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Posted by gbissa on July 14, 2008
Posted by gbissa on April 18, 2009
www.erail.in is updated with new version. Now it becomes more users friendly. Default color has been changed to vista Blue which gives a good look. Home page link has been created. Keyboard function for all station search list. Now you can choose the station name from keyboard up & down buttons. From now on user can see the trains which pass through the station but does not have halt in the search query, so that user can choose nearby station if he wish to travel by that particular train. Passenger trains have been added with express trains. Now user can see all the trains between a given routes in a single list. Arrival and departure has been added for all stations. Now you can click on AD next to route drop menu box to get the particular station all trains arrival and departure, you have chosen in drop menu box. For the route which do not have any trains you will get a message and link where you can send the mail and get the short route or link station detail from the page itself. Tips have been given for all the headers. Take your mouse cursor on any header or word to get the detail. Sorting highlights has given for all the headers in the train list. Default sorting is train Number now. Separate link has been given for the summer special trains in home page. Yatra package for Rameshwaram has been launched. All the important links has been given in the home page. Separate color has been given to Rajdhani, Shatabadi , Garibrath, Superfast ,Mail &express Trains and passenger trains in train name list. Any query, error report or feedback can be send from home page itself. Route link has been created below the train list so that users can copy this link and send to anyone.
Posted by gbissa on April 18, 2009
Western Railway will operate following additional summer holiday specials to various destinations to clear the extra summer rush.
Weekly Bhuj-Rajkot Holiday Specials
Train No.0961 Rajkot-Bhuj Weekly Special will leave Rajkot at 00.15 hrs every Wednesday and reach Bhuj at 06.25 hrs from 22nd April 2009 to13thMay2009.Similarly, in return direction, Train No.0962 Bhuj-Rajkot Weekly Special will depart from Bhuj at 16.50 hrs on every Tuesday and arrive Rajkot at 23.00 hrs from 21st April 2009 to 12th May 2009. This train will have AC II tier,AC III tier, Sleeper Class and General II class .The train will have stoppages at Wankaner City, Morbi, Maliya Miyana, Samakhiali, Bhachau, Gandhidham, Adipur and Anjar stations in both directions. Booking opens from 20th April 2009.
Daily Mhow-Ratlam Holiday Special
Train No. 0969 Daily Special will leave Ratlam at 13.30 hrs to reach Mhow at 18.30 hrs from 15th April, 2009 to 15th May, 2009.Similarly, in return direction, Train No. 0970 will leave Mhow at 08.00 hrs and arrive Ratlam at 13.00 hrs from 15th April, 2009 to 15th May, 2009. The train will comprise of Sleeper Class and General II class. The train enroute will stop at Nauganwan, Runija, Barnagar, Gautampura, Fatehabad, Chandrawati Ganj, Ajnod, Palia, Laxmibai Nagar, Indore, Lokmanyanagar, Rajendranagar, Rau, Haranyakheri stations in both directions. Booking opens from 20th April 2009.
Daily Vadodara –Ujjain Holiday Special
Train No.2927A Daily Special will leave Vadodara at 06.35 hrs, and reach Ujjain at 12.30 hrs from 20th April to 19th May 2009 .Similarly, in return direction, Train No.2928A Special will depart from Ujjain at 15.10 hrs and reach Vadodara at 22.05 hrs from 20th April to 19th May 2009 .This train will have I AC, AC II tier, AC III tier, Sleeper Class and General II class. The train will have stoppages at Godhra, Dahod, Ratlam and Nagda stations in both directions. Booking opens from 19th April 2009.
Weekly Special Train Between Ahmedabad –Abu Road
Train No.0957 Ahmedabad – Abu Road Weekly special will leave Ahmedabad at 08.05 hrs every Sunday to reach Abu Road at 12.20 hrs from 19th April to 17th May 2009.
Similarly, Train No. 0958 Abu Road- Ahmedabad Weekly special will depart from Abu Road every Sunday at 14.00 hrs to arrive Ahmedabad at 18.50 hrs from 19th April to 17th May, 2009. The train will have AC 2 tier, AC 3 Tier, Sleeper Class and II class general coaches. It will halt at Palanpur, Siddhpur, Unjha, Mahesana and Kalol in both directions. Bookings Open.
