Tejas Express

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Tejas Express
Main Operation(s)India
Fleet size3
Parent companyIndian Railways
Operating speed130 km/hr
Tejas Express at Mumbai CSMT station

The Tejas Express is India’s first semi-high speed fully air-conditioned train Introduced by Indian Railways. It features modern on-board facilities with automatic doors. Tejas means "sharp", "lustre" and "brilliance" in many Indian languages. These trains are among the fastest trains in India along with Rajdhani Express, Gatimaan Express, Shatabdi Express and Duronto Express and get the highest priority on the Indian railway network.[1]


The inaugural run of Tejas Express was on 24 May 2017 from Mumbai CST to Karmali, Goa. It covered 551.7 km in 8 hours and 30 minutes. [2][3]


The coaches of Tejas Express trains are manufactured at RCF and ICF. The train will run at an average speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) but will be allowed to touch 180 km/h (110 mph) on some sections. Currently the train runs at 56 km/h. [4]

Coaches have bio-vacuum toilets, water level indicators, tap sensors, hand dryers, integrated braille displays, LED TV for each passenger with phone sockets, local cuisine, celebrity chef menu, WiFi, tea and coffee vending machines, magazines, snack tables, CCTV cameras, fire & smoke detection and suppression system. [5] The fares will be 20% to 30% more than Shatabdi fares.[6]The Tejas Express has redesigned seats with e-leather.

There are 14 non-executive chair cars and they can seat up to 72 passengers each (3+2) configuration. The coaches have energy-efficient LED lights and digital destination display boards. The new train has two executive chair cars (in 2+2 configuration). The executive chair cars have a seating capacity of 56 passengers and adjustable head-rests, arm support and leg support. Leg support is not available in non-executive chair cars.

The central table in the Tejas Express also has infotainment screens. Equipped with soap dispensers, touch-less water taps, odour-control systems and occupancy indicators, the toilets in Tejas Express have been designed with modern standards in mind. In line with Indian Railways vision to make tracks defecation free, Indian Railways has installed bio-vacuum toilets in Tejas Express.

This would also ensure that as against normal toilets that need 10 litres of water per flush, only 1.5 litres of water would be consumed. All doors are centrally controlled. Currently, the train runs three days a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.[7]

Future Expansion[edit]

Tejas Express, one of the most awaited promises of Railway Budget 2018, is all set to start plying on the Chennai to Madurai route in the next financial year, after that Delhi - Chandigarh Tejas and Delhi - Jalandhar Tejas and Mumbai - Surat Tejas will be launched. Railway Minister Mr.Piyush Goyal, on a visit Rail Bhawan our ex minister Suresh Parbhu held meeting with Ambala and Firozpur divsion Drm announced that he announced Tejas Express will start running between the two cities soon.[8]


Three routes were planned for Tejas Express.[9]

In Operation

Train No. Name Service frequency
22119/22120 Mumbai CST - Karmali Tejas Express 5

Yet to start operations

Train No. Name Service frequency
22425/22426 New Delhi - Chandigarh Tejas Express 6
12585/12586 Lucknow Junction - Anand Vihar Terminal Tejas Express 6
22428-22427 New Delhi-Jalandhar city Tejas Express 6
Not yet announced Chennai Egmore - Madurai 6

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Luxury train Tejas Express running without safety clearance, ibtimes.com, 27 July 2017
  2. ^ "Mumbai-Goa route gets Railways' premium train Tejas". dna. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  3. ^ Tejas completes journey ahead of schedule despite 3-hour delay, indiatimes.com, 12 June 2017
  4. ^ India’s first high-speed train Tejas makes debut, asianage.com, 23 May 2017
  5. ^ "All about Tejas Express: Digital New Interiors, Yummy Catering Onboard - Orient Rail Journeys Blog". www.luxurytrainindia.org.
  6. ^ "Travel On Tejas Trains To Be Costlier Than Shatabdi".
  7. ^ "Tejas trains to give passengers feel of world class travel with personal video screens, Wi-Fi, coffee vending machines", The Economic Times, 10 July 2016
  8. ^ Tejas Express Gets New Exclusive Locomotive, thehindu.com, 18 June 2017
  9. ^ "Tejas, Hamsafar Express trains in railway's new timetable - Times of India".

10. [1], Chennai - Madurai Tejas special train to begin service by next week.</ref>