|Service type||Inter-city rail|
|Locale||Tamil Nadu and Kerala|
|Current operator(s)||Southern Railway zone|
|Stops||21 for 12624 and 20 for 12623|
|Distance travelled||926 km (575 mi)|
|Train number(s)||12623 / 12624|
|Class(es)||AC 2 Tier AC ,3 Tier AC,Sleeper Class,General|
|Sleeping arrangements||Couchette car|
|Observation facilities||Large windows|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||25 kV AC 50 Hz|
|Operating speed||Average 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph)|
Thiruvananthapuram mail is a daily superfast express running between Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai under Southern Railway zone of the Indian railways. This train runs via Kottayam. This train connects 8 big cities in South India(Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur, Coimbatore, Erode, Salem and Chennai).
The train was introduced in 1940 as No.19/20 Madras - Cochin Harbour Terminus Express and was later renamed as Madras - Cochin Harbour Terminus Mail .Diesel loco was given to this train in 1961.The train was later extended to Thiruvananthapuram Central when the rail link connecting to Thiruvananthapuram Central via Kottayam was completed.
As per the numbering system of the Indian Railways, the train has been currently assigned the number 12623 for the down direction (Chennai central -Thiruvananthapuram central) and 12624 for the up direction (Thiruvananthapuram Central - Chennai central). In the downward direction, the train departs at 19.45 hours and reaches Thiruvananthapuram at 11.45 hours next day. In the upward direction, the train departs at 14.50 hours and reaches Chennai at 07.30 hours.
Total number of coaches 24
The train consists of:
- Loco WAP7 from Royapuram
- 1 AC First/Second AC Coach (HA1)
- 2 AC Two-tier coaches(A1, A2)
- 4 AC Three-tier coaches (B1, B2, B3, B4)
- 12 Sleeper Coaches (S1 - S12)
- 5 Unreserved Coaches (UR/SLR)
In popular culture
No.20 Madras Mail, which is a Malayalam movie released in 1990 has most of the scenes shot inside the moving Thiruvananthapuram Mail train.