Secunderabad Express

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Secunderabad - Danapur (Manikarnika) Express
మణికర్నిక ఎక్స్‌ప్రెస్
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Overview
Service typeSuperfast Train
StatusOperating
LocaleTelangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar
Current operator(s)South Central Railway, Indian Railways
Former operator(s)i
Route
StartDanapur railway station
Stops26
EndSecunderabad Junction
Distance travelled1,828 km (1,136 mi)
Average journey time33 hours, 15 minutes
Service frequencyDaily
On-board services
Class(es)Sleeper, Ac 1,2,3 General
Seating arrangementsIndian Rail standard
Catering facilitiesCatering available
Observation facilitiesLarge windows in all carriages,
Baggage facilitiesBelow the seats
Technical
Operating speed55 km/h (Average)
Route map
Secunderabad Express (Secunderabad - Danapur) SF Express Route map

The Secunderabad Express is a daily train operated by Indian Railways between Secunderabad Railway Station and Danapur railway station via Varanasi. Secunderabad Express was earlier known as Manikarnika Express and Patna Express.

Name[edit]

The train was initially running between Secunderabad Railway Station and Varanasi and in 2004 as biweekly with numbering 7091 and 7092. the train was extended to Patna during Nitish Kumar's regime. The train served Andhra Pradesh pillgrims to visit Varanasi and Ayodhya and Sarnath near Varanasi. The train gets its name from one of the famous Ghats of Varanasi, i.e. Manikarnika Ghat.

This train served historically as second alternative to visit North India after 12721UP/12722Dn Dakshin Express and 12723UP/12724DN Telangana Express along with other trains like 12590UP/12589DN Gorakhpur-Secunderabad Express and Bangalore Express.

Secunderabad Express will stop at Ara from 10 September 2015.[1]

Historical significance[edit]

The train was introduced long back in 1985 as a biweekly train between Tirupati and Varanasi with a typical numbering of "7489 Tirupati–Varanasi" Express and "7490 Varanasi–Tirupati Express" with slip coach service of two sleeper coaches between Hyderabad and Varanasi with amalgamation/bifurcation at Kazipet Junction railway station with Dakshin Express. Though the train gained importance, due to some political and administration influences, the it got extended to Cochin Harbour Terminus and with the reduction of frequency from biweekly to weekly, via Tirupati through Renigunta Junction.

A demand of new train between Hyderabad and Varanasi has been approved by Indian Railways and a new train between "7091" SecunderabadVaransi Express and "7092" VaransiSecunderabad Express was flagged off as biweekly in 1987. Consequently, the same coaches and rake composition is used as "7089" CochinVaransi Express via Tirupati and "7090" VaranasiTirupati Express via Tirupati by cancelling "7489" and "7490" numbering.

Route[edit]

Loco link[edit]

  1. Electric:- WAP4 electric loco of Lallaguda of SCR from Secunderabad to Jabalpur or WAP7 of Lallaguda
  2. Diesel:- WDP4D of Itarsi from Jabalpur to Danapur railway station

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "19 trains to temporarily stop at different stations".