All trains that run among two stations

#1 Dec 23rd, 2010, 21:26
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Hi!

Will there be an easy way to know every train that connects two stations (in a cleartrip.com way) while standing at the counter? Or must I know every train by number before? The Trains at a Glance will help but not every train is listed there.

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Originally Posted by Nartub View Post Will there be an easy way to know every train that connects two stations (in a cleartrip.com way) while standing at the counter?
Nope; not that I'm aware of.

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Or must I know every train by number before?
Of course not; just ask the guy behind the counter, right (Indians generally are really not known to bite Yes, one can actually just speak to them.)
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Originally Posted by Nartub View Post Will there be an easy way to know every train that connects two stations (in a cleartrip.com way) while standing at the counter? Or must I know every train by number before? The Trains at a Glance will help but not every train is listed there.
Don't ever ask that at a counter. You are supposed to do that home work and come to the counter with a filled form with atleast the basic passenger details. Specific availability based changes like date/train and class can be filled, but you will not get much time and have to decide fast. You can use the computer terminals at the reservation counters to get availability before going to the counter to fine tune the choices. If the counter staff don't, the public behind you will throw you out.
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Thanks for the useful albeit contradicting answers They cleared things up a bit.

So, I think I can get the information I want in the computer terminals, right?

I plan to use Tatkal tickets when I can and board the General Class when I can't. The time won't be a big constraint and that's why I'll need to know every train that goes to the station I want: because many of them will be of the same use.

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You need to do your research, AND NOT ON CLEARTRIP.

Cleartrip is great for booking, but is severely flawed when it comes to researching trains, the scary thing about cleartrip is that most people come away from the website thinking it's a great site, completely unaware that they weren't given the whole picture.

Use www.erail.in to research train routes, if there are a number of different trains, ask here about the trains.

If you're very polite, and have your reservation form correctly filled out, and if you have a back up train in mind, and have a completed reservation form for the back up, the man at the counter may be kind enough to try to book the 2nd train, and if you're very lucky, he may look for a 3rd (if you have a completed reservation form), but he'd be doing you a favour, he should only allow 1 attempted booking.

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<cross-posted with Steve just now>

I wouldn't expect those computer terminals at the station to be all that readily available except for at major stations. But then it's possible I just normally don't bother with such stuff, and so won't be looking for them either. Narendra should have the better lowdown on it than I do.

It is true you'd normally be expected to approach the counter with your reservations form all filled in and stuff (and so to have the requisite knowledge to even do that). Except over my last two trips these past two years I don't think I ever did. It probably helps here to be a clueless foreigner ( ), but anyway I've always found the clerks very helpful to help me figure it out and tell me what to do. The great advantage then obviously being indeed you can now just discuss with them what train to take and all. (They may well get impatient with it or be rather brusque, but they will normally still help you with it, in a more or less friendly fashion, then. No doubt depending on just how busy they are at that moment and stuff, too, hey, I know I'd be the same. Conversely, they may call you to the front if they notice you're standing lost in an endless queue that goes nowhere and just to help you out, it all just depends, and this is India, anything can happen.)

(To add to the others however, these are busy folks and so don't expect more than necessary of them nor waste their time. I will normally have a good idea of what I'm looking for, so it will just boil down to going over a few options, with a brief yes-no-you should go for that one. To lay down your open itinerary there and ask them what to do would obviously not be the right approach, travel agents these guys are not, and no, they're not gonna help you with it. But send you away rather and until you've figured it out, indeed.)

You'll then step aside to fill in that form according to instructions, train numbers and stuff provided by them, sure, whilst other customers are being helped, however once you're done, you'll be the next in line again. Don't be pushy about it, and there's nothing wrong with letting a few others go first, but it should normally work alright. (And take along plenty of time and patience no matter what you do, you're gonna need them at those counters anyway. Setting a few hours apart to do a booking at the station if not totally minor -- where it may still take as long just because opening hours may be rather limited, and there'll be just the one counter to serve all -- is really not exaggerating.)

