The 16317 / 16318 Himsagar Express is a weekly Express train of the Indian Railways running between Kanyakumari in India's southernmost state of Tamil Nadu to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra in Jammu and Kashmir- the northernmost state of India. It is currently the 36th longest running train service of world and third-longest-running train on the Indian Railways in terms of distance and time, surpassed by the 15905/06 Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Vivek Express and 12507/08 Aronai Superfast Express . In 72 hours, the train covers a distance of 3787 km at a speed of 52 km/h, and transverses twelve of India's states halting at a total of 73 stations.
|First service||3 October 1984|
|Current operator(s)||Southern Railways|
|Termini||Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (SVDK)|
|Distance travelled||3,789 km (2,354 mi)|
|Average journey time||71 hours 36 minutes|
|Train number(s)||16317 / 16318|
|Class(es)||AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, Sleeper Class, General Unreserved|
|Other facilities||Below the seats|
|Rolling stock||ICF coaches|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||67 km/h (42 mph) average with halts|
Krishnagiri MP Dr. P. V. Periasamy's demand promoted national integration from Kanniyakumari to Kashmir through direct train service on 19-03-1979 in parliament.
16317/18 Himsagar Express runs via following stations and states:
- Kanniyakumari (Starts)
- Coimbatore Junction
- Salem Junction
- Jolarpettai Junction
- Katpadi Junction
- Thiruvananthapuram Central
- Kollam Junction
- Ernakulam Junction
- Palakkad Junction
- Dhuri Junction
- Kila Raipur
- Ludhiana Junction
- Phillaur Junction
- Phagwara Junction
- Jalandhar Cantonment
- Urmar Tanda
- Pathankot Cantonment
- The coach composition is subject to change.
- India Rail Info. "Himsagar Express/16318/ SVDK to CAPE/Timetable". India Rail Info. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- https://eparlib.nic.in/bitstream/123456789/2126/1/lsd_06_07_19-03-1979.pdf Page no. 150
- "🚂HIMSAGAR EXPRESS TRAVEL VLOG PART1!!! Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra to Kanyakumari | Naveen Kumar" – via YouTube.