A User's Guide to Indiarailinfo

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Part One - Some Basics

Indiarailinfo and erail are the two most commonly used websites for finding information about Indian trains. Neither of them provides a ticket booking service. This post deals with Indiarailinfo only. Another IM member plans to produce information about erail. A link will be added here when that is available. Novices are strongly advised to read http://www.indiamike.com/india-artic...ts-from-abroad before attempting to understand the contents of this post

Indiarailinfo is an independent, unofficial website, although it does draw down information from the Official Indian Railways website. From time to time Indian Railways attempts to prevent this happening. Indiarailinfo usually manage to release an update to bypass these attempts within hours. They do publish a disclaimer regarding accuracy of information. There is a link to this just below the title on their website.

The site is under constant development and there are regular additions to functionality. This post has been updated to include some changes made on 9th November 2012. Thanks to Dipyamanbasu for pointing these out.

There is no need to join or register with Indiarailinfo in order to use the site. I have no connection other than as a user.

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Update 30th April 2013 with the introduction of the 60 day Advance Reservation Period Indiarailinfo have introduced some new features. See this link
Finding Trains

The website looks rather daunting at first view but is really quite easy to use. Suppose that you want to know about trains between two places. Open the www.indiarailinfo.com website. You should see this.

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If you know the Station Codes for your departure point and destination you can enter them into the “from station” and “to station” boxes circled on the screen shot above. The station name will appear in a drop down list. Click on it and it will appear in the box. For unknown Station Codes enter the name of the place and you will see a range of options on the drop down. If you are not sure which option just click on the most likely looking one. For Delhi I always use NDLS. When you have selected the two stations click “Search”

If you know the name or number of the train that you want you can skip the “from” and “to” boxes and just enter the train name/number in the “train” box. Click the train that you want from the drop down options – making sure that if you are using the train name that you choose the correct direction of running. As an example the Kalka Mail runs from Howrah to Kalka and Kalka to Howrah. Numbers are less confusing.

I have chosen to search for trains from Delhi to Jodhpur as a fairly simple example. The result looks like this.

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At first sight it looks as if there are 5 trains between Delhi and Jodhpur but in fact trains 14659 and 14659-Slip run as one train from Delhi to Jodhpur where the train is split into two sections for different destinations. Trains 12463 and 22482 do not run on every day of the week so actually there are two trains that run every day and one extra train on five days of the week.

For this search I entered NDLS as the “from station” but note that the trains depart from either DEE or DLI. The search result will include nearby (and sometimes quite distant) alternatives for both departures and arrivals. DEE is Delhi Sarai Rohilla and DLI is Old Delhi – both relatively close to the centre of the city but you still need to get to them.

The punctuality figures are based on the average of early/late arrival/departure over the last 30 days. Figures in red indicate late running, figures in green on time or early. These figures are a guide. If you turn up after the scheduled departure time because on average a train leaves late you will have a long walk and no comebacks.

Finding Berth/Seat availability


As Indiarailinfo relies on the Official Indian Railways site for this information it cannot provide this function during the daily shut down period of the Official site , 23.30 - 00.30 IST. The site also suffers if the Official site is having one of its periodic breakdowns.

I have decided that I want to travel departing Delhi on March 1st.

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Always enter departure dates. Madame W is a delicate blossom who insists on travelling in AC coaches so I have clicked the boxes for 1A,2A and 3A. If you leave the boxes unchecked the search will include all bookable classes of travel. I then clicked on “Get Seat Availability” and after a few seconds got a result. This shows the availability status on all trains by using coloured "bricks".

A pink "brick" indicates Wait List, an orange one Regret or Not Available and green indicates availability - even if only one berth or seat. If you hover your cursor over an individual “brick” on the live website you can see the detail of the current situation for each class in each train. If you you do this for the orange “brick” showing for train 12463 it says General/CLASS DOES NOT EXIST. A blue brick indicates RAC status.

Be aware that this search may take some time if you are looking at a route such as Delhi-Agra or Delhi-Kolkata with a lot of trains.

