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|Current operator(s)||Southern Railway zone|
|Distance travelled||336 km (209 mi)|
|Average journey time||06:05 hours|
|Service frequency||Daily each way|
|Train number(s)||177/ 178 (later 6177/ 6178 and 6877/ 6878,16177/ 16178), now 12653/12654|
|Line used||Chord line|
|Class(es)||1A, 2A, 3A, SL, SLR, SLRD and GS|
|Sleeping arrangements||Couchette car|
|Baggage facilities||Overhead racks
|Rolling stock||WAP4 (RPM/ED)
One 1 AC
One 1 AC-cum AC 2-tier
Two AC 2-tier
Four AC 3-tier
Eleven II SL
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||25 kV AC, 50 Hz|
|Operating speed||48 km/hr|
|Track owner(s)||Southern Railway zone|
Background and Relevance
The eponymous train is named after the famous 12th-century fortress Rockfort temple in the heart of Tiruchirapalli. The train originally ran between Madras Egmore and Tiruchirappalli Junction on the 'Chord Line'. Later, when the 'Main Line' was closed for operations to facilitate gauge conversion projects, a part of this train was extended to Thanjavur Junction as Rockfort Link Express (6177A/ 6178A). It was further extended to Kumbakonam during the Mahamaham festival. The extended run was truncated effective September 2013. The entire formation now runs up to Tiruchirappalli Junction. Converted as Superfast Express from 08.06.2017 & Renumbered as (12653/12654).
This train originally had a signal-green livery, with a yellow stripe along the upper and lower part of windows. It later was changed to the standard VB Maroon-livery when it was run on the MG. The BG train runs now in LHB rake.
Rockfort Superfast Express is one of the very few trains in the Indian Railways to have coaches of six classes. There were 22 coaches including an AC First Class, AC 2-Tier, First class, AC 3-tier, Sleeper Class and General Sitting compartments. First Class coaches were removed in May 2014.New LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches has been allotted for this train. The train runs with LHB coaches from 26 September 2016. The train usually runs to full capacity.[a]
The train numbered 12654 departs from Trichy Junction at 22:35 Hours and arrives Viluppuram Junction by 01:40 Hours and reaches Chennai Egmore at 04:40 Hours the next day. The pairing train numbered 12653 starts at 22:30 Hours from Chennai Egmore and arrives Viluppuram Junction by 01:00 and reaches Trichy Junction at 04:30 hours the next day.[b]
The coaches are maintained at SSE/C&W/MDU and SSE/C&W/BG/TPJ.
- Cholan Express
- Pallavan Express
- Tiruchirappalli – Tirunelveli Intercity Express
- Vaigai Express
- Pandian Express
- Vascodagama Express
- The coach composition is subject to change.
- The timings are in Indian Standard Time.