Trains introduced by railway ministers

This is an attempt to list out the trains introduced by successive Railway Ministers in India. Much of the information is from the railway budgets of each year. There are a vast number of trains that run in India, and many are cancelled, re-introduced, renamed, rescheduled or re-routed all the time, so this is only the barest attempt at listing some of the better-known trains and their origins.

Year Railway Minister Trains introduced
1973 T A Pai
  • H. Nizamuddin - Mangalore/Ernakulam Jayanti Janata
1974 L N Mishra
  • Samastipur Jayanti Janata and other JJ trains.
1975-? Kamalapati Tripathi
  • Sabarmati Express
  • Ganga-Kaveri Exp.
  • Neelambari Exp.
  • Varanasi Exp. (Delhi-Lucknow Exp. extended)
  • Tamilnadu Exp.
  • Kashi Vishwanath Exp.
1979-? Prof. Madhu Dandavate
  • Jhelum Exp.
  • Swaraj Exp.
  • Sarvodaya Exp.
  • Kerala Exp.
  • Karnataka Exp.
  • Andhra Pradesh Exp.
  • EMUs on Pune-Lonavala section
1980-1984 A B A Ghani Khan Chaudhuri
  • Sealdah - Malda Gaur Exp.
  • Sealdah - Malda Gaur Exp.
1988 Madhav Rao Scindia
  • Jhansi Shatabdi (later to Bhopal)
  • Howrah-Gwalior Chambal Exp.
  • Bombay-Gwalior Lashkar Exp.
1989 Madhav Rao Scindia
  • Kanpur Shatabdi (later to Lucknow)
  • Indrayani Exp.
  • Pragati Exp.
1990 George Fernandes
  • Jammu Tawi - Mangalore/Trichy Navyug Exp
  • Dadar - Muzaffarpur Shramshakti Exp (now cancelled)
  • Hatia - Varanasi Exp (still running?)
  • Surat - Varanasi Tapti Ganga Exp
  • New Delhi and Patna (via Varanasi) Shramjeevi Exp
1991 Jaffer Sharief
  • Bombay - New Delhi AC Exp (later August Kranti Rajdhani)
  • Bombay - Ahmedabad Karnavati Exp
  • Bombay - Varanasi Pawan Exp
  • H. Nizamuddin - Vishakapatnam Samata Exp
  • Puri - Tirupati Exp
  • Mysore - Tirupati Exp (now Mysore - Tirupati Passenger)
  • Allahabad - Chahpra Bhagirathi Exp (MG)
  • Allahabad - Agra Exp (proposed, never introduced)
1992 Jaffer Sharief
  • New Delhi - Bangalore Rajdhani
  • Kurla- Bangalore Exp
  • Bidar - Bangalore Link Exp
  • Madras - Banglaore Lalbagh Exp
  • Madras - Vijayawada Pinakani Exp
  • Secunderabad - Vijayawada Satvahana Exp
  • Secunderabad - Bhadrachalam (Passenger?)
  • Varanasi - Gorakhpur Krishak Exp
  • Sealdah - New Jalpaiguri Teesta Torsha Exp
  • Gandhidham - Nagercoil Exp
  • H. Nizamuddin - Indore Inter-City Exp
  • Valsad- Vadodara Exp

    The following trains proposed by him were introduced later:

  • Bombay Pune Pragati Exp
  • Amritsar Barauni Amrapali Exp
  • H. Nizamuddin - Sambalpur Hirakud Exp
  • Delhi - Sikar Sainik Exp (MG)
  • Vadodara - Gandhidham Exp
  • Secunderabad - Vishakapatnam Vishaka Exp
1993 Jaffer Sharief
  • H. Nizamuddin - Madras Rajdhani
  • H. Nizamuddin - Agra Inter-City Exp
  • H. Nizamuddin - Mangalore Mangala Exp
  • H. Nizamuddin - Jabalpur/Nagpur Gondwana Exp
  • New Delhi - Puri Purushottam Exp
  • Delhi - Jammu Tawi Super Fast Exp
  • Delhi - Newjalpaiguri Mahananda Link Exp
  • Dhanbad - Tatanagar Subarnarekha Exp
  • Agra Fort - Jaipur Superfast Exp (MG)
1994 Jaffer Sharief
  • New Delhi - Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Exp
  • New Delhi - Guwahati Rajdhani Exp
  • Bombay - Ahmedabad Shatabdi Exp
  • Bombay - Trivandrum Exp (weekly)
  • New Delhi - Sriganganagar Exp
  • Delhi - Kathgodam Exp
  • Delhi - Sultanpur Sadbhavana Exp
  • Saharanpur - Lucknow Exp
  • Jodhpur - Lucknow Exp
  • Jaipur - Sealdah Exp
  • Katihar - Sealdah Exp
  • Secunderbad - Guntur Nagarjuna Exp

    The following trains proposed by him were introduced later:

  • Madras - Mysore Shatabdi
  • Bombay - Jaipur Super Fast
  • New Delhi - Amritsar Shatabdi
  • New Delhi - Chandigarh Shatabdi
  • New Delhi - Jaipur Shatabdi
  • Madras - Kanyakumari Exp
  • Nagercoil - Guruvayur Exp
1995 Jaffer Sharief
  • Howrah - Bokaro Shatabdi
  • Howrah - Raurkela Shatabdi
  • Madras - Coimbatore Shatabdi (cancelled)
  • Bangalore - Hubli Shatabdi (cancelled)
  • Bombay - Madgaon Shatabdi (never introduced)
  • Kurla - Madgaon Exp
  • Miraj - Bangalore Rani Chennamma Exp
  • Bangalore - Quilon Exp (weekly)
  • Ernakulam - Trivandrum Exp (Via Alleppey)
  • Nagercoil - Bombay Exp (weekly)
  • Tirupati - Cuddapah Exp (Passenger?)(cancelled)
  • Delhi - Jaipur Inter-City Exp
  • Jodhpur - Jaipur Exp
  • Bikaner - Jaipur Exp
  • Jodhpur - Howrah Superfast (instead of Jaipur-Sealdah Exp)
  • New Delhi- Muzaffarpur Lichhavi Exp
  • Raxaul - Muzaffarpur Exp
  • Howrah - Gorakhpur Exp (weekly)
  • Howrah - Gauhati Saraighat Exp (weekly)
  • Ahmedabad - Bhavnagar Exp (MG)
  • Kanpur - Farukhabad Exp (MG)
  • Bhagalpur - Muzaffarpur Jansewa Exp
  • Amritsar - Barauni Jansewa Exp
  • Ahmedabad - Puri Exp
  • Surat - Varanasi Jansewa Exp (never introduced)

    For sometime, Suresh Kalmadi was the railway minister, from Pune.

  • Bombay Pune Shatabdi
  • Ahmedabad - Pune Ahimsa Exp
  • Howrah - Pune Azad Hind Exp
  • Varanasi - Pune Gyan Ganga Exp
1996 Ram Vilas Paswan
  • New Delhi - Patna Rajdhani
  • Kurla - Patna Exp
  • Delhi - Ramnagar Link Exp
  • Kalka - Simla Shivalik Exp
  • Gorakhpur- Darbhanga Exp (MG)
  • Howrah - Rampurhat Gandevta Exp
  • Howrah - Bikaner Link Exp
  • Jaipur - Chennai Exp (weekly)
  • Bhopal - Rewa Exp
  • Hubli - Bangalore Intercity (instead of the Shatabdi)