Getting more info

Going back to our example I like the timings of train 12461 so let's find out more about it. When I click on the train number or name on the list I get this screen.

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Using the links towards the bottom left of this screen you can get

A detailed timetable
Don't worry about the times in red that are crossed out. This just indicates that there has been a recent amendment to the timetable. If you want to know when the train will pass stations where it does not have a stop listed in the timetable click the blue link Show ALL Intermediate Stations
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A map of the route
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A fare chart
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Availability
information for up to 120 days ahead ( 60 days w.e.f 1st May 2013)
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And a forum about the train which sometimes contains useful info about food, cleanliness and the like. Sometimes the comments are in Hindi or other regional languages.

Whichever of these options you choose there is a top section to the page packed with useful information. You can find out what catering facilities are available, whereabouts in the train your coach is likely to be and even what type of loco is likely to haul the train if that interests you.
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Foreign Tourist Quota and Tatkal.

I can hear the shouts from several thousand miles away. "We aren't interested in March. We are in Delhi now and need to get to the Sky-clad Zip-lining Festival in Jodhpur next Tuesday and all of the trains are booked. This is Soooooooooooooooooo important!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

If you are a non-Indian passport holder or hold NRI status you can use the Foreign Tourist Quota. This is a small number of seats on a limited number of trains that can only be booked at International desks in major centres.
Anybody can book Tatkal tickets which are released at 10.00 a.m. on the day before a train leaves its original source station.
Indiarailinfo allows you to check whether any tickets are available in these quotas.

From the list of Other Features on the last screen I chose Availability and then Foreign Tourist from the Quota drop down. I entered tomorrow's date which gave me FTQ availability on this train for the next 6 days. I could also have chosen Tatkal from the Quota drop down.
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I could have chosen any date from today up to the expiry of the Advance Reservation Period (ARP), 120** days for most trains but a shorter period for some. Choosing the Foreign Tourist or Tatkal Quota would also have worked in the process described earlier in the post.

** 60 days w.e.f 1st May 2013

REMEMBER - You cannot buy or reserve tickets through Indiarailinfo. You will need to buy through IRCTC, Cleartrip, at a PRS counter or through an agent. FTQ tickets have to be booked in person at an International desk.

Feedback, comments and questions about this post are all welcome.

This link will take you to Part Two
Last edited by Dave W; May 1st, 2013 at 03:57.. Reason: Updated for ARP and other changes
#2 Nov 9th, 2012, 17:05
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WONDERFUL effort and WELL DONE Dave,

It's great, really helpful. Very particularly encircled and clarified.

The site is very handy and easy (to me, at least) and I use this one first whenever I need to query on Indian Rail. You added an useful guideline to it. The site will be preferred more now.

Regarding :The search result will include nearby (and sometimes quite distant) alternatives for both departures and arrivals., I can add that if you put cursor on the Station codes, it will show the distance from searched destination. If there is no * mark- which means the train will not start or end from that station and in that case to, if you put cursor on it, it will show the starting/ending station.
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Originally Posted by Duronto Jajabar View Post Regarding :The search result will include nearby (and sometimes quite distant) alternatives for both departures and arrivals., I can add that if you put cursor on the Station codes, it will show the distance from searched destination. If there is no * mark- which means the train will not start or end from that station and in that case to, if you put cursor on it, it will show the starting/ending station.
Thank you DJ.

I had forgotten the trick about finding how far the alternative stations are from the one that you had requested. It's a very useful feature.

I tried out your second suggestion but all it seems to show me is the station code. I tried to do a screen shot to show you but I have to move the cursor to do that and I lose the station name when I try.
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Looks like a great good effort. Will read in detail at leisure as erail is my preferred site and I am not so conversant with IRI.

Thank you for the effort.
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wow! i did not know IRI has so much more info on offer... will have to try that more often than erail
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Thanks Dave for your efforts in explaining the functioning of Indiarailinfo website. I have been using this website for more than a year now, and have always found it very useful.

