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Lucknow Swarna Shatabdi Express

Lucknow Junction (LJN) Swarna Shatabdi Express (Hindi: लखनऊ जंक्शन स्वर्ण शताब्दी एक्सप्रेस) is a Shatabdi class Indian Railways train that connects the Indian capital Delhi to Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. There are two shatabdis each from Delhi and Lucknow daily. This was the first train in India to get the new German LHB coaches.It is also now the longest running Shatabdi in accordance to number of coaches.[1]

Lucknow Junction Swarna Shatabdi Express
Lucknow Junction Shatabdi near New Delhi
Service type Shatabdi Express
Locale Delhi & Uttar Pradesh
Start New Delhi Railway Station
Stops 4
End Lucknow Junction (LJN), Lucknow
Distance travelled 512 km (318 mi)
Average journey time 6 hours 30 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12003 / 12004
On-board services
Class(es) Executive Chair Car, AC Chair Car
Seating arrangements CC and 1A
Catering facilities MealsonWheels
Entertainment facilities Proposed WiFi networking
Other facilities Breakfast on 12004, Dinner on 12003
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 145 km/h (90 mph) maximum
100 km/h (62 mph), excluding halts
Route map
(New Delhi - Lucknow) Swarna Shatabdi Express Route map.jpg



Earlier this train used to run between Kanpur Central and New Delhi non stop, a 435 km stretch.[2] After the gauge conversion in 1993, it was extended to and also halted at Aligarh. Later on, it was also given halt at Ghaziabad and Etawah.


Lucknow Swarna Shatabdi has been awarded the ISO certification. Efforts are now on to increase the speed of the Lucknow Shatabdi and bring it on par with the Agra - Delhi stretch of the Bhopal Shatabdi.


Swarna Shatabdi ExpressEdit

12003 - Lucknow Junction railway station to New Delhi

Station Code Station Name Arrival Departure
LJN Lucknow Junction (LJN) Starting Station 15:35
CNB Kanpur Central 16:50 16:55
ETW Etawah 18:09 18:11
TDL Tundla Junction 19:20 19:22
ALJN Aligarh Junction 20:08 20:10
GZB Ghaziabad Junction 21:33 21:35
NDLS New Delhi 22:15 Destination Station

12004 - New Delhi to Lucknow Junction (LJN)

Station Code Station Name Arrival Departure
NDLS New Delhi Starting Station 06:10
GZB Ghaziabad Junction 06:48 06:50
ALJN Aligarh Junction 07:50 07:52
TDL Tundla Junction 08:49 08:51
ETW Etawah 09:42 09:44
CNB Kanpur Central 11:20 11:25
LJN Lucknow Junction (LJN) 12:40 Destination Station

Temporary coaches that may/may not be attached depending on demand. Coach Compositions are as follows-

  • 12003- LOCO-EOG-C16-C15-C14-C13-C12-C11-C10-C9-C8-C7-C6-C5-C4-C3-C2-C1-E2-E1-EOG.
  • 12004- LOCO-EOG-E1-E2-C1-C2-C3-C4-C5-C6-C7-C8-C9-C10-C11-C12-C13-C14-C15-C16-EOG.

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