Daily Veraval-Rajkot Holiday Special
Train No.0967 Special will leave Rajkot at 22.20 hrs to reach Veraval at 02.05 hrs the next day from 15th April to 15th May 2009.Similarly, Train No. 0968 Special will depart from Veraval at 02.30 hrs to arrive Rajkot at 06.10 hrs from 16th April to 16th May, 2009. The train will comprise of General II class. It will halt at Bhakti Nagar, Gondal, Virpur, Navagadh, Jetalsar, Junagadh, Keshod, Maliya Hatina and Chorwad in both directions.
Bi-Weekly Indore-Surat Holiday Special
Train No. 0953 Special will leave Indore at 18.45hrs every Monday and Wednesday to reach Surat at 04.45hrs the next day from 20th April to 18th May 2009.Similarly, Train No. 0954 Special will leave Surat at 05.30hrs on every Tuesday and Thursday to reach Indore at 15.30 hrs from 21st April to 19th May 2009. The train will have AC 2 tier, AC 3 Tier, Sleeper Class and II class general coaches. It will halt at Vadodara, Ratlam, Nagda, Ujjain and Dewas in both directions. Booking opens from 20th April 2009.
Weekly Udaipur-Ratlam Special
Train No. 0231 Special will leave Ratlam at 20.45 hrs every Monday to reach Udaipur City at 04.00 hrs the next day from 20th April to 29th June 2009.Similarly, Train No. 0232 Special will leave Udaipur City at 12.00 hrs on every Monday to reach Ratlam at 18.40 hrs from 20th April to 29th June 2009. The train will have AC 2 tier, AC 3 Tier, Sleeper Class and II class general coaches. It will halt at Namli, Jaora, Dhodhar, Dalauda, Mandsor, Piplia, Nimach, Javad Road, Nimbahera, Chittaurgarh, Bercha Jn., Mavli Jn., and Rana Pratap Nagar stations in both directions. Booking opens from 19th April 2009.
Weekly Special Train Between Ahmedabad –Abu Road
Train No.0963 Ahmedabad – Abu Road Weekly special will leave Ahmedabad at 04.20 hrs every Thursday to reach Abu Road at 08.10 hrs from 23rd April to 21st May 2009.Similarly, Train No. 0964 Abu Road- Ahmedabad Weekly special will depart from Abu Road at 09.50 hrs every Thursday to arrive Ahmedabad at 14.00 hrs from 23rd April to 21st May, 2009. The train will have AC 3 Tier, Sleeper Class and II class general coaches. It will halt at Palanpur, Siddhpur, Unjha, Mahesana, Kalol in both directions. Booking opens from 22nd April 2009.
26 Weekly AC Specials Between Mumbai Central – Ahmedabad
Train No.0935 Weekly Superfast AC Specials will leave Mumbai Central at 22.50 hrs on every Thursday and reach Ahmedabad at 06.00 hrs on next day from 9th April 2009 to 2nd July 2009.
Similarly, in return direction, Train No.0936 Weekly Superfast AC Special will depart from Ahmedabad at 23.15 hrs on every Monday and arrive Mumbai Central at 06.15 hrs on next day from 6th April, 2009 to 29th June, 2009.This train will have I AC, AC II tier and AC III tier .The train will have stoppages at Borivali, Surat and Vadodara stations in both directions.
26 Weekly AC Specials Between Mumbai Central – Jaipur
Train No.0937 Weekly Superfast AC Specials will leave Mumbai Central at 13.55 hrs on every Tuesday and reach Jaipur at 07.00 hrs on next day from 7th April 2009 to 30th June 2009.Similarly, in return direction, Train No.0938 Weekly Superfast AC Special will depart from Jaipur at 10.05 hrs on every Wednesday and arrive Mumbai Central at 04.50 hrs on next day from 8th April, 2009 to 1st July, 2009.This train will have I AC, AC II tier and AC III tier .The train will have stoppages at Borivali, Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam, Kota and Sawaimadhopur stations in both directions.
