RAC- What chance of getting a berth?

#1 Nov 24th, 2007, 01:41
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Hi I Hope someone can help.I booked 4 tickets on the overnight sleeper from Margao to Mumbai and managed to get rac tickets. They're not for another month but I wondered when they will be upgraded to reserved if anyone cancels. Will this be when they do the charts which I understand is a few hours before departure or before then? We are currently RAC 26, 27, 28, 29. Does anyone know what our chances of getting a berth are? We're travelling with our kids so dont like the idea of not having a reserved berth.I,ve checked our passenger status on the rail website but our position hasnt moved.Thanks a lot
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It beggers beleif that you don't mention the class you will be traveling in.

But I've contacted Indian Railways and they inform me that you'll be using Sleeper Class, so you should be OK, I'd be very surprised if you didn't get confirmed berths.

As soon as berths are cancelled, you'll move up the list and on to Confirmed status.
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Stephen.If I had known the class I would have mentioned it. I assumed that RAC meant that you were reserved against cancellation including 1st and AC, whatever came up. Thanks for your reply.Sorry to beggar anyones belief.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post It beggers beleif that you don't mention the class you will be traveling in.
OK, change of wording needed, it's really difficult for someone to advise you when you don't give the class you're using.

On that train (for example), there will be about 18 First Class air con berths (1 carriage), about 40-80 (1 or 2 carriages) 2-tier air con berths, about 180-240 (3 or 4 carriages) 3-tier air con berths and about 900-1000 (12+ carriages) Sleeper Class berths.

So hopefully you can why your chances of 29 cancellations are different for each class.

I'm surprised that you don't know what class you booked.

But it's almost certainly Sleeper Class (not air con) as no other class would have as many RAC berths as there are 4 RAC berths per carriage and no RAC in First Class.

1 problem, you have got little chance of being next to each other on the train, you're going to have to hope you can swap berths with other people.
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Thanks for that Steven.Now that I've checked my online booking history I can see that we are sleeper class but I did tick a box that said upgrades considered aswell. In a response to someone else you mentioned that with 4 seats booked that would mean we would get 2 berths, not sure if I read correctly though.
Thanks for your help.
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The 'upgrade' only applies if there are berths still available in the class above the one you're travelling in, there is very little chance of an upgrade from Sleeper to 3A, and on that route, you've got more chance of winning the lottery.

The side berths consist of a lower and an upper berth, during the day both persons need to sit down, so the lower berth becomed 2 seats (whilst the upper berth remains as a berth/bed).

An example....

Side lower Berth 15 and side upper berth 16.

A confirmed ticket is sold for berth 16, but not for berth 15, that berth is left for RAC.

Berth 15 will remain as 2 seats (and not a berth).

2 RAC tickets will be sold for berth 15, and the 2 RAC ticket holders will sit in these seats until a berth is found for one of them (after a last minute cancellation or someone just not turning up), then one person will be given the cancelled berth and then the 2 seats will be turned into a berth for the other person.

But you should have you tickets confirmed before you journey date, so you don't need to worry about all of this.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post there are 4 RAC berths per carriage
I got that one completely wrong, there are 10 RAC seats per Sleeper Class carriage.
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Thanks Steven.I just checked the irsc website and it looks like we're now confirmed. Yippee, beds for us!Thanks for your help.
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ASR NED RAC Confirmation?

I am travelling from Ambala to Manmad by ASR NED EXPRESS on 2nd July 08. My reservation status shows RAC1 to RAC5 (we are 8 passenger and 3 out of 8 berths are confirmed). What are the chances that RAC 1 to RAC 5 will get confirmed?
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It is, in a way, as good as confirmed in that it gets you on the train. You can board the train with an RAC ticket, in your selected class, in the carriage indicated on the charts.

The TTE will allocate berths to you from last minute cancellations, no-shows, unused quotas, etc. At worst, you have to sit/share a berth for the journey. If you are a family, this may not, eg for children, even be uncomfortable.
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Thanks for the info. We are travelling in 3A and yes we are a family..
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Dear Kanchanman,

Please look at this:
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You Queried For
Train Number Train Name Date (DD-MM-YYYY)
Source Station Destination Station Quota Code
2716 ASR NED EXPRESS 28-08-2008 AMBALA CANT JN
NANDED GENERAL
S.No. Date (DD-MM-YYYY) Class - 3A Class -SL
1 28- 8-2008 AVAILABLE- 0090 AVAILABLE- 0345
2 29- 8-2008 AVAILABLE- 0090 AVAILABLE- 0347
3 30- 8-2008 AVAILABLE- 0090 AVAILABLE- 0319
4 31- 8-2008 AVAILABLE- 0090 AVAILABLE- 0347
===============

##The total quota is 90 Berths.

##As pointed out by Nick-H, it all depends upon the cancellations and also on "unutilised earmarked quotas".

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