Old Train Times

Presented here is a random selection of train times from earlier years to give a flavour of the timetables of yesteryears.

Also see the collection of scans of old timetables in the IRFCA gallery.

Bombay - Pune

In 1901, the Bombay-Pune stretch was done in 3 hours and 26 minutes, including (steam) engine changes, attachment of bankers, and negotiating the reversing station on the Bhore Ghat. The train was the Summer Race Special. In 1944, the run time was 3 hours flat (Deccan Queen), with electric traction.

  • Bombay dep. 17.10
  • Karjat dep. 18.27
  • Lonavala dep. 19.08
  • Poona arr. 20.10

Bombay - Madras

In 1914, the 1270km Madras-Bombay stretch was done in 32 hours by the Bombay-Madras (Dadar-Madras?) Express, the fastest train on its route. In 1956, this was covered in 32 hours and 30 minutes by the Madras Mail (offering I, II, and III class accommodation), and in 28 hours and 45 minutes by the Madras Express (with ACC class on two days of the week, and I, II, and III class otherwise).

Bombay - Howrah

The Bombay-Howrah Express via Allahabad did this stretch in 37 hours in 1914

Below are shown the schedules of the Mumbai-Howrah Mail in 1907, 1987, and 2004 for comparison. All times are departures except for the last station.

1 Down Mumbai Howrah Mail / 2809 Mumbai Howrah Mail
 190719872004
Bombay14.0019.0120.40
Nagpur07.2111.1511.05
Gondia09.5613.3013.00
Raipur14.0817.0716.10
Bilaspur16.1519.1018.15
Raigarh18.5921.0520.10
Kharagpur05.1504.4504.00
Howrah07.3507.1306.25

2 Up Howrah Mumbai Mail / 2810 Howrah Mumbai Mail
 190719872004
Howrah14.1120.2519.30
Kharagpur16.3122.1021.25
Raigarh02.2006.5004.45
Bilaspur04.4809.2507.15
Raipur07.1111.2009.05
Gondia11.1015.1012.25
Nagpur14.0118.1014.40
Bombay07.0007.4005.15

Delhi - Howrah

In 1956 this journey took 27 hours 45 minutes. Fares were Rs 152-8-0 (152 rupees, 8 annas, 0 pice) in ACC class and Rs 73-4-0 (73 rupees, 4 annas, 0 pice) in First class. A detailed schedule is given below.

  • Delhi Jn. dep. 08.30
  • Tundla arr. 12.20 dep. 12.30
  • Kanpur arr. 16.11 dep. 16.24
  • Allahabad arr. 19.26 dep. 19.38
  • Mogulsarai arr. 22.12 dep. 22.27
  • Gaya arr. 01.39 dep. 01.47
  • Hazaribagh Rd arr. 04.11 dep. 04.14
  • Dhanbad arr. 05.37 dep. 05.42
  • Howrah arr. 10.15

Delhi - Madras (Grand Trunk Exp.)

Below is the schedule of the Grand Trunk Express in May 1952, from a CR timetable.

  • Delhi Jn. dep. 17.45
  • Mathura arr. 21.00 dep. 21.15
  • Agra Cantt arr. 22.12 dep. 22.17
  • Jhansi arr. 02.15 dep. 02.40
  • Bhopal arr. 07.40 dep. 07.55
  • Itarsi arr. 10.03 dep. 10.23
  • Nagpur arr. 18.00 dep. 18.20
  • Balharshah arr. 23.00 dep. 23.25
  • Kazipet arr. 04.20 dep. 04.40
  • Bezwada arr. 08.40 dep. 09.10
  • Madras arr. 19.00
  • Madras dep. 08.05
  • Bezwada arr. 17.20 dep. 17.40
  • Kazipet arr. 22.04 dep. 22.38
  • Balharshah arr. 03.35 dep. 04.00
  • Nagpur arr. 09.03 dep. 09.23
  • Itarsi arr. 16.50 dep. 17.25
  • Bhopal arr. 19.25 dep. 19.35
  • Jhansi arr. 00.30 dep. 00.55
  • Agra Cantt arr. 04.55 dep. 05.05
  • Mathura arr. 06.05 dep. 06.20
  • Delhi Jn arr. 09.15

In April 1960, the departure from Delhi Jn. was an hour later, at 18.45, arriving at Madras much earlier, at 15.15. In the reverse direction, the departure from Madras was later, at 11.05, and arrival at Delhi Jn. at 08.30.

Ahmedabad - Delhi

In 1956, the Delhi Mail covered this 930km stretch in 22 hours and 58 minutes while the Delhi Express did it in 26 hours and 35 minutes. The former had ACC, I, II, and III class accommodation, while the latter had I, II, and III class only.

Bombay - Ahmedabad

This 490km stretch was done in 9 hours and 10 minutes by the Gujarat Mail (ACC, I, II, III accommodations), in 9 hours and 3 minutes by the Saurashtra Mail (ACC, I, II, and III), and in 11 hours and 37 minutes by the Saurashtra Express (I, II, and III). (All information from 1956.)

