First daytime intercity express

By , TNN

CHENNAI: On October 1, 1964, history was created as the first daytime intercity express between Chennai (then Madras) and Bangalore was introduced by Southern Railway.

Named Brindavan Express after the famous Brindavan Gardens in Mysore, the train, which was first introduced on an experimental basis, turned out to be the ideal choice for tourists.

Initially the train was started with eight conventional coaches hauled by a steam locomotive. It covered the 360km distance between Madras and Bangalore in 7.5 hours. In 1966, the train was run with diesel locos and the running time was reduced to 5.5 hours.

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