Himsagar Express

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Himsagar Express
Service type Express Train
Status Normal
Locale Northern Railway Zone, Southern Railway Zone
First service 1980s
Current operator(s) Southern Railways
Start Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (SVDK)
End Kanniyakumari (CAPE)
Distance travelled 3,787 km (2,353 mi)
Average journey time 71 hours, 35 minutes
Service frequency Weekly
Train number(s) 16317/16318
On-board services
Catering facilities Available
Track gauge Broad Gauge
Operating speed 53 km/h (33 mph)
Track owner(s) Indian Railways

Himsagar Express is a weekly express train of the Indian Railways running between Kanyakumari in India's southernmost state of Tamil Nadu to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra in Jammu and Kashmir- the northernmost state of India. It is currently the second longest running train on the Indian Railways in terms of distance and time, surpassed only by the Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Vivek Express. In 72hours, the train covers a distance of 3787 km at a speed of 52 km/h, and transverses twelve of India's states halting at a total of 73 stations.[1]

Route and frequency[edit]

It runs weekly, starting every Friday at 14:05 hours from Kanyakumari, reaching Katra on Mondays at 15:20 hours.[2] It starts from Katra on Mondays at 21:55 hours and reaches Kanyakumari on Thursdays at 21:30 hours.[2] Because of this schedule, it needs just one rake to complete its entire run. There is a Slip Route of this train, running from Erode Junction to Tirunelveli Junction & Chhindwara Junction to Bhopal Junction. The train travels through states of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Katra to Kanyakumari: There are several long halts for this train like New Delhi (150 min) and in Thiruvananthapuram Central, Ernakulam Junction, Erode Junction, Bhopal Junction, Nagpur, Itarsi Junction, Jhansi, Gwalior Junction and Vijayawada (10-15 min each).

Kanyakumari to Katra: The fastest speed is achieved near Kila Raipur (108 km/h) and the slowest speeds on the Hazrat Nizamuddin to New Delhi (24 km/h) and Bhopal Habibganj to Bhopal Junction (19 km/h) . It takes around three hours for the train to clear the Delhi area.

Train No. Train Name Journey Frequency
16317/16318 Himsagar Express Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Udhampur-Jammu Tawi→Chakki Bank →Jalandhar Cant. → Ludhiana Junct. → Dhuri Junction → JindRohtak Junction → New Delhi Railway StationAgra CantonmentGwalior JunctionJhansi Junction → Bhopal JunctionItarsi JunctionNagpur Junction →Ballarshah Junction → Warangal Junction → khammamVijayawada JunctionRenigunta Junction →Vellore Katpadi Junction- Salem JunctionErode JunctionTirupurCoimbatore JunctionPalakkadThrissur Railway StationErnakulamKottayamTiruvallaChengannurKayamkulamKollamTrivandrum CentralNagarcoilKanya Kumari Weekly

Coach Composite[edit]

On Slip Route[edit]

1A 2A FC 3A CC SL 2S 3E
Number of Coaches - 1 16317 - - 4 - -

See also[edit]


  1. ^ India Rail Info. "Himsagar Express/16318/ SVDK to CAPE/Timetable". India Rail Info. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Southern Zone Time Table July 2010, Page no 112 & Table No. 13,13A

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