1st AC Sleeper - Luggage Question

#1 Aug 24th, 2010, 13:11
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Hi I plan to take the New Delhi - Dehradun Express to Dehradun (2205). I have one big US suitcase with the following dimensions:

Length - 32 inches
Height - 13 inches
Width - 20 inches

I understand that bags can be kept underneath the
1st class AC sleeper. Will this bag fit below the sleeper? I think length and width is not a problem - but height is!! If I am able to squeeze the bag below the sleeper berth - that would solve the problem. I know there is a option of booking it in the luggage brake van - but I would like to explore all other possibilities before booking it in the brake van

I am told that there is a space for attendant in AC first class (where he usually keeps the blankets and mattresses etc. Can this space be used for storing my bag?

I would love to hear from folks who have had similar baggage problems.

Thanks
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Hi there Basky,
I travelled 1st AC Sleeper from Kolkata to Chennai last year. I think your bag will fit under the seat, the 1st class sleeper berths are more spacious than those of the other Indian Railway classes, however keep in mind that the 1st class AC has double bunks on each side of the window (4 people to a compartment), so the space under the bunk on your side has to have room for another persons luggage as well as your own. There was only 1 carriage that had a 1st class AC on my train. At the step entry into the carriage is the attendants room where blankets are stored and is where the attendants sleep. I think if your bag does not fit under the bunk it could be stored with the attendants. I found them to be reliable, watched who got on and off at each station, sort of guarded the doors, they also woke me early as I got off before Chennai. Just a mention I travelled around India for 6 weeks with a backpack that weighed 8kgs, I bought clothes as I needed them. I also found travelling on trains (only travelled 1st class once the rest was with the local Indians) with a small backpack that was light was so easy to manage on crowded railway station platforms, steps, auto rickshaws, buses etc. My suggestion, have a think about the size of your bag, believe me smaller if you can would be so much easier. Hope this helps, India was and is fantastic.
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Thx, Journey61!
I too would love to carry 2 small bags instead of one big bag but the problem is most domestic airlines allow only one bag
to be checked in - Iam flying into Delhi. I think I will take the chance and see how it goes. Worse case scenario - I may
have to book it in the brake van.

PS - How I wish the Indian railways website had the berths's measurements. That would be of so much help to everyone.
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Basky,

I have carried 30/32 inch suitcases with me in 1AC compartments when travelling with my family (booked the whole cabin for 4 people). The suitcases I carried were in such a way that (in lying down position), the height was lesser in the front and more at the back. I was easily able to push the suitcase underneath the berth in the reverse direction. Pls note I am not talking about the models like the Samsonite Jumbosuiter etc where the height is more than the usual 30 inch suitcases. With 13", I am sure you will be able to push it atleast in one direction if the height is tapered towards the front of the suitcase.
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Your wish has been granted. (Thanks to Steven)

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Thanks Aarosh - But I am not seeing the 1st AC berths measurements. Am I missing something here?
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That article says that the lower berth is 45 cms (18 inches) from the floor.
So your luggage with its height of 13 inches will fit underneath.
Your luggage's width and length is less than the width and length of the berth, so it will fit completely underneath
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Wow! That is awesome!! Thanks Guys!!
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Originally Posted by bond007 View Post That article says that the lower berth is 45 cms (18 inches) from the floor.
You've found an error in that Sleeper Class thread, it should read 35cms, I've no idea why I put 45, I'll try to get a moderator to edit it, I put 35 in the 'luggage' part of that thread.

Basky, I think you may have a problem, I'm guessing that 13 inches = about 32.5cms, the following is from this train luggage thread.

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I travelled First Class (air con) late last year and found a big problem regarding luggage.

We had bought 3 new modern 'suitcases'.

Measurements below, Length, Width and Height (when lying flat)

78 x 48 x 34cm
67 x 44 x 31cm
57 x 39 x 28cm

I tried to put the cases below the bottom berth and to my horror, the largest 2 cases were too high (when lying flat).

I could have taken a lot of things out of the middle case and maybe squeezed the case under the seat, but that would have been extremely inconvenient, fortunately one of the berths hadn't been booked, so we put the 2 cases on that berth.
The height of your luggage will be a problem, it will not fit under the berth, there is a space at the bottom of the lower berths that may be enough for your case (standing on it's side), but I'll have to study some of my photos to see if this space would be enough, and I've not got time to do this today.

(for those paying close attention, you will notice that the space below Sleeper Class berths is actually higher than the space below First AC berths, it's true, I was shocked to notice it and measured again, and it's only just over 30cms under First AC lower berths)(the measurements are for normal First AC carriages, and not the new German built carriages used on a few Rajdhani and Duronto trains, I don't know the measurements for the new German carriages)
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Thanks, Steven for noticing the typo. The thread makes for interesting reading. Iam going to shoot for a lower berth and since the train leaves Nizammuddin Station around midnight and reaches Dehradun 5.40 in the morning - I am guessing fellow passengers would want to hit the bed rightaway when they board the train, and, therefore, hopefully the suitcase (if placed between the two lower berths) should not inconvenience a lot. If it helps my suitcase (does not have a hard top) it is cloth and fabric only, so I will try to squeeze it underneath the berth!!
I am quite shocked to read that the sleeper berths are actually higher than the 1AC berths. One would think it would be vice versa!!

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