*NEW* Indian Railways Route Planner

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I thought this deserves it's own thread. A technological by product of GCIRC is this fascinating and ground breaking toy.
http://www.bharatbyrail.com/
You can now find out how to get between 2 stations on Indian Railways that dont have a connecting service, without having to know IR like the back of your hand.
It's still in beta testing, but there's more than a couple of you in here who will want to give this a go. There's a feedback form on the right hand side of the one and only page. Also the station code completion code is still getting ironed out, so please type your codes in s l o w l y.
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Originally Posted by Mark_Lester View Post I thought this deserves it's own thread. A technological by product of GCIRC is this fascinating and ground breaking toy.
http://www.bharatbyrail.com/
You can now find out how to get between 2 stations on Indian Railways that dont have a connecting service, without having to know IR like the back of your hand.
It's still in beta testing, but there's more than a couple of you in here who will want to give this a go. There's a feedback form on the right hand side of the one and only page. Also the station code completion code is still getting ironed out, so please type your codes in s l o w l y.
I've really only had a 10 second look as I've got to go to work, but I think a very quick explanation of how we use the site would be useful, for example, I can't see a 'To' (station to) section.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post I've really only had a 10 second look as I've got to go to work, but I think a very quick explanation of how we use the site would be useful, for example, I can't see a 'To' (station to) section.
It appears after you select "Journey Type" field Steven.
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Very Slow

I suspect its riding on top of M$%^&*T ) Simple Mumbai-Pune took 4 minutes

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have you tried anything else nycank ?, I just tried pune/bct and it took about 20 secs.
there's some serious computing going on in the back ground as you can imagine, so please be patient while some of that gets ironed out.
Of greater interest is what the algorithm actually cooks up. It does come up withsome odd ones from time to time, so if you've found that it kicks you off at a station for no good reason, or sends you on some ridiculous excursion (it's very fond of varanasi for instance) please fill in the feedback form.

as for the UI, yes it needs radical overhaul and he's aware of that, this is very early beta but I think you'll agree it's bloody good fun.
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I like it. It is slow, and might even choke up under load as it gets more popular. But so far so good, I'll stay tuned for the bugs and capacity issues to get ironed out.
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Originally Posted by vko View Post I like it. It is slow, and might even choke up under load as it gets more popular. But so far so good, I'll stay tuned for the bugs and capacity issues to get ironed out.
The creator claims it gets quicker with load.
The initial load up time is a problem, but worth the wait.
As I've said several times already, the feedback is critical, so please fill in the form on the right hand side if you get time.
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Woohoo. Brilliant.
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5 seconds for my trip from lower goa to delhi with a few stops. i am on a slow NET book and usb modem. a few seconds was great
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Originally Posted by Mark_Lester View Post have you tried anything else nycank ?, I just tried pune/bct and it took about 20 secs.
there's some serious computing going on in the back ground as you can imagine, so please be patient while some of that gets ironed out.

I think you'll agree it's bloody good fun.
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Originally Posted by DR_T View Post 5 seconds for my trip from lower goa to delhi with a few stops. i am on a slow NET book and usb modem. a few seconds was great
I agree serious database lookup going on in the background. I gave the author(s) feedback. The T&Cs are very funny too.

It has noting to do with speed of one's own computer, and network connection.
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forwarded comment from the gcirc blog
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The feedback – both formal and in terms of the “error logs” that are posted back to me is great. I now know of several issues that I have to fix.

Thanks all.

-skk
as a fellow developer, I know just how important this stuff is, so on skk's behalf, thanks again.
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Good site but it will take some time to stabilize. I found something similar (through this forum, of course).

http://www.90di.com/travel/

Search for connecting trains in this format: Origin[space]destination[space]Date of journey.
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Originally Posted by pauldmps View Post http://www.90di.com/travel/
Good natural language interface.
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90DI is quite awesome, stunningly fast, and it even heals up dodgey spelling of Indian place names!. I think they must pre-compute their routes, which is a perfectly valid and effective way of doing it. They also only do 2 changes, but then can you find any two principle stations (i.e. not including suburban metros) in India where 3 trains isnt enough to get between them ?.
The only issue I had with it, which they are aware of, is that some of the connection times it gives are a touch optimistic.
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I like http://www.bharatbyrail.com/. Hopefully it'll pickup the steam. Did few searches using the 2nd/3rd tier stations and results were good.

90DI is amazing.


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