26 Weekly Special trains between Bandra Terminus & Okha
Train No.0933 Weekly Special will leave Bandra Terminus on every Wednesday at 23.25 hrs to reach Okha, the next day at 19.00 hrs from 8th April, 2009 to 1st July, 2009.Similarly, in return direction, Train No.0934 will depart from Okha on every Tuesday at 11.15 hrs and arrive Bandra Terminus at 05.35 hrs , the next day from 7th April, 2009 to 30th June, 2009.The train will have AC II, Sleeper class and II class general coaches.This train will halt at Borivali, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Viramgam, Surendra Nagar, Wankaner, Rajkot, Hapa, Jamnagar, Khambalia and Dwarka stations in both directions.
24 Weekly special train Between Ahmedabad – Gorakhpur
Train No.0939 Ahmedabad – Gorakhpur weekly special train will leave Ahmedabad on every Sunday at 21.30 hrs to reach Gorakhpur at 04.30 hrs, the next day from 12th April to 28th June, 2009.Smilarly, Train No. 0940 Gorakhpur – Ahmedabad Weekly special will depart from Gorakhpur on every Tuesday at 23.30 hrs to arrive Ahmedabad at 05.50 hrs the next day from 14th April to 30th June, 2009.The train will have AC III tier, sleeper class and II class general coaches.It will halt at Vadodara, Ratlam, Kota, Sawaimadhopur, Bayana, Agra Fort, Tundla, Kanpur, Lucknow, Barabanki, Gonda, Basti and Khaliabad stations in both directions.
24 Weekly Special trains between Ahmedabad – Jodhpur
Train No.0941 Weekly Special will leave Ahmedabad at 19.40 hrs on every Thursday to reach Jodhpur the next day at 04.30 hrs from 9th April, 2009 to 25th June, 2009.
Similarly, in return direction, Train No.0942 Weekly Special will leave Jodhpur at 22.20 hrs on every Friday and arrive Ahmedabad at 07.20 hrs, the next day from 10th April, 2009 to 26th June, 2009.The train will have I AC, II AC, AC III tier, sleeper class and II class general coaches.Enroute this train will halt at Mahesana, Palanpur, Abu Road, Falna, Marwar Jn., Pali Marwar and Luni stations in both directions.
26 Weekly Superfast Special train between Valsad – Ajmer
Train No. 0945 Weekly Special will leave Valsad at 17.15 hrs on every Tuesday to reach Ajmer at 09.50 hrs the next day from 7th April, 2009 to 30th June, 2009. Similarly, in return direction, Train No. 0946 will leave Ajmer at 20.30 hrs on every Wednesday and arrive Valsad at 12.00 hrs, the next day from 8th April, 2009 to 1st July, 2009.The train will comprise of AC 3 tier, sleeper class & II class general coaches.The train enroute will stop at Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam, Mandsor, Nimuch, Chittaurgarh, Bhilwara, Vijaynagar and Nasirabad stations in both directions.
26 Weekly Superfast Special train between Valsad – Varanasi
Train No. 0943 Weekly Special will leave Valsad at 19.40 hrs on every Friday to reach Varanasi at 23.05 hrs the next day from 3rd April, 2009 to 26th June, 2009. Similarly, in return direction, Train No. 0944 will leave Varanasi at 04.15 hrs on every Sunday and arrive Valsad at 09.00 hrs, the next day from 5th April, 2009 to 28th June, 2009.The train will comprise of AC 3 tier, sleeper class & II class general coaches.The train enroute will stop at Udhna, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni Jn. Satna and Manikpur stations in both directions.
182 Daily Special Train Between Mhow – Khandwa
Train No.0949 Daily special train will leave Mhow at 23.30 hrs to reach Khandwa at 02.30 hrs, the next day from 1st April to 30th June, 2009.Similarly, Train No. 0950 Daily special will depart from Khandwa at 10.00 hrs to reach Mhow at 14.30 hrs from 2nd April to 1st July, 2009.The train will have II class general coaches.It will halt at Patal Pani, Kalakund, Choral, Mukhtiara Balwada, Barawaha, Omkareshwar Road, Sanawad, Nimar Kheri, Attar and Ajanti stations in both directions.
