Kovai Express

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Kovai Express
Kovai Express 2017 (1).jpg
Service type Superfast
Locale Tamil Nadu
First service 14 April 1977; 40 years ago (1977-04-14)
Current operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Start Chennai Central
Stops 10
End Coimbatore
Distance travelled 497 km (309 mi)
Average journey time 7 hours 25 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12675/12676
On-board services
Class(es) Coach (Chair Car, A/C Chair Car, Unreserved Compartment)
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements No
Catering facilities Pantry Car
Observation facilities Large windows
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 65 km/h (40 mph) average with halts
Route map
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The Kovai Express (Train Number: 12675/12676) is a daily superfast express train on Indian Railways, running between Chennai Central and Coimbatore city Junction. The train made its inaugural run on 14 April 1977 and was one of the fastest Express trains in India, with an average speed of 65 km/hr including stops . It is also one of the most prestigious trains of Southern Railway.


This train is an all day, day time superfast and has a Chair Car (Coach) seating arrangement with air-conditioned and non-air conditioned coaches and Pantry car. The 12679/Chennai Central-Coimbatore Intercity Express is its opposite route partner.

Route and Stations[edit]

Kovai Express, or popularly referred to as Kovai, connects Tamil Nadu's state capital Chennai and its second largest city Coimbatore, a major textile, educational and engineering center. This train covers 6 corporation cities out of 10 in the state: Chennai, Vellore, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur and Coimbatore. The route covers most of the major industrial hubs in the north west part of Tamil Nadu. En route, starting from Coimbatore, it covers important towns of Tirupur, an international hosiery goods exporting town, Erode, a principle agricultural town, Salem which is a major steel and mineral town,[1] Morappur, a station that serves passengers from Dharmapuri and surrounding areas, major leather goods exporting centers Ambur, Vaniyambadi,[2] and Vellore-Katpadi which has both a medical center a university.[3]


Kovai express is a single rake unit. Total number of Coaches are 23.

BSicon LDER.svg SLR UR C2 C1 D1 D2 D3 D4 PC D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10 D11 D12 D13 D14 UR UR UR SLR


All electric Locomotive WAP4 from Erode and Royapuram Loco shed. At times, more powerful WAP7 loco is used.

Historic information[edit]

The old number was 75/76, later changed in 80's to 2675/2676, as per new four digit format numbering system later adopted by the Indian Railways.From December 2011 onwards 5 digit train number system was introduced all over India and accordingly Kovai express train number was again changed as 12675/12676.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The changing face of steel city". The Hindu = 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/20/stories/2010082050580300.htm The Hindu: Growth sets Ambur leather sector shining
  3. ^ http://newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/article204993.ece?service=print Indian Express : Vellore Medical experts

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