How to find out if train is delayed?

#1 Jun 18th, 2008, 14:13
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Hi is there a way to find out if the train is delayed and how long for without going to the station, for example if I was to take the kerala express from agra to delhi could I go on trainenquiry.com 1 hour before and check the estimated arrival time, so I could relax at the hotel if it was delayed instead of train station? is trainenquiry.com reliable?
#2 Jun 18th, 2008, 14:19
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you can visit www.trainenquiry.com but I am afraid it doesn't get updated frequently. But yes if it says that the train is delayed for 1 hour, be sure that it will delayed for 1 and a hour minimun.. ..
#3 Jun 18th, 2008, 14:31
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Originally Posted by gulkers View Post Hi is there a way to find out if the train is delayed and how long for without going to the station, for example if I was to take the kerala express from agra to delhi could I go on trainenquiry.com 1 hour before and check the estimated arrival time, so I could relax at the hotel if it was delayed instead of train station? is trainenquiry.com reliable?
hi u can call 139 number from cdma mobiles that is reliance or tata , or other bsnl landlines most hotels will have one and follow the instructions automatically its the railways call centere its a new facility and i have had the most satisfying experience its one of the best inititives by the indian railways. u can also enquire about pnr/confirmation status etc.
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I had one incident when trainenquiry had a 3-hour delay for a train which arrived on time...

Also do not buy a reservation from Agra to Delhi on any of the long-distance trains. Simply buy an unreserved ticket and board the next train, then ask the TTE for an upgrade.
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#5 Dec 26th, 2016, 19:05
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Has this changed any since the last post? (2008?)

Have a 1:22am train tomorrow and don't fancy being early is its like an hour late...

Thnx!
#6 Dec 26th, 2016, 19:15
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the train enquiry link above is good and so is the 139 number, though you may find it much easier to try the web link. Too many steps in the 139 dial up.
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#7 Dec 26th, 2016, 20:41
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Originally Posted by FLo711 View Post Has this changed any since the last post? (2008?)

Have a 1:22am train tomorrow and don't fancy being early is its like an hour late...

Thnx!
Carriage doors don't always open at night, passengers often use the top locks, and this prevents the doors being opened from the outside, you need to hope that those locks aren't used, or an AC passenger is getting off at your station (not likely on this train) or that the train crew check the doors because they know you're boarding at this station (hey, there's always a first time)

There's only 2 x AC carriages on this train (then 3 x Sleeper Class carriages immediately behind those), be ready to try both doors on BOTH AC carriages, you can walk from 1 carriage to the other inside the train.

If no joy, get to the Sleeper Class carriages and try those doors, you can't walk through to the AC carriages, but you can sit on the floor for the 90 minute trip to Manmad, there. the 5 minute halt should give a better chance to get into the AC carriages (try from the side opposite the platform, then open the platform side door from the inside).

Sorry if you already know the following.....

Another problem with boarding en-route very late at night (away from the major stations) is, most carriage lights will be turned off, be sure to check the berth numbering info by the outside of the carriage door, it will say either 0-46 (or 48) or 46-0 in 2A, or 0-64 or 64-0 in 3A (up or down to 72 in SL), this tells you the numbering from this particular door, it's quite easy to work out even if you can't see the berth numbers*, as you walk into the 2A carriage form the 0-46 side, you'll come to the first section, there will be 4 inside berths and 2 side berths, the inside berths will be number 1 (lower berth), 2 (upper berth above 1), then opposite, but in same bay, 3 (lower berth), 4 (upper berth), then across the aisle, 5 (side lower berth) and 6 (side upper berth), this pattern is then repeated for every section (8 sections), so in the 2nd section, 7 is LB, 8 (UB), 9 (LB), 10 (UB), 11 (SLB) and 12 (SUB), 43 - 46 can be confusing (in a 46 berth carriage as there's different layouts.

As long as you remember there's 6 in a section and it's always LB-UB-LB-UB-SLB-SUB, then it's quite easy to work out, 25 would simply be the first lower berth in the 5th section, but I still walk through counting "6, 12, 18, 24 then 25".

It's the same principle in 3A, but there's 8 berths in a section, 1=LB, 2 (middle berth), 3 (UB), 4 (LB), 5 (MB), 6 (UB), 7 (SLB) and 8 (SUB), there's also 8 sections in 3A, SLeeper Class is the same as 3A, but there's 9 sections instead of 8.

(worth remembering the above in case you need to find your berth after a late night visit to the toilet)

*if you're anything like me, your brain won't be working properly late at night, and 0-64 is really simple to work out, 64-0 presents mathematical confusion when looking for 47 in a dark carriage when your brain has had enough for the day. (I find it easier to do the calculations in my head from the other side of the carriage (from 0-46))

Good luck if 1 of your berths is a lower berth, there'll already be someone sleeping in it, storing your luggage is also fun at night, especially locking it.

At this point, you might be thinking that early morning bus might have been better, but you should be fine, knowing the potential difficulties before hand is 100 times better than finding them out at 01:22, I know, I learnt all these lessons the hard way.
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Have a 1:22am train tomorrow and don't fancy being early is its like an hour late...

Thnx!
Running 2 minutes late at the moment, but you're likely already on way to station.
#9 Jan 10th, 2017, 22:34
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Thanks! I was - and it was 5 mins late in the end, and we got on the wrong carriage - but we made it in the end

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