Allama Iqbal Express

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Allama Iqbal Express
Service typeInter-city rail, Mail express
PredecessorShaheen Express
First service1940
Current operator(s)Pakistan Railways
StartKarachi Cantonment
EndSialkot Junction
Distance travelled1,362 kilometres (846 mi)
Average journey time25 hours
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)9UP (Karachi→Sialkot)
10DN (Sialkot→Karachi)
On-board services
Sleeping arrangementsAvailable
Catering facilitiesNot available
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Track owner(s)Pakistan Railways
Route map
Allama Iqbal Express route map

The Allama Iqbal Express (Urdu: علامہ اقبال ایکسپریس‎) is a passenger train operated daily by Pakistan Railways between Karachi and Sialkot, two important industrial hubs of Pakistan. The trip takes approximately 25 hours and 30 minutes to cover a published distance of 1,362 kilometres (846 mi), traveling along the Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line, Shahdara Bagh–Chak Amru Branch Line and Wazirabad–Narowal Branch Line.


The Allama Iqbal Express is one of the oldest express trains of Pakistan, beginning in 1940 as the Shaheen Express from Karachi to Sialkot via Faisalabad. In 1985, Shaheen Express was renamed to Allama Iqbal Express, in honor of Pakistan's famous poet Dr. Muhammad Iqbal.[1]


In 1998, the Allama Iqbal Express was redirected via Wazirabad Junction to Sialkot Junction. In 2004, it was again redirected to the current route via Narowal Junction.

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The train consists of 16 Economy, 1 Power van and 1 Luggage van coaches. The train runs completely on Diesel Traction.

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