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|Service type||Superfast Express|
|Locale||Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal|
|Current operator(s)||South Central Railway zone|
|Distance travelled||1,545 km (960 mi)|
|Average journey time||25 hours 45 minutes|
|Train number(s)||12704 / 12703|
|Class(es)||1AC and 2AC combo coach, 1 AC 2-Tier Coach, 2 AC 3-Tier Coaches, 14 Sleeper Class Coaches, 1 Pantry Car, and 3 General Compartments and 2SLR's.|
|Observation facilities||Large Windows|
|Baggage facilities||Below the Seats|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) (Broad Gauge)|
110 km/h (68 mph) maximum62 km/h (39 mph) (average with halts)
It runs daily and connects important stations such as Bhubaneswar, Brahmapur, Vishakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Guntur. It is a fast alternative to other trains such as East Coast Express and Visakha Express. Compared to the other trains on the Sec'bad to Howrah/Bhubaneswar, it covers lesser distance as it runs via the Nalgonda, Guntur route. It is the fastest superfast between Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad other than Duronto & Garibrath. Most of the people going to Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, Palasa prefer this train as the train arrives early in the morning. The train runs jampacked throughout the year. Besides being superfast this is the only train which is most neat and clean after trains like Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani Express, Duranto Express and other superfast trains in India.
The train is named after The Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India. Falaknuma is Persian—فلک ا نمایش name meaning to Reflections of Skies/Heavens It covers a distance of 1545 kilometers in about 26 hrs, with 21 halts in between.
The train departs from Howrah Junction at 07:25 hours and arrives in Secunderabad at 09:35 hours the next day. From Secunderabad, the train departs at 15:55 hours and arrives in Howrah at 17:45 hours the next day.
It gets a twin WDM-3A (Moula Ali shed) loco in the Secunderabad to Vijayawada section and a Lallaguda-based WAP-7 locomotive for the Vijayawada to Visakhapatnam section. Then it gets a Santragachi-based WAP-4 locomotive for the Visakhapatnam to Howrah section. The same links are in either way.
The train usually has a 1AC and 2AC Composite Coach (added in Sep'09), 1 AC 2-Tier Coach, 3 AC 3-Tier Coaches, 13 Sleeper Class Coaches, 1 Pantry Car, and 3 General Compartments and 2SLR's. A rake of the Falaknuma Express consists of 24 Coaches. It shares its rakes with the Narayanadri Express. One can see the Tirupati-Secunderabad-Howrah boards in the rakes.