Himsagar Express

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.[1]

Himsagar Express
Overview
Service typeExpress
First service3 October 1984; 37 years ago (1984-10-03)
Current operator(s)Southern Railways
Route
TerminiShri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (SVDK)
Kanyakumari (CAPE)
Stops69
Distance travelled3,789 km (2,354 mi)
Average journey time71 hours 36 minutes
Service frequencyWeekly
Train number(s)16317 / 16318
On-board services
Class(es)AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, Sleeper Class, General Unreserved
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsYes
Catering facilitiesAvailable
Baggage facilitiesAvailable
Other facilitiesBelow the seats
Technical
Rolling stockICF coaches
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed67 km/h (42 mph) average with halts
Route map
Himsagar Express (Jammu Tawi–Kanyakumari) route map

HistoryEdit

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.[2]

RouteEdit

16317/18 Himsagar Express runs via following stations and states:

TAMIL NADU

  1. Kanniyakumari (Starts)
  2. Nagercoil
  3. Kulitturai
  4. Coimbatore Junction
  5. Tiruppur
  6. Erode
  7. Salem Junction
  8. Jolarpettai Junction
  9. Katpadi Junction

KERALA

  1. Thiruvananthapuram Central
  2. Kollam Junction
  3. Kayamkulam
  4. Chengannur
  5. Tiruvalla
  6. Kottayam
  7. Ernakulam Junction
  8. Aluva
  9. Thrissur
  10. Ottappalam
  11. Palakkad Junction

ANDHRA PRADESH

  1. Chittoor
  2. Tirupati
  3. Renigunta Junction
  4. Gudur Junction
  5. Nellore
  6. Ongole
  7. Tenali
  8. Vijayawada Junction

TELANGANA

  1. Khammam
  2. Warangal
  3. Ramagundam

MAHARASHTRA

  1. Balharshah Junction
  2. Chandrapur
  3. Sewagram Junction
  4. Nagpur Junction

MADHYA PRADESH

  1. Itarsi Junction
  2. Bhopal Junction
  3. Gwalior

RAJASTHAN

  1. Dholpur

UTTAR PRADESH

  1. Jhansi Junction
  2. Agra Cantonment
  3. Faridabad Haryana

DELHI

  1. Hazrat Nizamuddin
  2. New Delhi
  3. Shakurbasti

HARYANA

  1. Bahadurgarh
  2. Rohtak Junction
  3. Jind Junction
  4. Narwana
  5. Tohana
  6. Jakhal Junction

PUNJAB

  1. Lehragaga
  2. Sunam
  3. Sangrur
  4. Dhuri Junction
  5. Malerkotla
  6. Ahmedgarh
  7. Kila Raipur
  8. Ludhiana Junction
  9. Phillaur Junction
  10. Phagwara Junction
  11. Jalandhar Cantonment
  12. Urmar Tanda
  13. Dasuya
  14. Mukerian
  15. Pathankot Cantonment

JAMMU KASHMIR

  1. Kathua
  2. Samba
  3. Jammu Tawi
  4. Udhampur
  5. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (Ends)

TractionEdit

Both trains are hauled by an Erode / Arakkonam-based WAP-4 electric locomotive from CAPE to SVDK.[3]

Coach compositionEdit

The train has 19 coaches comprising one Second AC (2AC), two Third AC (3AC), ten Sleeper class (SL), three Unreserved coaches (UR/GS), two Luggage rakes (SLR) and one Pantry car (PC).[a]

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  SLR UR UR B2 B1 S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 PC S7 S8 S9 S10 A1 UR SLR

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The coach composition is subject to change.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ India Rail Info. "Himsagar Express/16318/ SVDK to CAPE/Timetable". India Rail Info. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  2. ^ https://eparlib.nic.in/bitstream/123456789/2126/1/lsd_06_07_19-03-1979.pdf Page no. 150
  3. ^ "🚂HIMSAGAR EXPRESS TRAVEL VLOG PART1!!! Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra to Kanyakumari | Naveen Kumar" – via YouTube.

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