Seat and Berth information on India trains?

#1 Nov 4th, 2006, 11:30
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Greetings.

I just purchased tickets for my Wife and children on the Sabari Express from Trivandrum to Hyderabad. The ticket agent told me that they were all in the same cabin in AC tier 2 class. When I look at the ticket it looks like one seat would not be in the same cabin but I cannot find any information online to check it.

the seat births are....
16-ub
17-sl
18-su
30-su

I am concerned because my children are young and I would feel much better knowing they are all in the same cabin. Can anyone tell from the above numbers if that is the case?

Thank you.
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The berths you got are not very good. You have upper berth in side a cabin & two upper berths outside the cabin on the side & one lower birth on the side. The side berths are smaller so you may not be able to exchange with some one. Request other passengers in the cabin anyway.
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ub = upper berth
su = upper berth along the corridor
sl = lower beth along the corridor
lb = lower berth

the big difference between the side berths vs the ones tucked away from the corridor is that the side berths are more exposed to the passing traffic of people walking by
and...
the length of the beds are shorter. so if you are tall you should try not to get the side berths.

however, 2a is pretty nice overall so you're ok with whatever
no worries.
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one other thing...
the person with seat 30 will be seated in the same car but a little away from the other 3. it is very common to swap seats with people on trains. ask cordially of someone in the neighboring seats if they would mind if your 4th person can trade so y'all can sit together. there is usually compliance with such a request when it has to do with families who want to sit together.
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Thanks for the info. I am wondering if I should not exchange my tickets for AC Tier 3. They have all lower births in the same cabin still available. I have never been on an Indian train yet so this information is much appreciated. Our kids are 15,13, and 10. Im thinking all inside one cabin would be better if the quality of the T3 is worth it.

Thank you. Dave
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Other people may well be trying to reorganise too.

You can trade to your advantage, but some Indian families can organise a sleeping carriage to suit themselves so fast that the rest of us hardly noticed being asked to move!
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made a backup reservation

Haha, I bet. When we traveled through Europe about 10 years ago my wife earned the nickname "1st class xxxxx" I will refrain from stating the last word but it starts with a B.

I just made a backup reservation online really to just see what I would get in class three. I got.....
50, 51, 53, 54 upper and middle births. Any way of telling if they are in the same cabin? Now I just need to decide which ones to keep. ugggg. I wish there was a birth map somewhere for the train. My wife and kids are in Trivandrum and I am trying to make these reservations from Hyderabad. Ive been to the train station twice and dont want to go back.

Signed, shooting in the dark! Dave
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I wish there was a birth map somewhere for the train.
Oh but there is!

See the IndiaMike Train Guide, available from www.goneindia.com (scroll down until you find it) and see from p.59
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hey, i know your main concern is having everyone near each other, but i thought i'd also throw in my 2 cents on the strategizing of berths...

my preference if definitely upper berth!!
yes, you do have to hoist yourself up there...but you're bothered the least. you can sleep late if you want to...
go to bed early if you want to...
be mostly out of the common view of everyone on the train...
it offers a slice of, uh, "privacy"

the middle berth and lower berth are part of the seating.
and the timings of the seatings is something like 6am-10pm.
so being in LB or MB limits your reclining time.
of course, as with everything in india, there is a fudge factor on those timings.

but anyway, just know that there is fudge factors with most things in india...
so swapping seats, etc
no problem.
the indians value families SO much so for you to ask, with the purpose of having your family seated together, if someone would shift a seat, most likely they won't mind.
i travel alone and i am asked to trade 50% of my train travels...
and as long as i get my upper berth it's no big thang yo

it's all gonna work out
yee haw
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Berth Map

I found it! Your Awsome. Thank you. I have a plan! haha
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holy crap, that pdf download explaining indian railways is the most thorough document besides reading the trains at a glance!!

kudos to whoever put it together!
jeez!
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Thank you all for your advice. What a great site this is. I have been here 2 months and wish I would have found it sooner. As Roy Rogers use to say "Happy trains to you...until we meet again...
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holy crap, that pdf download explaining indian railways is the most thorough document besides reading the trains at a glance!!

kudos to whoever put it together!
jeez!
Kudos to IndiaMike Member Digital Drifter who did it. With a little help from his friends
#14 May 26th, 2009, 04:41
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Hello,
New Member here. Great website .You guys are doing a wonderful job. I have a Rajdhani seating question. We are travelling by Aug Kranti rajdhani from Mumbai to Nizamudddin in 2A with seat numbers 43,44,45 and 46. Are all these seats/berth inside or some seats/berths are on the side? Thanks in advance.
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I think they are all in the same section, and none of them are side berths along the corridor, so even better if thats what you were after.
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