Goa Express

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Goa Express
12779 Goa Express.jpg
Overview
Service type Superfast
Status Operating
Locale Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh & Delhi
Current operator(s) South Western Railway
Route
Start Vasco da Gama (VSG)
Stops 27
End Hazrat Nizamuddin (NZM)
Distance travelled 2202 km
Average journey time 39 hrs 25 mins
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12779 / 12780
On-board services
Class(es)

1st AC (0.5), 2nd AC (2.5), AC 3rd (3), Sleeper (11), General (3)

  • 1st AC service available only in Hubli Nizamuddin link portion and not in Goa portion.
Seating arrangements Available
Sleeping arrangements Available
Catering facilities Available
Baggage facilities Available
Technical
Track gauge Broad Gauge
Operating speed

Average - 55km/h

Maximum - 110km/h

The Goa Express is a daily superfast train run by Indian Railways connecting Vasco da Gama, and Hazrat Nizamuddin in New Delhi. It is one of the high priority superfast trains of Indian Railways and also a very important train for Hubli division of South Western Railway.

This train is similar to trains like Karnataka Express and Andhra Pradesh Express amongst others in providing convenient link between respective state capitals and New Delhi. Vasco da Gama (IR Code: VSG) is the nearest railhead to the capital of Goa, Panjim. Panjim is not directly accessible by rail.

12779 Goa Express - AC 3 tier coach

History[edit]

The train was introduced around 1987.[when?] At the time of introduction, rail links into Goa were Meter Gauge. Hence the train ran with a Broad Gauge and a Meter Gauge counterpart, the MG section between Vasco da Gama and Miraj, and the BG section between Miraj and Hazrat Nizamuddin. At the time of introduction the train was numbered 2479/2480, with maintenance in Delhi Division of Northern Railway. Post gauge-conversion when the BG train ran the entire route, the train's maintenance was transferred to the Hubli division of the present day South Western Railway, and renumbered as 12779/12780.

Route[edit]

Goa Express was introduced long before Konkan Railways became operational. Thus the train routes via, Margao, Londa, Belgaum, Miraj, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Daund, Manmad, Bhusawal, Khandwa, Itarsi, Bhopal, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra and Mathura .

During its 39-hour-25-minute journey traversing a distance of about 2202 km, the train passes through Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and passes through a small portion of Rajasthan at Dhaulpur without stopping.

The train is the only daily passenger express train to pass through the Dudhsagar Falls on the Braganza Ghat section. Also 12779 provides a good opportunity to passengers to enjoy the natural beauty of Goa enoute and enjoy the scenic Vasco Da Gama to Londa Junction rail route.

Accommodations[edit]

This train comprises 0.5 AC 1st Class, 2.5 AC 2-Tiers, 3 AC 3-Tiers, 11 Sleeper Class, 3 Unreserved General Compartment, 1 Pantry car, 2 Luggage/Parcel cum Brake van which is provided with the Guards' cabin & RMS[Railway Mail Service]. Total coach composition is 23 coaches.

AC 1st Class service available only in Hubli Nizamuddin Hubli Link portion.

Loco Link[edit]

Both Diesel and Electric Locomotives are used.

  1. Vasco da Gama - Londa WDM 3A of Krishnarajapuram(IR Code:-KJM) Diesel shed of South Western Railway.
  2. Londa - Bhusaval WDP4D of Pune Diesel Loco Shed.
  3. Bhusaval - Hazrat Nizamuddin WAP-7 of Ghaziabad(IR code:-GZB) Electric Loco shed of Northern Railways.[1]

The train also gets Twin WDG3A/WDM3A bankers of Gooty Shed in the Braganza Ghats between Kulem to Castlerock.

Time Table[edit]

  • 12780 GOA EXPRESS H Nizamuddin - Vasco Da Gama (Daily)[2]
Station Code Halts
NZM Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin
MTJ Mathura Junction
AGC Agra Cantt
GWL Gwalior Junction
JHS Jhansi Junction
BPL Bhopal Junction
ET Itarsi Junction
KNW Khandwa Junction
BSL Bhusaval Junction
JL Jalgaon Junction
MMR Manmad Junction
KPG Kopargaon
BAP Belapur
ANG Ahmadnagar
DD Daund Junction
PUNE Pune Junction
STR Satara
KRD Karad
SLI Sangli
MRJ Miraj Junction
RBG Raybag
GPB Ghatprabha
BGM Belgaum
LD Londa Junction
CLR Castle Rock
QLM Kulem
SVM Kudchade
MAO Madgaon Junction
VSG Vasco-da-Gama

NOTE: This train has a technical halt at Dudh Sagar[DDS] Waterfalls though it is not an official halt.

Slip Service[edit]

Slip Route to Hubli and Hazrat Nizamuddin is also available. The train amalgamates/bifurcates at Londa Junction as

  • 7305/7306 Hubli-Hazrat Nizamuddin Goa Link Express
17305 Hubli Link Express
17305 Hubli Link Express - AC 2 tier coach

Direction Reversal[edit]

Train Reverses its direction 3 times

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goa express". IRI. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  2. ^ "12780 GOA EXPRESS H Nizamuddin - Vasco Da Gama". ERAIL. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 

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