Nellai Express

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Nellai Express
Nellai Express at Thirunelveli Junction.jpg
Nellai Express at Tirunelveli Junction
Service type Express
Status Operating
Locale Tamil Nadu
Current operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Start Tirunelveli Junction (TEN)
Stops 13
End Chennai Egmore (MS)
Distance travelled 650 km (400 mi)
Average journey time 11 hours, 10 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12631/12632[1]
Line used Tirunelveli–Tiruchirappalli line (TEN – TPJ)
Chord line (TPJ – VM)
Chennai Egmore–Thanjavur line (VM – MS)
On-board services
Class(es) 2A, 3A, SL, SLR, SLRD and UR/GS
Disabled access Handicapped/disabled access
Seating arrangements Corridor coach (UR/GS only)
Sleeping arrangements Couchette car
Auto-rack arrangements No
Catering facilities No
Observation facilities Windows in all carriages
Entertainment facilities No
Baggage facilities Overhead racks
Baggage carriage
Rolling stock Locomotive: (WAP 7)
One AC 2-tier (2A)
Six AC 3-tier (3A)
Twelve II SL
Three UR/GS
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
Timetable number(s) 7/7A[1]
Route map
Nellai Express (Tirunelveli-Chennai) Route map.jpg

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[edit]

Past Number

  • 119/120
  • 6119/6120
  • 2631/2632

Current Number

  • 12631/12632

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.[2]


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".

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