Anantapuri Express

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Anantapuri Express
Service type Mail/Express
Status Operating
Locale Kerala & Tamil Nadu
First service 30 June 2002; 16 years ago (2002-06-30)(initial run between Thiruvananthapuram Central and Chennai Egmore)[1]
1 November 2017; 8 months ago (2017-11-01)(extended to Kollam Junction)[2]
Current operator(s) Indian Railway
Start Kollam Junction (QLN)
Stops 30
End Chennai Egmore (MS)
Distance travelled 859 km (534 mi)
Average journey time 17 hours 5 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 16723/16724
On-board services
Class(es) AC 1st Class, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, 12 Sleeper 3 tier, 4 Unreserved
Seating arrangements Chair car & Bench seat
Sleeping arrangements Couchette cars
Catering facilities No
Observation facilities Large windows
Rolling stock WAP-7, WAP-4
Track gauge 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) Indian gauge
Electrification 25 kV AC 50 Hz
Operating speed 50 km/h (31 mph)
Rake maintenance Rameswaram
Rake sharing Sethu Express

Ananthapuri Express is an express train running between Kollam Junction and Chennai Egmore via Thiruvananthapuram Central, Tiruchirappalli and Madurai through the trunk line and chord lines in Southern India. It is a daily overnight service. From Chennai Egmore, train no:16723 departs by 19:50 hours and reaches Kollam Junction at 13:00 hours the next day. The parallel train numbered 16724 starts 15:00 Hours from Kollam and reaches Chennai around 08:05 hours the next day. Proposal of the train was on 30 June 2002[1] Central budget of railways, operating six days a week. Later in 2005 it is made daily train. In the beginning it ran between Chennai Egmore and Thiruvananthapuram Central. In 2017 Central budget, it is extended[2] to Kollam with effect from 1 November 2017.[3][4]


It runs along the Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram trunk line and other chord lines through one among the shortest routes from Kollam to Chennai via Thiruvananthapuram, Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Trichy, Villupuram and Chengalpattu.


Kollam JunctionVarkala SivagiriThiruvananthapuram CentralNeyyattinkaraParassalaKuzhithuraiEranielNagercoil JunctionAralvaimozhiNorth PanagudiValliyurNanguneriTirunelveli JunctionVanchi Maniyachchi JunctionKadamburKovilpattiSaturVirudhunagar JunctionTirumangalamMadurai JunctionKodaikanal RoadDindigul JunctionTiruchirappalli JunctionVriddhachalam JunctionViluppuram JunctionTindivanamMelmaruvathurMaduranthakamChengalpattu JunctionTambaramMambalamChennai Egmore[5]

Rake sharing[edit]

The train has a Rake Sharing Agreement (RSA) with Sethu Express 22661/62 which runs in between Rameswaram and Chennai Egmore.

See also[edit]