The Navjivan Express
started running in the late 1970s.
It was the first train from South India to Gujarat.
Until then the usual practice was to change at Bombay,
and the interchange between CR and WR
was puzzling to those travelling for the first time.
However, it was theoretically possible
to travel entirely by metre gauge
between Madras and Ahmedabad.
This became a little simpler with the opening
of the Udaipur-Himatnagar line in the mid-1960s.