Amarkantak Express

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Amarkantak SF Express
Service type Superfast
Status Operating
Locale Chhattisgarh,Madhya Pradesh
Current operator(s) South East Central Railway zone
Start Durg Junction (DURG)
Stops 29
End Bhopal Junction(BPL)
Distance travelled 893 km (555 mi)
Average journey time 16 hours 10 minutes
Service frequency daily
On-board services
Class(es) First AC, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, Sleeper Class, General
Seating arrangements Available
Sleeping arrangements Available
Auto-rack arrangements Not Available
Catering facilities Avilable
Entertainment facilities Not Available
Baggage facilities Below the Seats
Rolling stock 4
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed

108 km/h maximum

55 km/h (34 mph) (average with halts)
Route map
Amarkantak Express (Bhopal - Durg) Route map.jpg

The Amarkantak Express (12853/12854) is a daily superfast express train which runs between the Bhopal Junction railway station in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh and Durg, a city in Chhattisgarh state in central India. This train replaced the 8225/8226 Bhopal - Bilaspur Mahanadi Express along with the 8291/8292 Bhopal - Raipur Express and the 1235/1236 Bhopal - Jabalpur Express.

The name of the train comes from the name of the city Amarkantak, which is a pilgrim town in the Anuppur District from the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Narmada River, which is the largest river in Central India originates near the city.

Arrival and Departure information[edit]

Train no. 12854 departs from Bhopal Junction daily at 3.40 pm, reaching Durg the next day at 07.55 am.Train no. 12853 departs daily from Durg at 6.20 pm reaching Bhopal Junction the next day at 10:30 am.This train takes in all 28 halts before reaching its destination[1]

Route and Stations[edit]

The train route goes through Itarsi Junction - Jabalpur Junction - New Katni Junction - Anuppur Junction and Bilaspur Junction. The important stations along the train route are:

Coach composition[edit]

The train normally consists of 24 coaches :

  • 1 AC 1 cum II Tier (HA1)
  • 1 AC II Tier(A1)
  • 3 AC III Tier(B1 B2 B3)
  • 14 Sleeper Coach (S1-S14)
  • 3 General Coach (G1-G3)
  • 1 Ladies Reserved Coach
  • 1 Handicapped Coach

As is customary with Indian Railways, coaches are added/removed as per the demand.

Average speed and frequency[edit]

This is a daily train service in each direction. The trains operate at an average speed of 54 km/hour.

Locomotives used on service[edit]

The trains are hauled by the following locomotives:

Other trains from Bhopal to Bilaspur[edit]