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Black Diamond Express

Black Diamond Express
(Dhanbad-Howrah) Black Diamond Express
Service type Superfast
Locale West Bengal, Jharkhand
First service Howrah railway station
Last service Dhanbad Junction railway station
Current operator(s) East Central Railway
Start Howrah
Stops 14
End Dhanbad Junction
Distance travelled 271 km (168 mi)
Average journey time 4 hours 55 minutes
Service frequency Daily
On-board services
Class(es) CC Class, 2nd sitting, General
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements No
Auto-rack arrangements No
Catering facilities No
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 57 km/h (35 mph) average with halts

Black Diamond Express is a super-fast mail-express train of Indian Railways, with effect from 1 July 2013, connecting Kolkata with coal belts and industrial towns of Raniganj, Asansol, Kulti, Durgapur, Dhanbad. It is a day train and covers 271 kilometres (168 mi) at an average speed of 57 km/h (35 mph). It has AC chair car, second-class sitting, and general type of coaches. All classes except general class require prior reservation, whereas general coaches can be boarded with a general daily ticket. No pantry car is available in the train. The Tatkal scheme is available in this train.

Major stations through which it passes are Bandel, Burdwan, Durgapur, Andal, and Asansol.

It is hauled by a WAP 7 locomotive of Howrah railway station shed. It is the twin train of the Coalfield Express, which runs from Dhanbad to Howrah as well, though Coalfield is the superior train. However, it runs through the Howrah-Bardhaman Main Line while Coalfield Express goes through the Howrah-Bardhaman Chord line. It is an important train, and runs during the office hours, hence it receives a high priority run.

As such, the train serves as a link between towns such as Bandel, Seoraphuli, which are located on the main line with industrial centers Durgapur, Asansol, Dhanbad and Bokaro (via-Dhanbad) and the metropolis of Kolkata.


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