Pandian Express

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Pandian Express
Service type Superfast Express
Locale Tamil Nadu
Current operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Start Chennai Egmore
Stops 10
End Madurai Junction
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
Rolling stock WAP-7 (RPM)
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 60 km/h (37 mph)
Route map
Vaigai Express (Madurai-Chennai) Route map.jpg

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.

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 is now hauled by WAP 7 loco from Royapuram Loco Shed from Madurai to Chennai Egmore and via the same route.

Stations for 12637 MS to MDU[edit]

Coach Composition[edit]

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.

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
BSicon LDER.svg EOG GN H1 A1 A2 A3 B1 B2 B3 B4 S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 GN GN EOG
Pandian Express with LHB coaches.


The Train has LHB coaches from 15 Aug 2016.

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