Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani Express

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Ahmedabad - New Delhi Rajdhani Express
Trainboard - 12957 Ahmedabad Rajdhani Express.jpg
Trainboard - 12957 Ahmedabad Rajdhani Express
Service type Rajdhani Express
Status Operating
Locale Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana & Delhi
First service 1 January 1998
Current operator(s) Western Railways
Start Ahmedabad Junction (ADI)
Stops 8
End New Delhi (NDLS)
Distance travelled 940 km
Average journey time 13 hrs 45 mins
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12957/12958
On-board services
Class(es) AC 1st Class, AC 2 Tier, AC 3 Tier
Seating arrangements No
Sleeping arrangements Available
Auto-rack arrangements Available
Catering facilities Available (included in the ticket)
Observation facilities Large Windows
Baggage facilities Available
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 68 km/h (42 mph)

Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani (Train No. 12957/12958) is a Rajdhani Express train on the Indian Railways broad gauge track network, connecting Ahmedabad (code: ADI) and New Delhi (code: NDLS), a distance of approximately 940 km. The train was one of the last Rajdhani Express trains to be introduced in the 20th century, making its inaugural run in 1997 after the estwhile metre gauge lines between Ahmedabad and Delhi through Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana were converted to broad gauge. Since it was introduced in the 50th year of India's independence, it was named 'Swarna Jayanti' (golden jubilee) Rajdhani Express.

EOG - 12957 Ahmedabad Rajdhani Express
Coach A1 - 12957 Ahmedabad Rajdhani Express

Schedule and route[edit]

As of 1 March 2013, the Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani Express runs daily using the Jaipur–Ahmedabad line. 12957 departs ADI at 17:40 and arrives at NDLS at 07:30 the next day. 12958 departs NDLS at 19:55 and arrives at ADI at 09:40 the next day, averaging approximately 68 km/h on both runs.[1] In this sector, it is the fastest train between Ahmedabad and New Delhi. During its journey, the train passes through the Indian states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi. Some cities where the Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani halts en route are Mahesana, Palanpur, Abu Road, Ajmer, Jaipur Gurgaon and Delhi Cantt.. Almost the entire route of the train is on non-electrified track and over 80% of the journey is on a single line section of Indian Railways.

Rake and locomotive[edit]

The Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani has approximately 11 to 15 cars and is hauled by a single diesel locomotive, usually an Indian locomotive class WDM-2 or a WDM-3D, homed at Vatva (Code: VTA) Loco shed. As of 2009, on some runs, the train has also been hauled by a WDP4 locomotive belonging to Bhagat Ki Kothi (near Jodhpur) loco shed. In April 2012, the train got the Alstom LHB rakes of the red/silver livery.

Coach composition[edit]

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

BSicon LDER.svg EOG H1 PC A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 B8 B9 B10 B11 EOG

Other details[edit]

The train's rake is split into three classes of travel, AC 1st class (code: H/1A), AC 2 Tier (code: A/2A) and AC 3 Tier (code:B/3A). Usually, the train has one H/1A coach, four A/2A coaches and four to eight B/3A coaches. The train also has one or two End-On-Generation [2] cars at either end. This train is popular with passengers and made a daily train in 2009. Previously, it used to run 5 days a week. As a Rajdhani Express, it is a superfast train and gets the highest priority on its journey between Ahmedabad and New Delhi.

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