Grand Trunk Express

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Grand Trunk Express from Chennai Central ,89 years
G.T Express Trainboard 1.jpg
Service type Superfast Express
First service 1 January 1929; 89 years ago (1929-01-01)
Current operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Start Chennai Central
Stops 37 (T.No.12615) / 36 (T.No. 12616)
End New Delhi
Distance travelled 2,181 km (1,355 mi)
Average journey time 35 hours 15 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12615 / 12616
On-board services
Class(es) AC First, AC Two Tier, AC Three Tier, Sleeper Class, Unreserved
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Catering facilities Yes
Observation facilities Large and Small windows
Baggage facilities Luggage-cum-Brake Van
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 61.78 km/h (38.39 mph) average with halts
Route map
Grand Trunk Express and Tamil Nadu Express (NDLS-MAS) Route map.jpg

The Grand Trunk Express, (commonly called G.T. or G.T. Express), (Train Number: 12615/12616) is a daily superfast express train on Indian Railways, running between New Delhi and Chennai Central. It is a historic and one of the oldest trains operated by the Indian Railways.


Introduced by Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway, with its headquarters in erstwhile Madras (now Chennai) in 1929,[1] to run between Peshawar, then part of British India and capital of North West Frontier province in present-day Pakistan and Mangalore, then part of Madras province, almost the entire length of the country and beyond. The historic route passed through New Delhi and Madras, (now Chennai). Later sometime the route got shortened and ran between Lahore(now in Pakistan) and Mettupalayam, near Coimbatore, connecting Ooty and Coonoor, thus making the GT Express probably one of the longest running trains in the country at that time.[2]

The Peshawar to Mangalore run took about 104 hrs in all, later the end points were changed and to this day it provides a daily service between New Delhi, the capital of India, and the capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai. It covers the distance of 2,186 kilometres (1,358 mi) in exactly 35 hrs 15 mins., with 38 halts (inclusive of the terminals). The train is still one of the longest train routes in India.

In 2015, Indian Railways announced that the train would operate from Delhi Sarai Rohilla instead of New Delhi from December 2015. Then Indian Railways announced that, from June 2018 it would be operated from New Delhi. [3]

Schedule and Service[edit]

The train passes through the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi.

As per the numbering of the Indian Railways, the train has been assigned the numbers 12615/12616, with 12615 being assigned for the Chennai Central (MAS) - New Delhi (NDLS) run and 12616 for the New Delhi (NDLS) - Chennai Central (MAS) run.

GT Express near NDLS
12616 GT Express at Bhopal Railway Station

The normal composition of the GT is 24 coaches (cars) of the following classes ("AC" indicates air conditioned coach):1 AC I Class cum AC II tier, 2 AC II tier, 3 AC III tier, 13 III tier Sleeper, 4 General/Unreserved and 1 Pantry car.

Loco Link[edit]

It is hauled by a WAP 4 Erode/Arakkonam or WAP 7 from Royapuram Shed

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "VIII". Report by the Railway board on Indian Railways for 1929-30:Volume I (PDF). Calcutta: Central Publication Branch, Government of India. 1930. p. 71. 
  2. ^ S. Shankar. "Classic Trains of India". Indian Railways Fan Club Association. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Grand Trunk Express train to be operated from Delhi Sarai Rohilla railway station". Times of India. Chennai. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 

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