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Nellai Express at Tirunelveli Junction
|Current operator(s)||Southern Railway zone|
|Start||Tirunelveli Junction (TEN)|
|End||Chennai Egmore (MS)|
|Distance travelled||650 km (400 mi)|
|Average journey time||11 hours, 10 minutes|
|Line used||Tirunelveli–Tiruchirappalli line (TEN – TPJ)
Chord line (TPJ – VM)
Chennai Egmore–Thanjavur line (VM – MS)
|Class(es)||2A, 3A, SL, SLR, SLRD and UR/GS|
|Seating arrangements||Corridor coach (UR/GS only)|
|Sleeping arrangements||Couchette car|
|Observation facilities||Windows in all carriages|
|Baggage facilities||Overhead racks
|Rolling stock||Locomotive: (WAP 7)
One AC 2-tier (2A)
Six AC 3-tier (3A)
Twelve II SL
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||25 kV AC, 50 Hz|
|Operating speed||Average:58 kilometres per hour (36 mph)
Maximum: 120 kilometres per hour (75 mph)
|Track owner(s)||Southern Railway zone|
Nellai Express is an overnight super fast express train belonging to the Southern railway zone of the Indian Railways, It runs on all days connecting Tirunelveli Junction with Chennai Egmore via Tiruchirappalli and Madurai through the chord line.
Numbers and route
As per the new numbering system, this train is assigned the number 12631 for the downward direction (Chennai Egmore – Tirunelveli) and 12632 for the upward direction (Tirunelveli – Chennai Egmore). In the downward direction, the train departs at 20.10 hours and reaches Tirunelveli at 08.00 hours next day. In the upward direction, the train departs at 19.40 hours and reaches Chennai at 07.05 hours. It covers the distance of 650 kilometres (400 mi) in less than 12 hours with major stoppings at Madurai, Tiruchirappalli and Viluppuram and terminus at Chennai Egmore/Tirunelveli Junction. It is also one of the oldest commuter trains in India. It has 24 coaches. This train now runs end to end with WAP-7 locomotive from Royapuram Loco Shed.
On 3 February 2015 Nellai express (12631), reached 1 hr 5 mins ahead of schedule at Thalaiyuthu station 3km before Tirunelveli Junction, which is a record for Southern Railways. But Tirunelveli Jn gave green signal only at the scheduled time.
The city of Tirunelveli is commonly referred to as "Nellai" based on the presiding deity of the temple "Nellaiappar" an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Hence the name "Nellai Express".
- "Southern Railway – Time Table 2016" (PDF). Southern Railway zone. Chennai: Railway Board. October 2016. pp. 104–108. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "நம்பினால் நம்புங்கள்... ஒரு மணி நேரம் முன்னதாக வந்து சாதனை படைத்த ரயில் [Believe it or not... Nellai Express arrives record an hour earlier]". Dinamalar (in Tamil). Tirunelveli. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2016.