Charminar Express

The 12759 / 12760 Charminar Express is a very popular train operating between the metropolitan cities, Chennai and Hyderabad. From November 2020, it was extended to Tambaram instead of Chennai Central having additional stoppage at Chennai Egmore, without touching Chennai Central. Now it runs between Tambaram and Hyderabad Deccan via Chennai Egmore.

Charminar Express
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Charminar Express train board
Service typeSuperfast
LocaleTelangana, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu
Current operator(s)South Central Railways
TerminiHyderabad Deccan (HYB)
Tambaram (TBM)
Distance travelled790 km (491 mi)
Average journey time14 hours 50 minutes
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)12759 / 12760
On-board services
Class(es)AC First Class, AC 2 Tier, AC 3 Tier, Sleeper class, General Unreserved
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsYes
Catering facilitiesOn-board catering
Observation facilitiesLarge windows
Baggage facilitiesBelow the seats
Rolling stockLHB coaches
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed57 km/h (35 mph) average including halts
Route map
Charminar Express (HYB-MAS) Route map.jpg

Train scheduleEdit

Charminar is one of the most prestigious trains of SCR, with 24 coaches (first 24-coacher of SCR). After it got its LHB rakes it was reduced to 22 coaches.

  • Train number 12759 runs from Chennai Tambaram[1] to Hyderabad. It departs from Tambaram (TBM) at 17.00 Hrs and arrives at Hyderabad Deccan Nampally Station (HYB) at 07.50 Hrs the next day, with 16 intermediate halts.
  • Train number 12760 runs from Hyderabad[2] to Chennai Tambaram. It departs from Hyderabad Deccan Nampally Station (HYB) at 18.00 Hrs and arrives at Tambaram (TBM) at 07.55 Hrs next day.

Coach compositionEdit

The train consists of 22 coaches.

  • 1 AC First cum AC Two Tier,
  • 3 AC Two Tier,
  • 6 AC Three Tier,
  • 8 Sleeper class,
  • 2 General Unreserved,
  • 2 End-on Generator cars (EOG).

Moreover, Charminar Express is one of the few trains of the country having CBC (Centre Buffer Coupling) rakes with GPS system. Also the first train to become a CBC. And first 24 coacher of SCR. From 5 November 2019, Charminar Express is being operated with LHB coaches and coaches were reduced to 22.[3]


This train is named after Charminar, an historical monument in Hyderabad built to mark the victory against the plague epidemic that haunted Hyderabad in the 15th century. "Charminar" refers to the four minarets of the monument on the top.


It is hauled by a Lallaguda-based WAP-7 locomotive.

Route and haltsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 October 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 October 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "LHB rake for Charminar Express". Southern Railways. 28 October 2019. Retrieved 30 October 2019.

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