Habibganj - New Delhi Shatabdi Express

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Bhopal Shatabdi Express
Bhopal Shahtbdi.jpg
Service typeShatabdi Express
First serviceNovember 14, 1988; 30 years ago (1988-11-14)
Current operator(s)Northern Railway zone
StartNew Delhi
EndBhopal Habibganj
Distance travelled707 km (439 mi)
Average journey time8 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Service frequencydaily
Train number(s)12001 / 12002
On-board services
Class(es)Executive Chair Car, AC Chair Car
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsNo
Catering facilitiesYes
Observation facilitiesLHB large windows
Baggage facilitiesYes
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed160 km/h (99 mph) maximum
100 km/h (62 mph), including halts

The New Delhi Bhopal Habibganj Shatabdi Express is a train operated by the Northern Railway which runs between New Delhi, the main railway station of India's capital territory, New Delhi, and Habibganj the sub-urban railway station of Bhopal City, the state capital of central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the fastest train in India with a maximum permissible speed of 160 km/h.

It runs on the New Delhi-Agra stretch.[1] The train commenced service in 1988 and was the first Shatabdi train to be introduced. The train runs at an average speed of 100 km/h (62 mph), including halts. There is a plan by the IR to cut short its travel time of 2 hours 06 minutes to 1 hour 35 minutes (95 minutes) in the New Delhi -Agra section at an average speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) when the Maximum Permissible Speed in this section is enhanced to 200 km/h (124 mph). The train was extended to Habibganj in the railway budget of 2014-15 [1].


The name "Shatabdi" means century in Sanskrit. The first Shatabdi Express train was introduced in 1988 to commemorate the birth century of Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. Madhavrao Scindia was the Indian Railway Minister[2] at that point of time and the Shatabdi Express was his brainchild. The first Shatabdi Express was flagged off between New Delhi and Gwalior, which was later extended to Jhansi subsequently extended to Bhopal and Habibganj.[3]

Habibganj - New Delhi Shatabdi Express arriving Habibganj with GZB WAP-5


Interior view of Bhopal Shatabdi Express AC Chair Car

The train is fully air-conditioned and is based on LHB coaches of train 18. Cost of meals is covered in the ticket fare, and the travellers are provided with snacks, meals, coffee/tea, a one-litre water bottle/ 300ml packaged water (provided by the railways owned and operated subsidiary '"Rail Neer"), and juice. The rake is shared with 12011/2 Kalka Shatabdi Express with actual RSA pattern unknown.

A WAP5-hauled Bhopal Shatabdi about to leave New Delhi Railway Station


The train covers following major cities: New Delhi, Mathura Junction, Agra Cantonment, Dholpur, Morena, Gwalior, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Bhopal & Habibganj

Coach composition[edit]

The train has 14 AC Chair cars, 2 AC First class, 2 power cars (Total 18 coaches), no further augmentation due to limitation of speed. LHB coaches have failed trials with more than 18 coaches at 160kmph. The train is expected to switch to HOG, where power for Hotel Load of the train is drawn from locomotive after commissioning of HOG fit WAP-5 locomotive.

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
BSicon LDER.svg EOG E1 E2 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 C9 C10 C11 C12 C13 C14 EOG

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "India's fastest train flagged off". rediff.com. 2006-02-15. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  2. ^ "[IRFCA] Railway Ministers". irfca.org.
  3. ^ Chirdeep Bagga (2006-02-17). "Fastest train claim gone in 60 seconds". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-03-22.

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