AC quota on Hampi Express?
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#1
| Member

AC quota on Hampi Express?

Hi,

I'm new! But have been enthralled by the integrity and depth of this forum.

The answer to my query is, no doubt, somewhere in this labyrinth, but just to refresh the members' knowledge... if you please... :)

How does the quota system work?

There seems to be a maximum of 0001 (one) AC1-class berth available from Hospet to Bangalore on the Hampi Express at any time, and when this is taken the system can show "REGRET/WL1"... no more bookings?! Hubli Jn, the originating station seems to have a maximum of 0004 (four) AC1s available, and I guess other major stations (Gadag, Guntakal, etc) and those in between have quotas as well.

The problem is that I would like to secure two AC1 berths for my partner and I, to get from Hampi to Bangalore for a day/night cricket match on 19 Nov, but we could not possibly leave Hampi before 18 Nov. There doesn't seem to be a Tourist Quota, and buses are not an option!

So... what are my options? Help, please.

Regards,

Al

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#2
| Senior Member
Why not live a little and try 2A? ;)

PS, whats the cricket match? I hadn't heard anything. (he then rushes off to cricinfo to find out himself)
#3
| V.SRINIVASA PRASAD
Dear Hellosing,
Please look at this:-
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Accomodation Availability Enquiry
You Queried For Train Number Train Name Date (DD-MM-YYYY) Source Station Destination Station Quota Code
6591 HAMPI EXPRESS 16-12-2005 HOSPET JN BANGALORE CY JN GENERAL

S.No. Date (DD-MM-YYYY) Class - 1A
1 16-12-2005 AVAILABLE- 0001
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You Queried For Train Number Train Name Date (DD-MM-YYYY) Source Station Destination Station Quota Code
6591 HAMPI EXPRESS 16-12-2005 HUBLI JN BANGALORE CY JN GENERAL

S.No. Date (DD-MM-YYYY) Class - 1A
1 16-12-2005 AVAILABLE- 0004
==============================
You Queried For Train Number Train Name Date (DD-MM-YYYY) Source Station Destination Station Quota Code
6591 HAMPI EXPRESS 16-12-2005 GUNTAKAL JN BANGALORE CY JN GENERAL

S.No. Date (DD-MM-YYYY) Class - 1A
1 16-12-2005 AVAILABLE- 0003
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So, very urgently, you book Two IAC Berths from Guntakal to Bangalore and I am sure you will get both the berths in the two-berthed-coupe.
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You can also book One Berth under HPT-SBC Quota and One Berth under GTL-SBC quota but the chances for getting in the same two-berthed-coupe are remote.
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You can also book tickets from Hubli to Bangalore and later on change the boarding-point to Hospet Jn.
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If my presumption this is a composite coach, that is, 10 IAC Berths and 24 IIAC Berths.
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(***The remaining two berths in IAC will be utilised for EQ and if nobody turns up, then those berths will be released to those under Waiting List).
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#4
| Member
Hi Kiwi,

I believe the Cricket is one of the five ODIs between South Africa and India. My partner is the fanatic. I will remain neutral. They tell me that huge nets are suspended above the stands at the M. Chinnaswarmy (spelling?) Stadium, and dropped on the people below if there is a need for crowd control.

Back on the topic... I haven't experienced 2AC, but I have travelled unreserved (never again) and First Class (fantastic, and my preference) back in the early '80s, before the proliferation of AC. I have been searching for trains with First Class carriages, but they are becoming scarce. There are a few plying the Malabar coast through to Chennai. Nowadays, I'm looking for comfort.

Regards,

Al
#5
| Senior Member
Okay, the trick is to book 2 tickets from Munirabad (MRB) to Bangalore(SBC).

Munirabad is on the Hubli quota, and is only a few miles from Hospet. You can still board at Hospet.

I tried this trick sometime back as per:

http://www.indiamike.com/india/showt...ad.php?t=11286
#6
| Member
Hi vsp27759,

A thousand thanks.

Regards,
Al
#7
| Senior Member
Yes, I looked on cricinfo myself. I might end up going too if I can find out how to get tickets.

