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The Bhopal - Bilaspur Mahanadi Express was a train which ran between Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh and Bilaspur, a major city in Chhattisgarh. The train numbered as 8225 and 8226. It was named for an important river of the state called Mahanadi.
The train used to go via Itarsi Junction, Nagpur and Raipur. Its important halts were, Habibganj, Hoshangabad, Itarsi, Amla, Betul, Nagpur, Gondia, Durg, Raipur and Bilaspur. AC 2, AC 3 and sleeper coaches were available in this train.
It ran on a triweekly basis from both the sites and its rake was shared by Amarkantak Express which used to run on a triweekly basis via Jabalpur. Later, in 2005, this train was cancelled and the Amarkantak Express was made daily.