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Malwa Express (Hindi : मालवा एक्सप्रेस) is a daily superfast express train service of the Indian Railways connecting Indore Junction in Madhya Pradesh and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra of Jammu and Kashmir. It is currently being operated with 12919 / 12920 train numbers on daily basis.[1][2]

Malwa Express
Malwa Express.jpg
Malwa Express
Overview
Service type Superfast
Status Operating
Current operator(s) Western Railways
Route
Start Indore Junction (KYQ)
Stops 43
End Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (SNDK)
Distance travelled 1,542 kilometres (958 mi)
Average journey time 27 hrs 45 mins
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12919 / 12920
On-board services
Class(es) AC 2 Tier, AC 3 Tier, Sleeper Class, Unreserved
Seating arrangements Available
Sleeping arrangements Available
Catering facilities Available (Paid)
Baggage facilities Available
Technical
Track gauge Broad Gauge
Operating speed 53 kilometres per hour (33 mph) Avg.
Route map
Malwa Express (Indore - Jammu Tawi) Route map.png

Contents

HistoryEdit

This train was originally introduced between Indore and New Delhi and was then extended to Jammu Tawi. It was the first Indian train to reach Pakistan as a diplomatic gesture.

On 22 October 1985, it terminated at Lahore in Pakistan running as Indore – Lahore Special, but the service was withdrawn after 55 days due to controversies.

The name Malwa signifies the region of Madhya Pradesh where the city of Indore is located.

In June 2017, Malwa was extended upto Katra.

It is the fifth train in India and Madhya Pradesh to get an ISO Certificate, after the Bhopal Express, Rewanchal Express and Ahilyanagari Express.

Number and nomenclatureEdit

The 'down' service from Indore runs as number 12919, and the 'up' service from Jammu Tawi carries number 12920.

Arrival and departureEdit

 
Malwa Express departing from Indore

The Timetable for early 2015 shows departure from Jammu Tawi at 09:00 am daily, with arrival at Indore Junction at 12:50 pm the following day with 27 hours and 50 minutes, including 3 hours and 1 minute waiting at the 39 intermediate stations. This is an average speed of 55.3 km per hour for the 1540 km journey, or 62.1 km per hour excluding stops.

The reverse journey leaves Indore Junction at 12:25 pm and arrives in Jammu Tawi at 04:05 pm; the following day; with 27 hours and 40 minutes, including 2 hours 56 minutes waiting at the intermediate stations. This is an average speed of 56 km per hour, or 62.7 km per hour excluding stops.

Route and haltsEdit

Coach compositeEdit

The train normally consists of 24 coaches:

See alsoEdit

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