182 Daily Special Train Between Ratlam – Ajmer
Train No.0947 Daily special train will leave Ratlam at 13.00 hrs to reach Ajmer at 20.50 hrs from 1st April to 30th June, 2009.Similarly, Train No. 0948 Daily special will depart from Ajmer at 22.00 hrs to reach Ratlam at 06.25 hrs on next day from 1st April to 30th June, 2009.The train will have II class general coaches.It will halt at Namli, Jaora, Dhodhar, Dalauda, Mandsor, Piplia, Nimach, Jawad Road, Nimbahera, Chittaurgarh, Chanderiya, Bhilwara, Bijainagar, Nasirabad, Adarshnagar stations in both directions.
Weekly Superfast AC Specials Between Mumbai Central – H. Nizamuddin (Rajdhani type)
Train No.0901A Weekly AC Specials will leave Mumbai Central at 16.00 hrs on every Sunday and reach H. Nizamuddin at 09.50 hrs on next day from 19th April 2009 to 28th June 2009.
Similarly, in return direction, Train No.0902A Weekly AC Special will depart from H. Nizamuddin at 15.50 hrs on every Monday and arrive Mumbai Central at 11.25 hrs on next day from 20th April, 2009 to 29th June, 2009.This train will have I AC, AC II tier and AC III tier .The train will have stoppages at Surat, Vadodara , Ratlam and Kota stations in both directions.
Tri – Weekly Superfast AC Special train between Mumbai Central – Ahmedabad
Train No. 0951 Weekly Superfast Special will leave Mumbai Central at 14.20 hrs on every Sunday , Tuesday and Friday to reach Ahmedabad at 22.15 hrs from 14th April, 2009 to 15th May, 2009.
Similarly, in return direction, Train No. 0952 will leave Ahmedabad at 07.35 hrs on every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and arrive Mumbai Central at 15.00 hrs from 15th April, 2009 to 16th May, 2009. The train will comprise of AC Chair car .The train enroute will stop at Borivali, Vapi, Valsad ,Surat and Vadodara stations in both directions.
Tri – Weekly Superfast AC Specials Between Mumbai Central – H. Nizamuddin(Rajdhani type)
Train No.0903A Tri – Weekly Superfast AC Specials will leave Mumbai Central at 23.15 hrs on every Tuesday , Thursday and Saturday and reach H. Nizamuddin at 18 .15 hrs on next day on 16th ,21th ,23th ,25th ,28th and 30th April ,from 02nd May to 30 th May and from 02nd June to 27th June 2009 .
Similarly, in return direction, Train No.0904A Weekly Superfast AC Special will depart from H. Nizamuddin at 11.00 hrs on every Monday, Thursday and Saturday and reach Mumbai Central at 0.5.15 hrs on the next day from 18th ,23th ,25th ,27th 30th April, from 02nd May to 30th May and from 01st June to 29th June 2009 .This train will have I AC, AC II tier and AC III tier .The train will have stoppages at Borivali ,Surat, Vadodara , Ratlam and Kota stations in both directions.
Daily Special Train Between Ahmedabad -Gandhidham
Train No.9011A Ahmedabad – Gandhidham daily holiday special will leave Ahmedabadl at 15.20 hrs to reach Gandhidham at 21.15 hrs from 15th April to 30th April 2009 and 01st May to 15th May , 2009.
Similarly, Train No. 9012A Gandhidham – Ahmedabad daily holiday special will depart from Gandhidham on at 22.30 hrs to arrive Ahmedabad at 06.35 hrs from 15th April to 30th April 2009 and 01st May to 15th May , 2009.The train will have AC Chair Car ,1st class , Chair Car , and II class general coaches. It will halt at Sabarmati , Viramgam, Dhrangadhra, Halvad, Maliya Miyana, Samakhiali and Bhachau stations in both directions.
