Ajanta Express

Ajanta Express is an Express train belonging to South Central Railway Zone that runs between Secunderabad and Manmad in India.It is currently being operated with 17063/17064 train numbers on Daily basis.s

Ajanta Express
अजंता एक्सप्रेस
అజంత ఎక్స్‌ప్రెస్
Ajanta Exp. (24133119642)
Ajanta Express near Cavalry Barracks
Service typeMail/Express
LocaleTelangana, Maharashtra
First serviceApril 01, 1967
Current operator(s)South Central Railway zone
StartSecunderabad (SC)
EndManmad (MMR)
Distance travelled619 km (385 mi)
Service frequencyDaily
On-board services
Class(es)AC First, AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class, General Unreserved
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsYes
Catering facilitiesPantry Car, On-Board Catering, E-Catering
Observation facilitiesLarge windows
Baggage facilitiesBelow the seats
Rolling stock2
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) (Wide Gauge)
Operating speed51 km/h (32 mph) (average)
110 km/h (68 mph) (maximum)
Ajantha Express Route map
Ajantha Express Route map


Ajanta Express runs through eastern Maharashtra (Marathwada region) and north-western region of Telangana. It was known as Kacheguda Express very often by the people travelling on Kacheguda-Nizamabad-Nanded-Aurangabad route on former Hyderabad-Godavari Valley Railways.

The train was introduced on 1 Apr. 1967 as a metre gauge train between Kacheguda railway station and Manmad, via Nizamabad, Nanded and Aurangabad. The train became popular in a short time as Manmad Junction on 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge was the point to take broad gauge trains to other destinations.

After the track from Manmad to Parbhani was converted to broad gauge in 1992–95 and the track from Parbhani to Mudkhed and Nizamabad was still not converted, the train was re-routed between Kacheguda and Manmad via Bidar and Parbhani in 1995–1996 because the metre gauge had been converted between Vikarabad and Parbhani by then. In 2007, the train again diverted to its old route which had been converted into broad gauge in 2002–2003.

Ajanta Express (Kacheguda-Manmad) was the fastest metre gauge train in India with an average speed of 42.5 kilometres per hour (26.4 mph) in 1967.[1]


The train is named after the world famous Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad.

It runs daily and connects important stations such as Nizamabad, Nanded, Aurangabad and Nagarsol.

The 17063/Manmad-Secunderabad Ajanta Express has an average speed of 50 km/h and covers 619 km in 12h 0m. The 17064/ Secunderabad - Manmad Ajanta Express has an average speed of 49 km/h and covers same distance in 12h 35m.


The train departs from Platform #8 of Secunderabad Junction at 18:10 and arrives in Platform #5 of Manmad at 6:45, the next day. From Manmad, it departs from Platform #5 at 20:50 and arrives at Platform #8 of Secunderabad Junction at 8:50, the next day.


The train usually consists of a massive load of 24 standard ICF coaches:

  • 1 AC First Cum II Tier
  • 1 AC II Tier
  • 3 AC III Tiers
  • 13 Sleeper Classes
  • 3 General(Unreserved)
  • 1 Pantry Car
  • 2 Seating (Ladies/Disabled) Cum Luggage Rakes

As is customary with most other train services in India, coach composition may be amended at the discretion of Indian Railways, depending on demand.

Coach composition

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
BSicon LDER.svg SLR GEN S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12 PC S13 B1 B2 B3 A1 HA1 GEN GEN SLR

Rake Sharing

From 1 Jan. 2018, it started to share its rakes with 12703/04 Secunderabad-Howrah Falaknuma Express

Loco Link

As the route is not Electrified, Kazipet Junction railway station based ALCO-251C Indian locomotive class WDM-3A(Twins)/WDG-3A(Twins) hauls the train to complete its full destination.

See also


  1. ^ "Chronology of railways in India, Part 4 (1947–1970)". IRFCA Indian Railways Fan Club. 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2013.

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