Deccan Express

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The Deccan Express (Marathi: डेक्कन एक्स्प्रेस) is an express train that leaves daily at 3:30pm,[1] plying between the cities of Pune and Mumbai in India, a distance of 192 km.

11008 Deccan Express
11008 Deccan Express - AC Chair Car Coach
1008 Deccan Express at Pune Junction
11008 Deccan Express - 2nd Class seating coach

Services[edit]

The train is operated by Indian Railways, coming under the Central Railway zone and it is one of the six point-to-point express trains which carry thousands of passengers daily between Pune and Mumbai. The other five being the Sinhagad Express, Pragati Express, Deccan Queen, Indrayani Express and Intercity Express.

Deccan Express is named from Deccan Plateau where Pune city is located.[2]

Traction[edit]

This train is hauled end to end by a Kalyan based WCAM 3.

Timetable[edit]

The 11007 Deccan Express leaves Mumbai CST at 7 am and arrives at Pune Junction at 11:05 am. While on the return journey, the 11008 Deccan Express leaves Pune at 15:30 and reaches CSTM at 19:40. [3][4]

Station
Code
Station Name 11007[5] 11008
Arrival Departure Distance
in km
Arrival Departure Distance
in km
CSTM Mumbai CST Source 07:00 0 19:40 Destination 192
DR Dadar 07:13 07:15 9 19:13 19:15 183
TNA Thane 07:34 07:35 33 18:43 18:45 159
KYN Kalyan 07:57 08:00 53 18:20 18:25 139
NRL Neral 08:29 08:30 86 - - -
KJT Karjat 08:49 08:50 100 17:28 17:30 92
KAD Khandala 09:30 09:32 125 16:43 16:45 67
LNL Lonavla 09:38 09:40 129 16:33 16:35 63
TGN Talegaon 10:09 10:10 158 16:06 16:08 34
KK Khadki 10:45 10:46 186 15:42 15:45 6
SVJR Shivajinagar 10:50 10:51 190 15:35 15:38 2
PUNE Pune 11:05 Destination 192 Source 15:30 0

History[edit]

Throughout history of railways in India the Deccan Queen is one of the most popular trains in India. The Deccan Queen, started on 1 June 1930 was the fastest and most luxurious train on the Mumbai - Pune section. Before introduction of the Deccan Queen, Poona Mail was the most luxurious train on this route. Initially the train was owned and operated by Great Indian Peninsula Railway and transferred to Indian Railways after merging of Great Indian Peninsula Railway in Indian Railways. This train used to travel the Mumbai-Pune distance in 2 hours 45 minutes. However due to increase in suburban traffic the travelling time has increased to 3 hours 15 minutes. This train was served with a pantry car since it was introduced. The train made its first run from Kalyan to Pune and was just a seven bogie train. However the train was later increased till Mumbai CST (formally Victory Terminus). The train today hauls 17 bogies along with two guard vans with total of 19 bogies. This train was attached with double deck compartments in 1980's. Initially the train was hauled by EA1 (WCP 1 locomotive) when it was introduced. Later by 1970's the train was hauled by WCM 2 or WCM 4 locomotives. Today it hauled by WCAM 3/2p locomotive. The Poona Mail and the Deccan Queen used to serve Mumbai-Pune commuters for several years together later when the Poona Mail was extended till Kolhapur and was renamed as the Sahyadri Express. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deccan Express (11008)". www.mustseeindia.com. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Deccan Plateau". deccanplateau.net. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Deccan Express/11007". indiarailinfo.com. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Deccan Express/11008". indiarailinfo.com. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Indian railways enquiry". Indian Railways. 
  6. ^ Deccan Queen