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Goa Express

Goa Express
Overview
Service type Superfast
Status Operating
Locale Goa, Karnataka, Maharastra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh & Delhi
Current operator(s) South Western Railway
Route
Start Vasco-da-Gama (VSG)
Stops 27
End Hazrat Nizamuddin (NZM)
Distance travelled 2202 km
Average journey time 39 hrs 25 mins
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12779 / 12780
On-board services
Class(es) 2nd AC (2), AC 3rd (3), Sleeper (11), General (3)
Seating arrangements Available
Sleeping arrangements Available
Catering facilities Available
Baggage facilities Available
Technical
Track gauge Broad Gauge
Operating speed Average - 55km/h

The Goa Express ( Hindi: गोवा एक्सप्रेस, Marathi / Konkani: गोवा एक्सप्रेस ), is a daily superfast train run by Indian Railways connecting Vasco da Gama, and Hazrat Nizamuddin in New Delhi. This train is similar to trains like Karnataka Express and Andhra Pradesh Express amongst others in providing convenient link between respective state capitals and New Delhi.

Vasco da Gama (IR Code: VSG) is the nearest railhead to the capital of Goa, Panjim. Panjim is not directly accessible by rail.

12779 Goa Express - AC 3 tier coach

History

The train was introduced around 1987. At the time of introduction, rail links into Goa were Meter Gauge. Hence the train ran with a Broad Gauge and a Meter Gauge counterpart, the MG section between Vasco da Gama and Miraj, and the BG section between Miraj and Hazrat Nizamuddin. At the time of introduction the train was numbered 2479/2480, with maintenance in Delhi Division of Northern Railway. Post gauge-conversion when the BG train ran the entire route, the train's maintenance was transferred to the Hubli division of the present day South Western Railway, and renumbered as 12779/12780.

Route

Goa Express was introduced long before Konkan Railways became operational. Thus the train routes via, Margao, Londa, Belgaum, Miraj, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Daund, Manmad, Bhusawal, Khandwa, Itarsi, Bhopal, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra and Mathura .

During its 39 hour 25 minute journey traversing a distance of about 2202 km, the train passes through Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and passes through a small portion of Rajasthan at Dhaulpur without stopping.

Accommodations

This train comprises 2 AC 2-Tiers, 3 AC 3-Tiers, 11 Sleeper Class, 3 Unreserved General Compartment, 1 Pantry car, 2 Luggage/Parcel cum Brake van which is provided with the Guards' cabin & RMS[Railway Mail Service]. Total coach composition is 22 coaches.

Sometimes 1 Extra AC 3-Tiers[Coach denoted as BX1] coach is attached with this train. Making it a 23 coach train.

Loco Link

Both Diesel and Electric Locomotives are used.

  1. Vasco da Gama - Londa WDM3A of Gooty(IR Code:-GY) Diesel shed of South Central Railways.
  2. Londa - Pune-Daund - Bhusaval Twin WDM3A/WDM3D of Pune (IR Code: PUNE) Diesel shed of Central Railways.
  3. Bhusaval - Hazrat Nizamuddin WAP-7 of Ghaziabad(IR code:-GZB) Electric Loco shed of Northern Railways.[1]

The Twin WDM3D or WDM 3A of PUNE Diesel Loco Shed and hauls Goa Link Express slip Coaches to Hubli and Londa

The train also gets Twin WDG3A/WDM3A bankers of Gooty Shed in the Braganza Ghats between Kulem to Castlerock.

Time Table

  • 12780 GOA EXPRESS H Nizamuddin - Vasco Da Gama (Daily)[2]
Station Code Halts Arrival Departure
NZM Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin --:-- 15:05
MTJ Mathura Junction 16:48 16:50
AGC Agra Cantt 17:45 17:50
GWL Gwalior Junction 19:33 19:35
JHS Jhansi Junction 21:10 21:22
BPL Bhopal Junction 01:05 01:15
ET Itarsi Junction 02:40 02:45
KNW Khandwa Junction 05:30 05:35
BSL Bhusaval Junction 07:10 07:30
JL Jalgaon Junction 07:53 07:55
MMR Manmad Junction 10:10 10:15
KPG Kopargaon 10:58 11:00
BAP Belapur 11:38 11:40
ANG Ahmadnagar 12:47 12:50
DD Daund Junction 14:45 15:00
PUNE Pune Junction 16:20 16:35
STR Satara 19:15 19:20
KRD Karad 20:18 20:20
SLI Sangli 21:27 21:30
MRJ Miraj Junction 22:25 22:30
RBG Raybag 23:13 23:15
GPB Ghatprabha 23:43 23:45
BGM Belgaum 00:45 00:50
LD Londa Junction 02:05 02:15
CLR Castle Rock 03:00 03:10
QLM Kulem 04:35 04:40
SVM Kudchade 05:03 05:05
MAO Madgaon Junction 05:40 05:45
VSG Vasco-da-Gama 06:30 --:--
  • 12779 GOA EXPRESS Vasco Da Gama - H Nizamuddin (Daily)[3]
Station Code Halts Arrival Departure
VSG Vasco-da-Gama --:-- 15:10
MAO Madgaon Junction 15:45 15:50
SVM Kudchade 15:58 16:00
QLM Kulem 16:30 16:35
CLR Castle Rock 17:35 17:40
LD Londa Junction 18:35 18:45
BGM Belgaum 19:45 19:50
GPB Ghatprabha 20:44 20:45
RBG Raybag 21:14 21:15
MRJ Miraj Junction 22:25 22:30
SLI Sangli 22:42 22:45
KRD Karad 23:44 23:45
STR Satara 00:35 00:40
PUNE Pune Junction 03:55 04:10
DD Daund Junction 05:35 05:50
ANG Ahmadnagar 07:28 07:30
BAP Belapur 08:29 08:30
KPG Kopargaon 09:14 09:15
MMR Manmad Junction 10:15 10:20
JL Jalgaon Junction 12:07 12:10
BSL Bhusaval Junction 12:35 12:55
KNW Khandwa Junction 15:05 15:10
ET Itarsi Junction 17:30 17:40
BPL Bhopal Junction 19:30 19:35
JHS Jhansi Junction 23:52 00:04
GWL Gwalior Junction 01:19 01:22
AGC Agra Cantt 03:00 03:05
MTJ Mathura Junction 04:00 04:02
NZM Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin 06:15 --:--

NOTE: This train has a technical halt at Dudh Sagar[DDS] Waterfalls though it is not an official halt.

Slip Service

Slip Route to Hubli and Hazrat Nizamuddin is also available. The train amalgamates/bifurcates at Londa Junction as

  • 7305/7306 Hubli-Hazrat Nizamuddin Goa Link Express
17305 Hubli Link Express
17305 Hubli Link Express - AC 2 tier coach

Direction Reversal

Train Reverses its direction 3 times

See also

References

  1. ^ "Goa express". IRI. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  2. ^ "12780 GOA EXPRESS H Nizamuddin - Vasco Da Gama". ERAIL. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  3. ^ "12779 GOA EXPRESS Vasco Da Gama - H Nizamuddin". ERAIL. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 

External links

  • Goa Express Forum at Indian Rail Info
  • Goa express at majorda from IRFCA
  • Goa Express Route Map & Time-Table
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