Bombay - Banaras

The Kashi Express (I, II, and III class accommodations) did this 1485km stretch in 28 hours and 28 minutes.

Bombay - Dehra Dun

This 1715km route was covered in 46 hours and 45 minutes by the Dehra Dun Express (with I, II, and III class accommodations) in 1956.

Bombay - Amritsar

The venerable Frontier Mail did this 1822km run in 36 hours and 10 minutes in 1956. It had ACC, I, II, and III class accommodations. It reached Delhi Jn. in 26 hours and 5 minutes.

Mangalore - Madras (Mangalore Mail)

Times in April 1960. Madras - Mangalore:

  • Madras dep. 18.10
  • Erode Jn. dep. 03.25
  • Mangalore arr. 16.10

Mangalore - Madras:

  • Mangalore dep. 08.45
  • Erode Jn. dep. 21.45
  • Madras arr. 07.30

Madras - Ooty (Nilagiri Express)

Times in April 1960. Madras - Ooty:

  • Madras dep. 20.15
  • Erode Jn. dep. 05.40
  • Mettupalaiyam dep. 09.45
  • Ooty arr. 14.00

Ooty - Madras:

  • Ooty dep. 12.45
  • Mettupalaiyam dep. 16.45
  • Erode Jn. dep. 20.30
  • Madras arr. 06.20

Indo-Ceylon Express

This train covered 675km between Madras Egmore and the Dhanushkodi Pier for connection with the Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) ferry. In the 1950s it took 19 hours and 5 minutes for this run. The detailed schedule is given below.

  • Madras Egmore dep. 20.00
  • Chidambaram arr. 01.38 dep. 01.43
  • Tanjore arr. 04.27 dep. 04.42
  • Trichinopoly arr. 05.50 dep. 06.25
  • Manamadurai arr. 10.15 dep. 10.30
  • Mandapam arr. 13.02 dep. 13.34 ( Medical and Protection Examination for passengers proceeding overseas)
  • Pamban arr. 14.12 dep. 14.16
  • Dhanushkodi Pier arr. 15.05

Ferry service from Dhanushkodi Pier to Talaimannar (Ceylon). Boat leaves soon after 4pm. Time taken is about 3 hours. No steamer service on Sunday night.

Fare from Madras First Class 36-4-0 (36 rupees, 4 annas, 0 pice).

To Rameshwaram (665km from Madras), change at Pamban dep 15.15, arr. Rameshwaram 15.45. Fare from Madras First Class 35-8-0 (35 rupees, 8 annas, 0 pice).

  • Dhanushkodi Pier dep. 12.05
  • Pamban arr. 12.49 dep. 12.55
  • Mandapam arr. 13.34 dep. 13.45
  • Manamadurai arr. 16.13 dep. 16.33
  • Trichinopoly arr. 20.40 dep. 21.38
  • Tanjore arr. 22.26 dep. 22.40
  • Chidambaram arr. 01.14 dep. 01.19
  • Madras Egmore arr. 07.25

To Rameshwaram, change at Pamban dep 12.35, arr. Rameshwaram 12.05.

In 1898, the South Indian Railway ran a Madras - Tuticorin service that connected with the boat to Ceylon. This took 21 hours and 50 minutes for the 443 mile (709km) run. The steamer from Tuticorin to Colombo took 22 hours.

Gwalior Light Railway

The following schedules are from a 1941 timetable.

Gwalior to Bhind

StationhDistance
from Gwalior
8 Down Mixed10 Down Mixed
Gwalior  dep. 15:50 dep. 8:30
Goleka Mandir2 arr. 16:03
dep. 16:08
arr. 8:43
dep. 8:53
Sanichara12 arr. 16:42
dep. 16:50
arr. 9:28
dep. 9:35
Rethora Kalan16 arr. 17:05
dep. 17:08
arr. 9:50
dep. 9:53
Nonera20 arr. 17:21
dep. 17:30
arr. 10:06
dep. 10:15
Gohad Road27 arr. 17:50
dep. 17:54
arr. 10:35
dep. 10:40
Soni37 arr. 18:21
dep. 18:30
arr. 11:07
dep. 11:16
Itehar45 arr. 18:52
dep. 18:55
arr. 11:38
dep. 11:40
Bhind52 arr. 19:15 arr. 12:00

Bhind to Gwalior

StationDistance
from Bhind
7 Up Mixed9 Up Mixed
Bhind  dep. 7:00 dep. 15:00
Itehar7 arr. 7:20
dep. 7:23
arr. 15:20
dep.15:23
Soni14 arr. 7:45
dep. 7:54
arr. 15:45
dep. 15:53
Gohad Road24 arr. 8:21
dep. 8:25
arr. 16:20
dep. 16:25
Nonera 31 arr. 8:45
dep. 8:54
arr. 16:45
dep. 16:54
Rethora Kalan36 arr. 9:07
dep. 9:10
arr. 17:07
dep. 17:10
Sanichara 39 arr. 9:25
dep. 9:33
arr. 17:25
dep. 17:33
Goleka Mandir50 arr. 10:07
dep. 10:12
arr. 18:07
dep. 18:12
Gwalior 52 arr. 10:25 arr. 18:25

