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Falaknuma Express

Falaknuma Express
Service type Superfast Train
Locale Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal
Current operator(s) South Central Railway zone
Start Secunderabad
Stops 23
End Howrah
Distance travelled 1,545 km (960 mi)
Average journey time 25 hours 45 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12704 / 12703
On-board services
Class(es) 1AC and 2AC combo coach, 1 AC 2-Tier Coach, 2 AC 3-Tier Coaches, 14 Sleeper Class Coaches, 1 Pantry Car, and 3 General Compartments and 2SLR's.
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements Yes
Catering facilities Yes
Observation facilities Large Windows
Baggage facilities Below the Seats
Rolling stock 4
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) (Broad Gauge)
Operating speed

110 km/h (68 mph) maximum

58 km/h (36 mph) (average with halts)
Route map

Falaknuma Express is a superfast train of the Indian Railways connecting Howrah to Secunderabad. The train belongs to the South Central Railway.


It runs daily and connects important stations such as Bhubaneswar, Brahmapur, Vishakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Guntur. It is a fast alternative to other trains such as East Coast Express and Visakha Express. Compared to the other trains on the Sec'bad to Howrah/Bhubaneswar, it covers lesser distance as it runs via the Nalgonda, Guntur route.It is the fastest superfast between Secunderabad-Vishakapatnam-Secunderabad other than Duronto & Garibrath. Most of the people going to Vizianagaram,Srikakulam,Palasa prefer this train as the train arrives early in the morning.The train runs jampacked throughout the year. Besides being superfast this is the only train which is most neat and clean after trains like Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani Express, Duranto Express and other superfast trains in India.

The train is named after The Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India. Falaknuma is Persian—فلک ا نمایش name meaning to Reflections of Skies/Heavens It covers a distance of 1545 kilometers in about 26 hrs, with 21 halts in between.


The train departs from Howrah Junction at 07:25 hours and arrives in Secunderabad at 09:35 hours the next day. From Secunderabad, the train departs at 16:00 hours and arrives in Howrah at 17:45 hours the next day.

Coach Composition

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
SLR GEN S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12 PC S13 B3 B2 B1 A1 HA1 GEN GEN SLRD


Loco Allocation :- HWH - VSKP - HWH > SRC WAP 4 (Occasionally HWH WAP-4) VSKP - BZA - VSKP > LGD WAP-7 (occasionally LGD Wap-4 or ED/ RPM WAP-4) BZA - SC -BZA > GY WDP-4D


Loco Links

It gets a WDP-4D (Gooty shed) loco in the Secunderabad to Vijayawada section and a Lallaguda-based WAP-7 locomotive for the Vijayawada to Vishakapatnam section. Then it gets a Santragachi-based WAP-4 locomotive for the Vishakapatnam to Howrah section. The same links are in either way.


The train usually has a 1AC and 2AC Composite Coach (added in Sep'09), 1 AC 2-Tier Coach, 3 AC 3-Tier Coaches, 13 Sleeper Class Coaches, 1 Pantry Car, and 3 General Compartments and 2SLR's. A rake of the Falaknuma Express consists of 24 Coaches. It shares its rakes with the Narayanadri Express. One can see the Tirupati-Secunderabad-Howrah boards in the rakes.


External links

  • Falaknuma Train status
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