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Bahauddin Zakaria Express

Bahauddin Zakaria Express (Urdu: بهاءالدین زکریا ایکسپریس‎) is a passenger train operated daily by Pakistan Railways between Karachi and Multan.[1] The trip takes approximately 16 hours and 5 minutes to cover a published distance of 929 kilometres (577 mi), traveling along a stretch of the Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line. The train named after Abu Muhammad Bahauddin Zakariya, a famous Sufi saint of the Suhrawardiyya order who lived in Multan between 1171-1262.[2]

Bahauddin Zakaria Express
Overview
Service typeInter-city rail
First service1973
Current operator(s)Pakistan Railways
Route
StartKarachi City
Stops27
EndMultan Cantonment
Distance travelled929 kilometres (577 mi)
Average journey time16 hours, 20 minutes
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)25UP (Karachi→Multan)
26DN (Multan→Karachi)
On-board services
Class(es)AC Business, Lower/Standar AC & Economy
Sleeping arrangementsAvailable
Catering facilitiesAvailable
Technical
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Track owner(s)Pakistan Railways
Route map
Bahauddin Zakaria Express route map

Contents

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Station stopsEdit

EquipmentEdit

The train AC Business class, AC Lower/Standard and economy accommodation.

IncidentsEdit

  • 1990 Sukkur rail disaster: On 4 January 1990, the Bahaudddin Zakaria Express was on a 560-mile (900 km) overnight run from Multan to Karachi. Near Sangi village outside of Sukkur, Sindh the tracks were incorrectly set and sent the train hurdling into a siding where it collided with an empty 67-car freight train at a speed of at least 55 mph, killing 307 people. It remains one of the worst rail disasters in Pakistan Railways history.[4]
  • 2016 Landhi rail accident: 22 people were killed and more than 65 injured when the Bahauddin Zakaria Express collided with the Fareed Express at Juma Goth Train station situated in Landhi, Karachi on the morning of 3 November 2016.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ IRFCA: Pakistan Railway Train Names Author: Owais Mughal, Retrieved on 1 July 2013
  2. ^ "IRFCA: Pakistan Railway Train Names". Owais Mughal. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  3. ^ Pakistan Railways official website, Bahauddin Zakaria Express Timings, Retrieved on 6 April 2013
  4. ^ "Chronology of world train disasters". The Guardian. London. 1999-08-02.
  5. ^ Asim Khan and Raza Jaferri (November 3, 2016). "22 killed as trains collide near Karachi's Landhi Railway Station". Dawn News. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  6. ^ Zubair Ashraf (November 3, 2016). "21 dead as trains collide near Karachi's Landhi Railway Station". The Express Tribune. Retrieved November 3, 2016.