Ashram Express

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Ashram Express
12916 Ashram Express.jpg
Service type Superfast Express
First service 1 August 1997
Current operator(s) Western Railways
Start Ahmedabad Junction
Stops 19 as 12915 Ashram Express, 20 as 12916 Ashram Express
End Old Delhi
Distance travelled 951 km (591 mi) as 12915 Ashram Express, 951 km (591 mi) as 12916 Ashram Express
Service frequency Daily
On-board services
Class(es) AC 1st Class, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, Sleeper Class, General Unreserved
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Catering facilities No Pantry Car but available
Observation facilities No Rake sharing
Rolling stock Standard Indian Railway coaches
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 110 km/h (68 mph) maximum
58.34 km/h (36 mph), including halts

The 12915/12916 Ashram Express is a superfast express train that runs between Ahmedabad Junction and Old Delhi in India. It is a daily service. It operates as train number 12915 from Ahmedabad Junction to Old Delhi and as train number 12916 in the reverse direction.

The train's route runs on a broad gauge section converted from metre gauge in the 1990s. During the metre gauge era, this train ran as the 505/506 Ashram Express.


The 12915/12916 Ashram Express presently has 1 AC 1st Class cum AC 2 tier, 1 AC 2 tier, 3 AC 3 tier, 13 Sleeper Class & 6 General Unreserved coaches. As with most train services in India, Coach Composition may be amended at the discretion of Indian Railways depending on demand.


The 12915 Ashram Express covers the distance of 951 kilometers in 15 hours 40 mins (59.62 km/hr) & 951 kilometers in 16 hours 20 mins as 12916 Ashram Express (57.12 km/hr).

As its average speed in both directions is above 55 km/hr as per Indian Railway rules, its fare has a Superfast surcharge. In addition, it gets priority over local (commuter) trains, standard express, passenger trains and most freight trains.


As over 80% of its route is single line & has yet to be electrified, it usually gets an EMD Locomotive WDP-4/4B/4D from Bhagat Ki Kothi [BGKT] shed.


12915 Ashram Express leaves Ahmedabad Junction every day at 18:30 hrs IST and reaches Old Delhi at 10:10 hrs IST the next day.

12916 Ashram Express leaves Old Delhi every day at 15:20 hrs IST and reaches Ahmedabad Junction at 07:40 hrs IST the next day.

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