Sabarmati Express

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Sabarmati Express
Service type Superfast
Current operator(s) Western Railway zone
Start Ahmedabad Junction (ADI)
Stops 15
End Darbhanga Junction (DBG)
Distance travelled 1,600 km (990 mi)
Average journey time 38h 45m
Service frequency 5 days a week
On-board services
Class(es) Reserved
Seating arrangements No
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Catering facilities No
Entertainment facilities No
Rolling stock 2
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 44 km/h (27 mph)

The Sabarmati Express (19168/19167) is an express train which connects the city of Ahmedabad, India to Varanasi city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh through Jhansi. The train may take up to two days to complete the journey. It travels through Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh via Ratlam Junction, Ujjain Junction, Guna Junction, Kanpur Central, Lucknow Charbagh, Ayodhya, Faizabad.

It enters Gujarat from Dahod railway station then Godhra, Vadodara and Ahmedabad.


On 27 February 2002, the train was stopped outside Godhra Junction railway station because of the emergency chain being pulled. The train was then attacked and four coaches were burned by a large mob.[citation needed] It has been alleged that the attack was the result of a conspiracy hatched by local Muslims.[1][2]

58 people, including some Hindu pilgrims who were returning from the holy city of Ayodhya, were trapped and killed in the burning train. That incident is perceived as the trigger for the widespread 2002 Gujarat riots that followed in Godhra as well as the rest of Gujarat in which more than a thousand individuals died, thousands more were rendered homeless and property worth hundreds of crores was lost.

Route and halts[edit]

The important halts of the train are :

Coach composite[edit]

The train consist of 22 coaches :

  • 1 AC II Tier
  • 2 AC III Tier
  • 13 Sleeper Coaches
  • 4 General
  • 2 Second-class Luggage/parcel van


As the route is yet to be fully electrified, it is hauled by a Ratlam Diesel Loco Shed based WDM 3A from Varanasi up to Ratlam handing over to a Vadodara Electric Loco Shed based WAP-4 locomotive for the remainder of the journey until Ahmedabad.

Direction Reversal[edit]

Train Reverses its direction 2 times:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] BBC News
  2. ^ The Godhra conspiracy as Justice Nanavati saw it The Times of India, 28 September 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-19. Archived 21 February 2012.