Two new long-distance Super Fast trains will add to the strength of East Coast Railway from next month. The Railway Ministry has decided to introduce one weekly train to New Delhi and another to Tirupati from Bhubaneswar as announced in the Railway budget.
The Bhubaneswar-New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Super Fast Express will start from September 7 while the Bhubaneswar-Tirupati-Bhubaneswar will resume from September 14, an ECoR press release said.
The train to New Delhi will run via Angul, Sambalpur and Rourkela. It will start from Bhubaneswar at 12.45 pm on Saturday and arrive at New Delhi at 8.50 pm on Sunday.
In the return direction, the New Delhi-Bhubaneswar train will leave New Delhi at 7 am on Mondays (starting September 9) and arrive at Bhubaneswar at 4.30 pm on Tuesday.
The train will have one AC First Class, an AC two-tier, four AC three-tiers apart from eight sleeper classes having stoppages at Dhenkanal, Talcher Road, Angul, Rairakhol, Sambalpur City, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Chakradharpur, Muri, Bokaro Steel City, Gomo, Kodarma, Gaya, Mughalsarai, Allahabad and Kanpur Central.
The Bhubaneswar-Tirupati train will leave Bhubaneswar at 12 noon every Saturday and reach Tirupati at 9.25 am on Sunday. In the return direction, it will leave Tirupati at 12.45 pm on Sunday (starting September 15) and arrive at Bhubaneswar at 10.10 am the next day.
This train will have 11 sleeper class coaches besides an AC 2-tier, three AC 3- tiers and four general second class coaches. It will have stoppages at Khurda Road, Balugaon, Chhatrapur, Brahmapur, Ichhapuram, Srikakulam Road, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Duvvada, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Vijayawada, Ongole, Nellore, Gudur and Renigunta.