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12638/Pandian SF Express (PT)
பாண்டியன் அதிவிரைவு வண்டி     पांडियन सुपरफास्ट एक्सप्रेस

MDU/Madurai Junction --> MS/Chennai Egmore

Inaugural Run
Wed Oct 01, 1969
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Rating: 4.4/5 (130 votes)
cleanliness - excellent (24)
punctuality - excellent (24)
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ticket avbl - average (24)
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safety - excellent (25)
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Jun 29 (08:13) 3 generations in the driver’s seat (
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Loco-pilot V. Selvaraj greeted by family members. 
It was a moment of great pride and happiness for the family members of V. Selvaraj, who piloted Pandiyan Superfast Express on its golden jubilee celebration day.
The railway employee, who has put in 26 years of service, is the third generation loco-pilot to drive the same train in the last 50 years.
maternal grandfather, Sankara Subbu Naidu, who retired in 1974, operated the steam engine. His father, Venkatraman had operated both steam and diesel engines of the same train. Now, Mr. Selvaraj, who piloted diesel locomotives, is operating electric locomotive. “I feel proud and elated,” he said.
“It appears as if the sound of the running train is like music to the ears of the members of this family,” Madurai MP Su. Venkatesan quipped after meeting them.
S. Babu Rajendran, son of Sankara Subbu Naidu, fondly recalls his younger days when he handed over dinner to his father at the platform before he himself joined the railway service.
Oct 02 2019 (19:20) Celebrating 50 years of Pandiyan Superfast Express (
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Platform no 1 of Madurai railway station was teeming with people on Tuesday evening. Celebratory mood had set in as the empty rakes of Pandiyan Superfast Express was brought into the platform. Colourful festoons pasted on the coaches added to the celebrations.
All this happened to rejoice the golden jubilee year of the prestigious train of Southern Railway. Members of Rail Fans Association gathered in large numbers. Closer to the engine on the northern end of the platform, cakes were cut by Madurai MP Su. Venkatesan in the presence of Madurai
Railway Divisional Manager V.R. Lenin and Paul Victor, fireman who had worked in the steam engine of the train.
Revelry caught up with railway staff too, as even travelling ticket examiners joined the passengers to take selfies and photographs standing in front of the rakes and engine to freeze their happiness for posterity.
As part of the low-key celebration, winners of essay competition organised by Southern Railway were honoured with prizes.
One of the most sought-after man at the events was D. Devaraj (76), who was the second fireman of the steam engines that hauled the good old rakes of Pandiyan Express during the black and white cinema era. He reminisced his youthful days working in the first train to run between Madurai and Chennai.
“In the pre-Independence era, we had trains than ran through Madurai from Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Quilon (Kollam). But, it was only in 1969 that the long-felt demand for a train for Madurai was realised with the introduction of Pandiyan Express,” he recalled.
From single steam engine pulling nine coaches to double engine hauling 18 coaches, Mr. Devaraj recalled the transformation Pandiyan Express went through to become one of the most prestigious trains of the zone. It was in 1974, the train got diesel engines. The metre gauge train then ran on broad gauge and the number of coaches of increased to 22.
Now, with electrified track, Pandiyan Superfast Express has the latest LBH coaches.
The train that used to run at a maximum speed of 75 km with steam engines and took nearly 13 hours to cross nearly 500 km now has maximum speed of 120 kmph and takes just in seven hours to reach the same destination.
“While steam engines warranted physical fitness for the engine crew, diesel engines demanded alertness with increased speed,” Mr. Devaraj recalls.
Oct 01 2019 (16:05) Pandian Express turns 50, loco-pilots and rail fans share their fond memories (
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Among hundreds of trains that cover the vast expanse of the country, some trains are truly special. For the people in Tamil Nadu, especially those from the southern part of the state, Pandian Express is much more than a train. It is a lifeline that connects them with a better future in cities like Chennai and Trichy. Tuesday marks 50 years since Pandian Express was first flagged off from Madurai.
Named after the famed dynasty that ruled from Madurai, Pandian Express started its journey on October 1, 1969, a cold Wednesday. The iconic train, connecting Madurai and Chennai (then Madras), was 18-coaches long, hauled by two steam engines. Today, it’s a 23-coach train with hi-tech electrical locomotive.
a few things about the train remain unchanged even after five decades.
A fireman’s memories
Paul David Sam was the second Fireman in the second steam locomotive that hauled the long train from Madurai on October 1, 1969.
“Two YP steam locomotives were needed to pull the 18-car long train,” begins the 87-year-old loco-pilot, who retired from service in 1990. He still remembers the time the railways chose to do away with steam engines and brought a shiny-new diesel locomotive to pull the train in 1979. His job in the steam locomotives involved dumping coal into the boilers of the engine.
“Our duty length was from Madurai to Tiruchirapalli (Trichy) where we handed over to another set of staff who will haul it till Villupuram or Madras. The duration used to take us almost four hours,” he recollects. Now it takes around 2.5 hours for the train to cover the same distance. He adds that Pandian Express was perhaps one of the longest trains of that time, with 18 coaches.
