Tamilnadu Express | Maiden Run With Brand New LHB Coaches & Parallel Departure with Cheran Express

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Train : 02621 Chennai - New Delhi Tamilnadu Express
Loco : Erode WAP7 #39123

Thanks to @MSRAILFANS. Without him, this video wouldn't have been possible.

An event that would have been attended by at least 50 Railfans, if not for COVID.

An event that would have been attended by at least 5 Railfans, if not for Nivar Cyclone.

A plan for decoration, which was still not confirmed upto 10 hours prior to the departure of the train.

From driving in torrential rains, to walking across flooded roads, to getting drenched despite an umbrella, the path to making this happen was no less than an adventure.

Finally, with the blessings of the almighty, the loco was moderately decorated and two new name boards were fitted on to the train in the last minute by Rahul and I.

The 12621 / 12622 Tamil Nadu Express is a superfast train of the Indian Railways. The train was first started on 7 August 1976 by then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Introduced as a tri-weekly, it was the first State named train of the south. It runs between Chennai Central and New Delhi. It was considered as the fastest non-Rajdhani Express train. In 1976, it was a tri weekly train, then made four times a week just before the 1982 Asian Games and then converted to a daily train by Madhav Rao Scindia in June 1988 and who added Gwalior to the stoppages. Numbered 12621/12622, this train belongs to the Superfast category of Indian Railways.

When first introduced, the train was numbered 121/122 and the train had 13 compartments and was hauled by a single WDM 2 locomotive. After the Madras to Vijayawada line was electrified, the train was hauled by a single WAM 4 Arakkonam Electric on that stretch, and a single WDM 2 from Vijayawada to New Delhi. When the Chennai - New Delhi line was partially electrified in the late 1980s, it had to change engines twice in the route, from WAM 4 to WDM 2 at Vijayawada and then from WDM 2 to WAM 4 at Itarsi Junction.

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