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#1 Oct 10th, 2010, 10:59
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Studied this forum for months getting ready to celebrate my 66th birthday in India. Have a couple of quick questions just to sure I am on the right track.

1> Got e-tickets Am leaving on train tonight. Another tourist tells me that I have to take my e-ticket to the inquiry window (NDLS) to exchange for real ticket. That sounds wrong as my e-ticket says that and a photo id is all I need. Please confirm.

2. I had read that the trains would have lists posted to the side of each car with the names of passengers. I have watched a few trains depart but have not seen lists on the cars. Is the list posted somewhere else? I know the list is finalized 4 hours before departure but sure would like to see my name on a list even though my ticket is confirmed. my ticket is A1/0009.LB conf.

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P.S. The most common thing I have heard on the NDLS speaker system is "the inconvenience caused is deeply regretted."
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#2 Oct 10th, 2010, 11:07
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1. No ticket is required in addition to the eticket you printed out.
2. Names are posted on each bogie, with allotted berths. They may be put up on a notice board on the platform in addition sometimes. In any case, if you have a confirmed eticket, you do not need this confirmation, though it is nice to see your name on the door. If you still want some confirmation, ask a ticket checker at the platform- he will be around ten fifteen mins before the train departs.
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#3 Oct 10th, 2010, 14:57
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The lists are posted somewhere on the station too, though if it is a busy station it can be a bit tricky to find your train list. I seem to remember that the last train I travelled on (July 2010) didn't have a list at the door --- I was looking to see if the carriage was going to be full. Could this tradition be changing, or was my experience a one off?
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Another tourist tells me that I have to take my e-ticket to the inquiry window (NDLS) to exchange for real ticket.
I don't know how these myths come into existence. On the other hand, even my Indian wife finds it hard to believe that we only need something we print off ourselves to get on the train!
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Originally Posted by E3brown View Post 2. I had read that the trains would have lists posted to the side of each car with the names of passengers. I have watched a few trains depart but have not seen lists on the cars. Is the list posted somewhere else? I know the list is finalized 4 hours before departure but sure would like to see my name on a list even though my ticket is confirmed. my ticket is A1/0009.LB conf.
When you enter the station, there is usually a board which tells you which platform the train will come in/start. head there and ask the porters or the TTE for the approximate location AC coaches/first class coaches. Else approach the station master room if you're panicky.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I seem to remember that the last train I travelled on (July 2010) didn't have a list at the door --- I was looking to see if the carriage was going to be full. Could this tradition be changing, or was my experience a one off?
They'll get blown off on longer rides, and such. Don't know if the approach is disappearing, as such. I found them often somewhat lacking on the platforms as well these days, it's true, and come to think of it.

On my last and recent trips, I often couldn't find them, and unlike on previous trips somewhat longer ago (must be getting dumber) couldn't figure them out when I did anyway. Like the Capt. and DD said, I'd normally just look for the TTE (ticket examiner) and ask him where my seat is; or ask some fellow passengers; or just hop on the train & sort it out from there, certainly if it's about to leave for instance. People often seem to get confused with this, but you don't have to be at your seat when the train takes off. Just get on board already. (It is, however, far more convenient to walk up there from the outside with your packs in tow and all, of course.)
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Thanks for all the input. Everything worked out fine. They did have a list with my name on it on my car. Noticed several cars that weren't sleepers and they didn't have names. Guess this is for non reservations. If you can hold on, you can ride???

Anyway, I "over worried" it. Must be a "firstie" thing. Now safely in Varanasi.

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Originally Posted by E3brown View Post Thanks for all the input. Everything worked out fine. They did have a list with my name on it on my car. Noticed several cars that weren't sleepers and they didn't have names. Guess this is for non reservations. If you can hold on, you can ride???

Anyway, I "over worried" it. Must be a "firstie" thing. Now safely in Varanasi.

Smiles,
E3
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Originally Posted by E3brown View Post Noticed several cars that weren't sleepers and they didn't have names. Guess this is for non reservations. If you can hold on, you can ride???
Yep, it's Unreserved class (aka Unreserved 2nd Class. Not to be confused with Second Class, which signifies reserved seating-only cabins, I think?; the latter is on a par (class-wise) with Sleeper Class, and usually deployed only on daytime trains. Itself again not to be confused with 2A, or Airconditioned Two-Tier, which is two classes above Sleeper.)* For Unreserved, you get a ticket (the cheapest there are; it would technically be a way to go cross-country & back again for ridiculously little money. Not recommended however for anything like a lengthy or overnight journey, for obvious reasons); how you get on board or manage once you do is entirely up to you.

Glad you made it there smoothly It's not hard once you get the hang of it, is it. All pretty self-explanatory, really.

* A good overview of all them Indian train classes is here: http://www.seat61.com/India.htm#classes.
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Ohhhh i can't wait to get travelling again on the Trains in India. I actually get excited about figuring out where my coach is and name on the list at the side. It's so much fun and not to be taken to seriously, just make sure you get on the train
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Originally Posted by Ouzodave View Post Ohhhh i can't wait to get travelling again on the Trains in India. I actually get excited about figuring out where my coach is and name on the list at the side. It's so much fun and not to be taken to seriously,
Yes, always fun, it's sometimes fun getting there early, securing your luggage, then watching some tourists racing up and down the platform desperately trying to find their carriage.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post Yes, always fun, it's sometimes fun getting there early, securing your luggage, then watching some tourists racing up and down the platform desperately trying to find their carriage.
LOL, i'm sure i will be one of the tourists running up and down the platform again at first, it's been a while, 2001 since my first train experiences. I'm breaking myself in Gently this time. Mumbai to Pune,a nice steady 3hours in AC Chair Car then Pune to Hyderbad 13hrs in AC2 Side Upper. The rest is going to be Sleeper class + The Small train at OOty, I've got about another ten journeys planned and maybe on my last leg i'll treat myself again to AC2

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