Purushottam Express
Overview
Service typeExpress
LocaleOdisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh & Delhi
First service2 July 1993; 30 years ago (1993-07-02)
Current operator(s)East Coast Railway
Route
TerminiPuri (PURI)
New Delhi (NDLS)
Stops30
Distance travelled1,861 km (1,156 mi)
Average journey time30 Hrs 45 Mins
Service frequencyDaily
Train number(s)12801 / 12802
On-board services
Class(es)AC 1st Class, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, Sleeper class, General Unreserved
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsYes
Catering facilitiesAvailable
Observation facilitiesLarge windows
Baggage facilitiesAvailable
Other facilitiesUnder the seats
Technical
Rolling stockLHB coach
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed61 km/h (38 mph) average including halts.

The 12801 / 12802 Purushottam Express is a daily express train which runs between Puri in Odisha and New Delhi in Delhi. It is one of the most highly demanded train between Puri to New Delhi. The train is of Superfast category and passes through states of Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh. It was the first train in India to have a Braille-embedded coach for blind passengers.

On 2nd November 2021, 1 AC First Class coach added to Purushottam Express.[1] After which, It became the 1st Delhi-Odisha Superfast Train to have dedicated 1 AC Coach.

Timetable

From Puri to New Delhi- 12801. The train starts from Puri every day

Station code Station name Arrival Departure
PURI Puri Terminus -- 21:55
KUR Khurda Road Jn 22:35 22:40
BBS Bhubaneswar 23:00 23:05
CTC Cuttack 23:35 23:40
JJKR Jajpur Keonjhar Road 00:31 00:33
BHC Bhadrak 01:23 01:25
BLS Balasore 02:05 02:10
HIJ Hijili Jn. 03:45 03:55
GTS Ghatsila 05:08 05:10
TATA Tatanagar 06:22 06:32
PRR Purulia Jn 08:23 08:25
BKSC Bokaro Steel City 09:45 09:50
GMO NSC Bose Gomoh Jn 10:50 10:55
PNME Parasnath 11:08 11:10
HZD Hazaribagh Road 11:30 11:32
KQR Koderma 12:00 12:02
PRP Paharpur 12:36 12:38
GAYA Gaya Jn 13:43 13:48
AUBR Anugraha Narayan Road 14:26 14:28
DOS Dehri On Sone 14:41 14:43
SSM Sasaram 14:56 14:58
BBU Bhabua Road 15:28 15:30
DDU Pt DD Upadhyaya Jn 16:50 17:00
CAR Chunar Jn 17:38 17:40
MZP Mirzapur 18:03 18:05
ALD Prayagraj Jn 19:20 19:30
FTP Fatehpur 20:38 20:40
CNB Kanpur Central 21:55 22:00
GZB Ghaziabad 03:18 03:20
NDLS New Delhi 04:00 --

From New Delhi to Puri – 12802. The train starts from New Delhi every day.

Station code Station name Arrival Departure
NDLS New Delhi -- 22:40
CNB Kanpur Central 04:00 04:05
FTP Fatehpur 05:00 05:02
ALD Prayagraj Jn 06:55 07:00
MZP Mirzapur 08:10 08:12
CAR Chunar Jn 08:35 08:37
DDU Pt DD Upadhyaya Jn 09:50 10:00
BBU Bhabua Road Jn 10:35 10:37
SSM Sasaram 11:05 11:07
DOS Dehri On Sone 11:21 11:23
AUBR Anugraha Narayan Road 11:38 11:40
GAYA Gaya Jn 12:35 12:40
PRP Paharpur 13:21 13:23
KQR Koderma Jn 13:58 14:00
HZD Hazaribagh Road 13:28 14:30
PNME Parasnath 14:48 14:50
GMO NSC Bose Gomoh Jn 15:25 15:30
CRP Chandrapura 15:48 15:50
BKSC Bokaro Steel City Jn 16:30 16:35
PRR Purulia Jn 17:50 17:52
TATA Tatanagar Jn 19:58 20:08
GTS Ghatsila 20:48 20:50
HIJ Hijili Jn 22:45 22:55
BLS Balasore 00:15 00:20
BHC Bhadrak 01:16 01:18
JJKR Jajpur Keonjhar Road 01:53 01:55
CTC Cuttack Jn 02:50 02:55
BBS Bhubaneswar 03:30 03:35
KUR Khurda Road Jn 03:55 04:00
PURI Puri Terminus 05:25 --

Coaches

The train consists of 20 LHB coach which includes :-

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
EOG GEN H1 B6 B5 B4 B3 B2 B1 A1 PC S7 S6 S5 S4 S3 S2 S1 GEN SLRD

Traction

It is hauled by a Tughlakabad Loco Shed or Ghaziabad Loco Shed-based WAP-7 electric locomotive on its entire journey.

Accident

Purushottam Express collided to stationary Kalindi Express near Firozabad railway station on 20 August 1995 nearly at 3 AM. 358 people died in the Firozabad rail disaster and hence it is considered as second most deadliest rail accident in Indian Railways. Kalindi Express struck a Nilgai and was unable to proceed as its brakes were damaged. As the proceed signal was green for Purushottam Express, it collided with Kalindi Express from behind. Three carriages of the Kalindi express were destroyed; the locomotive and front two carriages of the Purushottam Express were derailed. Most of the 2200 passengers aboard the two trains were asleep at the time of the accident.

See also

References

  1. ^ @eastcoastrail (31 August 2021). "@RailMinIndia 02801/02802 Puri-New Delhi-Puri Purusottam Spl from Puri w.e.f. 02.11.2021 and from NDLS w.e.f. 04.11.2021 will be augmented with One AC First Class. @DRMKhurdaRoad @drmkgp @RailwayNorthern @ECRlyHJP @CPRONCR @serailwaykol" (Tweet). Retrieved 4 September 2021 – via Twitter.