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Chhattisgarh Express

WAP 7 loco hauling Amritsar - Bilaspur Chhattisgarh Express
Chhattisgarh Express (Amritsar-Bilaspur) Route map
WDP 4B loco hauling (Amritsar - Bilaspur) Chhattisgarh Express

Chhattisgarh Express (18237/18238) is a well known old Indian train which connects Bilaspur and Amritsar. Its name represents the state of Chhattisgarh.

It was first introduced in year 1977 as Bhopal - Bilaspur Chhattisgarh Aanchal Express and used to run between Bilaspur and Habibganj (Bhopal).

This train was the first train to originate from newly constructed sub-urban railway station Habibganj. In year 1980, the train was extended to main railway station of Bhopal; Bhopal Junction.

Later in year 1987, it was extended to Hazrat Nizamuddin as well as New Delhi and then finally in year 1990 to Amritsar.


It runs through the states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab and covers a distance of 2011 kms.

Some of its major halts are : Bilaspur Junction, Raipur Junction, Durg, Gondia Junction, Nagpur, Itarsi Junction, Bhopal Junction, Jhansi Junction, Gwalior, Agra Cantonment, Mathura Junction, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Ghaziabad, Meerut City, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur,Ambala Cantt Junction, Ludhiana Junction, Jalandhar City to Amritsar.

Train information

This is an express train which runs on daily basis. The train from Bilaspur Junction is numbered as 18237 while from Amritsar is numbered as 18238. It contains 24 coaches. Its coach composition is SLR, G1, G2, HA1, A1, B1, B2, B3, S12, S11, PC, S10, S9, S8, S7, S6, S5, S4, S3, S2, S1, G3, G4; SLR, SP. It gets WAP 4 of Itarsi shed from Bilaspur to Nagpur, then WAP 7 of Ajni shed from Nagpur to Hazrat Nizamuddin and then WDP 4B of Tughlakabad from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Amritsar.

Chhindwara - Amritsar Slip Service

Extension History

  • Year 1977 - Introduced between Bhopal HabibGanj and Bilaspur Junction as Habibganj - Bilaspur Chhattisgarh Aanchal Express with 1 AC II Tier, 3 AC III Tier, 10 Sleeper, 6 General and 2 Slr.
  • Year 1980 - Extended to main railway station of Bhopal and ran as Bhopal - Bilaspur Chhattisgarh Aanchal Express
  • Year 1987 - 1988 - The train got a Pantry Car and was extended to Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station of Delhi by canceling Train No.1225/1226 Bhopal - Hazrat Nizamuddin Express and Extending Bilaspur - Bhopal Chhattisgarh Aanchal Express to Hazrat Nizamuddin. The prefix Aanchal was taken up and the train was independently known as Chhattisgarh Express
  • Year 1997 - Extended to Amritsar Junction
  • Year 1999 - Train got Slip coaches from Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh

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