Tiruchirappalli – Howrah Superfast Express

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Tiruchirappalli – Howrah Superfast Express
Overview
Service type Inter-city Express
Status Operating
Locale Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal
First service 1998; 17 years ago (1998)
Current operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Route
Start Tiruchirappalli Junction (TPJ)
Stops 21
End Howrah (HWH)
Distance travelled 2,025 km (1,258 mi)
Average journey time 35 hours, 20 minutes
Service frequency Bi–weekly
Train number(s) 12663/12664
Line used Chord line (TPJ – VM)
Chennai Egmore–Thanjavur line (VM – MS)
Guntakal–Chennai Egmore section (MS – WST)
Diamond Junction of Chennai (WST – KOK)
Howrah-Chennai main line (KOK – HWH)
On-board services
Class(es) 2A, 3A, SL, SLR, SLRD and UR/GS
Disabled access Handicapped/disabled access
Seating arrangements Corridor coach (UR/GS only)
Sleeping arrangements Couchette car
Auto-rack arrangements No
Catering facilities On-board
Observation facilities Windows in all carriages
Entertainment facilities No
Baggage facilities Overhead racks
Baggage carriage
Technical
Rolling stock Locomotive:
TPJVSKP: (WAM 4/WAP 1 (AJJ) or WAP 1 (RPM));
VSKPHWH: (WAM 4 (VSKP) or WAP 4 (SRC/TATA))
Bogie:
One AC 2-tier (2A)
Two AC 3-tier (3A)
Thirteen II SL
Four UR/GS
One SLR
One Pantry car
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC, 50 Hz
Operating speed 57 kilometres per hour (35 mph)
Track owner(s) Southern Railway zone
Timetable number(s) 21/21A/29/29A[1]
Route map
(Howrah - Tiruchchirapalli) Express Route map.jpg

Tiruchirappalli – Howrah Superfast Express is an inter-city express service connecting Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu with Howrah (Kolkata), West Bengal in India. The train is the first long distance train operated by Tiruchirappalli Railway Division from Tiruchirappalli Junction, running beyond Tamil Nadu border.[2]

Overview[edit]

This express train was introduced during the 1998–1999 Railway Budget as a tri–weekly during Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays to run between Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu and Howrah/Kolkata in West Bengal.[3] Numbered as 6803/6804, the service of train was reduced to bi–weekly for Tiruchi on Tuesdays and Fridays only since first week of July 2000. And on Saturdays, the service was extended till Kanyakumari as a new train numbered 6355/6356.[4]

This train was converted to Superfast type and re-numbered to 2663/2664 from 24 January 2006 (Tiruchi) and 26 January 2006 (Howrah) onwards.[5] Later, the train number was changed to 12663/12664 from December 2010 onwards as a part of train management system over the entire Indian Railways network.[6][7]

Rakes[edit]

The train has 22 coaches comprising One A/C 2-Tier, Two A/C 3-tier, Thirteen Sleeper class, Four General compartments (Unreserved), One Luggage van (SLR) and one pantry car.[a]

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
BSicon LDER.svg SLR UR UR S13 S12 S11 S10 S9 S8 S7 S6 PC S5 S4 S3 S2 S1 A1 B2 B1 UR UR

Schedule[edit]

The train leaves Tiruchirappalli Junction as 12664 at 16:00 hours every Tuesdays and Fridays,[8] arrives Visakhapatnam at 11:45 hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays, reverses the loco and leaves at 12:05 hours and finally arrives Howrah at 03:20 hours on Thursdays and Sundays.[9] On the return journey, the train leaves Howrah as 12663 at 16:10 hours every Thursdays and Sundays,[10] arrives Visakhapatnam at 5:40 hours on Fridays and Mondays, reverses the loco and leaves at 6:00 hours and finally arrives Tiruchirappalli Junction at 04:25 hours on Saturdays and Tuesdays.[11][b] Some of the prominent stoppages includes Viluppuram Junction, Chennai Egmore, Nellore, Ongole, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Bhubaneswar and Kharagpur.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The coach composition is subject to change.
  2. ^ The timings are in Indian Standard Time.

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