Middle of the night \ Early morning etiquette

#1 Jan 5th, 2011, 00:30
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Please don't laugh, but I can sleep through anything. What is the etiquette on a train that arrives at my station at 4AM? Can I set an alarm clock to waken me? Is this considered to be rude? Will most of the people in my car be going to the same station?

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I'm not laughing! Somehow, my limited train journeys have always been terminus to terminus or daytime arrivals.

I guess I'd use the alarm on my phone, and keep it close to my ear.
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To set an alarm clock for it would be perfectly normal. No worries Keep it next to you on your berth or so, sure.

Set it a half hour before or so, right, for you to gather your senses and belongings. Besides, arrival times may well be off.

Not everyone will be getting off there no, of course not. Could depend on size or importance of station. Ask your immediate fellow passengers if anyone will, so you can give one another a nudge.
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You could also ask TTE to wake you up; may be there are other people getting off at the same station. He would let you know.

What station at 4AM?
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In addition to the question asked in the earlier post, which train?
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About asking the tte for waking you up, i would be very carefull. i did that once, (because the train had a 2 minute stop in the middle of nowwhere at 2 in the morning( and i set my phonealarm as well to make sure. As i got of the train, the tte was still fast asleep in front of the door...
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Yes, you cannot rely on the TTE. I guess he's entitled to his sleep!
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Luckily, i had learned by the time that "yes, of course no problem, i wake you up" basicly means perhaps, if you are lucky, no...
Also, I tried to get up for the station before the one i had to get out, just to get a feeling for how late we were by the time, since it is basicly impossible to see where you are at night.
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just as i was writing this, i remeber a train equiped with gps and electronic signboard showing us distance and time to the next stop. does anybody know if it is planned to add this feature to more trains?
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Another effective method is to request the Attendant if you are in an AC coach.
They generally come to collect the bedding...and if the station has some new passengers to board then no problem at all. The attendant will normally come to collect the bedding and put a new set for the next passenger.
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<cross-posted with Dhrubatara. Yep, so it would depend a little what class you travel in, too; Sleeper Class* has no such attendants. If even those attendants could be relied on for the job I can't tell you, I've not traveled a lot in the higher classes. Besides, I can sleep like a rose on them trains, but nonetheless find my internal clock always waking me up in time, so before the time I've set my alarm clock to even, which I do set. Knock on wood, always; the day will surely come when I find myself waking up at the train's final parking lot!

* And to avoid a common confusion, that is just its name, it's the lowest reservable class, what you might call second class. Any classes above it can normally be slept in as well, of course, they just aren't called so.>

Yep, you can ask the TTE (the ticket examiner i.e. conductor btw, to the general reader), but he cannot be relied on to in fact wake you up.

I'd not rarely find myself alerted to my stop just by some folks who'd caught where I was going, and so now in their half-sleep kindly waking me up themselves. Again, another thing that cannot be relied on however, obviously But do speak a little to the passengers in your compartment, to see if some others need to get out around where you do.

It can be hard to discern where you are yes, and along the route, your train may arrive (sometimes very...) late or even early at various stations. A good approach would be to get yourself a copy of Trains at a Glance, the Indian railway timetables, sold at newspaper kiosks at most larger stations. It cost some Rs. 45 I think in early 2009, and isn't quite as small and portable anymore as it once was; it's still not bulky though, and so still quite portable. I would have said in the past it's a must-have anyway for any serious train travel; except these last two trips I found I couldn't make head or tail of it no mo' (Like I once did, when it became practically my bible.) Guess I must be getting dafter; or my train travel wasn't serious enough

Alternatively, look up your route at http://erail.in/: find your train there, now click its train number to the left, to get the full route in the lower screen. Print this out & take along.

Either way, you could now try and figure out whereabouts you are by what stations you pass by. This can still be difficult enough, as there'll be stations not featured on your schedule, or it may be too dark to make out the signs, or you happening to catch those signs only in the local script, or whatever, but, well, it helps. Or speak again to anyone who's awake, walk up & down the carriage some or into the next one(s) for this if needs be; keeping in mind that your stop will always be "yes, sir (ma'am), just ten minutes" away, whether that is in fact 20 seconds or an hour and a half (and whether that person in fact speaks English at all or not, of course; certainly in the lower classes, this is far from a given. Say from -- the class of -- 3A upwards, this should greatly improve, but it's still silly and otherwise unwise to take it for granted.) As always in India, take your time, and keep your patience, and a good sense of humor about it all if you can.

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