Himsagar Express

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Himsagar Express via Kottayam
Service type Express Train
Status Normal
Locale Northern Railway Zone,Southern Railway Zone
First service 1980s
Current operator(s) Indian Railways
Start Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (SVDK)
End Kanyakumari (CAPE)
Distance travelled 3,789 km (2,354 mi)
Average journey time 71 hours, 35 minutes
Service frequency Weekly
Train number(s) 16317/16318
On-board services
Catering facilities Available
Track gauge Broad Gauge
Operating speed 53 km/h (33 mph)
Track owner(s) Indian Railways

Himsagar Express is a weekly express train of the Indian Railways running between Kanyakumari in India’s southernmost state of Tamil Nadu to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra in Jammu and Kashmir– the northernmost state of India. It is currently the second longest running train on the Indian Railways in terms of distance and time, surpassed only by the Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Vivek Express. In 72hours, the train covers a distance of 3790 km at a speed of 52 km/h, and transverses twelve of India’s states halting at a total of 73 stations.[1]

Route and frequency[edit]

It runs weekly, starting every Friday at 14:05 hours from Kanyakumari, reaching Katra on Mondays at 15:20 hours.[2] It starts from Katra on Mondays at 21:55 hours and reaches Kanyakumari on Thursdays at 21:30 hours.[2] Because of this schedule, it needs just one rake to complete its entire run. There is a Slip Route of this train, running from Erode Junction to Tirunelveli Junction & Chhindwara Junction to Bhopal Junction. The train travels through states of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana,Delhi,Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Katra to Kanyakumari: There are several long halts for this train like New Delhi (150 min) and in Thiruvananthapuram CentralErnakulam JunctionErode JunctionBhopal JunctionNagpurItarsi JunctionJhansi,Gwalior Junction and Vijayawada (10-15 min each).

Kanyakumari to Katra: The fastest speed is achieved near Kila Raipur (108 km/h) and the slowest speeds on the Hazrat Nizamuddin to New Delhi (24 km/h) and Bhopal Habibganj to Bhopal Junction (19 km/h) . It takes around three hours for the train to clear the Delhi area.

Train No. Train Name Journey Frequency
16317/16318 Himsagar Express Shri Mata Vaishno Devi KatraUdhampurJammu Tawi→Chakki Bank →Jalandhar Cant. → Ludhiana Junct. → Dhuri Junction → Jind → Rohtak Junction → New Delhi Railway Station → Agra Cantonment →Gwalior Junction→ Jhansi Junction → Bhopal Junction → Itarsi JunctionNagpur Junction →Ballarshah Junction → Warangal Junction →Vijayawada Junction → Renigunta Junction →Vellore Katpadi Junction– Salem Junction→ Erode Junction → Tirupur→ Coimbatore Junction → Palakkad→ Thrissur Railway Station→ Ernakulam→ Kottayam→ Tiruvalla→ Chengannur→ Kayamkulam→ Kollam→ Trivandrum Central→ Nagarcoil → Kanya Kumari Weekly

Coach Composite[edit]

On Slip Route[edit]

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Number of Coaches 1 4

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