Ajmer–Hyderabad Meenakshi Express

Jaipur-Hyderabad Express is a train started by Indian Railways in September 2010. It connects Ajmer in Rajasthan with the capital of Telangana. It replaced a train called Meenakshi Express that used to run from Jaipur to Kacheguda near Secunderabad on metre gauge but was cancelled when the track was being converted to 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) broad gauge.

Jaipur –Hyderabad Meenakshi Express
Overview
LocaleIndia
PredecessorMeenakshi Express
First serviceSeptember 2010
Current operator(s)Indian Railways
Route
Distance travelled1,849 km (1,149 mi)
Average journey time33 hours 00 minutes
Service frequencyTwice weekly
Train number(s)12720 (from Hyderabad)
12719 (from Jaipur)
Technical
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed56 km/h (35 mph)
Route map
(Hyderabad - Jaipur) Express (via Akola) Route map.png

NomenclatureEdit

The train is unofficially called by the name of its earlier avatar Meenakshi Express. At Hyderabad it is simply called Ajmer Express and at Ajmer it is simply called Hyderabad Express. An earlier train Nagarjuna Express that ran between Tenali and Secunderabad and was terminated in the middle of 2007 had the train numbers but ran on a completely different route.

ScheduleEdit

The train runs twice a week. Train number 12720 departs every Monday and Wednesday at 20.30 hours. from Hyderabad (station code HYB) and at 20.55 hours from Secunderabad and reaches Jaipur (station code JP) after 33 hours at 05.30 hours. on Wednesday and Friday respectively. In the return direction, train number 12719 departs Jaipur every Wednesday and Friday at 15.20 hours. and reaches Hyderabad at 00.25 hours after 33 hours. The distance is 1,849 km (1,149 mi).[1]

RouteEdit

The train stops at Nizamabad, Mudkhed, Nanded, Purna, Hingoli, Washim, Akola, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Itarsi, Bhopal, Ujjain, Ratlam, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Chittorgarh, Bhilwara, Ajmer & Phulera en route.

When the metre gauge track between Akola and Khandwa passing through Satpura mountains & Khandwa-Indore section are converted to broad gauge, the distance will shorten to 1,573 km (977 mi)and the time taken by the train will be reduced to 29 hours & the train will take the original route of Meenakshi Express.

Rake compositionEdit

The train has one AC 2 tier, two AC 3 tier, seven sleeper, six unreserved second and two luggage-cum-brake van coaches with no pantry car but its run with LHB rake from 2 July 2017, now[when?] it has one AC 2 tier, Four AC 3 tier, ten sleeper class, three general unreserved coaches and two generator car cum luggage van.

Loco linkEdit

The train was used to be led by Moula Ali Diesel Shed based Twin WDM3A Locomotive from Hyderabad in both directions. But now it is hauled by Ratlam Diesel Shed based Twin WDM3A Locomotive from Jaipur till Ratlam, then Itarsi Electric Shed based WAP4/WAP7 Locomotive from Ratlam till Purna & Moula Ali Diesel Shed based Twin WDM3A from Purna till Hyderabad. The train reverses direction at Purna and Ratlam with stoppage of 20 mins in both stations.

HistoryEdit

Nizam Guaranteed Railways started Meenakshi Express on the metre-gauge track to link the Hyderabad-Godavari Valley Railways and Malwa-Rajputhana Railways. The Khandwa–Akola metre gauge was opened in 1963. even then no direct service was between Ajmer and Hyderabad. In 1976 railway minister Shri Kamlapat Tripathi announce amalgamation of 69/70 Ajmer-Khandwa and 581/582 Khandwa-Kacheguda passenger. Then Ajmer-Kachiguda passenger was longest 1,296 km (805 mi) passenger train in the country. The train used to run every day to Ajmer via Nizamabad, Nanded, Purna, Akola, Khandwa, Indore MG, Ratlam, Neemuch, Mandsaur and Chittorgarh. In October 1977 railway minister Shri Madhu Dandvate started 69/70 bi-weekly Ajmer-kacheguda express[2] later on Shri Madhavrao Scindia increase the frequency 2-5-7 and extended to Jaipur. Though the train does not go to Ujjain, it stops at Fatehabad junction which is about 22.80 km (14.17 mi) each from Ujjain. This train was unofficially called Meenaxi express as it was proposed to extend to Madurai where famous MEENAXI temple is there, but it was never done and the train was discontinued in phase manner due to gauge conversion.

It was named Minakshi possibly because

  1. The Mahur Ekvira or Ekaveera Aayee, of Nanded district, which is the most adorable goddess of Marathi people and people living around Nizamabad and Adilabad districts, is also known Minakshi aayee.
  2. Mahakali goddess of Ujjain, which is also adored as Minakshi.

Many Muslims of Hyderabad travel by the train for ziyarat to the dargah of Gharīb Nawāz Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Sharif in Ajmer. Pushkar is a Hindu sacred place near Ajmer.

Also there are many Hindus of Hyderabad who travels to Pushkar, a sacred place for Hindus.

Another train with similar nameEdit

 
(Ajmer - Hyderabad) Express (via Manmad) Route map

Hyderabad-Ajmer Express (train numbers 17019 and 17020) is another train that runs between Hyderabad and Ajmer once a week. From Purna it goes to Manmad and then Itarsi. Therefore, the distance is longer at 2,025 km (1,258 mi) and the time taken is 37 hours 30 minutes .[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "12720/Hyderabad - Ajmer Superfast Express". India Rail Info.
  2. ^ "Railway Budget speech 1978-79" (PDF). www.indianrailways.gov.in. Government of India, Ministry of Railways. 21 February 1978.
  3. ^ "17020/Hyderabad - Ajmer Weekly Express". India Rail Info.