Goa Express

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Goa Express
12779 Goa Express.jpg
Overview
Service typeSuperfast
StatusOperating
LocaleGoa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh & Delhi
Current operator(s)South Western Railway
Route
StartVasco da Gama (VSG)
Stops27
EndHazrat Nizamuddin (NZM)
Distance travelled2202 km
Average journey time39 hrs 25 mins
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)12779 / 12780
On-board services
Class(es)2nd AC (2), AC 3rd (4), Sleeper (11), General (3)
Seating arrangementsAvailable
Sleeping arrangementsAvailable
Catering facilitiesAvailable
Baggage facilitiesAvailable
Technical
Track gaugeBroad Gauge
Operating speedAverage - 55km/h
Route map
Goa Express (Vasco - Nizamuddin) route map.png 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, Telangana 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 2 AC 2-Tiers, 4 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.

Loco Link[edit]

Both Diesel and Electric Locomotives are used.

  1. Vasco da Gama - Londa WDP 4 or WDP 4D of Krishnarajapuram(IR Code:-KJM) Diesel shed of South Western Railway.
  2. Londa - Pune WDP4D of Pune Diesel Loco Shed.
  3. Pune - Hazrat Nizamuddin WAP-7 of Tughlakabad (IR code:-GZB) Electric Loco shed of Northern Railways.[1]

The train also gets Twin WDG4 bankers of Hubli 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

  • 17305/17306 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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