Navjeevan Express

The 12655 / 12656 Navjeevan Express is a Superfast Express train belonging to Southern Railways that runs between Ahmedabad Junction and Chennai Central. It is currently being operated with 12655/12656 train numbers on a daily basis. From November 2, 2019, it runs with highly refurbished LHB coaches.

Navjeevan Express
Navjeevan exp tb.jpg
Navjeevan Express trainboard
Service typeSuperfast Express
First service6 April 1978; 44 years ago (1978-04-06)
Current operator(s)Southern Railways
TerminiAhmedabad Junction (ADI)
Chennai Central (MAS)
Distance travelled1,892 km (1,176 mi)
Average journey time31 hours 50 minutes
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)12655 / 12656
On-board services
Class(es)AC 1st Class, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, Sleeper class, General Unreserved
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsYes
Catering facilitiesAvailable
Observation facilitiesLarge windows
Rolling stockLHB coaches
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
broad gauge
Operating speed58 km/h (36 mph) average including halts
Route map
Navjeevan Express (ADI-MAS) Route Map.jpg

It operates as train number 12655 from Ahmedabad Junction to Chennai Central and as train number 12656 in the reverse direction, serving the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.


It was introduced in 1978 to run between Madras Beach and Ahmedabad Junction on a weekly basis. Originally numbered as 145/146, it departed Madras Beach at 06:00 on Tuesdays and arrived Ahmedabad Junction the next day at 17:30. On its return lap, it departed Ahmedabad Junction on Thursdays at 06:50, and reached Madras Beach the next evening at 19:50.[1]

The train ran via ReniguntaWadi JunctionDaundManmad JunctionJalgaon with a 24[2] coach haul, and a single WDM-2 diesel loco. A single coach AC 2 Sleeper accommodation was introduced in 1984.

Route and haltsEdit


  • The 12655/Ahmedabad–Chennai Central Navjeevan Express has an average speed of 58 km/hr and covers 1891 km in 31h 25m.[3]
  • The 12656/Chennai Central–Ahmedabad Navjeevan Express has an average speed of 57 km/hr and covers 1891 km in 31h 50m.[4]

Coach composition and positionEdit

The train has highly refurbished LHB coaches with max speed of 110 kmph. The train consists of 22 coaches. Coach position, when the train leaves from Chennai Central bound for Ahmedabad Junction.

  • 1 AC First cum AC Two Tier
  • 1 AC II Tier
  • 5 AC III Tier
  • 1 Pantry car
  • 10 Sleeper coaches
  • 2 General Unreserved
  • 2 End-on Generator cars (EOG)
Loco EOG UR S10 S9 S8 S7 S6 S5 S4 S3 PC S2 S1 B5 B4 B3 B2 B1 A1 HA1 UR HOG


Train number Station code Departure station Departure time Frequency Arrival station Arrival time
12655 ADI Ahmedabad Junction 21:35 Daily Chennai Central 05:00
12656 MAS Chennai Central 10:10 Daily Ahmedabad Junction 18:00


This Train Hauls Royapuram Loco Shed WAP 7 HOG From Chennai Central To Ahmedabad


  1. ^ "Railway Budget speech 1979-80" (PDF). Ministry of Railways. 20 February 1979.
  2. ^ "Train Schedule of NAVJEEVAN EXP (12655) with Availability, Fare Calculator, Rake Information, Route Map, Live Running Status and Running History :".
  3. ^ "12655/Navjeevan SF Express (PT)". India Rail Info.
  4. ^ "12656/Navjeevan SF Express (PT)". India Rail Info.

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