Chennai Egmore–Tuticorin Link Express

The Chennai Egmore–Tuticorin Link Express is an Express train belonging to Southern Railway zone that runs between Chennai Egmore and Tuticorin in India. It is currently being operated with 16129/16130 train numbers on a daily basis.[1][2][3] It is also called Koodal Express or Kudal Express.[4]

Chennai Egmore–Tuticorin Link Express
Service typeExpress
First service31 July 2013; 9 years ago (2013-07-31)
Current operator(s)Southern Railway zone
TerminiChennai Egmore (MS)
Tuticorin (TN)
Distance travelled652 km (405 mi)
Average journey time12h 15m
Service frequencyDaily [a]
Train number(s)16129/16130
Line(s) usedChord Line
On-board services
Class(es)Second Sitting, General Unreserved
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsNo
Catering facilitiesOn-board catering,
Observation facilitiesICF coach, large windows
Entertainment facilitiesNo
Baggage facilitiesNo
Rolling stock2
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed53 km/h (33 mph), including halts


The 16129/Chennai Egmore–Tuticorin Link Express has an average speed of 53 km/hr and covers 652 km in 12h 15m. The 16130/Tuticorin–Chennai Egmore Link Express has an average speed of 51 km/hr and covers 652 km in 12h 45m.

Route and haltsEdit

The important halts of the train are:

Coach compositionEdit

The train has standard ICF[clarification needed] rakes with a max speed of 110 kmph. The train consists of 6 coaches:

  • 4 second sitting
  • 1 general unreserved
  • 2 seating cum luggage rake


Both trains are hauled by an Erode Loco Shed-based WAP-4 electric locomotive from Chennai to Tuticorin and vice versa.

Rake sharingEdit

The trains are attached/detached from/to Guruvayur Express at Vanchi Maniyachchi. From Chennai Egmore to Vanchi Maniyachi and vice versa the train will run coupled with Guruvayur Express. A separate loco will haul the train from Vanchi Maniyachi to Tuticorin and vice versa.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Runs seven days in a week for every direction.


  1. ^ "Trains diverted". The Hindu. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  2. ^ Diversion of trains due to line block
  3. ^ Changes in pattern of train services announced
  4. ^ "Koodal Express converted into Jansatabdhi Express". The Times of India. 24 December 2002. Retrieved 19 March 2021.

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