Navjivan Express

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Navjeevan Express is a daily train between Chennai Central and Ahmedabad.

Navjeevan Express Route Map with Important Halts marked
Navjeevan Express
Service type Superfast Express
First service 1978
Current operator(s) Southern Railways
Start Ahmedabad Junction
Stops 38 as ADI-MAS, 39 as MAS-ADI
End Chennai Central
Distance travelled 1883 Km
Service frequency Daily
On-board services
Class(es) AC 1st Class, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, Sleeper Class, General Unreserved
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Catering facilities Pantry Car attached
Observation facilities Large windows
Rolling stock Standard Indian Railway coaches
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 56.34 kmph


It was introduced in 1978 to run between Madras Beach and Ahmedabad Junction on a weekly basis. Originally numbered as 145/146, it departed Madras Beach at 06:00 on Tuesdays and arrived Ahmedabad Junction the next day at 17:30. On its return lap, it departed Ahmedabad Junction on Thursdays at 06:50, and reached Madras Beach the next evening at 19:50.

The train plied via Renigunta - Wadi Junction - Daund - Manmad Junction - Jalgaon with a 17 coach haul, and a single WDM-2 Diesel loco.

A single coach AC 2 Sleeper accommodation was introduced in 1984.

This train is now renumbered as 12655/12656 and runs daily from Chennai Central via Vijayawada - Warangal - Wardha - Jalgaon - Surat. It departs Chennai Central at 09.35.

The train has a 24 coach haulage, and covers a total distance of 1900 km (approx.) in about 34 hours. A single WAP-4 Electric Loco from the Erode shed hauls it all the way on the completely electrified traction. This train shares its rakes with Coimbatore-Chennai Cheran Express. This is maintained at Coimbatore Yard.

This new route is also longer. The shortest route is via Wadi Junction - Kalyan Junction - Vasai Road - Surat.

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