Poorva Express

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Poorva Express
New Delhi (NDLS) bound 12381 (HWH-NDLS) Poorva Express.jpg
Poorva Express
Service type Superfast Express
Locale Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal
Current operator(s) Eastern Railways
Start Howrah Junction
End New Delhi
Distance travelled 1,531 km (951 mi)
Average journey time 23 hours 10 minutes
Service frequency Daily
On-board services
Class(es) First AC, Second AC, Third AC, Sleeper, Unreserved
Seating arrangements Available
Sleeping arrangements Available
Auto-rack arrangements Available
Catering facilities Available
Observation facilities Linke-Hofmann-Busch Coaches
Baggage facilities Available
Rolling stock Standard Indian Railway coaches
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 63 km/h (39 mph) average with halts; 120 km/h (Max. speed)

The Poorva Express (Bengali: পূর্ব এক্সপ্রেস, Hindi: पूर्वा एक्स्प्रेस) is a daily superfast express train of Indian Railways, running between Howrah, West Bengal, and New Delhi, the capital city of India.

The name Poorva signifies the eastern part of India. It is a very good train after Rajdhani for travelers of Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal.

The Train has been allotted a 22 coach rake of LHB Coaches, which started running from 30 April 2013 on allotment basis The Allotment of LHB Rake for first 1 month is like this. Now the maximum permissible speed of this train is 130.00 km/h.

Coach composition[edit]

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
BSicon LDER.svg EOG S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 PC B3 B2 B1 A1 A2 HA1 GS GS EOG


Train Detail[edit]

Detail of Poorva Express
Pair Train No. Sector Departure Arrival Frequency Average Speed Stops Distance
1 12303[1] Howrah – New Delhi Via Patna 08:05 06:05 (reaches NEW DELHI 2.5 hrs of average delay) Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 70 km BWN, DGR, ASN, CRJ, MDP, JSME, JAJ, JMU, KIUL, MKA, BARH, BKP, PNBE, DNR, ARA, BXR, MGS, ALD, CNB, ETW, TDL,ALJN 1531 km
12304[2] New Delhi – Howrah Via Patna 17:35 16:55 ( reaches HOWRAH Jn. 2 hrs of Average delay) Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun 65 km
2 12381[3] Howrah – New Delhi Via Gaya 08:15 06:05 Sun, Wed, Thu 66 km ALJN, TDL, ETW, CNB, ALD, BSB, MGS, BBU, DOS, ABUR, RFG, GAYA, KQR, PNME, DHN, ASN, DGR, BWN 1449 km
12382[4] New Delhi – Howrah Via Gaya 17:35 16:55 Mon, Tue, Fri 62 km


The train underwent change in its livery from creamy brown to official blue in the early 2000s. Earlier it used to carry a full First AC coach as well. When this train was introduced this train used to receive the highest priority during its run. After Rajdhani Express was introduced it does not receives much priority then when the train was first introduced.

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

On 14 December 2014 the 12381 UP Howrah - New Delhi Poorva Express derailed at 8.27 am after leaving Howrah at 8.15 am.[5] 11 sleeper coaches and a pantry car (AC Hot Buffet Car) of the New Delhi-bound Poorva Express derailed at Liluah shortly after leaving Howrah station. There was no casualty or injury to any passenger, railway officials said. The train was moving at a slow speed when it derailed, the officials said, adding that the reasons for the mishap was being examined. What saved the passengers was the speed of the train. "The Poorva Express was moving at 10 to 15kmph when the accident occurred. The average speed of the train is 63kmph, though it can travel at 120kmph. Derailment at higher speeds would have been catastrophic," an official said.


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