Chennai Egmore–Mangalore Central Express
|Service type||Express rail|
|Locale||Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Karnataka|
|First service||1 July 2003|
|Current operator(s)||Southern Railway zone|
|Start||Chennai Egmore (MS)|
|End||Mangalore Central (MAQ)|
|Distance travelled||983 km (611 mi)|
|Average journey time||23 Hours 35 Minutes|
|Train number(s)||16859 / 16860|
|Line used||Chord line (MS – TPJ)
Tiruchirappalli-Erode line (TPJ – ED)
Jolarpettai–Shoranur line (ED – SRR)
Shoranur–Mangalore section (SRR – MAQ)
|Class(es)||1A-cum-2A, 3A, SL, 2S, SLR and UR / GS|
|Seating arrangements||Open coach
|Sleeping arrangements||Couchette car|
|Observation facilities||Windows in all carriages|
|Baggage facilities||Overhead racks
MS–TPJ: WAP4 (RPM / GOC);
One AC 2-Tier (HA1)
Two AC 3-Tier (3A)
Ten II SL
Three Second seating (2S)
Three UR / GS
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||25 kV AC, 50 Hz (MS–TPJ)|
|Operating speed||42 kilometres per hour (26 mph)|
|Track owner(s)||Southern Railway zone|
|Timetable number(s)||21 / 21A / 86 / 86A|
This train was introduced during the 2003–2004 Railway Budget as a new daily train between Chennai Egmore and Erode via Tiruchirappalli Junction in Tamil Nadu, India. Later in the 2005–2006 Railway Budget, the train (No.6607 / 6608) was extended up to Coimbatore, citing large number of Melmaruvathur bound pilgrims, leaving the people of Karur in despair, who were largely benefitted of this train fearing decrease in reservation quotas. The train was again extended to Mangalore in 2007, a move which forced the authorities to cancel the Tiruchirapalli–Mangalore Express (No.6867 / 6868), with revised timings. The number of train was changed from the initial 6607 / 6608 to 6107 / 6108, and from 6107 / 6108 to 16107 / 16108 since December 2010 onwards as a part of train management system over the entire Indian Railways network. Again, the number of the train was changed to the present 16859 / 16860, since 1 September 2013.
Some of the prominent stoppages include Tambaram, Melmaruvathur, Viluppuram, Vriddhachalam, Tiruchi, Karur, Erode, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Shoranur, Kozhikode, Mahe, Kannur and Kasaragod. This daily train departs Chennai Egmore as 16859 at 22:15 hours, arrives Tiruchirappalli Junction the next morning at 4:50 hours, reverses the loco and departs at 5:00 hours and finally arrives Mangalore Central at 21:50 hours. On the return journey, the train departs Mangalore Central as 16860 at 6:50 hours, arrives Tiruchirappalli Junction at 21:50 hours, reverses the loco and departs at 22:00 hours and finally arrives Chennai Egmore, the next morning at 5:05 hours.[b]
- The coach composition is subject to change.
- The timings are in Indian Standard Time.
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- "Train Time Table for MAQ-MS (Via. Chord Line)" (PDF). Indian Railways. p. 1. Retrieved 4 March 2014.