Sampark Kranti Express

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Sampark Kranti Express
12823 Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti Express.JPG
Main Operation(s): Connects national capital with state capitals
Fleet size: 19
Parent company: Indian Railways
Gauge: Broad Gauge
Operating speed: 110 km/h (68 mph) maximum

Sampark Kranti Express trains are a series of super-fast trains operated by the Indian Railways providing quick connectivity to the national capital, New Delhi.


The words Sampark and Kranti are borrowed from Sanskrit. Sampark(Devanagari:-सम्पर्क) means Contact and Kranti(Devanagari:-क्रान्ति ) means Revolution. The combined name denotes the steps taken by Indian Railways to provide high speed train connections from cities around India with the National Capital through the provision of non-air conditioned express trains with few stops and operating at high speeds. A similar capability had been introduced earlier on the Rajdhani series of super-fast trains. However, these trains were completely air-conditioned and hence quite expensive.

The Rajdhani and Shatabdi series are the fastest trains in India in terms of average journey speeds. The Sampark Kranti trains operate at slower average speeds than the Rajdhani and Shatabdi series yet still provide high speed options at normal prices due to their few stops and relatively faster speeds compared with other non-Rajdhani and non-Shatabdi express trains althoug initially they ran non stop once they left their respective states.

The railway minister at the time Nitish Kumar in the interim Railway Budget of 2004-05 announced the launch of Sampark Kranti Express. The trains in the Sampark Kranti series connect the Indian states to the national capital city of New Delhi. Sampark Kranti trains charge the same fare as regular/superfast trains on the Indian Railways rail network and do not provide any special facilities not available in regular Express trains. The initial decision of non-stop run of this Express series of trains was cut short and was given way to commercial stopping outside the states.[1] The trains aim at reducing travel time without compromising on passenger comfort.[2]

Initially eighteen trains were launched and the count was later increased. The Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express from Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin to Yesvantpur was the first train which was launched on 8 February 2004.[1]

12908 Maharashtra Sampark Express
12121 M.P. Sampark Kranti Express
12217 Kerala Sampark Kranti Express

List of services[edit]

Train Name Origin and Destination Stations Distance Km.
Andhra Pradesh Sampark Kranti Express Hazrat Nizamuddin to Tirupati via Secunderabad, Jhansi 2302
Bihar Sampark Kranti Superfast Express New Delhi to Darbhanga via Kanpur 1172
Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti Superfast Express Hazrat Nizamuddin to Durg via Jhansi, Katni, Bilaspur 1281
Goa Sampark Kranti Express Chandigarh to Madgaon via Vadodara, Kota Junction 2160
Gujarat Sampark Kranti Express Hazrat Nizamuddin to Ahmedabad Junction via Kota Junction 1085
Jharkhand Sampark Kranti New Delhi to Ranchi via Kanpur 1306
Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express Hazrat Nizamuddin to Bangalore via Jhansi, Pune, Miraj, Hubli 2610
Karnataka Sampark Kranti Hazrat Nizamuddin to Yeshwantpur via Kachiguda, Jhansi 2276
Kerala Sampark Kranti Chandigarh to Kochuveli via Panvel 3415
Madhya Pradesh Sampark Kranti Hazrat Nizamuddin to Jabalpur Junction via Gwalior, Jhansi 909
Maharashtra Sampark Kranti Express Hazrat Nizamuddin to Mumbai via Kota Junction 1366
Orissa Sampark Kranti New Delhi to Bhubaneshwar via Kanpur 1799
Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express New Delhi to Guwahati via Kanpur 1980
Rajasthan Sampark Kranti Express Delhi Sarai Rohilla to Jodhpur via Jaipur 685
Tamil Nadu Sampark Kranti Express Hazrat Nizamuddin to Madurai via Tiruchirappalli, Chennai, Vijayawada, Jhansi 2677
Uttar Pradesh Sampark Kranti Express Hazrat Nizamuddin to Manikpur via Jhansi 695
Uttar Sampark Kranti Express New Delhi to Udhampur via Jammu Tawi 630
Uttarakhand Sampark Kranti Express Old Delhi to Ramnagar &Kathgodam 239, 278
West Bengal Sampark Kranti Old Delhi to Kolkata Sealdah 1448

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sampark Kranti Express Train". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "18 Sampark Kranti trains mooted, first train from Feb 8". The Tribune. 20 January 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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