Kollam–Visakhapatnam Express

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Kollam–Visakhapatnam Express
Vizag-Kollam Express, Nov 2015.jpg
Name board of Visakhapatnam - Kollam Express train
Overview
Service typeInter-city rail
StatusOperating
LocaleAndhra Pradesh, Kerala & Tamil Nadu
First serviceJanuary 30, 2014; 5 years ago (2014-01-30)
Current operator(s)Indian Railway
Route
StartVisakhapatnam (VSKP)
Stops33
EndKollam Junction (QLN)
Distance travelled1,575 km (979 mi)
Average journey time28 hours 35 minutes
Service frequencyWeekly
Train number(s)18567/18568
On-board services
Class(es)AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, sleeper 3 tier, 6 unreserved
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsCouchette cars
Catering facilitiesNo
Observation facilitiesLarge windows
Technical
Rolling stockWAP-4
Track gauge5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) Indian gauge
Electrification25 kV AC 50 Hz
Operating speed55 km/h (34 mph)
Route map
(Visakhapatnam - Kollam) Express Route map.jpg

The Kollam–Visakhapatnam Express is a weekly express train runs between Kollam Junction in Kerala and Visakhapatnam Junction in Andhra Pradesh.

History[edit]

Visakhapatnam is a place where Malayalis are very high in number. A train between Visakhapatnam and Kollam (Quilon or Coulão), the erstwhile commercial capital of Malabar Coast, was a long-standing demand from the Malayali communities in Andhra Pradesh.[1] As a result, Indian Railways have started a permanent service between Kollam and Visakhapatnam on 30 January 2014. Railway used to run special train services between Kollam and Visakhapatnam every year.[2][3]

Background[edit]

The train numbered as 18567 (from Visakhapatnam to Kollam) and 18568 (from Kollam to Visakhapatnam),[4] travels through Vijayawada Junction, Tenali, Katpadi Junction, Coimbatore Junction and Kottayam for both up and down services.[5]

Halts[edit]

Kollam JunctionSasthamkottaKarunagappallyKayamkulamMavelikaraChengannurTiruvallaChanganasseryKottayamErnakulam TownAluvaThrissurPalakkad JunctionCoimbatore JunctionTiruppurErode JunctionSalem JunctionJolarpettai JunctionKatpadi JunctionRenigunta JunctionGudur JunctionNelloreSingarayakondaOngoleBapatlaTenaliVijayawada JunctionEluruRajahmundrySamalkotElamanchiliDuvvadaVisakhapatnam Junction[6]

Coach composition[edit]

  • 1 AC III tier
  • 3 AC II tier
  • 9 sleeper class
  • 6 general compartments
  • 2 SLR compartments

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No end to raw deal for Waltair division". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Weekly express train service between Vizag and Kollam from month-end". Business Line. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Vizag-Kollam Weekly Express Train from January 30". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Timings of new trains announced". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Train Number Index" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  6. ^ "18568-Kollam-Vizag Express". India Rail Info. Retrieved 21 June 2015.

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