    He also announced the following trains in BG after gauge conversion

  • Ahmedabad - Delhi Mail
  • Ahmedabad - Delhi Ashram Exp
  • Ahmedabad - Bikaner Ranakpur Exp
  • Secunderabad/Guntur - Vasco Exp
  • Guwahati - Dibrugarh Exp
1997 Ram Vilas Paswan
  • Newdelhi - Ahmedabad Swarnajayanti Rajdhani
  • H. Nizamuddin - Vishakapatnam Swarnajayanti Exp
  • H. Nizamuddin - Bangalore Swarnajayanti Exp
  • H. Nizamuddin - Secunderabad Rajdhani (later cancelled, then reintroduced)
  • Delhi - Ranchi Jarkand Swarnajayanti Exp
  • Surat - Patna Exp
  • Gorakhpur - Dehradun Exp (bi-weekly)
  • Koraput- Bhubaneswar Link Exp
  • Madras - Tirupati Inter City
  • Tata- Katihar link Exp
  • Vasco - Bangalore Exp
  • Coimbatore - Bangalore Intercity Exp
  • H. Nizamuddin - Ernakulam Swarnajayanti Exp (introduced for political reasons, to placate Kerala MPs)
1998 Nitish Kumar
  • Kurla - Howrah Super Deluxe
  • Kurla - Nagpur Super Deluxe
  • Kurla - Varanasi Kamyani Exp
  • Kurla - Mangalore Matsyagandha Exp
  • H. Nizamuddin - Bhopal Superfast
  • Patna - Bhagalpur Intercity
  • Secunderbad - Guntur Palnad Exp
  • Madurai - Coimbatore Exp (MG) (cancelled)
  • New Delhi - Muzaffarpur Swatantra senani Exp
  • Sealdah - NewBongaigaon Uttar Bangla Exp
  • Howrah - Trichy Exp (triweekly)
  • Vishakaptanam - Bangalore Prashanti Exp

  • Later on all the express trains on the Chennai - Trichy - Madurai route were restored after BG conversion. All the trains on the Ahmedabad - Delhi route announced earlier were also introduced, except that Ranakpur Exp was started from Bandra to Bikaner, Suryanagari Exp was restored from Ahmedabad to Jodhpur and Aravalli Exp was started from Bombay to Jaipur (via Ajmer). In SCR, Venkatadari Exp was introduced between Secunderabad - Tirupati (via Kurnool), Haripriya Exp was introduced between Kolhapur and Tirupati. However a Secunderabd - Hubli Exp announced earlier was never introduced.
1999 Nitish kumar
  • Amritsar - Darbhanga Jansewa Exp (weekly)
  • Delhi - Gandhidham Exp. (the train was not introduced, but Ala Hazrat Exp running between Ajmer and Bareilly was extended to Gandhidham)
  • Kurla-Patna superfast
  • Mumbai - Madgaon Mandovi Exp
  • Jaipur- Bangalore Exp (via Secunderabad)
  • Raichur - Gulbarga Passenger
  • Secunderabd - Machilipatnam Exp
  • Chennai - Tirupati Shatabdi (never introduced)
  • Chennai - Guwahati Exp (biweekly)
  • Pune - Ernakulam Exp (via Hubli) (introduced later, now runs via Madgoan)
  • Shalimar- Haldia Azad Exp
  • Kamakhya - NewBongaigaon Pass
  • Patna - Mughalsarai Pass (via Gaya)
  • H. Nizamuddin - Coimbatore Kongu Exp (weekly)
2000 Mamta Banerji
  • Sealdah - New Delhi Rajdhani
  • Sealdah - Amritsar Akaltakht Exp
  • Sealdah - New Jalpaiguri Kanchkanya Exp
  • Shalimar - Bankura Exp
  • Howrah - Purulia Rupashi Bangla Exp
  • Ajmer - Bangalore Exp (weekly)
  • Jodhpur - Bangalore Exp (weekly)
  • Shimoga - Bangalore Exp
  • Puttaparthi - Bangalore Satya Sai Exp
  • Tirupati - Nagercoil Exp
  • Manmad - Kakinada Exp
  • Ahmedabad - Nagpur Exp (weekly)
  • Okha - Dehradun Uttaranchal Exp (weekly)
  • Bandra - Gandhidham Exp (combining 9055 Sayajinagari Exp and 9101 Vadodara Gandhidham Exp)
  • Hatia - Bhagalpur Vananchal Exp
  • Manduadih - Baidynathdham Exp
  • Lucknow - Chhapra Exp
  • Lucknow - Bhopal Exp((weekly)
  • Bikaner - Suratgarh Exp
  • Kurla - Madurai Exp (weekly)