Gwalior to Shivpuri

StationDistance
from Gwalior
4 Down Mixed
Gwalior dep. 7:45
Scindia-ki-Chhaoni1 arr. 8:03
8:05
Ghosipura2 arr. 8:12
dep. 8:16
Jiwajiganj3 arr. 8:24
dep. 8:36
Punniar14 arr. 9:26
dep. 9:33
Naunanda22 arr. 10:08
dep. 10:21
Renhat31 arr. 11:00
dep. 11:08
Mahona38 arr. 11:47
dep. 11:53
Chorepura51 arr. 12:54
dep. 13:00
Satanwara63 arr. 13:54
dep. 13:57
Shivpuri74 arr. 15:55

Shivpuri to Gwalior

StationDistance
from Shivpuri
3 Up Mixed
Shivpuri dep. 7:20
Satanwara 11 arr. 8:17
dep. 8:20
Chorepura 23 arr. 9:14
dep. 9:20
Mahona 36 arr. 10:21
dep. 10:27
Renhat 43 arr. 11:6
dep. 11:16
Naunanda 52 arr. 11:55
dep. 11:58
Punniar 60 arr. 12:43
dep. 12:50
Jiwajiganj 71 arr. 13:40
dep. 13:52
Ghosipura 72 arr. 14:00
dep. 14:04
Scindia-ki-Chhaoni 73 arr. 14:11
dep. 14:13
Gwalior74 arr. 14:30

Gwalior to Sheopur Kalan

StationDistance
from Gwalior
12 Down Mixed
Gwalior dep. 7:00
Scindia-ki-Chhaoni 1 arr. 7:16
dep. 7:18
Ghosipura 2 arr. 7:25
dep. 7:35
Motijheel 4 arr. 7:48
dep. 7:50
Bamourgaon 11 arr. 8:18
dep. 8:27
Sumaoli 24 arr. 9:18
dep. 9:21
Jora:Alapur 31 arr. 9:53
dep. 10:00
Sikroda 36 arr. 10:20
dep. 10:22
Kailaras 43 arr. 10:50
dep. 11:00
Semai 50 arr. 11:24
dep. 11:27
Sabalgarh 57 arr. 11:57
dep. 12:12
Rampahari 63 arr. 12:32
dep. 12:37
Bijaipur: Road 66 arr. 12:53
dep. 12:58
Birpur 77 arr. 13:43
dep. 13:52
Sillipur 86 arr. 14:37
dep. 14:40
Ikdori 91 arr. 15:07
dep. 15:10
Seroni- Road 100 arr. 15:44
dep. 15:47
Khojeepura 102 arr. 15:59
dep. 16:02
Girdharpur 111 arr. 16:37
dep. 16:44
Sheopur Kalan123 arr. 17:30

Sheopur Kalan to Gwalior

StationDistance
Sheopur Kalan
11 Up Mixed
Sheopur Kalan  dep. 7:35
Girdharpur 12 arr. 8:22
dep. 8:30
Khojeepura 21 arr. 9:05
dep. 9:08
Seroni - Road 23 arr. 9:20
dep. 9:23
Ikdori 32 arr. 9:57
dep. 10:00
Sillipur 37 arr. 10:27
dep. 10:30
Birpur 46 arr. 11:15
dep. 11:24
Bijaipur Road 57 arr. 12:09
dep. 12:14
Ramphari 60 arr. 12:30
dep. 12:35
Sabalgarh 66 arr. 12:55
dep. 13:10
Semai 73 arr. 13:40
dep. 13:43
Kailaras 80 arr. 14:7
dep. 14:15
Sikroda 87 arr. 14:43
dep. 14:45
Jora: Alapur 92 arr. 15:5
dep. 15:12
Sumaoli 99 arr. 15:44
dep. 15:47
Bamourgaon 112 arr. 16:38
dep. 16:47
Motijheel 119 arr. 17:15
dep. 17:18
Ghosipura 121 arr. 17:31
dep. 17:40
Scindia-ki-Chhaoni 122 arr. 17:47
dep. 17:49
Gwalior 123 arr. 18:05

Miscellaneous

The Kanpur-Lucknow stretch took 1 hour 15 minutes in 1914.

And now a real old one. The following schedule was published in an 1863 timetable. Notice the reference to a 'Calcutta' origination point. This may have been a small station then, or perhaps referred to a ferry? Some references suggest there was a 'Calcutta' station near Shalimar directly across from Fort William on the other side of the Ganga. The station was said to be used only by the British military. Also note the old style spellings of some of the other stations.

  • Calcutta 07:15
  • Howrah 07:30
  • Bally 07:46
  • Connagar 07:50
  • Serampore 08:06
  • Baidyabati 08:16
  • Chandernagore 08:30
  • Hooghly 08:40
  • Mugrah 08:55
  • Pundooah 09:18
  • Boinchee 09:33
  • Mymeree 09:52
  • Suktikur 10:13
  • Burdwan 10:35
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