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South Western Railway
ನೈಋತ್ಯ ರೈಲ್ವೆ
10-South Western Railway
Locale Karnataka
Dates of operation 2003–present
Predecessor Southern Railway, South Central Railway, Central Railway
Track gauge Broad gauge
Headquarters Club Road, Keshwapur Hubli Karnataka
Website SWR official website

The South Western Railway(Kannada: ನೈಋತ್ಯ ರೈಲ್ವೆ) is one of the 17 railway zones in India. It is headquartered at Hubli and comprises 3 divisions namely Hubli, Mysore, and Bangalore. The 4th division at Gulbarga will come up shortly and preparations of work has already begun. The zone came into existence on April 1, 2003. Important named trains operated by this zone are : Karnataka Express (Bangalore-New Delhi), Rani Chennamma Express (Bangalore-Kolhapur), Gol Gumbaz Express (Mysore-Solapur), Basava Express (Mysore-Bagalkote), Siddaganga Intercity Express (Bangalore-Dharwad), Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express (Bangalore-New Delhi) and (Bangalore-Chandigarh), Hampi Express (Mysore-Hubli), Lalbagh Express (Bangalore-Chennai), Shatabdi Express (Bangalore-Chennai), Tippu Express (Bangalore-Mysore), Island express (Bangalore-Kanyakumari) and Goa Express (Vasco Da Gama-Hazrat Nizamuddin).

Plans are afoot to lay more lines & introduce more trains in this zone as the rail density is less compared to other zones and states in India.

Map of South Western Railway zone (in Cyan)

Area Covered[edit]

South Western Railway covers most of the railway lines in the state of Karnataka.

Works on various new lines such as Belgaum-Bagalkote-Raichur, Belgaum-Dharwad, Belgaum-Sawantwadi, Bagalkote-Kudachi, Munirabad-Mehboobnagar, Tumkur-Chitradurga-Davangere, Shimoga-Harihar and Tumkur-Rayadurg are yet to be started.

Passenger trains were recently introduced on newly laid Kottur-Harihar and Kadur-Chikmagalur line.

Electrification and doubling of railway lines[edit]

Karnataka has the least number of electrified and/or doubled broad gauge lines compared to other states in India (5%). This is mentioned in the official web page belonging to the ministry of Railways:[1][1]

Currently[when?] the Mysore-Bangalore section is being doubled. The section between Bangalore-Yeliyur (100 km) and Mysore-Naganahalli(7 km) has been doubled and opened to traffic.Progress on other sections is in full swing. The Bangalore-Hubli line is being doubled in isolated patches. While Bangalore-Tumkur was doubled and opened to traffic in 2007, progress on other sections has been painfully slow. The doubling of the Arsikere-Birur section of the same line was completed in November 2012. Bellary-Hospet line is completely doubled and opened for traffic, Hubli-Gadag line doubling is in progress.

Digital Division[edit]

The Mysore Division of South Western Railways will be designated as “Digital Division” after fully adopting its current technology harnessing programme. Government of India had asked Railways divisions to cut red tape and reduce paper work in offices. All the officials will adopt technologies like WhatsApp and Google Drive to share reports and other documents. This will save lot of papers being used for circulating reports as done currently. Two web based helplines have been launched so that digitised information can be shared among different officials. The inspection reports regarding maintenance, passenger amenities, cleanliness, electronics and communication etc. will be managed by a new software which is under construction now. These measures will cut down redundant works, reduce number of registers and reports maintained by officials, reduce paper consumption and improve the efficiency and celerity of operations.[2]

Project Unigauge[edit]

Since 2007, the SWR is entirely Indian gauge. SWR has many WDG4 and WDP4 currently based at diesel loco sheds Hubli and Krishnarajapuram.

The following Express/Superfast trains are operated by SWR to various important cities of India.

Trains originating from Bangalore Division[edit]

16501/16502 Yeshwantpur-Ahmedabad weekly express via Guntakal, Daund, Jalgaon, Surat.

16505/16506 Bangalore-Gandhidham weekly express via Hubli, Miraj, Pune, Kalyan, Ahmedabad

16507/16508 Bangalore-Jodhpur bi-weekly express via Hubli, Miraj, Pune, Kalyan, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad.

16515/16516 Yeshwantpur-Karwar tri-weekly express via Arsikere, Hassan, Mangalore.

16517/16518 Bangalore-Kannur daily express via Mysore, Hassan, Mangalore.

16519/16520 Bangalore-Jolarpettai daily express via Bangarapet.

16521/16522 Bangalore-Bangarapet daily express via Malur.

16523/16524 Bangalore-Karwar daily express via Mysore, Hassan, Mangalore.

16525/16526 Bangalore-Kanyakumari daily Island Express via Bangarpet, Erode, Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Tiruvanathapuram.

16527/16528 Yeshwantpur-Kannur daily express via Salem, Erode, Palakkad.

16531/16532 Bangalore-Ajmer Garib Nawaz weekly express via Guntakal, Bellary, Hubli, Pune, Kalyan(Mumbai), Ahmedabad, Marwar.