However, for the past several months, I am unable to use the 'Seat Availability' facility as the website asks me to download an application for using that feature. Do you have any update on this?
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Originally Posted by funny_in View Post However, for the past several months, I am unable to use the 'Seat Availability' facility as the website asks me to download an application for using that feature. Do you have any update on this?
I use Firefox and occasionally I have to download an update from the Indiarailinfo site in order to use the Seat Availability function. I'm not certain but I think that these downloads are needed to avoid the blocking measures that the Indian Railways Official site tries to implement from time to time.
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Originally Posted by funny_in View Post Thanks Dave for your efforts in explaining the functioning of Indiarailinfo website. I have been using this website for more than a year now, and have always found it very useful.

However, for the past several months, I am unable to use the 'Seat Availability' facility as the website asks me to download an application for using that feature. Do you have any update on this?
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post I use Firefox and occasionally I have to download an update from the Indiarailinfo site in order to use the Seat Availability function. I'm not certain but I think that these downloads are needed to avoid the blocking measures that the Indian Railways Official site tries to implement from time to time.
I guess it is as by erail, the 'Seat Avaiaibility' works only on Firefox or Chrome, after down-loading an Add-on.
Until now this is not possible with Explorer.
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Thanks Dave and Vonkla!

I had guessed the same reason as explained by you.
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Dave Sir,

Sorry for missing out on your previous private message as I am keeping a bit busy these days. I would prefer reply in public for the benefit of others. As you have mentioned that JuliaF Madame had a problem in opening the first page for Indiarailinfo while Aarosh Sir did not. The reason to this may lie in here: http://indiarailinfo.com/blog/post/567636

A new feature providing offline connectivity has been introduced in Indiarailinfo whereby bloggers would be able to see the cached pages (Just like through Google) whenever the website is down or internet connection is not there. However the feature needs to have modification whereby the page should not redirect to offline mode every now and then whenever the internet connectivity gets disconnected.

If JuliaF Madame may check her PING Status, she may just find that her Modem is/was perhaps experiencing glitch and is not having a stable connection.

Now coming down to some futher enhancements/features of IRI which you have missed:

1) Multiple Picture Upload
http://indiarailinfo.com/blog/post/511728

2) Last Known Location
http://indiarailinfo.com/blog/post/545193/4
http://indiarailinfo.com/blog/post/544330/6

3) Train search based on chains (Combination of trains)
http://indiarailinfo.com/blog/post/492845

4) PDF Download for Train Time Table/My PNR Section
http://indiarailinfo.com/blog/post/486771/3

5) PNR Super Search
http://indiarailinfo.com/blog/post/483364/3

6) Some explanation about the new look of IRI (The earlier look was a bit different)
http://indiarailinfo.com/blog/post/361106

7) Super search for Blog entries and Hash Tag features for easy search options.
http://indiarailinfo.com/blog/post/344503

8) PNR Predictions
http://indiarailinfo.com/pnr

9) Live Atlas
http://indiarailinfo.com/atlas

10) Most Important and useful Arrival/Departure History
http://indiarailinfo.com/train/arrde...e/1448/664/332

There are several other features but the above mentioned are the most useful ones.

Thanks.
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Dipyaman

Thank you for your reply. We managed to solve the earlier problem. I will be publishing at least one further post to cover some of the other features of Indiarailinfo - I reached the attachment limit on the first post. Some of the features that you list are excellent but I had to start somewhere. I wasn't aware of the off-line facility . I need to study that. Again many thanks for your contribution.
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Just to mention here: Kindly wait till the page stops loading. If one click on "Refresh" button against PNR Entry/Seat Availability/Live Status then the page would ask you to download the add-on which is actually not needed.

The add-on is just to bypass the official barrier and works only with Firefox and Chrome since Internet Explorer does not support any enhancements.

One may also try the Android Version of Indiarailinfo. The same is however under refinement and a more user friendly version is supposed to be released within some time.

Thanks.
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Just as I speak, a new feature has been released into Indiarailinfo.

http://indiarailinfo.com/blog/post/578440/5
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Last Known Location against the Station Page
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The Search Results has also undergone some changes:
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