How the heck was IR able to add 10 hrs to its running TT?
During the 1970s and 1980s, the Himgiri Exp had a tight schedule with limited stoppages at Asansol, Patna Jn, Mughalsarai, Varanasi, Lucknow, Bareilly, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana and Jalandhar Cantt. The train even departed Howrah at 6 AM and would reach Jalandhar Cantt within 26 Hours by next morning. Now stoppages, especially on Main Line Route (Asansol - Patna - Mughalsarai) have increased, the departure time from Howrah is erratic (11:50 PM) and other trains like Durgiana Exp, etc. are given higher priority over the Himgiri Express :(