“Even back then, Pandian Express used to be a train preferred by VIPs. MPs and MLAs from south Tamil Nadu chose Pandian Express since it was a night train and they will be well-rested by the time they reach Chennai,” he reminisces.
A ‘model’ train
N Balasubramanian, who started as an Assistant Loco pilot in Pandian Express in 1976 and served for nearly 10 years in the train, recollects the shift from a metre-gauge diesel engine to a broad-gauge diesel engine.
“Pandian Express and Vaigai express used to get priority signals those days since these were important trains that connected the two big cities in Tamil Nadu,” he says.
Not just with signals along the 500-kilometre long route, Pandian Express also scored when it came to getting the latest upgradations and newest technologies that Railways introduced. “Be it electro-motive diesel locomotives or Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches, Pandian Express gets to lay its hands on it first. Only after this will the new technology go to any other train in the state. This train is that important,” says Arun Pandian, 31, a rail fan.
Adding that there are two specialties in connection with Pandian Express, Arun says, “One – it is rarely late. There was a time when people used to set their watches based on when Pandian Express reached Madurai junction. Even today, it predominantly runs on time. Second thing is that Pandian express also used to be known as the ‘Honeymoon Express’ since it was the only train which had the exclusive First-Class compartment, which couples would use.”
Pride of Madurai Division
For Krishnakumar, Pandian Express was and is the Pride of Madurai Division.
“Pandian Express is one of the trains whose punctuality was monitored by the Railway Board itself. For Southern Railway, the cash-cow is the Chennai-Nagercoil line and Pandian Express is one of the most prestigious trains ever operated on the line. It was painted in Green and Yellow livery when it ran on metre-gauge railway tracks, which is an indication of its importance,” he points out.
Narrating the ways in which the staff of Madurai Division showed their love and affection for the train, Krishnakumar says, “They had painted the symbols representing Madurai Division on the coaches. The Division was so proud to operate and maintain this train.”
Commending the Southern Railway for bringing down the travel time between Chennai and Madurai by almost four hours in the five decades of Pandian Express, Arun says, “The celebration of such landmarks in a train’s history is actually a gesture of saying thanks to all those who were and are behind the successful run of the train. It takes the efforts of hundreds to run each train and we just want to thank them for their work.”
Sep 16 2019 (16:17) Essay, video competition to celebrate Pandian Exp (
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News Entry# 391177  Blog Entry# 4429871   
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Sep 16 2019 (16:17)
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Madurai: In view of the completion of 50 years of service of Pandian express connecting Madurai – Chennai Egmore, the Southern Railways (SR) is conducting an essay writing and video competition on “Journey by Pandian Express”. The train service was wheeled from Madurai to Chennai Egmore on October 1, 1969.Southern Railway will be celebrating ‘Golden Jubilee’ of Pandian express on October 1, 2019, along with rail users and railfans. SR is organizing the competitions based on the journey experience as a passenger on the train. The essay is limited to 500 words.For the video format, it should not be more than 90 seconds. The video should have up to 60 seconds on the experience in Pandian Express and up to 30 seconds on their views about UTS mobile app. Entries can be sent by to or dropped in the box placed at the Madurai divisional office till September 25.The best...
entries will be entitled with a memento. According to a press statement, the railways have planned the competitions with the view to improve passenger services on the basis of experiences shared by the common man.
Southern Railway has made the following changes in train services on Saturday due to line block in connection with elimination of unmanned level crossings with Limited Use Subway between Vanchi Maniyachchi – Naraikinar in the Vanchi Maniyachchi – Tirunelveli section.
Train No.56769 Palakkad – Tiruchendur passenger train will be partially cancelled between Virudhunagar – Tirunelveli. Train No.56770 Tiruchendur – Palakkad passenger train will be partially cancelled between Tirunelveli – Virudhunagar.
Train No.22628 Thiruvananthapuram – Tiruchi Express will be rescheduled to leave Thiruvananthapuram at 1.15 p.m. or late by 90 minutes and will reach
Tiruchchirappalli at 10.20 p.m. or late by 135 minutes. Train No.56708 Madurai – Dindigul passenger train will arrive Dindigul at 8.15 p.m. or late by 30 minutes.
Train No.56320 Coimbatore – Nagercoil passenger will reach Tirunelveli at 7.10 hrs. or late by 45 minutes. Train No.56825 Erode – Tirunelveli passenger will arrive Tirunelveli at 11.20 p.m. or late by 40 minutes. Train No.16192 Tirunelveli – Tambaram express will reach Tiruchchirappalli at 11.40 hrs. or late by 45 minutes.
Train No.12638 Madurai – Chennai Egmore Pandyan express will reach Tiruchchirppalli at 11.30 p.m. or late by 15 minutes.
Train No.02193 Tirunelveli – Jabalpur weekly express will reach Tiruchchirappalli at 12.35 a.m. or late by 140 minutes.
10. Train No.56768 Tiruchendur – Tuticorin passenger will have no connection to Train No.16235 Tuticorin – Mysore express at Vanchi Maniyachchi and will arrive Tuticorin at 7 p.m. or late by 30 minutes.
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