotive of Howrah shed in its entire plight on Howrah-Delhi main line section (via Patna).
- 12381/82 Poorva Express is hauled from Howrah to Mughalsarai (via Grand Chord) by a WAP-4/WAP 7 locomotive, Mughalsarai to Allahabad via Varanasi by a WAP-5 locomotive & then Allahabad to New Delhi by a WAP-7 locomotive.
|Pair||Train No.||Sector||Departure||Arrival||Frequency||Average Speed||Stops||Distance|
|1||12303||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||New Delhi – Howrah Via Patna||16:20||16:55||Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun||62 km|
|2||12381||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||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
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.