Hampi Express

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Hampi Express (Hubli - Mysore) Route map
Toilet facilities on Hampi Express

The Hampi Express is a daily express train running between the Mysooru and Hubballi Junction, the headquarters of the South Western Railway in India. Numbered 16591/16592, it is a train of the South Western Railway having primary maintenance at Hubballi.

Hampi express Board and WDP4 20006

History[edit]

This train was introduced earlier between Bengaluru and Hosapete after the gauge conversion between Bengaluru and Dharmavaram was completed. Later, it was extended to run till Hubballi. In 1996, a slip/link was attached to this train as the Nanded Link Express which became a separate train in 2010. In July 2013, this train was extended to Mysooru to provide direct connectivity between Mysore and Ballari among other places

The train is named after Hampi, an historical town belonging to the Vijayanagara Empire. The town is a tourist attraction for the ruins of the empire. This train passes through Hosapete that has the nearest station to this town.[1]

Locomotive and coach composition[edit]

This train generally gets a WDP-4 or WDP-4B locomotive from Hubli.

This train has one AC First Class-Two Tier combo, one Two Tier AC and one Three Tier AC coach, 9 sleeping coaches, 6 unreserved coaches and 2 second seating cum luggage rack. The train shares its rakes with 16535/36 Gol Gumbaz Express

Route and time[edit]

This train runs via Mandya, Bangalore City, Bengaluru Cantonment, Yelahanka, Hindupur, Penukonda Dharmavaram, Anantapur, Guntakal, Ballari, Toranagallu, Hosapete, Koppal, Gadag and reaches Hubballi.

  • Train No. 16591 leaves Hubballi every day at 6:20 PM to reach Mysooru at 9:20 AM the next morning, covering 704 km in 15 hours at an average speed of 45 km/h
  • Train No. 16592 leaves Mysooru at 6:40PM to reach Hubballi at 10:40 AM, taking 16 hours at an average speed of 44 kmph

Incidents and accidents[edit]

1.On 22 May 2012, the 16591 Hampi Express collided with a stationary goods train at Penukonda station killing 25 people and injuring 74.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hampi Express Detailsurl=http://hampi.in/hampi-express". www.HAMPI.in. 
  2. ^ "Hampi Express accident: 25 dead; minister blames driver, says he jumped signal". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2012-05-22.