Putting motorbikes on trains

#1 Jul 22nd, 2008, 17:23
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Sorry if this has already been covered elsewhere but I can't find it. Does anybody know how easy it is to put a scooter on Indian trains?

Also, any advice/tips on motorbiking around uttar pradesh? I'm planning on buying a motorbike in delhi and biking to Varanasi
#2 Jul 22nd, 2008, 18:03
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Yes. It is possible. But you need to dry the vehicle ( no petrol inside) before you book it for Luggage. Don't book it on Parcel. Cover it with straw and Jute (Chatai). In every Junction station people are available to do it. They normally take 150/ to 200/- INR. Then book it to Luggage van of the train showing your ticket. Reach the station and ask to release it from luggage van. Guard of the train will help you. Please check before you board on the train, that your vehicle is booked in the luggage van of the same train.
#3 Jul 22nd, 2008, 18:08
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and what do you have to pay to railways ?
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#4 Jul 22nd, 2008, 18:40
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Two earlier threads for help..

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#5 Jul 22nd, 2008, 19:16
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The cost in the year 2005, when I booked my two-wheeler from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata was INR 190 - 200. Now the rate may differ but economically better than any other mode of transport
#6 Jul 22nd, 2008, 20:45
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hey kingy,
As far as i know you need a copy of the "blue papers" (initial registration of the bike) or the transfer papers if it's second hand, and these HAVE to be in your name - which could be difficult if you're coming from the UK.
I'm british myself and just tried to carry a bike from Kolkata to Chennai. I bought it second hand for Rs28000 and had all the papers - registration, insurance, pollution certificate etc - but the transfer paper had not yet come through. As the original reg. paper was not in my name they did not allow me to book it. As a result the bike is stuck in my NGO centre in Kolkata while I try to get to grips with Tamil Nadu buses.
Sorry if this doesn't help you much but maybe you can avoid the same problem - and maybe any other forum members could give some help?
On the other hand, I'm interested in doing Delhi-Varanasi in one direction or the other. My bike is currently 3 days ride beyond Varanasi so if you would be interested in a relay-style bike share let me know your dates and maybe we could help each other out. The bike is an Apache 150cc 2006 model.
Might not be quite what you're after but it's a thought. . .
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Just one thing I would suggest is that when you reach your destination to quickly retrieve your vehicle before there is much opportunity to remove unneccessary parts..
#8 Jul 22nd, 2008, 22:48
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Be warned.. If your onboarding station is not the terminus, there is not guarantee that there will be space for your bike when the train arrives. If there are stops along the way, more luggage will be piled on top of you bike potentially resulting in cosmetic damage. Also, when you get off you need to make sure you rush to the baggage van and ensure that they unload the bike. If not, your bike may continue on its journey.

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