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Netravathi Express on the Konkan Railway route
|Locale||Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala|
|First service||1 March 1998(changed the route via konkan from Kochi to Kurla) |
10 February 2001 (extended to Thiruvananthapuram Central)
|Current operator(s)||Southern Railway|
|Start||Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT)|
|End||Thiruvananthapuram Central (TVC)|
|Distance travelled||1,786 km (1,110 mi)|
|Average journey time||32 hours 05 minutes|
|Class(es)||2 Tier AC, 3 Tier AC, Sleeper, General|
|Observation facilities||Large windows|
|Rolling stock||ICF Coaches|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||47 km/h (29 mph) Average with Halts|
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 and further extended till Thiruvananthapuram (which is the capital city of Kerala) from 10 February 2001.
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.
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.