Brindavan Express

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Brindavan Express
Brindavan Express Display.jpg
Brindavan Express
Service type Superfast
Status Operating
First service 1 October 1964; 52 years ago (1964-10-01)
Current operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Start Chennai Central (MAS)
Stops 10
End Bangalore City (SBC)
Distance travelled 359 km (223 mi)
Average journey time 6 hours, 10 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12639/12640
Line used Chennai Central–Bangalore City line
On-board services
Class(es) 2S, SLR and UR/GS
Disabled access Handicapped/disabled access
Seating arrangements Open coach
Sleeping arrangements No
Auto-rack arrangements No
Catering facilities Yes
Observation facilities Yes
Entertainment facilities No
Baggage facilities Overhead racks
Rolling stock WAP7 (RPM/LGD)
Fifteen Non-AC 2S
Seven UR/GS
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Track owner(s) Southern Railway zone
Timetable number(s) 20/20A[1]
Route map
Brindavan Express and Lalbagh Express (MAS - SBC) Route map.jpg

The 12639/12640 Brindavan Express is a train linking Chennai Central and Bangalore City Railway Station. It leaves Chennai Central at 07:50 and reaches Bangalore City at 14:00 hours. In the reverse direction, it leaves Bangalore City at 15:00 and reaches Chennai Central at 21:05 hours. The train has around 24 coaches with no AC chair cars.


This train introduced in the 1964 as the first intercity express in the southern Railways. At that time it had stops only at Katpadi and Jolarpet covering the 360 kilometres (220 mi) in 5 hours. Later due to derailments of some trains the speed was reduced to take 5.5 hours in the 1980s. With increase in stops it has now come to 6 hours. In the early 1980s the train was operated as double decker with ac and non-ac classes, which was latter on scrapped, and the train was operated as single deck. In the late 1980s the MAS-JTJ stretch was electrified. JTJ-SBC the train used diesel engines. For the purpose of speed this train used to have twin diesels for the up gradient (deccan) between JTJ and SBC. The Train celebrated its Golden Jubilee run on October 1, 2014.[2]


The train crosses four major junctions - Arakkonam, Katpadi Junction (Vellore), Jolarpettai and Bangarpet. However, it also stops at Perambur, Walajah Road, Ambur, Vaniyambadi, Kuppam, Krishnarajapuram railway station and Bangalore Cantonment.


This train covers the distance between Chennai and Bangalore in 6 hrs 5 min. i.e. 362 kilometres (225 mi) in 365 minutes at an average of 60 kilometres per hour (37 mph). The maximum speed of this train is 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph).The fastest stretch is between Chennai and Katpadi when it covers 130 kilometres (81 mi) in 120 minutes at 65 kilometres per hour (40 mph). The slowest stretch is between Jolarpet and Kuppam as it has to climb up the gradient of the Deccan plateau.


This train usually gets a WAP 7 locomotive or sometimes WAP 4 of Lallaguda or Royapuram shed.

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
BSicon LDER.svg SLR UR UR UR D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10 D11 D12 D13 D14 D15 UR UR UR UR SLR


  1. ^ "Trains at a Glance July 2013 - June 2014". Indian Railways. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  2. ^ T Francis, Sundar Singh (6 October 2014). "Chennai - Bangalore Brindavan Express chugs past 50th year". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 

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