I'm off to Hampi this weekend actually. It will be my 6th visit there. Woohoo!!

Last time it was this busy:
http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/d...i2005_0168.JPG
#8
| Member
Ahhhh.. I new the answer was in here somewhere! :D Thanks for the link Kiwi Razz, and the photo. Looks like they might need some crowd control at Hampi, too. Or is that the Cricket Ground? :rolleyes:

Regards,
Al
#9
| Member

Boarding Points and Online Booking

Hi all,

I have finally established an address in India for ticket delivery, and am setting about booking tickets online.

Following a tip:

Originally posted by: kiwi_razzOkay, the trick is to book 2 tickets from Munirabad (MRB) to Bangalore(SBC).



This seemed Ok. Online booking allows Boarding Points at Stations beyond the Reservation Starting Station, so I reserved two AC1 berths from Munirabad, and chose Hospet (HPT) as the Boarding Point.

Up to the final part of the booking, everything was going swimmingly, but at the last point the booking failed, with the resultant email from IRCTC:
Dear Customer,
We deeply regret that this reservation (reference no.*********) as requested by you could not materialize due to Request cannot be processed while Booking. Kindly retry the booking if you have not been able to complete your booking yet. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to you. We will make the refund back to your account shortly if it was Debited from your Account.

There was no real explanation. Rather than trying again (for fear that there is some catch to my booking request regarding Boarding Point), and possibly drawing down my credit card even further, I am looking at another option.
Presently, enough Berths are available from Bellary Junction just 25 minutes down the line from Hospet. I feel it may be Ok to travel this distance by whatever class is available from Hospet at the time.
My questions are: Will there be any confusion if I book my AC1 reservations specifing my Boarding Point as Bellary, when, in fact, I will be boarding at Hospet, two Stations beforehand? I guess that I will need two separate tickets. One from Hospet to Bellary, and one from Bellary to Bangalore (SBC). Show the Ticket Inspector the first ticket at one point, change coaches at Bellary, and show the him/her the other ticket at this point. He/she may wonder what is going on? Isn't it?

Regards
#10
| V.SRINIVASA PRASAD
Dear Hellosing,
Your observation:-
""Will there be any confusion if I book my AC1 reservations specifing my Boarding Point as Bellary, when, in fact, I will be boarding at Hospet, two Stations beforehand? I guess that I will need two separate tickets.""
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@@@You can reserve your Berths from Munirabad to Bangalore with bd.pt. at Hospet or Bellary. But the e-mail from irctc gives an indication that IRCTC may not allow bd.pt.
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@@@So, best option is to ""reserve"" from Munirabad to Bangalore, bgo to Munirabad and get into the train. No Confusion!!!!!
(OR)
Reserve Tickets from Munirabad to Bangalore; approach PRS Counter in Hospet - and change the boarding point to Hospet;
(OR)
Reserve Two berths from Hospet to Bellary in SL Class and Two AC1 from Bellary to Bangalore. There will be ample time in Bellary, but you have to move fast!!!!
#11
| Member
VSP27759,

Brilliant! You are one of a kind.

Regards
#12
| Member

WARNING Boarding Points and Quotas

Hi all,

Just noticed this. IRCTC gives the following message when selecting Boarding Points beyond the Reservation starting Station.
You will be allotted berths earmarked for boarding point.Check for availability of berths from boarding point before proceeding

I failed to read this on my first attempt at booking Reservation for two berths from Munirabad (AC1 available 000004) and Boarding Point at Hospet (AC1 available 000001). My booking failed at the last point after money was taken out of my credit card, although refunded the following day.

After a little bit of a test (not extensive enough to be verified), I found the following:
1) If you select the Boarding Point first, then enter the list of passengers, the system will allow you to proceed, and fails at the last point of booking if you have exceeded the availability at the Boarding Point.
2) If you enter the list of passengers first, then select the Boarding Point, the system will not update the Boarding Point if your list of passengers exceeds the availability at the selected Boarding Point. Nifty, eh?

So enter your passenger list first. Can anyone else verify this?

Regards

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