Howrah Chennai Mail

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ஹௌரா சந்திப்பு-சென்னை சென்ட்ரல் மெயில்
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Howrah bound Chennai Mail hauled by WAP 4 class electric locomotive at Anakapalle station in Andhra Pradesh
Service typeSuperfast/Mail
LocaleWest Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
First service15 August 1900; 119 years ago (1900-08-15)
Current operator(s)South Eastern Railway zone
StartHowrah Junction
EndChennai Central
Distance travelled1,661 km (1,032 mi)
Average journey time28 hours
Service frequencydaily
On-board services
Class(es)AC first, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, Sleeper Class, General Unreserved.
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsYes
Catering facilitiesYes
Observation facilitiesLarge Windows
Baggage facilitiesYes
Rolling stockStandard Indian Railway coaches
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed59 km/h (37 mph)
Route map
(Howrah - Chennai) Mail Express Route map

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.


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This train has Ac first, Ac two tier, AC three tier, Sleeper, General classes. A Pantry car facility is available in it.


Important stations through which it passes are Kharagpur, Balasore, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Brahmapur, naupada jnVisakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Vijayawada , Nellore , Gudur,