How do you know when you have reached the right station?

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#1 Nov 30th, 2007, 05:44
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This might be a really dumb question but I will ask it anyway.

When you are travelling on a train how do you know when you reach the right station? Is it announced or are there signs?

Just thought i would ask.
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Since most railways charge based on distance traveled, they generally don't want people booking tickets for one station and then staying on until their real (more expensive) destination, so someone will make sure that everyone gets off where they're supposed to.

If your stop is in the middle of the night or something, you might want to bring a watch with an alarm or a travel alarm clock. But every other train I've ridden on has had some system wherein a train employee makes sure everyone does what they're supposed to do, and so must the Indian Railways.
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If you are at all chatty with your fellow passengers then that's just something you never have to worry about. Indians are so curious(nosey ) about you & thus your destination that the whole car might well know your stop before the journey is 10 minutes old..... & as a result will pre-warn you well in advance of it all.
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And there are signs at the stations as well. In English as well as other local languages.
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thanks guys. was just a bit worried about missing my stop.
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Originally Posted by the opoponax View Post But every other train I've ridden on has had some system wherein a train employee makes sure everyone does what they're supposed to do, and so must the Indian Railways.
Um, no, not really. Or not at all, rather. Note that I only know Indian Sleeper Class, there might (or might not) be such attendants in the higher classes.

Taking some wake-me-up device (I guess these days cell phones and watches and so on are handy in the field, in fact I hear this hasn't improved Indian train travel) is of course an idea.* Other than that, anywhere in the world, at home too, there is a risk of you gently (or not so gently) being woken up at the end of the line, of course. I have some magical inner system that alerts me to the need of waking up a few minutes before arrival (tricky btw, groggily grabbing your belongings and rushing out, conceivably at the wrong place), which has never failed me, but saying that out loud it probably will, so I've said nothing.

* And noting that while you may have set it to your theoretical arrival time at station X, this will tell you little or nothing about where you actually are on waking up. I think I went around with an alarm clock (handy for hotel rooms too), it helps, but not all that much.

Other than that, I'd ask the conductor or my fellow passengers about it, yes. Somehow however the answer is always "yes it's the next station & it's ten minutes away" no matter what the situation is, so it doesn't help all that greatly. And at 4 AM with everyone including the conductor asleep it's not so easily done.

I guess there should be plaques with the station name, indeed. Or there may not be. Or maybe in a script you don't know. Or it may be dark. Or there may or may not be an announcement. In a language or accent you may or may not understand. Or you may think you need to get out when in fact it's just an unannounced half-hour stop in the middle of nowhere or at some irrelevant station. Or whatever. It never went wrong with me, but it very well might have. If so, consider it part of the adventure, I guess, there's little else to do about it once it's happened anyway.

ps A good idea in any case is to get a hold of the Trains at a Glance railways timetables at the first station kiosk possible, it costs just a handful of rupees and is indispensable for planning your train travel. It will list your en-route stations so will give you something to go by (but it will by no means guarantee you actually recognize all those stations while traveling along. Like any railway timetables, it also takes some getting to grips with, but it is indeed indispensable.) The online version: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/Tag0708/
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I always thought how could all these people know there stops when I'd be on a train for like 12 hours. I'd be so scared missing my stop. I'm talking about cattle class by the way.
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I guess there should be plaques with the station name, indeed. Or there may not be. Or maybe in a script you don't know. Or it may be dark. Or there may or may not be an announcement. Or you may think you need to get out when in fact it's just an unannounced half-hour stop in the middle of nowhere or at some irrelevant station. Or whatever.


Love it. Basically, bring an alarm.

OP - don't worry if you miss your stop- just think of it as an adventure! Oh, and don't feel stupid for asking- I'm the kind of worrier who's thought about this very question myself!
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I keep an estimated time frame in mind...like if I know the scheduled time for tarin to reach my station is 3 PM, then I will be setup at 2:30 Pm and will start talking to other passengers about the station and keeping an eye on the passing stations..
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In the AC classes the coach attendant will make sure to inform you sufficiently ahead of time. He does this because he will come to collect your (railway provided)bedding.
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good question! I wondered the same thing...

I'm going to be taking a train from Madurai to Cochin and it gets there at 3:30 am. really didn't think anyone would check up on where I'm getting off the train.
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I'd very much rely on your own for it, YG. Combined with all the friendly asking around etc. you can muster, of course. Makes for fun conversation anyway. But again your compartment companions may not be so hot on it in the middle of the night (there'll usually be some who are just like you wondering where to get off though. It's not like Indians are born with a radar for this, they'll be as clueless as you).

Again, I never found it to be a problem. But I can well imagine myself sleeping in and waking up in Assam or someplace.
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Originally Posted by YogaGal View Post I'm going to be taking a train from Madurai to Cochin and it gets there at 3:30 am. really didn't think anyone would check up on where I'm getting off the train.
Please be warned...No railway employee gives a damn where you get off the train..unless its time to check the tickets again !!

If you have to get down at 3:30 AM, put an alarm OR if you are natural waker, then make sure you are up by 2:30 and start scanning the stations...and ask attendant (if you are in AC) OR fellow passengers about your station..

but in your case, Cochin is a major station, its easy to miss small station where train might stop for couple of minutes but I guess it wont be the case at Cochin...unless you are sleeping very tight..
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Get to know the estimated arrival time and around that time keep a watch out for the station. Of course during the day you can ask your co-passengers. Also find out from the Ticket Collector or co-passengers how long the train stops at your station so that if need be you can be ready at the door to get out in a jiffy.

I remember that Karnatak express used to stop only for a few minutes at Ahmednagar (Maharashtra) and in that few minutes passengers had to get down as well as get on the train. As you can imagine it used to be chaotic and very physical. All this used to happen late in the night and usually the train used to be delayed. So it used to be sheer boredom for some time followed by high adrenaline action for a few minutes .

At the station, don't try to board or get down from a moving train; it can be very risky.
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Originally Posted by Prashant.M View Post At the station, don't try to board or get down from a moving train; it can be very risky.
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