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.
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.
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.
To boost the morale of all railwaymen across the country, the Union Railway Minister Shri Lalu Prasad has announced cash awards amounting to Rs. 17.40 crore for railway officers and staff of all Zonal Railways for their excellent contribution in achieving record revenue earning freight loading by Indian Railways during the year 2007-08. The group cash awards include Rs. 1 crore to each of the Zonal Railways, Rs. 20 lakhs to each of the six Production Units and Rs. 20 lakhs to Central Organization for Railway Electrification.
It may be mentioned that the Indian Railways have carried highest ever loading of more than 794 million tonnes during the financial year 2007-08. This has exceeded the initial Budgeted target of 785 MT and the revised estimate target of 790 MT loading. The highest ever incremental loading during a financial year of 65.59 MT has also now been achieved. This has beaten the previous record of 64.61 MT achieved in 2005-06.
The spectacular freight performance of Railway has firmly positioned it as an engine of economic growth in the country. This achievement is a testimony of the vision and dynamic leadership provided to Indian Railway by the Minister for Railways and the Ministers of State for Railways and the dedication, hard work and teamwork of all railwaymen.
Indian Railway have now set a target of loading 850 MT in 2008-09 and an ambitious target of 1100 MT of revenue earning freight traffic by the terminal year (2011-12) of the 11th Plan. The thrust henceforth will be to consolidate the position gained so far by equipping the system for higher growth.
Shri K. C. Jena, Chairman, Railway Board, in his message to all Railwaymen said that this cash award is an unprecedented gesture of the Railway Minister to salute an equally unprecedented achievement. Shri Jena called upon the Railwaymen to perform even better in the future to build the Railways into a vibrant, responsive and safe system.
Shri Jena said that zeal and zest of Railwaymen has resulted in 14.4 per cent growth in passengers earnings, 4.6 per cent in other coaching earnings, 48 per cent in sundry earnings and 13.5 per cent in freight earnings in 2007-08 compared to the previous year. He said that the projections for other indicators are also very encouraging. Gross traffic revenue is 14.5 per cent higher than the previous year and 0.2 per cent higher than the budget estimates. He said that operating ratio is likely to be 76.3 per cent (best in the world), the End Fund Balance is likely to increase to Rs. 20,483 crore ( 27 per cent more than budgeted target) and the Cash Surplus before dividend is expected to be Rs. 25,000 crore. All railway men deserve kudos for this heat-warming performance, he added.
The Indian Railways has now begun the e-ticketing service for waitlist for all trains through the IRCTC E-TICKET for sorting the long queues from the reservation window and making the reservation system more customers friendly.
This reservation service has begun from May 10, 2008 from the already available official website liable for e-ticking reservation www.irctc.co.in .
IRCTC has been booking around 15,000 waitlisted e-tickets per day.
REFUNDS RULES FOR WAITLIST E.TICKET BOOKED THROUGH INTERNET.
After chart preparation, the waitlisted e-ticket may either become fully confirmed or partially confirmed/partially RAC; or partially RAC/partially waitlisted or remain fully waitlisted.
In the first three cases, the names of passengers will appear on the reservation chart and they will be allowed to travel as per the reservation rules.
However, PNRs of those who remain fully waitlisted will be dropped and names of the passengers will not appear on the reservation chart.
They will not be allowed to board the train.
For refunds of fully waitlisted e-tickets after chart preparation, customers need not apply to IRCTC for cancellation and refund.
Their tickets will be cancelled online by Railways and refund shall be credited to user/agents accounts automatically, says a press release.
Soon, you would be able to get railway tickets at your doorsteps by just dialling a number.
Aptly named as “Dial-a-ticket”, the soon-to-be launched service of Railways is currently on trial.In a major boost towards improving passengers amenities, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is going to introduce its unique “Dial-a-Ticket” programme next month. Then passengers would be able to dial a unique number and book tickets over the phone. The tickets would be personally handed over to the passengers at their homes.
The aim is to shorten the queue at the ticket windows. Once operational, this will be a big step towards providing tickets at door steps as value-added facilities to railway passengers across the country.such a step will be a major boost for decongesting ticket counters. “Ticket counters of major stations like New Delhi are always crowded. Such a step, thus, will help from the security angle too.
About the mode of payment, initially a caller has to make payment through cash card and later, credit card payment facilities are likely to be added.
This service will start next month and a separate dedicated 3 or 4 digit number for which railway has apply with department of telecommunication . the detail of the number and payment will announce soon.
Indian railway does not have direct trains to lot of places. passengers does not know what link train he has to catch and from where. this particular information is not available in Indian railway official website, which is called multi train search.
Now you have a good news you have a website for this information
You can search multi trains also with duration and shortest time option. you have to type just the starting station and destination station and date of travel and you will get all the option in a new window with full detail of train and where to get down and what train you have to catch from there with train name, number and fare and seat availability, and you can sort by duration and departure,arrival time , fare and class of journey also. this is really a good website to search multi train options. you can search the flight and train option also in this website .
this site is in beta mode and they are working on it for more better interactive pages and you can search in Hindi and Kannada also. very soon they are going to add some more language .
If they put minimum layover time of 2 hours at link station it will be good as passenger want to keep at least 2 hours time in his hand if the train which he is travelling get late by 1 or 2 hours then he cannot catch the link train. any how you have the option to select the route and train as suitable to you.
we have one more website for multi train search this is also in beta mode but this website is having some problems with server and mostly their server is down and also does not updated the new trains which announced last year and they have not updated the train data. we hope that they will do this very soon
here is the link