Taking a bicycle on Chennai Mail train

#1 Jan 29th, 2019, 23:21
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Hi again. I've decided to get the train from Ernakulam Town to Chennai rather than fly (for a few reasons).

After registering with IRCTC I managed to buy an AC2 bunk on the "CHENNAI MAIL (12624)". I was wondering if anyone knew if there are any restrictions for taking things such as bicycles on this type of train?

I'm aware that it will mean arriving at the station a couple of hours early to buy a separate ticket for it to go in the brake-van, but I'm not sure where or how I will get it wrapped in sacking or strong paper, which apparently is required.

Any info of experiences would be much appreciated. Many thanks.
#2 Jan 29th, 2019, 23:35
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Taking a bicycle on Chennai Mail train

Usually there are folks nearby the station who manage the packaging for a fee, at times considerable. The person at the parcel office would be able to guide you there. ( Normally - exceptions may be there when such a facility may not be available close by)
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Thanks! If I know what they require in the way of packing then I could source the stuff in Kochi and take it with me to the station for a DIY job. Presumably some string and fabric would be OK?

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