Howrah–Kanyakumari Express

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Howrah–Kanyakumari Superfast Express
Service type Inter-city Express
Status Operating
Locale West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu
First service 1 July 2000; 17 years ago (2000-07-01)
Current operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Start Howrah (HWH)
Stops 29
End Kanyakumari (CAPE)
Distance travelled 2,431 km (1,511 mi)
Average journey time 43 hours, 30 minutes
Service frequency Weekly
Train number(s) 12665/12666
Line used Howrah-Chennai main line (HWH – KOK)
Diamond Junction of Chennai (KOK – WST)
Guntakal–Chennai Egmore section (WST – MS)
Chennai Egmore–Thanjavur line (MS – VM)
Chord line (VM – TPJ)
On-board services
Class(es) 2A, 3A, SL, SLR, HCPV and UR/GS
Disabled access Handicapped/disabled access
Seating arrangements Corridor coach (UR/GS only)
Sleeping arrangements Couchette car
Auto-rack arrangements No
Catering facilities On-board
Observation facilities Windows in all carriages
Entertainment facilities No
Baggage facilities Overhead racks
Baggage carriage
Rolling stock Locomotive:
VSKPMDU: (WAM 4/WAP 1 (AJJ) or WAP 1 (RPM));
One AC 2-tier (2A)
Two AC 3-tier (3A)
Eleven II SL
Four UR/GS
One Pantry car
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Operating speed 56 kilometres per hour (35 mph)
Track owner(s) Southern Railway zone
Timetable number(s) 29/21/29A/21A[1]
Route map
(Howrah - Kanyakumari) Express route map.jpg

The Howrah–Kanyakumari Express is a Superfast inter-city express service connecting Howrah (Kolkata), West Bengal with Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu in India.


This express train was, numbered 6355/6356, introduced during the 1999–2000 Railway Budget as a new weekly train extending the Tiruchirappalli – Howrah Superfast Express, thereby truncating the service of the latter from tri–weekly to bi–weekly.[2] The train connecting Howrah/Kolkata in West Bengal and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu made its inaugural run on 1 July 2000.[3] This train was converted to Superfast category and re-numbered to 2665/2666 from 1 December 2006 onwards.[4][5] Later, the train number was changed to 12665/12666 from December 2010 onwards as a part of train management system over the entire Indian Railways network.[6][7]


The train has 22 coaches comprising One A/C 2-Tier, Two A/C 3-tier, Eleven Sleeper class, Four General compartments (Unreserved), Two Sleeper-cum-Luggage rake (SLR), One High-Capacity Parcel Van (HCPV) and one pantry car.[a]

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
BSicon LDER.svg HCPV SLR UR UR S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 PC S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 A1 B2 B1 UR UR SLR


The train numbered 12665 leaves Howrah at 16:10 hours every Mondays[8] and arrives Kanyakumari at 11:40 hours on Wednesdays.[9] On the return journey, the train leaves Kanyakumari at 07:50 hours every Saturdays[10] and arrives Howrah at 03:20 hours on Mondays.[11][b] Some of the prominent stoppages includes Kharagpur, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam,Rajahmundry, Eluru,Vijayawada, Ongole, Chennai Egmore, Viluppuram Junction, Tiruchirappalli Junction, Madurai Junction, Tirunelveli Junction and Nagercoil Junction.

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  1. ^ The coach composition is subject to change.
  2. ^ The timings are in Indian Standard Time.


  1. ^ "Trains at a Glance July 2013 - June 2014". Indian Railways. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Over a dozen new trains to begin". Press Information Bureau. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kanyakumari, Howrah express flagged off". The Hindu. 2 July 2000. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tiruchi-Howrah Express made superfast". The Hindu. Chennai. 30 November 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "19 express trains speeded up". The Hindu. Thiruvananthapuram. 2 December 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Railways to Switch to 'Five' – Digit System for Numbering all its Passenger Carrying Trains from December 2010". Press Information Bureau. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Railways migrate to 5-digit number scheme to monitor trains". The Times of India. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Train Time Table for HWH-CAPE (Via. HWH-MAS main line)" (PDF). Indian Railways. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Train Time Table for HWH-CAPE (Via. Chord Line)" (PDF). Indian Railways. p. 2. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Train Time Table for CAPE-HWH (Via. Chord Line)" (PDF). Indian Railways. p. 1. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Train Time Table for CAPE-HWH (Via.HWH-MAS main line)" (PDF). Indian Railways. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 August 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 

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