|Service type||Superfast Express|
|Current operator(s)||Southern Railway zone|
|Distance travelled||497 km (309 mi)|
|Average journey time||9 Hours|
|Class(es)||First AC, Second AC, Third AC, First Class, Sleeper, Unreserved|
|Observation facilities||Large windows|
|Rolling stock||WAP-7 (RPM)|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||60 km/h (37 mph)|
Pandian Express is a superfast overnight express train of the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways which runs daily between Madurai Junction and Chennai Egmore via Tiruchirapalli and vice versa.The inuagral run of this express train is during Oct 01, 1969 on Wednesday.
The name of the train commemorates the 6th century BC to 17th century AD Pandyan Dynasty or Pandian Kingdom of Tamil Nadu. It is a standard train consisting of 23 coaches. The main stops on the way are Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Tiruchchirapalli and Dindigul. The train operates daily and covers a distance of 497 km (309 mi). The train runs at a top speed of 110 km/h (68 mph). It is a Prestigious train with Southern Railways Zone. It is now running with LHB rakes (Linke Hoffman Busch) from 15 AUG 2016 and is maintained at Madurai.
This train had the livery changed twice - first it had the "Olive-Green livery", separated by 2 yellow-lines between the upper & lower part of the windows & later on it was changed to "Maroon colour" on the MG.
Stations for 12637 MS to MDU
- Chennai Egmore
- Chengalpattu Junction
- Villupuram Junction
- Vriddhachalam Jn.
- Trichy Jn.
- Dindigul Junction
- Kodaikanal Road railway station
- Madurai Junction
In total 23 coaches are there. It includes One AC First Class (1A), Three AC 2 Tier (2A), Four AC 3 Tier (3A), Ten Sleeper Class (SL), Three Unreserved general sitting coach (UR) and Two End on Generators (EOG). RSA with Rockfort Superfast Express/Cholan Express.
The Train has LHB coaches from 15 Aug 2016.
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