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#1 Nov 27th, 2003, 09:04
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I have reserved some tickets on the IRCTC website and have been waitlisted for a couple of journeys. The status given to me is

WL2 & WL3
WL3 & WL4

Does this mean I'm say 2nd and 3rd in line for the seats if there are cancellations?

Also the travel is in late December and I wondered if anyone had similar experiences of waitlists and whether it is like there will be enough cancellations for me to get the reserved seats - these are in AC3 and AC2.
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#2 Nov 27th, 2003, 10:58
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Can you reserve tickets and not pay for them?
#3 Nov 28th, 2003, 14:24
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If you are # 1 to 10 you are probably going to get a seat. Anything higher than that doesn't look good. So you should be OK. RAC status (reservation against cancellation) and it's 98% chance or higher that you will get on--better than just being on the waiting list. Now who can explain the mystery behind getting one the wait list versus RAC status?? Its like overbooking a plane flight. Some tickets are sold RAC because they know some people will cancell. So after the tickets that they hold for RAC are spoken for, others are put on a waiting list.

And no, you cannot reserve tickets without paying for them.
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Thats good to hear. Do you think I should look to book an alternative route in case the wait list doesn't reduce?
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WL2/3/4 is very good in AC2 & AC3; you are virtually guaranteed to get berths.

I've never had a good look at the Internet booking site, but I remember someone saying there were no refunds on tickets booked over the Internet, I may be wrong though.

It would be useful if you give us the details of what happens after you book a ticket on the Internet, do they send you the PNR number of the ticket?

If you have this number, you can check the status of the ticket on the Indian railways website, you may find the berths have already been confirmed.
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#6 Dec 1st, 2003, 19:18
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Yes when you book over the internet they give you the PNR number. When people have their tickets couriered to us in Delhi, they have to email us with this number so that the courier will release the tickets to us. They are coming so fast now last week we received tickets before the client even had a chance to email us that they had purchased them. How's that for Indian efficiency?
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When I booked the tickets I received an email almost simultaneously with the details and the PNR number. I have been checking daily on the website for an update to see if we have moved down the waitlist - alas we remain in the same position. This originally made me think that the waitlist would not be updated but I guess it must be. I have also booked another trip and the allocated berths were included on the email.

I am getting the tickets couriered to the hotel that I am staying at in Delhi - however, I did not realise that they would require the PNR number. I will need to email this to them.

In relation to refunds I think that e-tickets can be refunded through electronic ticketing machines in India - however, the refunds are not cash but credited to the same account/card that was used to book the ticket via the internet.

I will keep you updated as to how the waitlist progresses.
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will we get a seat ????

Hi,

Several weeks ago we booked a sleepertrain from Agra to Varanasi on 3 feb.

The current status is :
Running Status Current Status
W/L 9 CNF
W/L 10 CNF

What does CNF mean ?

When we booked it was also WL9 and WL10...
Will we get a seat or must we look for another solution ?

Thx for your quick reply, leaving tommorow...

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It's confirmed(CNF!).
Check again a bit later (close to the travel date) for the seat and coach number.
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The 'current' status for train 4864 is as follows: -

2A = WL 11/4
3A = WL 05/3
SL = WL 40/19

WL 40/19 means 40 waitlisted tickets were issued, the 40th one has now moved up to WL 19 because of cancellations, if a person buys a SL class ticket today they would be WL 41, though they would be 20th in the list.

So your 2A berths were WL 2 & 3 (at last update), though a proper check using your PNR number will get the true current status.

As beach says, on Indian Railways CNF means confirmed, though regarding reservations, CNF normally only applies to 1A or FC tickets, I'm a little puzzled by this.

I think your reservations should come through by Tuesday, if not, the waitlists for 3A and SL are very low, then there's always the roof.
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Steven,

Kantara's case is similar to mine, which I had posted here some time back.

Kantara,

Your berths are confirmed. However, you will have to check the reservation chart put up on the platform; on the day of the journey; to know your coach and berth nos.
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Unhappy Train Waiting List advice please

Hi all,

I just booked some train tickets from Mumbai to Goa for the 23rd Dec. (in 10 days) and from Goa to Mumbai on the 6th Jan.

For the train ride to Goa (23rd Dec) we have been given the status WL 11 and WL 12 (there's two of us)
I checked the availability and it said WL14/WL13 (after i booked the tickets)

For the train back from Goa to Mumbai (6th Jan), the status is WL5/WL5.

We've never used the indian railway before, could someone please give me their opinion. Should i be worried that we wont get our tickets confirmed in time for our trips?
Or is 10 days enough time for WL14/WL13 to be ok.
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What is the class??

For II sleeper, II AC Sleeper, III AC Sleeper, this looks OK (you'll get the cofirmed seat)

For I AC sleeper the (cancellation) queue moves a bit slow as there are not toomany seats.
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Hi Beach,

we've booked class: 1A.

Should i be worried?
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