44 years in the past this practice lined Bangalore-Chennai in 5 hours, now Shatabdi takes 5 hours half-hour

‘Mission Raftaar’ was introduced within the 2016-17 finances for the Indian Railways with an intention to double the typical velocity of products trains and improve the typical velocity of all non-suburban passenger trains to 25 kmph by 2022.

The appearance of high-speed coaches and locos, electrical traction, double traces, and so on. has additionally slowed the tempo of Indian Railways, the truth is, many declare that it has really diminished. In fact, congestion and the variety of stops have to be taken under consideration earlier than evaluating speeds.

Nonetheless, 44 years in the past, in 1974, the Brindavan Categorical with its steam/diesel engine lined the gap of Bangalore-Chennai in precisely 5 hours.

A 1974 railway information that BRINDAVAN EXPRESS leaves Bangalore at 14.05 and reaches Chennai at 19.05

At present, a premium practice, Shatabdi Categorical (12008), working on double observe with excessive powered electrical loco, is ready to cowl the identical Bangalore-Chennai journey in about 5 hours half-hour.

41 years in the past, in 1977, the Vaigai Categorical with its diesel engine working on meter gauge lined the gap of 497 kms between Madurai and Chennai in 7 hours and 5 minutes on the time of its inauguration. Meter gauge trains run about 20% slower than present broad gauge trains.

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Again then, most meter gauge specific trains ran at a median velocity of round 55-60 km/h, and Vaigai at 110 km/h. When Vaigai reached the station at a velocity of 110 kmph, some outstanding token males (males standing on the sting of the platform holding cane rings with tokens to grab it from the engine driver) ran away in worry. Vaigai was later slowed down, and the journey time elevated to 7 hours 40 minutes.

At present, Shatabdi Categorical (12008) covers the identical distance between Mysore and Chennai (496 km) in 7 hrs 40 minutes.

For Bangalore-Chennai, Railways nonetheless maintains 5 hours as working time in IRCTC reserving web site and official on-line railway timetable for passengers. However within the NTES system, which is utilized by the Ministry of Railways to calculate punctuality, they’ve proven a working time of round 5 hours half-hour. Arrival scheduled for 12008 at Chennai is proven as 21.55 in NTES, when IRCTC exhibits it as 21.25 throughout reserving.


A practice to be labeled as superfast is required to keep up a median velocity of 55 kmph. It must preserve a median velocity of 70 km/h to be labeled as a Premium/Shatabdi Categorical. At present the typical velocity of the 12008 century is just 65 km/h. Ought to railways cost premium Shatabdi fare for this practice pretty?

The 12008 century has been slowed down by half-hour. 12608 LALBAGH EXPRESS is 30 minutes sluggish. 12676 Kovai Categorical is 30 minutes sluggish. All in the previous few weeks. And our practice journey is getting longer!

A transfer by Southern Railway aimed toward bettering punctuality of 87 trains terminating at Central, Thiruvananthapuram, Kanyakumari, Ernakulam and Mangaluru has resulted in a rise of 30-45 minutes in journey time, the New Indian Categorical reported.

It’s maybe prudent that whereas reserving trains one ought to cross verify the official NTES web site for the newest arrival instances on the locations. Most of those adjustments are but to be formally knowledgeable to the passengers.

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