Train numbers 12717 and 12718 Ratnachal Express, the mostly choosed medium of transport between Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, will start its journey again from February 8th, with a revised composition of comprising 17 coaches, which consists of two air-conditioned chair cars, eight second class sitting coaches, four general second class coaches, two second luggage–cum–break van coaches, and a pantry car. As we know, the train is burnt on Sunday, by agitators of Kapu Garjana. Since then the train is cancelled and people are looking into private and RTC buses.
Ratnachal Express has a history of 19 years. The train will travel across 12 major stations, from Vijayawada to Vizag. It carries almost 5000 passengers everyday and collects Rs.6 lakh every day. The train starts at 6.05 AM every day from Vijayawada, and passes through Nuzvid, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Nidadavolu, Rajamundry, Samarlakota, Ananvaram, Tuni, Anakapalli, Duvvada and reaches Visakhapatnam by 12.15 PM. And in return, it starts at 12.40 PM from Vizag and reaches Vijayawada by 6.30 PM. Passengers are very comfortable with the train timings and also the duration as the travel time is just 6 hours.