|Service type||Inter-city rail|
|Current operator(s)||Pakistan Railways|
|Distance travelled||381 kilometres (237 mi)|
|Average journey time||7 hours, 5 minutes|
|Train number(s)||405UP (Karachi→Zero Point)|
406DN (Zero Point→Karachi)
|Sleeping arrangements||Not available|
|Catering facilities||Not available|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
Thar Express (Urdu: تھر ایکسپریس) is an international passenger train operated weekly by Pakistan Railways between Karachi and Khokhrapar. The trip takes approximately 7 hours, 5 minutes to cover a published distance of 381 kilometres (237 mi), traveling along a stretch of the Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line and Hyderabad–Khokhrapar Branch Line. Upon reaching Zero Point railway station and clearing customs, passengers cross the border to Munabao, India and board the Thar Link Express to Jodhpur.
The Thar Express is a continuation of the previous Sind Mail which was revived after a period of 41 years on 18 February 2006. The Thar Express travels along the Hyderabad–Khokhrapar Branch Line which was built in 1892 as the Hyderabad–Jodhpur Railway and was originally constructed as a 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge railway line. In 1901, the section was converted to 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge where it joined the second section between Shadipalli and Luni and on wards to Jodhpur. In February 2006, the entire Hyderabad–Khokhrapar line was re-converted again back to the original to 1676 mm broad gauge line. Prior to 1965, the last station was Khokhropar railway station, about 10 kilometers from the border. When the new service began in 2006, Pakistan Railways constructed a new station, called Zero Point railway station, a few hundred meter from the border, where immigration and customs checks are carried out now. Opposite this, six kilometers apart, Munabao railway station is located on the Indian side of the border in Barmer district of Rajasthan, where Indian immigration and customs checks are carried out.
The trip takes approximately 7 hours and 5 minutes to cover a published distance of 381 kilometers (237 mi), traveling along a stretch of the Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line and Hyderabad–Khokhrapar Branch Line. The train departs Karachi Cantonment railway station every Friday at 23:45 PST and arrives at Zero Point railway station near Khokhrapar at 07:00 PST on Saturday. Zero Point serves as the final station on the Pakistani side, whereby passengers clear customs and cross the border into India to arrive at the border town of Munabao. Passengers then have to buy tickets for the Thar Link Express which departs to Bhagat Ki Kothi in Jodhpur. On the return leg, the train departs Zero Point railway station on Saturday at 17:00 PST and arrives at Karachi Cantonment railway station at 01:00 PST on Sunday.
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