12311/12312 Kalka Mail

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About the oldest train of India- the Kalka Mail

Kalka Mail is the oldest service of the train from Indian Railways. This train starts from the Howrah railway station which is a famous and very much crowded station of Eastern Railways. It ends its journey at Kalka, located in Haryana. Kalka is the central station, or you can say it is the way to go the beautiful hill station of our country Shimla. Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh.

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This train started its journey in 1866, but that time the Kalka mail route was up to the capital city of India, Delhi. The journey of this train was extended to Kalka from Delhi in 1891. In earlier days, when India was under the control of the British, Shimla was the summer capital of the country. They started this Kalka Mail route for the smooth connectivity between Kolkata (Calcutta) and Shimla, the two capitals of them.

Depending on the historical value, this train was used in one of the great short stories of Satyajit Ray. The name of the story was “The mystery of Kalka Mail.” According to the plot of the story, three critical and instead central characters of the story were travelling to Delhi through this train.

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The Coaches of the train:

The demand of the train indicates the number of coaches of the train. This train has a huge demand. Thus it has total 24 numbers of coaches along with 4 rakes. Kalka Mail has two general coaches, and two SLR coaches, 11 sleeper coaches, one 1st AC coach, three AC 2 tier, three AC 3 tier, a second class coach with seating arrangements and one coach is reserved for pantry car.

12311/12312 Kalka Mail Speed:

This train covers almost 1713 km distance from Howrah station to Kalka in its journey. The Kalka Mail speed is 115km/hr. While covering this long distance, Kalka Mail stops in 37 spots. Distance restriction is there for all the passengers on this train. All the passengers in AC coaches have to travel a minimum distance of 160 km. For the passengers of sleeper class coaches the restricted distance is 480 km.

The timings of the train:

Kalka Mail leaves Howrah station at 19:40 hrs and reaches the Kalka station at 4:30 hrs after two days. On its return journey, it starts from Kalka station at 23:55 and arrives Howrah at 7:55 hrs after two days. It takes almost 33 hrs to cover the entire distance between the two cities.

12311/12312 Kalka Mail Fare Information:

Class 1A 2A 3A SL
Base Fare 4169 2405 1634 630
Reservation Charges 60 50 40 20
Super fast charges 75 45 45 30
Fuel Charges 0 0 0 0
GST 216 125 86 0
Other Charges 0 0 0 0
Catering Charges 0 0 0 0
Dynamic Fare 0 0 0 0
Total Fare 4520 2625 1805 680

12311 Kalka Mail from Howrah to Kalka, Time table, Schedule and Route

Train Code Station Name Arrives Departs PlatForm No.
HWH Howrah Junction  Starts 19:40 9
BWN Barddhaman Junction 20:49 20:54 1
DGR Durgapur 21:41 21:43 3
ASN Asansol Junction 22:17 22:22 4
DHN Dhanbad Junction 23:26 23:36 3
GMO Netaji SC Bose Junction Gomoh 00:05 00:15 3
PNME Parasnath 00:29 00:31 3
HZD Hazaribagh Road 00:53 00:55
KQR Koderma Junction 01:28 01:30 4
GAYA Gaya Junction 02:55 03:00 1
DOS Dehri On Sone 03:55 03:57 0
SSM Sasaram Junction 04:11 04:13 2
BBU Bhabua Road 04:43 04:45
MGS Mughal Sarai Junction 06:15 06:30
MZP Mirzapur 07:35 07:40 3
ALD Allahabad Junction 09:00 09:10 1
FTP Fatehpur 10:55 10:58 3
CNB Kanpur Central 12:25 12:35 1
PHD Phaphund 13:42 13:44 3
ETW Etawah Junction 14:28 14:30 1
SKB Shikohabad Junction 15:09 15:11 3
FZD Firozabad 15:33 15:35 3
TDL Tundla Junction 16:10 16:18 1,2
HRS Hathras Junction 16:51 16:53 2
ALJN Aligarh Junction 17:20 17:25 4
KRJ Khurja Junction 17:55 17:58 2
GZB Ghaziabad Junction 20:00 20:02 3
DLI Old Delhi Junction 20:45 21:35 5
SZM Sabzi Mandi 21:46 21:48 1
SNP Sonipat Junction 22:20 22:22 2
GNU Ganaur 22:35 22:37 2
SMK Samalkha 22:49 22:51 2
PNP Panipat Junction 23:07 23:09 4
KUN Karnal 23:37 23:39 2
KKDE Kurukshetra Junction 00:35 00:37 1
UMB Ambala Cantt. Junction 02:10 02:20 7
CDG Chandigarh Junction 03:00 03:50 3
CNDM Chandi Mandir 04:04 04:05 1
KLK Kalka 04:30  Ends 1

12312 Kalka Mail from Kalka to  Howrah, Time table, Schedule and Route

Train Code Station Name Arrives Departs PlatForm No.
KLK Kalka  Starts 23:55 1
CNDM Chandi Mandir 00:10 00:12 1
CDG Chandigarh Junction 00:25 01:10 2
UMB Ambala Cantt. Junction 02:00 02:20 2
KKDE Kurukshetra Junction 02:53 02:55 2
KUN Karnal 03:21 03:23 1
PNP Panipat Junction 03:52 03:54 1
SMK Samalkha 04:07 04:09 1
GNU Ganaur 04:21 04:23 1
SNP Sonipat Junction 04:40 04:42 1
ANDI Adarsh Nagar 05:09 05:11 0
SZM Sabzi Mandi 05:43 05:45 2
DLI Old Delhi Junction 06:30 07:00 0
GZB Ghaziabad Junction 07:48 07:50 2
KRJ Khurja Junction 08:41 08:44 3
ALJN Aligarh Junction 09:28 09:33 2,3
HRS Hathras Junction 09:55 09:57 1
TDL Tundla Junction 10:45 10:50 3
FZD Firozabad 11:03 11:05 2
SKB Shikohabad Junction 11:25 11:30 2
ETW Etawah Junction 11:54 11:56 3
PHD Phaphund 12:48 12:50 2
CNB Kanpur Central 14:20 14:25 1
FTP Fatehpur 15:28 15:30 2
ALD Allahabad Junction 17:10 17:20 6
MZP Mirzapur 18:33 18:35 2
MGS Mughal Sarai Junction 20:10 20:25
BBU Bhabua Road 21:01 21:02 3
SSM Sasaram Junction 21:34 21:35 3
DOS Dehri On Sone 21:50 21:52 4
GAYA Gaya Junction 23:08 23:13 3
KQR Koderma Junction 00:35 00:37 3
HZD Hazaribagh Road 01:10 01:12
PNME Parasnath 01:56 01:58 4
GMO Netaji SC Bose Junction Gomoh 02:40 02:50 2
DHN Dhanbad Junction 03:15 03:25 1
ASN Asansol Junction 04:31 04:36 5
DGR Durgapur 05:06 05:10 4
BWN Barddhaman Junction 06:28 06:33 5
HWH Howrah Junction 07:55  Ends 9,14

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