Dakshin Express

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Dakshin Express
12861 Dakshin link Express pulled in by a WDM2 loco at Visakhapatnam.jpg
12721 Dakshin Express trainboard.jpg
Service type Superfast Express
Current operator(s) South Central Railways
Start Hyderabad Decan / Visakhapatnam
Stops 46
End Hazrat Nizamuddin
Distance travelled 1,670 km (1,038 mi) as 12721 Dakshin Express, 1,669 km (1,037 mi) as 12722 Dakshin Express
Service frequency Daily
On-board services
Class(es) AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, Sleeper Class, General Unreserved
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Catering facilities Pantry Car available
Observation facilities Has coaches of 12861/62 Vishakhapatnam Link Express
Rolling stock Standard Indian Railway coaches
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 110 km/h (68 mph) maximum
56.12 km/h (35 mph), including halts
Route map
Dakshin Express Route map.jpg

The 12721/12722 Dakshin Express is a superfast express train belonging to Indian Railways that runs between Hyderabad Decan/Visakhapatnam and Hazrat Nizamuddin in India. It is a daily service. It operates as train number 12721 from Hyderabad Decan to Hazrat Nizamuddin and as train number 12722 in the reverse direction.


The 12721/2722 Dakshin Express presently has 2 AC 2 tier, 2 AC 3 tier, 14 Sleeper Class, 4 General Unreserved coaches & a Pantry Car coach. As with most train services in India, Coach Composition may be amended at the discretion of Indian Railways depending on demand. This includes the coaches of the 12861/62 Vishakhapatnam Link Express.


The 12721 Dakshin Express covers the distance of 1670 kilometers in 29 hours 30 mins (56.61 km/hr) & 1669 kilometers 30 hours 00 mins as 12722 Dakshin Express (55.63 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. The coaches of the 12861/62 Vishakhapatnam Link Express bifurcates/joins the 12721/12722 Dakshin Express at Kazipet Junction.


It is usually hauled by a WAP 7 locomotive from the Lalaguda Shed.


12721 Dakshin Express leaves Hyderabad Decan every day at 23:00 hrs IST and reaches Hazrat Nizamuddin at 05:00 hrs IST on the 3rd day.[1]

12722 Dakshin Express leaves Hazrat Nizamuddin every day at 23:00 hrs IST and reaches Hyderabad Decan at 05:00 hrs IST on the 3rd day.[2]

Some of the important stations it covers during the journey includes[edit]

Secunderabad, Kazipet, Peddapalli, Ramagundam, sirpur kaghaznagar Balharshah Junction, Sewagram, Nagpur, Itarsi, Hoshangabad, Bhopal, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra Cantt, Mathura, Faridabad, Hazrat Nizamuddin.[3]