Nor do I mean to suggest I normally make myself out to be a helpless tourist there btw, it will normally again be clear I know my way around pretty well, and what my various options might be. But people will generally still be helpful, certainly again to a foreign guest to their country.

(Note: It's possible this in fact works better at some not-absolutely-major stations, than at some super-crowded metropolis ones. Where the issue may be moot, since there'll probably be a foreign tourist counter especially for you, where you can work it all out with the staff at your leisure.)

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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post If the counter staff don't, the public behind you will throw you out.
Heheh, well, yes, it will all be a matter of approach and attitude, but rest assured I've done my share of nail-biting behind some Indian customers with their impossible wishes to make sure I wasn't about to budge an inch by the time it ever did become my turn. No, sir, ma'am.

Anyways, I've not normally found it to be an issue. But then it may surprise some here to hear but I take it I'm generally a friendly guy. And then knowing your way around will certainly help; that's never to brag, but it just does. Going around in hyper-tense tourist-about-to-break-down mode just is no way of getting around most anywhere in the world. If you find yourself getting at that stage, take a step back and have a pepsi, take the next train. Nothing is worth that crisis, even though it may seem so to you at the time.
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To add/clarify, yes the counter staff/public will be more accomodating/forgiving of you as a foreigner, but don't expect much and certainly not early at 8 when counters open for tatkal. The computer terminals are now installed in a lot of stations and will be available in the main concourse as you enter the station, in reservation complexes, so use them. The new ones are much better for a newbee. If you are in a large stations with a foreign tourist office, use it, it will be way better.
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Indeed. Having said all my above, I'd just have to agree btw, generally speaking, just have all your info ready to fill in the reservations form like you ought to, then do the booking.

Anything beyond that is a bonus, and it may well not work.

(I guess maybe my original reply #2 had just been inspired again by the impression sometimes that people seem to find the concept of just asking around on the ground a little alien. But there's really nothing wrong with it, people will generally be helpful, and as often said a rocket scientist to travel around there you don't have to be either.)
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I've found the http://www.indianrail.gov.in/ site useful enough for trains that can be booked. You can find (almost) all such trains between specified stations. Look it up before going to the queue.
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Originally Posted by suricate View Post I've found the http://www.indianrail.gov.in/ site useful enough for trains that can be booked. You can find (almost) all such trains between specified stations. Look it up before going to the queue.
To get all trains, you need to first select the 'Without Date Specific' option (a train that departs just after midnight could be the perfect train), then you need to select 'All Class', and a tourist simply wouldn't know that.

And even then, passenger trains without bookable classes wouldn't be listed.

Also, and a big also, erail links all nearby stations to give you the complete list, Indian Railways own website doesn't.

Examples

Pathankot & Chakki Bank
Varanasi & Mughal Sarai
Coimbatore & Podanur
Agra Cant & Agra Fort & Tundla

Indian Railways website also DEMANDS that you know the correct station to use in a city, try the following....

Type in Varanasi, the top option is Varanasi City, how is a tourist supposed to know that City station is not the main station, there's a few other cities where the same thing happens.

Also try searching for 'Goa'

Not very user friendly.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post To get all trains, you need to first select the 'Without Date Specific' option
Not required. You can specify a date if you want.


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And even then, passenger trains without bookable classes wouldn't be listed.
I'd indicated as much.


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Also, and a big also, erail links all nearby stations to give you the complete list, Indian Railways own website doesn't.
Well, the OP did ask for trains between two stations. Also, the IR website does indicate nearby stations in the same city. The erail site may very well be more helpful in this regard (I wouldn't know, -- it never works for me, -- just hangs. Whether my lousy connection is responsible for that, I don't know. So far, never felt the need to resolve this). However, the terminals at railway stations are unlikely to allow access to anything but IR sites.


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Not very user friendly.
Quite possibly. I'd just indicated another option (that is also accessible at terminals available at some railway stations). Never claimed it was the best option.

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