16533/16534 Bangalore-Jodhpur weekly express via Guntakal, Bellary, Hubli, Pune, Vasai Road, Ahmedabad.

16535/16536 Mysore-Solapur daily Gol Gumbaz Express via Bangalore, Davangere, Hubli, Gadag, Bijapur named after Historical Monument Gol Gumbaz.

16557/16558 Mysore-Bangalore daily Rajya Rani Express via Mandya, Ramanagaram.

16561/16562 Yeshwantpur-Kochuveli (Thiruvanthapuram) AC weekly express via Salem, Erode, Coimbatore.

16565/16566 Yeshwantpur-Mangalore weekly express via Salem, Erode, Coimbatore.

16569/16570 Yeshwantpur-Kacheguda tri-weekly express via Dhone, Gadwal.

16571/16572 Yeshwantpur-Bidar daily express via Raichur, Vikarabad.

16573/16574 Yeshwantpur-Pondicherry weekly express via Salem, Villupuram.

16577/16578 Yeshwantpur-Harihar tri-weekly express via Tumkur, Davanagere.

16579/16580 Yeshwantpur--Shimoga bi-weekly express via Tumkur, Arsikere, Birur

16587/16588 Yeshwantpur-Bikaner bi-weekly express via Hubli, Solapur, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur.

16589/16590 Bangalore-Kolhapur daily Rani Chennamma express via Tumkur, Hubli-Dharwar, Belagavi, Miraj named after legendary queen of Kittur Kingdom in Belagavi district.

16591/16592 Mysore-Hubli daily Hampi express via Bellary, Guntakal, Bangalore. Hampi was the capital of Legendary Vijayanagara Empire which is in Bellary district.

16593/16594 Bangalore-Nanded daily express via Guntakal, Raichur, Vikarabad, Bidar, Parbhani.

12027/12028 Bangalore-Chennai Central Shatabdi express via Katpadi.

12079/12080 Bangalore-Hubli Jan Shatabdi Express via Tumkur, Davanagere.

12213/12214 Yeshwantpur-Sarai Rohilla (New Delhi) weekly AC Duronto express.

12251/12252 Yeshwantpur-Korba Wainganga bi-weekly express via Dhone, Kacheguda, Gondia, Raipur, Bilaspur.

12253/12254 Yeshwantpur-Bhagalpur weekly Anga Express via Vijayawada, Bhubaneshwar, Howrah, Jamalpur .

12257/12258 Yeshwantpur-Kochuveli (Thiruvanthapuram) tri-weekly Garib Rath Express via Salem, Erode, Coimbatore.

12291/12292 Yeshwantpur-Chennai weekly express via Jolarpet.

12295/12296 Bangalore-Patna daily Sanghamithra Express via Chennai, Warangal, Nagpur, Jabalpur, Mughalsarai. This train was named after Sanghamitra (daughter of Ashoka).

12539/12540 Yeshwantpur-Lucknow weekly SF express via Nagpur, Allahabad.

12607/12608 Bangalore-Chennai daily Lalbagh Express via Krishnarajapura, Bangarpet, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Arakkonam.

12609/12610 Bangalore-Chennai daily Intercity express via Krishnarajapura, Bangarpet, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Arakkonam.

12627/12628 Bangalore-New Delhi daily Karnataka Express via Guntakal, Raichur, Gulbarga, Daund, Jalgaon, Bhopal Agra named after the state where it originates.

12629/12630 Yeshwantpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin bi-weekly Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express via Tumkur, Hubli, Miraj, Pune, Bhopal introduced as part of the Sampark Kranti Series. (Sampark = Contact, Kranti = Revolution).

12633/12634 Kanyakumari-Chennai Egmore daily express via Tirunelveli, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli.

12649/12650 Yeshwantpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin (5 days a week) Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express via Dharmavaram, Kacheguda, Nagpur, Bhopal.

12657/12658 Bangalore-Chennai daily Mail via Bangarpet, Jolarpettai, Katpadi

22683/22684 Yeshwantpur-Lucknow weekly SF Express via Nagpur, Allahabad.

22685/22686 Yeshwantpur-Chandigarh bi-weekly Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express via Tumkur, Hubli, Pune, Bhopal.

22679/22680 Yeshwantpur-Katra[disambiguation needed] weekly Premium SF Express via Ballari, Secunderabad, Nagpur, New Delhi.

22691/22692 Bangalore-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express via Secunderabad, Nagpur, Bhopal.

22693/22694 Bangalore-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express via Secunderabad, Nagpur, Bhopal.

22695/22696 Yesvantpur-Jaipur weekly Premium SF Express via Ballari, Pune, Vadodara, Ajmer.

Trains from Mysore Division[edit]

16201/16202 Bangalore-Shimoga daily express via Tumkur, Arsikere, Birur.

16203/16204 Chennai-Tirupati daily Garudadri Express via Renigunta , ekambarakuppam , tiruttani , arakkonam.

16205/16206 Mysore-Talaguppa daily Intercity express via Hassan. Talaguppa is just 14 km away from world famous Jog Falls.

