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The Taj Express was started in 1964 to serve tourists traveling from Delhi to Agra. It reduced the traveling time from over three hours to around two and a half hours. Taj Express was started along the lines of Deccan Queen- which ran as a high-speed commuter-special train between Pune Junction and CSMT Mumbai (ex Victoria Terminus Bombay) - and provided a quick and comfortable journey between Agra and Delhi. It was a very popular train especially among foreign tourists, before the Bhopal Shatabdi was introduced in 1988. The train was later extended up to Gwalior, then to Jhansi in 2006.It was named after Taj Mahal
|First service||1965 |
between New Delhi & Agra
|Distance travelled||410 km (250 mi)|
|Average journey time||7 hours|
|Train number(s)||12279 / 12280|
|Class(es)||AC Chair Car, 2nd Class sitting|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Operating speed||59 km/h (37 mph) average with halts|
- In 1964 Taj Express was introduced from New Delhi to Agra. Running at 105 km/h, it brought down travel time on this route to 2h 35m. It was hauled by a WP 7003 steam engine. It was a train that was immensely popular with tourists, particularly foreigners, as it gave them ample time to visit the Taj Mahal and neighbouring monuments before returning to Delhi that evening.
- Surprisingly, the train did not run on Wednesdays. The Taj Mahal monument was then closed to tourists on Mondays  and the one day off on Wednesdays was a direct financial loss. The Archaeological Survey of India then decided that the Taj Mahal would remain closed on Fridays for the public except for Muslims who could pray in the mosque between 12 Noon to 2 P.M. The Taj Express still did not operate on Wednesdays.
- In Oct, 1982 The Taj Express began using diesel locomotives (WDM-2).
- In 1985, then-Railway Minister Madhavrao Scindia extended the Taj Express to Gwalior Junction. Journey time was 5hrs 20 min, leaving Hazrat Nizamuddin at 0710 am and reaching Gwalior at 1230 pm. The return timings were 1710 pm departure Gwalior and 2230 pm arrival Hazrat Nizamuddin. In 1989, the Wednesdays off was discontinued. The train, however, remained idle for well over four hours at Gwalior.
- In 1986 The Taj Express began using electric locomotives.
- 1 July 2006, the train was extended to Jhansi.
- 4 January 2016, the train introduced LHB Coaches.
- 21 February 2018, the source for 12280 and destination station of 12279 , changed from Hazrat Nizamuddin (NZM) to New Delhi (NDLS).
|Locomotive||Ghaziabad (GZB)||WAP 5||WAP 7|
|Train Coaches||LHB Rakes|
& Generator Car
|AC Chair Car
& Generator Car
|#||Station||Code||Average Speed / Hour||Zone||Address|
|1||New Delhi||NDLS||40||NR||Ajmeri Gate 110002, Delhi NCT|
|2||Nizamuddin, Delhi||NZM||70||NR||New Delhi 110013, Delhi NCT|
|3||Faridabad||FDB||80||NR||PIN 121003, Haryana|
|4||Mathura||MTJ||90||NCR||Mathura, Uttar Pradesh|
|5||Raja ki Mandi, Agra||RKM||30||NCR||Agra, Uttar Pradesh|
|6||Agra Cantt, Agra||AGC||60||NCR||Agra, Uttar Pradesh|
|8||Morena||MRA||60||NCR||Morena, Madhya Pradesh|
|9||Gwalior Junction||GWL||70||NCR||Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh|
|10||Dabra||DBA||70||NCR||Dabra(District-Gwalior), Madhya Pradesh|
|11||Datia||DAA||80||NCR||Datia, Madhya Pradesh|
|12||Jhansi||JHS||80||NCR||Jhansi-284003 (Jn Point ;AGC/CNB/BPL/ALD), Uttar Pradesh|