MORE RAJDHANI TYPE HOLIDAY SPECIAL TRAINS FOR SUMMER SEASON BETWEEN H.NIZAMUDDIN &MUMBAI CENTRAL
In order to clear extra rush of passengers during summer rush, Railways will run 0901A/0902A Rajdhani type Holiday Special Weekly & 0903A/0904A Super Fast Rajdhani type Tri-Weekly Super Fast Special trains between Mumbai Central & Hazrat Nizamuddin as per the programme:-
The 0901A Mumbai Central-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani type Holiday Special Weekly train will depart from Mumbai Central on every Sunday from 19.04.09 upto 28.06.09(in all 11trips) at 5.05 p.m. to arrive at Hazrat Nizamuddin at 09.50 a.m. the next day (Monday). In the return direction the 0902A Hazrat Nizamuddin- Mumbai Central Weekly special train will depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin on every Monday from 20.04.2009 upto 29.6.09(11 trips) at 3.50 p.m. to arrive at Mumbai Central at 11.25 a.m. the next day. Consisting of First A.C., A.C. Two Tier, AC 3 Tier & luggage van coaches LHB rake, the 0901A/0902A Mumbai Central- Hazrat Nizamuddin Weekly special train will stop at Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam, and Kota stations enroute in both the directions.
The 0903A Mumbai Central-Hazrat Nizamuddin Super Fast Rajdhani type Tri-Weekly train will depart from Mumbai Central on every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday with immediate effect upto 27.06.09(in all 31trips) at 11.15 p.m. to arrive at Hazrat Nizamuddin at 6.15 p.m. the next day. In the return direction the 0904A Hazrat Nizamuddin- Mumbai Central Super Fast Tri-Weekly special train will depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin on every Monday, Thursday & Saturday from 18.04.2009 upto 29.6.09(31 trips) at 11.00 a.m. to arrive at Mumbai Central at 05.15 a.m. the next day.
Consisting of First A.C., A.C. Two Tier, AC 3 Tier and luggage vans coaches LHB rake, the 0901A/0902A Mumbai Central- Hazrat Nizamuddin Tri-Weekly special train will stop at Borivali, Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam and Kota stations enroute in both the directions.
0416A DELHI SARAI ROHILLA-PATNA SPECIAL TRAIN ON 17.04.09
In order to clear extra rush of rail passengers Northern Railway will run a Special train no. 0416A from Delhi Sarai Rohilla to Patna Jn. one side only on 17.04.09 as per the following schedule.
The 0416A Delhi Sarai-Rohilla- Patna reserved Special will depart from Delhi Sarai Rohilla on 17.04.09 at 1.00 p.m.(noon) to reach Patna at 7.30 a.m the next day. Consisting of Three AC 3 tier, Nine second class sleeper, Four general second class besides two luggage vans, the 0416A Special train will stop at Delhi Jn., Delhi Sahadra, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Allahabad, Mughal Sarai, Buxar, Ara and Danapur stations enroute.
Posted by gbissa on October 18, 2008
Today Indian railways blocked showing seat availability and pnr status data from all the private train information sites which were giving the information in user-friendly manner. This is really a monopoly nothing else. In this information age Indian railways blocking all the sites means they are not interested about public . they have auctioned the website for ad at 4.5 crore to a private agency. they want to earn money nothing else. The guys who started this private sites to show the train information to public at the public interest and also a passion to create something new, CRIS (centre for Railway Information system)who manage the official website of Indian railways have never updated there information pages as they are govt. servant and you know what could expect from them.Showing information of public domain is not illegal but it helps public. Has anyone given the complaint about any of this site that they are showing wrong information. they are just showing the same page of Indian railway official website in a interactive and user friendly manner. If Indian railways or CRIS are really interested of public then they can also show the information on a user friendly manner and also get the good public response
For example www.erail.in never store the live data of pnr status and seat availability in their server. They were showing the original page of www.indianrail.gov.in and that also all the information in a single page. in this age monopoly will not work if someone go to the court CRIS will surely going to lost the case , there are so many examples of showing information of public importance by private entrepreneurs. All the news paper showing the train departure and arrival time,seat availability every week and some newspaper show daily because it helps general public . instead of blocking the private site CRIS should have welcome them as they are helping public when the Indian railway server is down (which is always slow) and the important public information cannot be copyright.
We must as citizens fight to promote such efforts and not succumb to hegemony of government departments. The official website ranking is dropping every month (see http://www.alexa.com) and they are fearing of competition. Instead of competition they are warning and blocking the new comers who are having a passion to do something for Indian public.
Indian railways should consider this private site as a better alternative and not competition. After all cooperation is better than competition.
compare this private site with the official sites yourself and see what this new boys has done without thinking of money (Except google AdWords they do not get any revenue from this sites) which is the only motto of Indian railways and CRIS.
