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#16 Jul 2nd, 2010, 17:38
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Passengers can now book their meals while buying their tickets online. Another 1st for the railways.

Payment however, is to be made upon delivery.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/6113584.cms
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Thankq Bhaswaran for starting a wonderful and very much useful informative thread. By doing such startups many would know new things regarding railways....


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#19 Jul 5th, 2010, 22:42
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Trains at a Glance 2010-11 has been released. It contains the details of all old & new trains announced this year.

http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/ind...hing/index.jsp
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Good news for diabetic persons - Sugar-Free Meals on Trains

IR is planning to introduce diabetic menu on trains as well as in stations. The plan is comming to effect first in Rajdhani and Duranto trains and later extend it to other mail and express trains.

For detailed report please go through the following:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...ow/6220684.cms

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E-Ticket : Proof of Identity

E-Ticket : Proof of Identity

The Indian Ministry of Railways have decided to accept two more proofs of identity for travelling on e-tickets (passengers need to show these identities while on journey to the TTE)-

These are:
1. Student Identity Card with Photograph, issued by recognised School/College for their students.

2. Nationalised Bank Passbook with Photograph.

These two are in addition to the already existing five proofs of identity needed for undertaking journey with e-tickets. They are:

1. Voter Identity Card issued by the Election Commision of India.

2. Passport.

3. PAN Card.

4. Driving License.

5. Photo Identity Card issued by Central/State Governtment.
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Can anyone confirm the online booking timings? I heard that online booking can be done anytime now.
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The following is available on irctc site.

Service Hours: Booking through Internet is allowed from 5 AM to 11.30 PM (Indian Standard Time) on all days including Sundays. Service hours are liable to be changed without prior notice.
Opening day booking ($)(90th day in advance, excluding the date of journey) will be available only after 8 AM. If you try booking before 8 AM, for opening day's tickets, the reservation will fail, with your account getting debited; IRCTC will refund the entire fare and IRCTC's service charges , but the bank/card transaction charges are likely to be forfeited.
($)(Opening day means 90 days in advance of the date of journey (journey date not to be included) from train originating station . Please note that in case of some inter city day trains, the ARP (advance reservation period) is less than 90 days. )
For Tatkal e-ticket, can be booked for selected trains two days in advance upto chart preperation. Ticket booking starts from 8 AM for the opening day.For journey on 1st August,2nd August,E-ticket booking starts from 5 AM onwards.
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I read (a couple of times) that you can book online 23 hours a day now, though I can't remember where I read it.
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New Online Timings IRCTC

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CHECK this before going to a Travel Agent

Travel Agents/Web Agents barred from booking Online Train Tickets (e-ticket) from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

In an initiative to remove the difficulties faced by common users/passengers in accessing the IRCTC website for booking Tatkal Tickets and normal Reservation Tickets over Internet in the first hour of the opening day of booking (maximum rush hour), the Ministry of Railways has decided to bar travel agents/web agents of IRCTC from accessing the website during this one hour period (8 a.m. - 9 a.m.), this facilitating use of common users.

The instructions from the Ministry of Railways are as follows:

1. Travel agents/web-service agents/web agents of IRCTC will not be given access to Tatkal Ticket booking through e-ticketing system on ALL days between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

2. Travel agents/web-service agents/web agents of IRCTC will not be given access to normal Reservation Ticket through e-ticketing system, to trains defined in the system on their respective opening day of Advance Reservation Period (ARP) between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
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Originally Posted by Bhaswaran View Post Travel Agents/Web Agents barred from booking Online Train Tickets (e-ticket) from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Its a welcome move from Indian Rail. Thanks Bhaswaran for sharing the info with us.

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Originally Posted by Bhaswaran View Post 1. Travel agents/web-service agents/web agents of IRCTC will not be given access to Tatkal Ticket booking through e-ticketing system on ALL days between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

2. Travel agents/web-service agents/web agents of IRCTC will not be given access to normal Reservation Ticket through e-ticketing system, to trains defined in the system on their respective opening day of Advance Reservation Period (ARP) between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

So the travel agents will still have access to the windows between 8 am to 9 am for booking tickets other than those on the opening day of the ARP! This leaves a loophole open. Who is to stop them from booking Tatkal tickets too, the clerks at the windows? The same people who have allowed agents to book tickets on multiple forms all these years against the stipulation of the Railways? Hmmm...

I fail to understand why the Railways don't bring back the requirement of producing an ID for Tatkal tickets.
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Yes....the loophole remains
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Anti-Collision Device (ACD)

KRCL bags the prestigious patent of Anti-Collision Device (ACD) in USA for Track Identification System (TIS)

Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) have been granted ACD Patent in the United States of America for its "Track Identification System". This patent is in addition to other patents on ACD already granted to KRCL in India and abroad. It has 18 patents granted for Sky Bus, ACD & TIS in India, USA, Singapore, China and Russia.

The Anti-Collision Device is capable of -

1. Preventing "Head-on" and "Rear-end" collisions in mid-sections.

2. Preventing collisions at "high speed" in "station area".

3. Preventing "Side collisions" with derailed trains obstracting on adjacent lines.

4. Preventing collisions due to "train parting/jumbling".

5. Preventing collisions with "road vehicles" at level crossings through "Train Approach" warning to the gateman and detection of "Gate Open" to the LP (driver of the train).

6. Locomotive ACDs also give "Station Approach" warning to the drivers.

The main functioning of the Track Identification System (TIS) is to ensure when a train fitted with an ACD traverses a point and crossing zone of the station yard (from where it can switch from one track to another), the TIS (using its GPS based recievers course of angle of travel with respect to true north of the earth) will detect automatically, whether the train hs deviated to another track or not.

The pity is, being developed in 2006 and commissioned to the North-East Frontier Railway as early as June 2007. It is still yet to implant this effective technology to avoid accidents in its own system. Huge sums have been allocated in the Railway Budgets for safety measures but remain unspent. All focus seems to for introduing new trains.

See the recent CAG reports on expenditure on railway safety...it has blamed the railways for not being able to spend the amount meant for modernatization of safety measures.

I am giving examples of two recent railway accidents in West Bengal -

First, in which a Goods Train at approximately 100 kmph ploughed into the derailed compartments of Janeswari Express lying on the adjacent tracks, within minutes of derailment. More than 150 people died in this accident. Now, see point #3 of the ACD system. If the system has been in place, this accident could have been averted.

Second, Uttarbanga Express ramming into the rear-end of stationary Vananchal Express standing at Saithia Station even after the signal is clear at high speed. More than 60 people died in this accident. Now see point #1 and #2. Even this accident could have been averted should have been the ACD in place.

Alas, it is not. It should have been the primary focus - to implant ACD in the total system all over the country and then do other jobs.
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