Netravati Express

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Netravati Express
Nethravathi Express.jpg
Netravathi Express on the Konkan Railway route
Overview
Service typeMail/Express
LocaleMaharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala
First service1 March 1998; 20 years ago (1998-03-01) (changed the route via konkan from Kochi to Kurla)[1]
10 February 2001; 17 years ago (2001-02-10) (extended to Thiruvananthapuram Central)[2]
Last service-
Current operator(s)Southern Railway
Route
StartLokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT)
Stops43
EndThiruvananthapuram Central (TVC)
Distance travelled1,786 km (1,110 mi)
Average journey time32 hours 05 minutes
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)16345/46
On-board services
Class(es)2 Tier AC, 3 Tier AC, Sleeper, General
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsYes
Catering facilitiesYes
Observation facilitiesLarge windows
Technical
Rolling stockICF Coaches
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed47 km/h (29 mph) Average with Halts
Route map
Netravati Express (LTT-TVC) Route map.jpg

The Netravati Express is a daily express train connecting capital cities of Kerala and Maharashtra.It is running between Trivandrum and Mumbai. The train runs through Konkan railway.

History[edit]

Initially the train was plied between Mumbai to Mangalore/Kochi as Link via the inland Pune, Gulbarga, Krishnarajapuram, Palakkad route parting at Shornur Junction. Trains on the old route used to take 48 hours to reach Mangalore from Mumbai. After the Konkan Railway line was operational in 1998, the route has been changed via the Konkan Railway and the Mangalore-Mumbai running time was reduced drastically to 16 hours. The link express was made a single train till Kochi[1] and further extended till Thiruvananthapuram (which is the capital city of Kerala) from 10 February 2001.[2]

Background[edit]

Mangalore city is situated at the banks of the Netravati River. Since this trains terminating point was Mangalore back then, the name of the train was set as Netravati Express.

Traction[edit]

A WDP-4D, belonging to Golden Rock,or a WDM 3D of Erode Shed hauls the train from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to Mangalore Junction after which an Erode based WAP-4 hauls the train for the remainder of its journey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Budget speech of Sri.Ram Vilas Paswan 1997-98 (page no. 12)" (PDF). 26 February 1997.
  2. ^ a b "The Hindu : Netravati and Raptisagar Express trains extended to capital".

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