    Some Calcutta area specials introduced by her:

  • Howrah - Dehradun Upasana Exp (weekly)
  • Sealdah - Ajmer Exp (weekly)
  • Howrah - Okha Exp (weekly)
2001 Mamta Banerji
  • New Delhi - Bilaspur Rajdhani
  • Newdelhi - Hatia Rajdhani
  • H. Nizamuddin - Secunderabad Rajdhani
  • New Delhi - Gorakhpur Gorakhdham Exp
  • Hatia - Dhanbad Inter-City
  • Asansol - Amritsar Superfast
  • Asansol - Haldia Exp
  • Asansol - New Jalpaiguri Exp
  • Howrah - New Jalpaiguri Exp
  • Howrah - Yeshwantpur Exp (weekly)
  • Howrah - Nagercoil Gurudev Exp
  • Howrah - Rampurhat Exp
  • Kurla - Bhubaneswar Exp (weekly)
  • Berhampur - Bhubaneswar Exp (now extended to Srikakulam)
  • Chennai - Jodhpur Exp (weekly)
  • Jodhpur - Haridwar link Exp
  • Valsad - Patna Exp(weekly)
  • Gandhinagar - Indore Exp
  • Pune - Solapur Exp
  • Pune - Ernakulam Exp (via Madgaon)
  • Vasco - Yeshwantpur Exp (biweekly)
  • Jaipur - Ernakulam Marusagar Exp
  • Palghat - Trivandrum amritha Exp
2002 Nitish Kumar
  • Jammu Tawi - Haridwar Exp
  • New Delhi - Howrah Exp (biweekly)
  • H. Nizamuddin - Kanyakumari Exp (weekly via Villipuram)
  • Delhi - Pathankot Exp (triweekly)
  • Guwahati - Jodhpur/Bikaner Exp (weekly)
  • Jaipur - Durg Exp (weekly)
  • Jaipur - Bandra Exp (triweekly)
  • Indore - Patna Exp (weekly via Lucknow and Varanasi)
  • Bhopal - Howrah Exp (weekly)
  • Kurla - Habibganj Exp (weekly)
  • Durg - Banglaore Exp (weekly via Chanda Fort, Secunderbad)
  • Mhow - Chittaurgarh Exp (MG)
  • Ahmedabad - Varanasi Exp (via Allahabad)
  • Ahmedbad - Rajkot Exp
  • Gandhidham - Bangalore Exp (weekly)
  • Pune - Nanded Exp (triweekly)
  • Cannanore - Banglaore Exp (weekly)
  • Calicut - Erankulam Exp (after Janshatabdi is introduced between Ernakulam and Trivandrum)
  • Chennai - Trivandrum Exp (via Nagercoil)
  • Chennai - Vishakapatnam Exp (weekly)
  • Kurla - Hatia Exp (weekly via Gaya)
  • Hatia - Gervaroad Exp
  • Rajgir - Sarnath Buddhaparikrama Exp (triweekly)
  • Howrah - Gorakhpur Exp (weekly via Narkatiaganj)
  • Bhubneswar - Palasa Intercity


    There are also the Jan Shatabdis proposed

  • Madgaon - Kurla
  • Bangalore - Hubli
  • Ernakulam - Trivandrum
  • Chennai - Vijayawada
  • Habibganj - Jabalpur
  • Ahmedabad - Bhuj
  • Lucknow - Varanasi
  • Patna - Katihar
  • Tata - Ranchi
  • Raigarh - Durg
  • Guwahati - Dimapur
  • Howrah - Malda town
  • Howrah - Bhubaneshwar
  • New Delhi - Chandigarh
  • New Delhi - Dehradun
  • H. Nizamuddin - Kota
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