Posted by gbissa on October 2, 2008
On this great day of gandhi jayanti erail have launch passenger and unreserved express trains search in http://erail.in .They have given a drop menu box to choose for passanger and unreserved express train or express and reserved trains in the top of the window . By default it will be express and reserved trains and if you want to check for the passenger trains then change from drop menu box and choose passenger and unreserved trains.Now you can choose any option of searching the express or passanger trains. wishing you a happy journey.
Rajavilas on rails. The Golden Chariot luxury train is Karnataka’s answer to Rajasthan’s acclaimed Palace on Wheels
Posted by gbissa on September 26, 2008
The eye-catching royal purple coaches draw attention at the Yeswantpur Railway Station in Bangalore. It is a train built for a different experience, and the colour on the exterior hints at the experience that guests can expect inside.
People on the platform stop near the coaches for a close look. Curiosity gets the better of them, and some inch closer to peep through the large glass windows. A few others try their luck with the staff for a peek inside. It’s the same story at all the stations the train stops at — Mysore, Hassan, Hospet, Gadag and, finally, Goa.
The Golden Chariot luxury train is Karnataka’s answer to Rajasthan’s Palace on Wheels and Maharashtra’s Deccan Odyssey. “But what differentiates us from the other two luxury trains is the variety of destinations the itinerary offers,” says Anand Menon, Director of the Golden Chariot project. On offer is a mix of historical, heritage, wildlife and beach destinations. And unlike the Palace on Wheels, where about 85-90 per cent of the guests are foreigners, 75-80 per cent of guests on the Golden Chariot are Indians and NRIs, he adds.
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Posted by gbissa on September 25, 2008
Cleartrip, in partnership with IRCTC, announced the launch of online train bookings. With over 17 million passengers travelling daily by train, Cleartrip becomes India’s first online travel agency to tap this burgeoning market by enabling customers to book their train tickets online.
Cleartrip launched a search-only service in February 2008 and has steadily improved the offering based on feedback from thousands of users the search results from 3000 scaled up to 15000 in 6 months. As customer feedback poured in, Cleartrip added maps for stations and train routes, dateless searches to enable checking of railway schedules, connecting journeys where no direct train is available between stations. Registered users can even save their train searches, letting them conduct their regular searches again without having to re-enter information.
Cleartrip has created the easiest and fastest method for customers to purchase railway tickets online. Instead of having to check aspects of the booking separately, a single search provides users with train fares, schedules and availability simultaneously. Cleartrip lets users select the stations most convenient to them by offering multiple stations from a city instead of forcing users to specify a station and also allows the comparison of fares from multiple stations. In addition, users can instantly review fares from multiple classes such as AC 2-Tier and AC 3-Tier, letting them upgrade to a higher class of travel if they choose. Detailed information is provided for each train including arrival and departure times, number of stops and the train’s route with all stops.
In addition, a wide variety of payment options are supported, including credit cards, debit cards and net-banking, so virtually anyone can use this medium. All railway bookings made on Cleartrip are permanently stored in each user’s account, Users can also cancel their bookings online at any time.
“Cleartrip has always been very focused on making travel simple and with that mission we have designed the rail booking engine. The amount of data on railways is vast and we wanted a system that kept things simple, while delivering search results in under a second, and we’ve reinvented the wheel to create that system” said Hrush Bhatt, Founder & Director, Product and Strategy.
The government-owned Indian Railways boasts one of the largest and most trafficked railroad networks in the world—over 18,000 trains operate daily, plying across over 60,000 kilometres of railroad tracks and over 6,800 railway stations. “The sheer size and scale of the Indian Railways, made offering…
this article is from-Financial express
Posted by gbissa on September 8, 2008
erail.in has added some more features. They have added senior male and senior female fares in their site and also added exact fare option also . They have also added a forum for any query about indian trains. One more new feature is Trains at glance in excel sheet in very attractive way where you can search by table numer and also by train number. The most important feature they have added is passanger train in their search which is useful to passangers. Also added train departure and arrival from a particular station for next 24 hours, which give more comfort to the passanger to get full timetable of trains from a particular station. just choose your station from drop menu box or click on all stations and type your station name or station code and click on 24 hours tab (number 9) . The site is becoming more and more interactive with this features.
