e-ticket: when will I know the coach and berth numbers?

#1 Dec 3rd, 2008, 11:20
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Hello,

I have booked an e-ticket from BZA to BSB on 16th Dec
2008 (train number: 2669; name:GANGAKAVERI EXP). The
PNR Number: 430-2835733. Its original status and
current status are given below:

S. No. Booking Status Current Status
------- -------------- --------------
Passenger 1 RAC 13, GNWL Confirmed
Passenger 2 RAC 14, GNWL Confirmed

Since it is now CONFIRMED, any idea when I will know the coach
number and the berth number?

Many Thanks,
Gopi
#2 Dec 3rd, 2008, 11:38
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Er, what was it again; in the higher classes, final coach layout will only be devised shortly before departure I think, so you'll find your coach and berth numbers posted on the platform and to the train.

Additionally, I think those RAC's and various quotas (and consequently any remaining seats) will only get distributed over the coaches at the last hour, but this may not apply here.

You could try checking your status online a few hours before departure, but otherwise you'll just have to find out at the station. This will work, so don't fret.
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Thank you.
My class is SL (sleeper class).

Regards,
Gopi
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Ah, OK. I think it's to do with your (former) RAC status indeed; check this article: Indian Railways RAC and Waitlists concepts explained, then scroll down there to the heading "My WL/RAC ticket has become CNF (confirmed), how do I find out my carriage/berth?"
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eTicket: RAC to CNF

Thank you very much for the link on "Indian Railways RAC and Waitlists concepts explained".
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You'll find out your coach and berth details when the reservation chart is prepared a few hours before the train departs from it's originating station, there are a few different ways to find out this info, I've explained them in the RAC & Waitlist thread.
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RAC to CNF

Thank you gentlemen for all your time and help.

I will now rest assured that I and my brother can board the train without any issues, despite the fact that we wouldn't know the berth and seat numbers till the time we board the train (IMHO, for all practical purposes knowing something just four hours prior to borading is as good as, rather as bad as not knowing it).

Best Regards,
Gopi
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Originally Posted by gopich View Post I will now rest assured that I and my brother can board the train without any issues, despite the fact that we wouldn't know the berth and seat numbers till the time we board the train (IMHO, for all practical purposes knowing something just four hours prior to borading is as good as, rather as bad as not knowing it).
Oh, most certainly, yes (and glad to have been of help ) I mean confirmed is just confirmed, nothing anyone can do about that (And LOL to the latter, indeed, it is so )

A thing that may bear repeating once in a while: (Mostly foreign) travelers seem to sometimes assume you should panic if the train sets off and you still haven't found your coach or seat. On the contrary, as long as you have a valid ticket (to others: they can't be acquired on board) and like pretty much anywhere else in the world, should your train leave before you figured it out, just hop on board and figure it out from there. You'll probably be able to move between coaches anyway, or in cases where they're closed off to one another, simply switch coaches at the next station.

Mostly just get on board, watch your gear during the chaos of arrival and departure and don't get distracted, then let the train get moving, settle in somewhat, enquire with your fellow passengers or the TTE (ticket inspector), and you should be fine.

Bon voyage! Let us know how you fared afterwards.
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i guess your can send SMS

PNR <your pnr number>

to 5676747 - and it will give you the latest online status, online status are updated till 4 hours prior to departure
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Thanks for empathizing with me and understanding my feelings/thoughts. Sure, I will write about my experiences after I am back from, end of this month.

The route I am taking is:
Secunderabd(SC) -> Vijayawada(BZA) -> Varanasi(BSB) -> Patna(PNBE) -> Secunderabd(SC).

I am going to spend most of my time in Varanasi and some time in Allahabad and Ayodhya (if possible).

BTW, when I did the booking from BSB (the train's origin is Patna) to SC, I got RLWL30 or something like that. I was wondering what RLWL could mean and what would be the probability of it getting confirmed; that was when I landed at this forum (thru Google). Went through the related posts about RLWL, WL etc and then got the idea from the posts to book it form Patna to SC. Guess what there were only 4 seats available at that time and I grabbed two!

Best Regards,
Gopi
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[QUOTE=burf;617306]i guess your can send SMS
PNR <your pnr number>
to 5676747.

Thanks. I have tried this and as expected; it just said that it is now CNF. I will try this on the day of departure when I wouldn't be having access to internet. Basically I will be leaving from Secunderabad to Vijayawada to board the train at the latter, so won't be having access to internet during that 4 hrs before the departure; that is when I could use this SMS technique.

Best Regards,
Gopi
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Originally Posted by gopich View Post I was wondering what RLWL could mean and what would be the probability of it getting confirmed; that was when I landed at this forum (thru Google).
Aha! Those finer RQ/PQ/WL (or in your case, RLWL and I'm mostly kidding anyway, but I know what you mean) and blabla intricacies are forever beyond me I'm afraid , but if that's what a) got you here and b) we helped you figure it out, that must be good for something!

Can I ask you, are you a resident Indian or a foreigner? Because if the former we must have done something c) doubly good! I myself am a continent or two away from you and haven't been for quite some time, you see!

Well, cheers again, enjoy the trip!
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I am a resident Indian, but as far as Indian Trains go, I am almost a zero. Sample these: I am 33 year old, and this is the first time I ever booked an RAC ticket, let alone a *WL* ticket! And it wouldn't be an exaggeration if I said, I might have traveled by train at most ten times in the past ten years! Now you can see how alien I am to the system, despite being a resident Indian.

Yep. You guys are really doing an awesome job; I mean demistifying the Indian Railways, their secret codes etc for people like me.

Best Regards,
Gopi
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Ah. I think I can speak for Steve, but certainly for myself, when and if I say I only ever learned to make sense of it because I couldn't figure the &^* thing out at first either.

Or in other words: This is often easier to do in foreign situations where you feel pushed to. Whereas you may not really know at home either, or just follow the herd there. Or just simply don't have to use it a lot.*



* I mean don't we all get that at home anyway, to follow a set route just because that's what you're used to, only to find out years after the fact there's actually a much more convenient connection.

Or a wonderful discounted weekend deal you never heard about. Etc.
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SMS & Reservation Chart

Hello,

I am back from my trip and here is some relevant info.

To know the berth/seat numbers:

1) The SMS (to 5676747) technique worked great (especially when I didn't have access to internet). But I wanted to cross check the info I received in the SMS with the actual reservation chart, hence tried that path as well. Details below:

2) The reservation chart is not displayed consistently at all stations.

For instance at Vijayawada, they didn't display the chart for "2669 GANGAKAVERI EXP", even though there was a designated board to display them. When I enquired a porter over there, he asked me to check at the TCs' (Ticket Collectors') office. That office person browsed thru the chart and gave me the numbers.

At Varanasi junction station, they didn't display the chart even some 30 min before departure; so based upon my Vijayawada experience, I went to the TCs office but they said they will display the chart, which they did just some 20 min before the
departure. You can imagine the mad rush at the board:-)

Thanks again for all your help.

Best Regards,
Gopi

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