44 Years In the past This Prepare Coated Bangalore-Chennai In 5 Hrs, Now Shatabdi Takes 5 Hrs 30 Min

‘Mission Raftaar’ was introduced within the 2016-17 Finances for the Indian Railways with the target of doubling the common pace of freight trains and growing the common pace of all non-suburban passenger trains by 25 kmph by 2022.

Even with the arrival of high-speed coaches and locos, electrical traction, double strains and many others., the general pace of Indian railways is stagnating, the truth is, many individuals declare that it has really decreased. After all, congestion and variety of stops should be considered earlier than evaluating speeds.

Nonetheless, 44 years in the past, in 1974, Brindavan Specific with its steam/diesel engine coated Bangalore – Chennai distance in precisely 5 hours.

A 1974 railway information displaying Brindavan Specific departing Bangalore at 14.05 hours and arriving Chennai 19.05 hours

Right now, a premium prepare, Shatabdi Specific (12008), operating with excessive powered electrical locos on double observe, is ready to cowl the identical Bangalore – Chennai journey in round 5 hours half-hour.

41 years in the past, in 1977, Vaigai Specific with a diesel engine operating on metre gauge coated 497 kms, between Madurai and Chennai, in 7 hours and 5 minutes on its inaugural run. Metre gauge trains run about 20% slower than present broad gauge trains.

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Then, most metre gauge categorical trains ran at a median pace of about 55-60 km/hr, and Vaigai used to run, with particular consideration, at 110 km/hr. Few key token males (males who stand on the sting of the platform holding the cane ring with the token for the engine driver to grab it from him) used to run away in worry when Vaigai used to method the station at 110 kmph. The Vaigai was later slowed down, and the journey time elevated to 7 hrs 40 minutes.

Right now, Shatabdi Specific (12008) covers an analogous distance between Mysore and Chennai (496 kms) in 7 hours 40 minutes.

For Bangalore-Chennai, Railways nonetheless preserve 5 hours as operating time within the IRCTC reserving website and official on-line railway timetable for passengers. However within the NTES system, which is the one one used for calculating punctuality by the Railway ministry, they’ve proven the operating time round 5 hours half-hour. The scheduled arrival for 12008 in Chennai is proven as 21.55 in NTES, when IRCTC whereas reserving exhibits it as 21.25.


A prepare to be labeled as Superfast wants to keep up a median pace of 55 kmph. To be labeled as Premium/Shatabdi categorical it has to keep up a median pace of 70 km/hr. Right now the 12008 Shatabdi maintains a median pace of simply 65 km/hr. Ought to the railways in all equity cost Premium Shatabdi fares for this prepare?

The 12008 Shatabdi is slowed down by half-hour. 12608 Lalbagh categorical is slowed down by half-hour. 12676 Kovai Specific is slowed down by half-hour. All up to now few weeks. And our rail journeys are getting longer!

A transfer by the Southern Railway aimed toward enhancing the punctuality of 87 trains terminating at Central, Thiruvananthapuram, Kanniyakumari, Ernakulam and Mangaluru has resulted in elevated journey time by 30-45 minutes, reported the New Indian Specific.

It’s maybe prudent that whereas reserving trains one ought to cross verify with the official NTES website for rescheduled newest arrival occasions at locations. Most of those modifications should not formally communicated to passengers as of now.

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