Pandian Express

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Pandian Superfast Express
Pandiyan Exp.JPG
Pandian Express at Madurai Junction
Overview
Service type Superfast Express
Locale Tamilnadu
Current operator(s) Southern Railways
Route
Start Chennai Egmore
Stops 10
End Madurai
Distance travelled 497 km (309 mi)
Average journey time 9 Hours
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12637/12638
On-board services
Class(es) First AC, Second AC, Third AC, First Class, Sleeper, Unreserved
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Observation facilities Large windows
Technical
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 60 km/h (37 mph) average with halts
Route map
Vaigai Express (Madurai-Chennai) Route map.jpg

The Pandian Express (பாண்டியன் அதிவிரைவு வண்டி) 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.

Introduction[edit]

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 24 coaches. The main towns on the way are Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Ariyalur, Tiruchirapalli and Dindigul. The train operates daily and covers a distance of 497 km.The train runs at a top speed of 110 km/h It is a Prestigious train with Southern Railways. It shares rake with Rockfort Express and is maintained at Madurai

Pandian Express Halted in Madurai Junction

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.

This train was numbered as 6717/6718 when it was run on MG. It was hauled by WAP4 loco from madurai to chennai egmore and via the same route.

Schedule[edit]

Train number 12637 departs at 21:20 hours from Chennai Egmore and arrives at 6.15 hours at Madurai Junction. Train number 12638 from Madurai to Chennai starts at 20:35 Hours from Madurai and reaches Chennai Egmore by 05:35 Hours.[1][2] The Train Also has a rake-sharing agreement with Rockfort Express as (16177/16178) from Chennai to Trichy.

Schedule Chart[edit]

  • From Chennai Egmore to Madurai Jn
Station Sch. Arrival Sch. Departure
Chennai Egmore (MS) Source 09:20 PM
Tambaram (TBM) 09:46 PM 09:48 PM
Chengalpattu (CGL) 10:13 PM 10:15 PM
Villupuram Jn (VM) 11:40 PM 11:45 PM
Vridhachalam Jn (VRI) 12:25 AM 12:27 AM
Tiruchchirapali (TPJ) 03:00 AM 03:05 AM
Manaparai (MPA) 03:33 AM 03:34 AM
Dindigul Jn (DG) 04:30 AM 04:35 AM
Ambaturai (ABI) 04:46 AM 04:47 AM
Kodaikanal Road (KQN) 04:59 AM 05:00 AM
Madurai Jn (MDU) 06:15 AM Destination[3]
Station Sch. Arrival Sch. Departure
Madurai Jn (MDU) Source 08:35 PM
Kodaikanal Road (KQN) 09:09 PM 09:10 PM
Ambaturai (ABI) 09:23 PM 09:24 PM
Dindigul Jn (DG) 09:38 PM 09:43 PM
Manaparai (MPA) 10:24 PM 10:25 PM
Tiruchchirapali (TPJ) 11:05 PM 11:10 PM
Vridhachalam Jn (VRI) 01:02 AM 01:04 AM
Villupuram Jn (VM) 02:18 AM 02:20 AM
Chengalpattu (CGL) 04:13 AM 04:15 AM
Tambaram (TBM) 04:43 AM 04:45 AM
Mambalam (MBM) 05:04 AM 05:05 AM
Chennai Egmore (MS) 05:35 AM Destination[4]

Coach Composition[edit]

It has one AC First cum AC Two Tier,One AC First Class, two Ac Two Tier,four Ac Three Tier, twelve Sleeper Class, two Unreserved and two SLRs.

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 S12 S11 S10 S9 S8 S7 S6 S5 S4 S3 S2 S1 B4 B3 B2 B1 A2 A1 HA1 H1 GS SLR

Speed of the Train[edit]

Pandian Express is the one of the fastest trains in Southern Railways. Its running along with average speed of 54 km/hr. Its pulled by Electric Loco WAP-7 (RPM) and WAP-4 (RPM) at the full running section.[5]

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