|First service||14 April 1977|
|Current operator(s)||Southern Railway zone|
|Distance travelled||497 km (309 mi)|
|Average journey time||7 hours 25 minutes|
|Class(es)||Coach (Chair Car, A/C Chair Car, Unreserved Compartment)|
|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|
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
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, Morappur, a station that serves passengers from Dharmapuri and surrounding areas, major leather goods exporting centers Ambur, Vaniyambadi, and Vellore-Katpadi which has both a medical center a university.
Kovai express is a single rake unit. Total number of Coaches are 23.
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.
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