North East Express
|Locale||Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, UP, Delhi|
|Current operator(s)||Northeast Frontier Railway|
|End||Anand Vihar Terminal|
|Distance travelled||1880 km|
|Average journey time||34 hours|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
The North East Express is a daily superfast train of Indian Railways, which runs between Guwahati (capital of Assam and the largest city of North Eastern region of India) and Anand Vihar near New Delhi (capital of India). It connects North Eastern India to New Delhi, hence the name. The train belongs to NF railway zone of Indian Railways (headquarters at Guwahati). The coaches of this train belongs to Guwahati coaching depot of Lumding Division of NF Railway.
The North East Express succeeded the legendary Assam Mail in 1986. But halt pattern and timings of later introduced Sikkim Mahananda Express (first introduced between Delhi and Katihar) corresponds more to the Assam Mail's BG segment.
The train is numbered as 12505/12506: Originally North east express was not a superfast and had service numbers 921 and 922 when introduced in 1986. In 1988 the train was assigned with new set of numbers as 2521 and 2522 which were later replaced with 5621 and 5622. It used to ply between Guwahati and New Delhi. In the Railway Budget 2005-06, it was sped up to the Broad Gauge Super fast category (broad gauge trains with 55 kmph or above average commercial speed) without withdrawing any previous intermediate stops. The new number assigned in the Superfast category were 2505 from Guwahati and 2506 from New Delhi. With the new five digit numbering scheme introduced during the tenure of Mamta Banerjee as Railway Minister, the service numbers are now 12505 and 12506.
- 12505 originates from Guwahati daily at 9:45 Hrs and reaches New Delhi at 19:25 next day. The total distance of 1880 km is covered in 33 hours and 40 mins. The train runs via the main and the shortest possible route between Guwahati and New Delhi covering important stations such as New Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, New Alipurduar , New Cooch behar, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar, Barauni, Patna, Buxar, Mughal Sarai, Allahabad, Kanpur en route to New Delhi.
- 12506 originates from New Delhi daily at 6:40 Hrs and reaches Guwahati at 16:40 next day covering the distance of 1880 km in 34 hours. On the return journey the train follows the same route.
The train has AC as well as Non AC accommodation. The composition of the train is as follows - 2A - 1 (A-1) 3A - 3 (B-1, B-2, B-3) SL - 14 (S-1 to S-14) PC - 1 GENL - 3 SLR - 2 The total rake length is 24 coaches.
The locomotives used for this train are:
- Guwahati - Patna Junction/Patna Junction - Guwahati - WDP-4/WDP-4B/WDP-4D from Siliguri/.
- Patna Junction - Anand Vihar Terminal/Anand Vihar Terminal- Patna Junction - WAP-4 from Kanpur/Mughal Sarai/Ghaziabad electric loco shed.
This train is considered as one of the better options for travel between Guwahati and Delhi.
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