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|Service type||Superfast Express|
|First service||27 December 1991|
|Current operator(s)||Central Railways|
|Stops||7 as 12126 Pragati Express, 6 as 12125 Pragati Express|
|Distance travelled||189 km (117 mi)|
|Average journey time||3 hours 25 minutes|
|Train number(s)||12125 / 12126|
|Class(es)||AC Chair Car, Second Class sitting|
|Catering facilities||No Pantry Car|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||110 km/h (68 mph) maximum
54 km/h (34 mph), including halts
The Pragati Express (Marathi: प्रगति एक्स्प्रेस) is a daily intercity express train plying between Pune and Mumbai via Panvel. It is operated by the Central Railways, a zonal railway under the larger Indian Railways. Currently, it plies the distance of 189 km in 3 hours and 25 minutes.
The Pragati Express presently has 2 AC Chair Car, 5 General Second Class, 5 General Second Class coaches reserved for Pass Holders, 1 Ladies coach and 2 Sleeper coaches. As is customary with Indian Railways, coaches are added/removed as per the demand.
It was inaugurated on 27 Dec 1991 as an alternative to the most popular train on this sector the Deccan Queen. It is one of the six point-to-point express trains meant for intercity travel between Mumbai and Pune that carry thousands of regular commuters. The other five being the Sinhagad Express, Deccan Queen, Deccan Express, Indrayani Express and the Intercity Express. Although all trains have the same livery, the Pragati Express takes a different route. It takes the single line electrified route between Karjat and Panvel and continues towards Diva from where it continues the rest of journey towards Mumbai CST. Thus it completely bypasses the Karjat - Kalyan section of the Central Line.
The Pragati express full ac train was plying between mumbai pune which was discontinued due to less demand.
When the train was introduced, it was hauled by WCM 2/3/5 DC locomotives as the route between Mumbai and Pune was under 1500 V DC. From the mid 1990s till present, it is currently hauled end to end by a WCAM 3 or WCAM 2/2P locomotive of the Kalyan (KYN) shed. Post 2014, after conversion of DC to AC on Central Line, it has been hauled occasionally by Bhusaval based WAP 4/WAM-4 or Ajni based WAP 7.
At Karjat, it gets two or three WAG-5, WAG-7, WCAM-2 or WCAM 3 bankers of Kalyan shed to push the train on the ghat section between Karjat railway station and Lonavala railway station, where the gradient is of 1 in 40.