Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Indian Railways, Tit Bits!

Indian Railways has one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world, transporting over 18 million passengers and more than 2 million tonnes of freight daily.

Indroduced in: 1853

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Indian Railways Map:

Bookings and cancellation:

Online Booking:
Indian railway ticket can be booked online on the IRCTC site.
There are two types of tickets available online:

iTicket - This is the hard copy ticket which is usually issued over the counter. This tickets are sent by courier to your mailing address. This ticket has to be canceled over the counter as normal tickets. No cash will be refunded in that case, it will refunded to the account from which payment was made.

eTicket - This tickets are fully online. In this case you just need to print the ticket from online. This tickets can be cancelled online as well. Tatkal and Waiting tickets can also be booked by this now. On cancellation the money will be refunded to the account by which payment was made (Credit card/Debit card etc). 

Cancellations and refunds:
  • On Confimed tickets:
a. If cancelld more than 24 hours before departure, then charges deducted are:
  1. Rs. 70 for AC 1st Class/ Executive class.
  2. Rs. 60 for AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier and Chair Class.
  3. Rs. 40 for sleeper class.
  4. Rs. 20 for second class.
b. If cancelled with one day in advance to upto 4 hours from departure. This is excluding the day of departure. (i.e if cancelled on the day before the day of departure or before 4 hours on the same day). Cancellation charge will be 25 % of the total fare, flat.

c. If cancelled after that, i.e after 4 hours prior to departure the cancellation charges will be flat 50% of the total fare. This can be done till few hours after departure. The duration depends on the total distance of the destination station of the ticket.

If you have any other queries and not getting to what you are looking for, then please post a comment. Will try to resolve it as soon as possible.

RAC Tickets:

RAC means "Reservation Under Cancellation"
If your status remains RAC at the time of departure, then you are allowed to board the train.
An RAC status entitles you to a single seat, but no berth.
So against each RAC ticket there will be seat no. allocated.
This is usually the side lower berth and two RAC tickets are allocated on one seat. So you have to share a single berth.
This tickets gets confirmed based on the cancellation during the journey or just before departure. This means if there are vacant seats, then the TTE after complete checking allots all the empty seats to RAC people. This allocation happens on the basis of your RAC no. Thus starts from RAC 1 and goes till no. of seats available.
Note: Each seat available converts into two berths for RAC people. The one which is available and the one which was shared.