Himsagar Express

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Himsagar Express
Service typeExpress Train
First service1980; 38 years ago (1980)
Current operator(s)Southern Railway zone
StartShri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (SVDK)
EndKanniyakumari (CAPE)
Distance travelled3,787 km (2,353 mi)
Average journey time71 hours, 36 minutes
Service frequencyWeekly
Train number(s)16317/16318
On-board services
Catering facilitiesAvailable
Track gaugeBroad Gauge
Operating speed53 km/h (33 mph)
Track owner(s)Indian Railways
Route map
Himsagar Express (Jammu Tawi - Kanyakumari) Route map

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 third longest running train on the Indian Railways in terms of distance and time, surpassed by the Dibrugarh–Kanyakumari Vivek Express and Thiruvananthapuram central–Silchar 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 Town, Kottayam Railway Station, 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.

Coach Composite[edit]

The train has 19 coaches comprising One Second AC (2AC), Two Third AC (3AC), Ten Sleeper class (SL), Three Unreserved coaches (UR/GS), Two Luggage rakes (SLR) and One Pantry car (PC).[a]

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
BSicon LDER.svg SLR UR UR B2 B1 S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 PC S7 S8 S9 S10 A1 UR SLR

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The coach composition is subject to change.


  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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