Netravati Express

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Netravati Express
Nethravathi Express.jpg
Netravathi Express on the Konkan Railway route
Overview
Service typeMail/Express
LocaleMaharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala
First service1 March 1998; 24 years ago (1998-03-01) (changed the route via Konkan from Kochi to Kurla)[1]
10 February 2001; 21 years ago (2001-02-10) (extended to Thiruvananthapuram Central)[2]
Current operator(s)Southern Railways
Route
StartLokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT)
Stops45
EndThiruvananthapuram Central (TVC)
Distance travelled1,804 km (1,121 mi)
Average journey time30 hours 10 minutes
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)16345/16346
On-board services
Class(es)1 AC 2Tier, 6 AC 3Tier, 10 Sleeper, 2 General, 1 Pantry, 2 End-on Generation
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsYes
Catering facilitiesYes
Observation facilitiesLarge windows
Technical
Rolling stockLHB coaches
Operating speed47 km/h (29 mph) Average with Halts
Route map
Netravati Express (LTT-TVC) Route map.jpg

The Netravati Express (16345/46) is a daily Express train connecting capital cities of Kerala and Maharashtra. It operates between Thiruvananthapuram Central and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus. The train runs on the Konkan Railway.

History[edit]

Initially the train the Bombay Kurla (LTT)–Mangalore/Cochin Netravati (Cochin–Kurla) Express was plied between Mumbai to Mangalore/Kochi as link via the inland Pune, Gulbarga, Dharmavaram, Krishnarajapuram, Palakkad route parting at Shornur Junction. Trains on the old route used to take 48 hours to reach Mangalore from Mumbai. After the Konkan Railway line was operational in 1998, the route has been changed via the Konkan Railway and the Mangaluru–Mumbai running time was reduced drastically to 16 hours. On March 1, 1998, the Bombay Kurla (LTT)–Mangalore/Cochin Netravati (Cochin–Kurla) Express started running via the Konkan, making it the first scheduled service that ran the length of the Konkan Railway. The link express was made a single train till Kochi[1] and further extended till Thiruvananthapuram (which is the capital city of Kerala) from 10 February 2001.[2]

Background[edit]

Mangaluru city is situated at the banks of the Netravati River. Since this trains terminating point was Mangaluru back then, the name of the train was set as Netravati Express.

Traction[edit]

A WDP-4D belonging to Golden Rock, or a WDM-3D of Erode Shed hauls the train from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to Mangaluru Junction after which a Royapuram or an Erode-based WAP-7 hauls the train for the remainder of its journey.

Routing[edit]

The 16345/46 Netravati Express runs from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Thane, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kudal, Thivim, Karmali, Madgaon Junction, Canacona, Karwar, Kumta, Murdeshwar, Bhatkal, Byndoor Mookambika Road, Kundapura, Udupi, Surathkal, Mangalore Junction, Kasaragod, Kanhangad, Charvattur, Payyanur, Kannapuram, Kannur, Thalassery, Vadakara, Kozhikode, Parappanangadi, Tirur, Kuttipuram, Shoranur Junction, Thrissur, Divine Nagar, Aluva, Ernakulam Junction, Cherthala, Alappuzha, Ambalappuzha, Haripad, Kayamkulam Junction, Karunagappalli, Kollam Junction, Varkala Sivagiri, Thiruvananthapuram Central.

Coach composition[edit]

The train was upgraded to modern LHB rake on September 26, 2019, with an MPS of 130 kmph. The train consists of 22 coaches:

  • 1 AC II Tier coach
  • 6 AC III Tier coaches
  • 10 Sleeper III Tier coaches
  • 1 Pantry car
  • 2 General coaches
  • 2 Generator cars
Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
BSicon LDER.svg EOG UR A1 B6 B5 B4 B3 B2 B1 PC S10 S9 S8 S7 S6 S5 S4 S3 S2 S1 UR EOG

No rake sharing. Four dedicated LHB rakes.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Budget speech of Sri.Ram Vilas Paswan 1997-98" (PDF). Indian Railways. 26 February 1997. p. 12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Netravati and Raptisagar Express trains extended to capital". The Hindu. 18 January 2001.[dead link]

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