16209/16210 Mysore-Ajmer bi-weekly express via Bangalore, Hubli, Miraj, Pune, Ahmedabad.

16215/16216 Mysore-Bangalore daily Chamundi Express via Mandya named after Goddess Chamundi who enshrined in Mysore City.

16217/16218 Mysore-Shirdi weekly express via Bangalore, Dharmavaram, Bellary, Bijapur, Daund.

16227/16228 Bangalore-Talaguppa daily express via Tumkur.

16229/16230 Mysore-Varanasi bi-weekly express via Bangalore, Ballari, Gulbarga, Manmad, Itarsi, Jabalpur.

16231/16232 Mysore - Mayiladuthurai Express daily via Hosur, Erode, Tiruchchirapalli.

16233/16234 Mayiladuturai-Tiruchchirapalli daily express via Tanjore.

16235/16236 Tuticorin Mysore Express daily via Bangalore, Salem, Madurai

12613/12614 Mysore-Bangalore daily Tippu Express via Mandya named after Tippu Sultan who ruled Srirangapatna near Mysore Province

12781/12782 Mysore-Hazrat Nizamuddin weekly Swarna Jayanti Express via Hassan, Hubli, Belagavi, Pune, Manmad, Bhopal.

22681/22682 Mysore-Chennai weekly SF express via Mandya, Bangalore City, Katpadi.

Trains from Hubli Division[edit]

17301/17302 Dharwad-Mysore daily express via Hubli, Davanagere, Hassan.

17307/17308 Mysore-Bagalkot daily Basava Express via Raichur, Gulbarga, Solapur, Bijapur named after Lord Basava or Basaveshwara, the shaiva leader..

17309/17310 Vasco da Gama-Yeshwantpur bi-weekly express via Londa, Hubli, Tumkur.

17311/17312 Vasco da Gama-Chennai Central weekly express via Hubli, Tumkur, Yeshwantpur, Bangarpet.

17313/17314 Hubli-Chennai Central weekly express via Tumkur, Yeshwantpur, Bangarpet.

17315/17316 Vasco da Gama-Velankanni weekly express via Hubli, Yeshwantpur, Salem.

17317/17318 Hubli-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus daily express via Londa, Pune.

17319/17320 Hubli-Secunderabad daily express via Gadag, Hotgi Junction, Gulbarga.

17321/17322 Hubli-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus weekly express via Gadag, Solapur, Pune, Panvel.

12725/12726 Dharwad-Bangalore daily Siddaganga Intercity Express via Hubli, Davangere

12741/12742 Vasco da Gama-Patna weekly SF express via Madgaon, Ratnagiri, Panvel, Mughalsarai.

12777/12778 Hubli-Kochuveli (Thiruvanthapuram) weekly SF express via Yeshwantpur, Salem.

12779/12780 Vasco da Gama-Hazrat Nizamuddin daily Goa Express via Madgaon, Londa, Belagavi, Pune, Manmad, Bhopal.

17225/17226[Hubli]-[vijayawada] amaravathi express. runs daily

Superfast Trains[edit]

12027/12028 Bangalore-Chennai Central Shatabdi Express.

12079/12080 Bangalore-Hubli Jan Shatabdi Express.

12251/12252 Yeshwantpur-Korba Wainganga Express.

12253/12254 Yeshwantpur-Bhagalpur Weekly Anga Express.

12257/12258 Yeshwantpur-Kochuveli (Thiruvanthapuram) Garib Rath Express.

12291/12292 Yeshwantpur-Chennai Express.

12295/12296 Bangalore-Patna Sanghamithra Express.

12539/12540 Yeshwantpur-Lucknow Express.

12607/12608 Bangalore-Chennai Lalbagh Express.

12609/12610 Bangalore-Chennai Intercity Express.

12613/12614 Mysore-Bangalore Tippu Express.

12627/12628 Bangalore-New Delhi Karnataka Express.

12629/12630 Yeshwantpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express.

12633/12634 Kanyakumari-Chennai Egmore Express.

12649/12650 Yeshwantpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express.

12657/12658 Bangalore-Chennai Mail.

12725/12726 Dharwad-Bangalore Siddaganga Intercity Express.

12741/12742 Vasco da Gama-Patna Express.

12777/12778 Hubli-Kochuveli (Thiruvanthapuram) Express.

12779/12780 Vasco da Gama-Hazrat Nizamuddin Goa Express.

12780-slip Hazrat Nizamuddin-Londa-Hubli Goa Link Express

12781/12782 Mysore-Hazrat Nizamuddin Swarna Jayanti Express.

22679/22680 Yeshwantpur-Katra[disambiguation needed] Premuim Express

22681/22682 Mysore-Chennai Express.

22683/22684 Yeshwantpur-Lucknow SF Express.

22685/22686 Yeshwantpur-Chandigarh Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express.

22691/22692 Bangalore-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express

22693/22694 Bangalore-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express

22695/22696 Yesvantpur-Jaipur Premium Express.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ 2010 electrification by states
  2. ^ Retrieved from 'The Hindu' on 18 September 2014