Posted by gbissa on May 26, 2008
IRCTC, the rail tourism body of the Indian Railways, is mulling a tie-up with Rail Europe, one of the largest global providers of international railway services, to increase global access to Indian luxury rail services.
The tie-up will provide customers across 50 countries in Australia, Asia, Africa and South America access to the luxury rail services like Palace on Wheels, which can be then booked on the Rail Europe website.
Rail Europe is a joint venture between French and Swiss national railways.
“We are still at the initial stages of discussion with Rail Europe. We are studying the different implications and looking at options for providing better value to our customers. Our basic aim is to provide customers with a one-stop shop for railway travel packages,” said IRCTC Managing Director Nalin Shinghal.
Confirming the development, Executive Director of Rail Europe India Gopi Iyengar said, “IRCTC approached us and we had a meeting two weeks back. We were also on a global lookout for expanding our railway product base. The luxury rail product in India interested us and we wanted to include that in our product base. This will also expand the global reach of these services.”
Foreign tourists constitute more than 90 per cent of the total customer base of luxury rail services in India which cost around Rs 16,000-Rs 17,000 per passenger per day.
India runs four such services, including Palace on Wheels and Heritage on Wheels in Rajasthan, Deccan Odyssey in Maharashtra and Golden Chariot in Karnataka.
All these services are joint ventures between Indian Railways and the respective state governments. Rajasthan Tourism department is now planning to introduce one more Palace on Wheels by the end of this year.
Currently, there is no one-stop shop for booking these rail tours. Customers who want to travel in them have to either book them on the state government websites or from travel agents.
IRCTC will also be making arrangements with the state governments to make luxury rail bookings available on its own website. Through the tie-up, Rail Europe is also looking at selling its own international packages on the IRCTC website.
Rail Europe currently has over 100,000 Indian customers bookings products from its website. The company expects its Indian customer base to significantly expand when its products are available on IRCTC.
“We are still studying the potential in the market,” said Iyengar. Meanwhile, IRCTC is also looking at promoting its other tour packages which it started selling last year. To that end, it has tied up with various travel portals like Makemytrip and Yatra to sell the packages on these portals.
Posted by gbissa on May 23, 2008
The Railway budget of 2008-2009 says that we have not increase the fare from last 4 years, but reality is that they have increased the fare by making all the popular and trains which has 100% occupancy to super-fast category which means each ticket has been increased by 8 to 10% by super-fast charges. The position in southern Railway is that they no more have super-fast number to fill up. All the number from 2601 to 2699 has been allotted and now they have problem to give super-fast number to train which originate from southern or south western railway. (All the super fast trains start with the number 2 and the next number will be zone number for example southern railway has allotted 6, so all the super fast train number from southern railway will start from 26)
As on 1-4-2008 out of 810 pair of total Indian railway trains 400 trains has been converted in to super-fast/rajdhani/ shatabdi/janshatabadi/garibrath trains . that means 50% of Indian trains are come under this category. the remaining trains does not have good occupancy rate and they are mostly weekly or bi-weekly trains which are not so popular.
By 2012 we may not have any mail/express train in Indian railway as they are changing all train to super-fast category.
As there is no guideline for super-fast trains it seems that railway is duping the people by just changing the trains in to super-fast and charging more.
Here is an example;
2656 Chennai to Ahmadabad Nav jeevan express departure at 09.35 and reach Ahmadabad 19.25 next day and the journey hours is 33.50 hours and this is a super-fast train
6125 Chennai to Jodhpur exp departure time is 15.15 and reach Ahmadabad at 01.00 third day and the journey hours is 33.45 hours and this is not a super fast train. this train take 0.05 minute less then super-fast train.
kudos to Lalu and his team for doing this to Indian people who never thinks how he changed the Indian railway financial results.
One more thing they have done in last 4 years in the name of converting metre guage to broad guage they have also converted the old passenger trains to mail/express train which were running in this route when the B.G. line started . thus they converted all passenger train to mail/express train for which fare difference is nearabout 60% and thus getting 60% more revenue to the Indian railway.