Pallavan Express

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Pallavan Express
Pallavan express at chennai.jpg
Pallavan Express rushing past Mambalam
Service type Superfast
Status Operating
First service 15 August 1984; 32 years ago (1984-08-15)
Current operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Start Karaikkudi Junction
Stops 11 (Loco change) From TPJ
End Chennai Egmore
Distance travelled 426 km (265 mi)
Average journey time 7 hours, 40 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12605/12606
Line used Chord line
On-board services
Class(es) CC, 2S, SLR, SLRD and UR/GS
Disabled access Handicapped/disabled access
Seating arrangements Open coach
Sleeping arrangements No
Auto-rack arrangements No
Catering facilities Yes
Observation facilities Yes
Entertainment facilities No
Baggage facilities Overhead racks
Rolling stock WDP4B(GOC)
Three AC Chair car
Thirteen Non-AC 2S
Five UR/GS
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Track owner(s) Southern Railway zone
Timetable number(s) 21/21A[1]
Route map
Pallavan Express (KKDI - MS) Route map.jpg

Pallavan Superfast Express[a] is a superfast service operated by the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways. This service connects the cities of Chennai to Karaikudi via Tiruchirappalli in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

General information[edit]

The Pallavan Express was introduced to run parallel to the Vaigai Express, which could not complete the round trip between Madurai and Chennai. The express was initially introduced between Chennai and Trichy on 15 August 1984. Later, it was extended till Karaikudi, effective from 1 September 2013. The express along with Vaigai express serves as fastest public commutation mode between Chennai and Trichy apart from air. The Express makes the 426 kilometres (265 mi) run in 7.5 hours with only 11 stops. It is the most popular day train for travel between Karaikudi and Chennai Egmore via Trichy, making the one-way trip in just over 7 hours as compared to the 9–10 hours by road. The train attains its maximum speed of 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph) on the Vriddhachalam-Villupuram segment of the line.


Pallavan Express halted in Trichy

In recent developments, the train which departs Karaikudi at 04:30 hrs arrives Trichy at 06.15 hrs and reaches Chennai Egmore at 12:10 hrs.[2] Then it swaps as Vaigai Express departing at 13.20 hrs for Madurai. As the other pair of Vaigai Express arrives Chennai Egmore at 14:40 hrs, the train is swapped as Pallavan Express, departing at 15:45 hrs arrives Trichy at 21.20 hrs and reaches Karaikudi at 23.25 hrs. (Via. Chord Line)[3][b] The train has one pantry car for providing continuous refreshment/food supply to passengers. The pantry coach, denoted as PS1, which is a Pantry-cum Coach car (Reserved), which serves good quality of eatery and variety of soups/snacks/beverages at an affordable prices during the journey. This Train runs via the Chord line through Tiruchirappalli.


The train is being hauled by an electric loco (RPM WAP7) between Chennai Egmore and Tiruchirappalli Junction. And between Tiruchirappalli Junction and Karaikudi, it is hauled by diesel loco (GOC WDP4B) (frequently by #40063), since the line is not electrified and vice versa. The PS1 coach in this train is a Pantry-cum-Coach car, where half of the coach is used as a kitchen and the other half is used as a normal passenger coach.[c] This train shares its rakes with Vaigai Express.

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
BSicon LDER.svg SLR UR UR UR C1 C2 C3 D1 D2 D3 D4 PS1 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10 D11 D12 D13 UR UR SLR

Coaches are maintained at SSE/C&W/MDU.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Train was named as to commemorate the Pallavas Kingdom,who ruled over the parts that is the present Chennai and its surroundings.
  2. ^ The timings are in Indian Standard Time.
  3. ^ The coach composition is subject to change.


  1. ^ "Trains at a Glance July 2013 - June 2014". Indian Railways. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Train Time Table for CAPE-MS (Via. Chord Line)" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Train Time Table for MS-CAPE (Via. Chord Line)" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 

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