Silambu Express with GOC WDP3A
|Service type||Express Train|
|First service||June 22, 2013|
|Current operator(s)||Southern Railways|
|Distance travelled||489 km (304 mi)|
|Average journey time||11.25 Hours|
|Train number(s)||16181 / 16182|
|Class(es)||2 AC, 3 AC, SL, UR|
|Observation facilities||Large windows|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||49 km/h (30 mph) average with halts|
|Timetable number(s)||8 / 8A|
The name of the train commemorates the Kannagi or (Kannaki), a legendary Tamil woman, is the main character of the South Indian epic Silapathikaram (100-300 CE) who used Silambu the only proof " for saving her husband. So,the train was named as " Silambu Express" to remember the Silapathikaram story. It is a standard train consisting of commercial coaches. The main towns on the way are Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Tiruchirapalli, Pudukottai, Karaikudi and Sivagangai. The train is operated as Bi-weekly and covers a distance of 489 km. Initially this train was announced between Chennai Egmore and Karaikudi but due to public demand this train has been extended up to Manamadurai via Sivagangai. This train was announced on Railway Budget 2013, and the service started on June 22, 2013. 
Train route and timings
The train from Chennai Egmore to Manamadurai starts Chennai Egmore at 20:20 hours arrives Trichy by 03.15 hours and reaches Manamadurai the next morning at 7:45 hours. In total the journey time is 11 hours 25 minutes. It runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays.The return trip from Manamadurai to Chennai Egmore starts Manamadurai at 20:15 hours and arrives Trichy by 23.45 hours and reaches Chennai Egmore the next morning at 6:30 hours. On return, the journey time is 11 hours 20 minutes. The return trip is on Thursdays and Sundays. As the entire train is stalled at Manamadurai Jn for more than 12 hours, Southern Railway has decided to extend the rakes of this train till Sengottai(Shencottah).
At present, this train connects many important towns and cities between Chennai and Manamadurai Junction. This train passes through and stops in important towns like Sivagangai, Karaikudi, Pudukottai, Tiruchirappalli, Ariyalur, Virddhachalam, Villupuram, Chengalpattu and Tambaram. On the section between Tiruchirappalli and Chennai Egmore the train is pulled by electric locomotive ED WAP4, and on the section between Tiruchirappalli and Manamadurai the train is pulled by diesel locomotive GOC WDP3A. Between the sections of Manamadurai and Tiruchirappalli, this train achieves a maximum speed of 80 kmph.
Total number of Coaches 17
- The Loco has change from Diesel to Electrification from Trichy.
- "Time Table of Chennai Egmore - Rameswaram (Main Line)" (PDF). Indian Railways. Southern Railway zone. pp. 43–44 (93–94). Retrieved 2 February 2014.
- Rail news http://www.livechennai.com/detailnews.asp?newsid=5767
- Rail News http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/silambu-express-right-on-track/article4813058.ece
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