Howrah Chennai Mail
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|Locale||West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu|
|First service||15 August 1900|
|Current operator(s)||South Eastern Railway zone|
|Distance travelled||1,661 km (1,032 mi)|
|Average journey time||28 hours|
|Class(es)||AC first, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, Sleeper Class, General Unreserved.|
|Observation facilities||Large Windows|
|Rolling stock||Standard Indian Railway coaches|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||59 km/h (37 mph)|
Howrah Junction - Chennai Central Mail is a superfast mail train of Indian railways connecting two metropolitan cities of India, Kolkata and Chennai, and the major cities of Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Bhubaneswar.
The train made its inaugural run on 15 August 1900, which makes it one of the oldest running trains on Indian Railways. It was first hauled by steam engines, including the WP class engines, then by diesel, and now by electric WAP-4 locomotives. It was the first passenger train to be dieselised on South Eastern Railway, in 1964/65. Till the introduction of the Coromandal Express in the mid seventies, it was the main and fastest train link between Howrah and Chennai (then Madras) with much fewer halts. Presently, this train is the second most important train on the Howrah-Chennai main line after the high speed Coromandal Express. It covers 1661 kilometres at an average speed of 59 km/h.
This train has Ac first, Ac two tier, AC three tier, Sleeper, General classes. A Pantry car facility is available in it.
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