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 |
Ajanta Express near Cavalry Barracks
|First service||April 01, 1967|
|Current operator(s)||South Central Railway zone|
|Distance travelled||619 km (385 mi)|
|Class(es)||AC First, AC II Tier, AC III Tier, Sleeper Class, General Unreserved|
|Catering facilities||Pantry Car, On-Board Catering, E-Catering|
|Observation facilities||Large windows|
|Baggage facilities||Below the seats|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) (Wide Gauge)|
|Operating speed||51 km/h (32 mph) (average)|
110 km/h (68 mph) (maximum)
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.
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:
As is customary with most other train services in India, coach composition may be amended at the discretion of Indian Railways, depending on demand.