Matsyaganda Express

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Matsyagandha Express
Matsyagandha Express at LTT.jpg
Overview
Service type Superfast Express
Locale Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka
First service May 1, 1998; 19 years ago (1998-05-01)
Current operator(s) Southern Railway
Route
Start Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
Stops 24 halts (only for 12619) and 22 halts (only for 12620)
End Mangalore Central
Distance travelled 1,169.7 km (726.8 mi)
Average journey time 17hrs
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12619/12620
On-board services
Class(es) 1 AC 2 Tier, 3 AC 3 Tier, 12 Sleeper Coaches, 5 UnReserved Coaches
Seating arrangements No
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Observation facilities ICF Coaches
Entertainment facilities No
Technical
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 46 km/h (29 mph) Average with Halts
Route map
Matsyaganda Express Route map.jpg

Matsyagandha Express is a daily superfast train running between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (Mumbai) and Mangalore Central.[1]

Background[edit]

Matsyagandha literally means "Smell of Fish" - the appellation was given since the train runs along the fishing coast of Western India adjoining the Arabian sea - Konkan railway route. The train has become important link and emotional chord for natives of Dakshina Kannada, Karwar and Udupi districts living in Mumbai and surrounding cities.

Matsyaganda Express trainboard
Matsyagandha Express Train

Locomotion[edit]

As the route is not completely electrified, an Erode (ED) or Golden Rock (GOC) based WDP-4D or WDM-3D hauls the train end to end.

Rake Sharing[edit]

It shares its rake with the 16347/16348 Thiruvanthapuram Mangaluru Express.

Accident[edit]

This service had a major accident on 16 June 2004, known as the Karanjadi train crash. It derailed and fell off a bridge after colliding with boulders on the tracks, killing 14 people near Karanjadi station.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matsyaganda express 2619". indianrailinfo.com. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Matsyaganda derails". rediff.com. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 

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