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#121 Dec 16th, 2010, 01:47
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Nice sharing and tips too. You have a lot of friends who were robbed...
Be careful in the toilet...don't let your things drop in the commode....
Otherwise you'll have to pull the chain and walk a mile back on the rail track to collect your stuffs...
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#122 Dec 16th, 2010, 04:02
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Originally Posted by style_guru View Post Hmmm clever comment by you there. But can you tell me that does being alert or cautious about something means divorcing your sleep and staying awake 24 x 7? NO. It means paying more attention to that particular activity in comparison to other activities. Just in the same way, what i meant was that when on a train, pay more attention to your belongings as there is a greater risk of losing them. Now people have different methods of doing so. Some chain their stuff to seats, some keep it below head, some even keep it on berths etc.
And as far as your coming out clean so far in your journey within India, I would congratulate you for that. For you just need to witness the plight of those who lose their stuff on running trains everyday. Only then one can realise that how lucky they are for not facing this.
As I said: One has to find a middle way without losing sleep over the whole thing. I don't think I'm an easy target, neither on trains nor anywhere else, but there has also been a good deal of luck I suppose.
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Originally Posted by *jyoti* View Post They woke up to find the chain and padlock still securely around the handle of the suitcase, but the rest of the suitcase was missing!
Gosh - this is really very bad luck! But it's rare...at least in India... I think... I hope.

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Get to know your neighbors. ...They're a lot less likely to care if someone steals your stuff if your shoes are on the top of the fan, spewing shoe gunk all over them.



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P.S. If I haven't gotten to know the other passengers well enough to ask them to watch my stuff, I will take my passport and wallet to the bathroom with me
So do I, no matter how well I know other passengers. One never knows... someone could distract THEM and ...... etc.
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Originally Posted by *jyoti* View Post I will take my passport and wallet to the bathroom with me, along with the toilet paper.
I always had my passport, credit card, and money with me at all times. I would in any country.
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Originally Posted by Wildhorse View Post Gosh - this is really very bad luck!
Yes, it is bad luck! But, I've lived in India 4 years, and some of my colleagues travel by train a lot, so it's actually relatively few incidents considering hours on the train.
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Thanks!

Thanks to everyone for their comments and useful advice about security on trains!
#127 Dec 17th, 2010, 21:38
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I was wondering about chaining bags up to bottom bunks. The few train journeys i have done in India back in 2001 i had the top bunk in SL and kept my backpack up there,something i wont do now and the only AC2 journey i did had just me in the compartment for the whole journey.
So is it ok then to put my backpack under the lower bunks even though i'm in the top bunk?
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Originally Posted by Ouzodave View Post So is it ok then to put my backpack under the lower bunks even though i'm in the top bunk?
Of course it is!

Everybody's luggage is supposed to go under the lower bunk. You can choose keep it with you on the top bunk if you want but I don't do that as it would give me less space to stretch out.
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Originally Posted by JuliaF View Post Of course it is!

Everybody's luggage is supposed to go under the lower bunk. You can choose keep it with you on the top bunk if you want but I don't do that as it would give me less space to stretch out.
Yeah, i was much thinner back in 2001, so there's no way i want my backpack up with me in the top bunk now
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Just jumping in here to say this is a really useful (and entertaining!) thread; as someone whose preference all along through booking has been to go for an Upper berth, it's really helped me understand how everything should 'work' etc.

... Now all I've got to do is worry that my most recently booked ticket (Kolkata-Gaya Train 12307) has been allocated to a 2AC side lower berth. I'm 6ft. Something tells me I'm not going to be comfortable that night!
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Originally Posted by redbutton View Post ... Now all I've got to do is worry that my most recently booked ticket (Kolkata-Gaya Train 12307) has been allocated to a 2AC side lower berth. I'm 6ft. Something tells me I'm not going to be comfortable that night!
The side lower berths are 187cm long, I'm 5'11 and find them comfortable.
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Mr Hongkonger is 6ft and finds them comfortable, too (and he's no spring chicken any more)!
#133 Dec 22nd, 2010, 14:14
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Do we have a new unit of measurement here? Or two even?

The metric Ber = 187cm

The Imperial Ber = 5' 11"




For me (an inch or two shorter than Steven) the restriction of side berths is not their length but their width. For sleeping straight out, they are fine, but there is no room to lie on one's side with the knees bent.
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That's good to know, thanks! (I'd always assumed tall = bad times on a side berth but it doesn't sound too bad). I'll cope for a 6-ish hour train journey, anyway!
#135 Dec 22nd, 2010, 17:41
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I'd always assumed tall = bad times on a side berth but it doesn't sound too bad
No, no... wide might, though! For six hours, I think almost anybody could cope. Have a good trip
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