Secunderabad Express

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Secunderabad - Danapur SF Express
SC-Patna Express with Lallaguda WAP7 series loco 03.jpg
Service type Superfast Train
Status Operating
Locale Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar
Current operator(s) South Central Railway, Indian Railways
Start Danapur railway station
Stops 26
End Secunderabad Junction
Distance travelled 1,828 km (1,136 mi)
Average journey time 33 hours, 15 minutes
Service frequency Daily
On-board services
Class(es) Sleeper, Ac 1,2,3 General
Seating arrangements Indian Rail standard
Catering facilities Catering available
Observation facilities Large windows in all carriages,
Baggage facilities Below the seats
Operating speed 54 km/h (Average)
Route map
Secunderabad Express (Secunderabad - Danapur) SF Express Route map

The Secunderabad Express (Devnagari/Marathi:सिकंदराबाद एक्सप्रेस; Telugu: మణికర్ణిక ఎక్స్‌ప్రెస్) is a daily train operated by Indian Railways between Secunderabad Railway Station and Danapur railway station via Varanasi. Secunderabad Express was earlier known as Manikarnika Express and Patna Express.


The train was initially running between Secunderabad Railway Station and Varanasi and in 2004 as biweekly with numbering 7091 and 7092. the train was extended to Patna during Nitish Kumar's regime. The train served Andhra Pradesh pillgrims to visit Varanasi and Ayodhya and Sarnath near Varanasi. The train gets its name from one of the famous Ghats of Varanasi, i.e. Manikarnika Ghat.

This train served historically as second alternative to visit North India after 2721UP/2722Dn Dakshin Express and 2723UP/2724DN Andhra Pradesh Express along with other trains like 2590UP/2589DN Gorakhpur Secunderabad Express and Bangalore Express.

Secunderabad Express will stop at Ara from 10 September 2015.[1]

Historical significance[edit]

The train was introduced long back in 1985 as a biweekly train between Tirupati and Varanasi with a typical numbering of "7489 Tirupati–Varanasi" Express and "7490 Varanasi–Tirupati Express" with slip coach service of two sleeper coaches between Hyderabad and Varanasi with amalgamation/bifurcation at Kazipet Junction with Dakshin Express. Though the train gained importance, due to some political and administration influences, the it got extended to Cochin Harbour Terminus and with the reduction of frequency from biweekly to weekly, via Tirupati through Renigunta Junction.

A demand of new train between Hyderabad and Varanasi has been approved by Indian Railways and a new train between "7091" SecunderabadVaransi Express and "7092" VaransiSecunderabad Express was flagged off as biweekly in 1987. Consequently, the same coaches and rake composition is used as "7089" CochinVaransi Express via Tirupati and "7090" VaranasiTirupati Express via Tirupati by cancelling "7489" and "7490" numbering.

Patna Secunderabad SF Express Manikarnika Express near Ghoradongri Railway Station.


Loco link[edit]

  1. Electric:- WAP4 electric loco of Lallaguda of SCR from Secunderabad to Itarsi or WAP4 of Erode/Bhusaval
  2. Diesel:- WDP4D of ITARSI from Itarsi to Danapur railway station

See also[edit]