Sampark Kranti Express

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Sampark Kranti Express
12823 Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti Express.JPG
Main Operation(s) Connects national capital with state capitals
Fleet size 19
Parent company Indian Railways
Gauge Broad Gauge
Operating speed 110 km/h (68 mph) maximum

Sampark Kranti Express trains are a series of super-fast trains operated by the Indian Railways providing quick connectivity to the national capital, New Delhi.


The words Sampark and Kranti are borrowed from Sanskrit. Sampark(Devanagari:-सम्पर्क) means Contact and Kranti(Devanagari:-क्रान्ति ) means Revolution. The combined name denotes the steps taken by Indian Railways to provide high speed train connections from cities around India with the National Capital through the provision of non-air conditioned express trains with few stops and operating at high speeds. A similar capability had been introduced earlier on the Rajdhani series of super-fast trains. However, these trains were completely air-conditioned and hence quite expensive.

The Rajdhani and Shatabdi series are the fastest trains in India in terms of average journey speeds. The Sampark Kranti trains operate at slower average speeds than the Rajdhani and Shatabdi series yet still provide high speed options at normal prices due to their few stops and relatively faster speeds compared with other non-Rajdhani and non-Shatabdi express trains although initially they ran non stop once they left their respective states.

The railway minister at the time Nitish Kumar in the interim Railway Budget of 2004-05 announced the launch of Sampark Kranti Express. The trains in the Sampark Kranti series connect the Indian states to the national capital city of New Delhi. Sampark Kranti trains charge the same fare as regular/superfast trains on the Indian Railways rail network and do not provide any special facilities not available in regular Express trains. The initial decision of non-stop run of this Express series of trains was cut short and was given way to commercial stopping outside the states.[1] The trains aim at reducing travel time without compromising on passenger comfort.[2]

Initially eighteen trains were launched and the count was later increased. The Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express from Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin to Yesvantpur was the first train which was launched on 8 February 2004.[1]

12908 Maharashtra Sampark Express
12121 M.P. Sampark Kranti Express
12217 Kerala Sampark Kranti Express

List of services[edit]

Train Name Distance Km.
Andhra Pradesh Sampark Kranti Express 2302
Bihar Sampark Kranti Superfast Express 1172
Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti Superfast Express 1281
Goa Sampark Kranti Express 2160
Gujarat Sampark Kranti Express 1085
Jharkhand Sampark Kranti 1306
Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express 2610
Karnataka Sampark Kranti 2276
Kerala Sampark Kranti 3465
Madhya Pradesh Sampark Kranti 909
Maharashtra Sampark Kranti Express 1366
Orissa Sampark Kranti 1799
Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express 1904/2305
Rajasthan Sampark Kranti Express 685
Tamil Nadu Sampark Kranti Express 2677
Uttar Pradesh Sampark Kranti Express 695
Uttar Sampark Kranti Express 655
Uttarakhand Sampark Kranti Express 239, 278
West Bengal Sampark Kranti 1448

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sampark Kranti Express Train". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "18 Sampark Kranti trains mooted, first train from Feb 8". The Tribune. 20 January 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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