Ratnachal Express

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Ratnachal Express
12717 Ratnachal Express at Marripalem 02.jpg
Ratnachal Express with a WAP-7 Loco
Service type Superfast Train
First service 03 October 1994
Current operator(s) South Central Railway
Ridership Second sitting - 864, AC chair car - 216
Start Vijayawada
Stops 9
End Visakhapatnam
Distance travelled 349 km (217 mi)
Average journey time 5 hours 55 minutes (average)
Service frequency daily
Train number(s) 12717 / 12718
On-board services
Class(es) AC Chair car, Second sitting, General Unreserved
Seating arrangements Yes
Catering facilities Pantry Car
Observation facilities Standard Indian Railway coaches
Rolling stock One
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 110 km/h (68 mph) maximum
58 km/h (36 mph), including halts
Route map
Ratnachal Express (Vijayawada - Visakhapatnam) Route map.png
Ratnachal Express at Marripalem

Ratnachal Express is a superfast Intercity Express Train belonging to Indian Railways that runs between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada as a daily service. It is maintained by South Central Railway Zone. It operates as train number 12717[1] from Visakhapatnam to Vijayawada and as train number 12718[2] in the reverse direction.


The Ratnachal Express has AC Chair car, Second sitting & 6 General unreserved coaches.

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 C3 C2 C1 D10 D9 D8 D7 D6 D5 D4 PC D3 D2 D1 UR UR UR UR UR SLR


The Ratnachal Express covers the distance of 349 km in 5 hours 55 mins as 12717 Ratnachal Express averaging 58 km/hr. As it runs above 55 km/hr, it has superfast surcharge.[citation needed]


It is hauled by Lallaguda WAP7 from Visakhapatnam to Vijayawada and by Lallaguda WAP4 from Vijayawada to Visakhapatnam [3]