Chalukya Express

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The Chalukya Express is a train that originates from Pondicherry/Tirunelveli Junction and terminates at Dadar in Mumbai. This train belongs to the Central Railway zone and is hence numbered 11005/11006(for Pondicherry) and 11021/11022.(for Tirunelveli)

11017 Chalukya Express
Chalukya Express

This train runs via the Karnataka region, following a Yeswanthpur-Hubli-Belgaum-Miraj route, giving a panoramic view of rural Karnataka. It operates 6 days per week in each direction - 3 days to Pondicherry and 3 days to Tirunelveli Junction. The train covers the distance in 30 hrs 5 minutes. This route is longer and comprises certain ghats.

Relevance[edit]

This train gets its name from the Chalukya Dynasty that ruled the Karnataka region.

Earlier, this train runs up to Yeshwantpur with six days with the No. 11017/11018

After 15 Oct 2012 It Was Extended up to Pondicherry and Tirunelveli with tri weekly days.

Traction[edit]

11005/06 is hauled by a Krishnarajapuram based WDP-4 locomotive from Dadar to Yesvantpur after which a Royapuram or Erode based WAP-4 or an Arakkonam based WAP-1 haul the train for the remainder of its journey until Poducherry.

11021/22 is hauled by a Krishnarajapuram based WDP-4 locomotive from Dadar to Yesvantpur after which an Erode based WDM-3D or WDG-3A hauls the train for the remainder of its journey until Tirunelveli.