India’s longest distance travelling train, Dibrugarh – Kanniyakumari Vivek Express flagged off at Dibrugarh Railway Station (Assam) on 19th November 2011.
The weekly train (15905/15906) will travel a distance of 4,286 kilometres from Dibrugarh (Assam) railway station to Kanniyakumari (Tamil Nadu) through the states of Assam, West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The train will reach its destination in about 82:30 hours.
Earlier, the longest distance travelling train was the Himsagar Express (now the second longest distance travelling train in India) which travels from Jammu Tawi to Kanniyakumari, covering a total distance of 3715 kilometres in about 69:30 hours.
The train has been christened as “Vivek Express” in the name of the great saint Swami Vivekananda. There will be altogether 52 stoppages throughout the journey including commercial stoppages. The composition of the train includes one AC-2 tier, two AC-3 tier, seven sleeper class, six general second class, a pantry car and two SLR coaches.