Visakha Express

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Visakha Express (విశాఖ ఎక్స్‌ప్రెస్)
Secunderabad bound Visakha Express with WAG5 loco.jpg
Bhubanaeshwar bound Visakha express exits Secunderabad 01.jpg
Visakha Express at Marripalem(above) at Secunderabad(below)
Overview
Service type Mail/Express
Locale Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha
First service 1996
Current operator(s) South Central Railway
Route
Start Secunderabad
Stops 38
End Bhubaneshwar
Distance travelled 1,135 km (705 mi)
Average journey time 22 hours 25 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 17015 / 17016
On-board services
Class(es) AC2 tier, AC3 tier, sleeper class and General sitting
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Catering facilities Yes - Good Food
Observation facilities Large Windows in AC classes.
Entertainment facilities Nil
Baggage facilities Under the Seats
Technical
Rolling stock 2
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) (Broad Gauge)
Operating speed 50 km/h (31 mph) (average with halts)
Route map
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The route map of Visakha Express, showing major stops. One can find numerous stops in short distances.

The Visakha Express is a daily express train of the Indian Railways connecting Secunderabad (SC) to Bhubaneshwar (BBS), popularized by the 2008 Tollywood movie of the same name. The train numbers are 17015 and 17016. It belongs to the South Central Railways. Train number 17016 leaves Secunderabad at 1700 hrs and arrives at Bhubaneshwar the next day at 1525 hrs. Train number 17015 leaves Bhubaneshwar at 0835 hrs and arrives at Secunderabad the next day at 0730 hrs.

This train was initially run between Secunderabad and Visakhapatnam as Visakha Express in 1996[1] . Later ECoR proposed railway ministry to extend it to Bhubaneswar. There was a lot of criticism for this extension but they managed to do it.

Route[edit]

This train caters well to provide a connection between Secunderabad and coastal Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. It has numerous stops in Andhra Pradesh. It covers a distance of 1134 km either way. It is a time consuming affair by this train from Secunderabad to Bhubaneshwar owing to numerous stops in Andhra Pradesh. Major stations in the trains passage include Guntur Junction, Vijayawada Junction, Eluru, Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam Junction and Vizianagaram Junction.

Composition[edit]

The rake consists of 1 AC2 tier coach, 4 AC3 tier coach, 14 sleeper coaches, 2 General sitting and 2 SLRs.

Loco Links[edit]

The train is regularly hauled by a Moula Ali based [[Indian locomotive class WDM 3Atwins from Secunderabad Junction to Visakhapatnam and Visakhapatnam based WAP 4 0r 7 from Visakhapatnam to Bhubaneshwar with a reversal at Visakhapatnam Junction. The links are the same either way.

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ http://m.timesofindia.com/city/visakhapatnam/Visakha-Express-to-be-extended-up-to-Paradip-in-Odisha/articleshow/35409061.cms