Experience on First AC, 2 tier ac and 3 tier AC

#1 Jul 6th, 2009, 21:49
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Here is my experience on my latest travel. I have traveled a lot on Indian Railways only on sleeper but this time I got to travel in AC just for the experience.
First AC on Nilagiri express(Chennai to Metupalayam): You cannot feel the train moving,sound is reduced and beds are broad. I traveled with my wife and in the last minute they didn't give us a coupe even though we booked long back and requested. We shared the cabin with 2 other guys who were fine but I was surprised they gave a cabin for a woman with 2 other guys even after requesting. I missed the sound of the train and movement. This coach had transparent windows, so I was able to see outside. Beds were setup for us and a nice pillow.

2 tier AC (Coimbatore- Tiruvalla): We had curtains for our cabin and shared it with 2 other people. When we came in there were 5 people sitting. I just told them this is our seats and it is reserved and they promptly moved out. I have seen in this forum people from outside India think it is "not good" to do this, please remember these are your seats and they have to get up. If they don't you can inform the TTE who will ask them to move. In my case, my berth was alloted to another guy and I got back my berth after the TTE saw my ticket. This is a train which comes from Chennai and reaches Trivandrum, so it is possible he might have alloted the guy my berth for the earlier part of this journey. In this train, you can hear the sound of the train little bit and berths are the same as 3 tier AC but not big like first AC.
This coach had transparent windows, so I was able to see outside.
Beds were setup for us but a small pillow unlike First AC.

3 tier AC: Could hear the sound of train a bit and same as 2 tier AC but 3 people on each side with 2 seats on the side berth.
This coach had transparent windows, so I was able to see outside, but I did notice in another seat it was tinted and yellowish. The journey was comfortable except for a baby which kept crying through out the night, but otherwise 2 tier AC is more spacious than the 3 tier AC.
Beds were setup for us but a small pillow unlike First AC.

I think the first-AC is just for the experience, I won't travel in it again because I couldn't hear the sound of the train.
#2 Jul 6th, 2009, 21:53
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How to book a coupe for 2 people only, without having others intruding into your privacy:
Book a First AC e-ticket.
When it comes to seat preference, ask for one upper berth and one lower berth.
Specify that your ticket be booked only if your preference is met.
The computers will allot a coupe meant for two.
#3 Jul 6th, 2009, 22:12
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I have never traveled First AC but plenty of AC II and AC III. And plently of sleeper class travel too. I think we always go for AC III because even though AC II is more comfortable but the price difference looks just too big.

Anyone willing to share their Rajdhani and Shatabdi experiences too?

And of course if someone is occupying my seat I would ask them to move!
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Sleeper class is the best.. You will get the best sound of train and have a real taste of this beautiful country !
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Originally Posted by arunganpath View Post Sleeper class is the best.. You will get the best sound of train and have a real taste of this beautiful country !
I agree, but I want to travel First class.
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arangumpath,

why do you say sleeper is the best ? What do you mean by the taste of a country ?

Cheers

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Dave I think I agree with you - I too would like 1A for the space and a decent sleep.

In 1A and 2A is it better to ask for a lower bunk or upper ?

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Originally Posted by philip007 View Post Dave I think I agree with you - I too would like 1A for the space and a decent sleep.

In 1A and 2A is it better to ask for a lower bunk or upper ?

Cheers

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Just go with 2A. First AC is nice but just for the experience I traveled in it and enjoyed it and definitely comfortable. I might just go in 3 AC or 2 AC next time. During the summer traveling in AC coaches is the best. Sleeper is mostly I guess for people who love to travel on Indian Railways and the cheapest way to travel. Being from India, I have been on all type of coaches, I think 3rd AC or 2nd AC is a good buy but to enjoy the view of villages of India..sleeper is the best. Disadvantages of sleeper is: anyone can hop in the coach, so you need to keep an eye on your luggage at all times (Even on AC). The sleeper coaches are without AC and 5-6 times cheaper than the First AC.
#9 May 2nd, 2011, 17:01
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Originally Posted by davef22 View Post Here is my experience on my latest travel. I have traveled a lot on Indian Railways only on sleeper but this time I got to travel in AC just for the experience.
First AC on Nilagiri express(Chennai to Metupalayam): You cannot feel the train moving,sound is reduced and beds are broad. I traveled with my wife and in the last minute they didn't give us a coupe even though we booked long back and requested. We shared the cabin with 2 other guys who were fine but I was surprised they gave a cabin for a woman with 2 other guys even after requesting. I missed the sound of the train and movement. This coach had transparent windows, so I was able to see outside. Beds were setup for us and a nice pillow.

2 tier AC (Coimbatore- Tiruvalla): We had curtains for our cabin and shared it with 2 other people. When we came in there were 5 people sitting. I just told them this is our seats and it is reserved and they promptly moved out. I have seen in this forum people from outside India think it is "not good" to do this, please remember these are your seats and they have to get up. If they don't you can inform the TTE who will ask them to move. In my case, my berth was alloted to another guy and I got back my berth after the TTE saw my ticket. This is a train which comes from Chennai and reaches Trivandrum, so it is possible he might have alloted the guy my berth for the earlier part of this journey. In this train, you can hear the sound of the train little bit and berths are the same as 3 tier AC but not big like first AC.
This coach had transparent windows, so I was able to see outside.
Beds were setup for us but a small pillow unlike First AC.

3 tier AC: Could hear the sound of train a bit and same as 2 tier AC but 3 people on each side with 2 seats on the side berth.
This coach had transparent windows, so I was able to see outside, but I did notice in another seat it was tinted and yellowish. The journey was comfortable except for a baby which kept crying through out the night, but otherwise 2 tier AC is more spacious than the 3 tier AC.
Beds were setup for us but a small pillow unlike First AC.

I think the first-AC is just for the experience, I won't travel in it again because I couldn't hear the sound of the train.

Can any body please tell me in pushpak express 12534 , Window Glass of a First AC is transperant or tinted (Yellowish) ?

Thanks
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That is a daily train. So there is more than one rake. So no way of saying which of the rakes you will probably be travelling, which window seat of which coupe/cabin you get if you get it. Also the coach may be changed by the Coaching guys based on needs/issues.

Pl travel by said train and post up details including colour of glass on coach windows.

In all seriousness, how does it matter?
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Originally Posted by kalam View Post Can any body please tell me in pushpak express 12534 , Window Glass of a First AC is transperant or tinted (Yellowish) ?

Thanks
Coloured windows are mostly found in Rajdhanis.
Check this video for Pushpak.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAj-fU14mJI
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First ac

Dear all

i have booked a first class ticket one lower and one upper, how can i make sure that i will get a berth for only 2 members with full privacy
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There are side berths with curtains in 2 tier ac. However they are not lockable. Any one can slide the curtains.

In 1 ac there are no side berths. Here a door is provided which can be locked.

Getting a 2 seater coupe in 1 AC is a matter of luck.

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