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Mar 21 2016 (21:59)  

peternelson444   88 blog posts
Entry# 1775270            Tags   Past Edits
recently returned from my trip to India and had a wonderful time. Now planning next trip.
Thinking about taking the Trivndrm Rajdhani (12432) from Delhi to Madgaon.
We would like to go 1AC. Are the berths 4 or 2 in 1AC? Also are meals included?
Any other tips or info on that train would be most welcomed. Thanks

Mar 21 2016 (22:14)
Abhishek Jaiswal   44811 blog posts   18351 correct pred (70% accurate)
Re# 1775270-1            Tags   Past Edits
4 and much comfortable, food included with extended service.

Mar 21 2016 (22:18)
ravi~   469 blog posts   217 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 1775270-2            Tags   Past Edits
Rajdhani Express is probably the best train you can try.Also you should go for 1 A.C. but it is advisable that you should take confirmed tickets.

Mar 21 2016 (22:30)
peternelson444   88 blog posts
Re# 1775270-3            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks for that. I can easily book through cleartrip. Is it possible to choose a coupe? or is it pot luck?

Mar 21 2016 (22:33)
ravi~   469 blog posts   217 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 1775270-4            Tags   Past Edits
You can choose but it also depends on luck

Mar 21 2016 (22:49)
Rahul K😎🚂~   1905 blog posts   2040 correct pred (77% accurate)
Re# 1775270-5            Tags   Past Edits
If you do not get berths in Trivendrm Rajdhani, You can also try Madgaon Rajdhani (22414), which is specially for Delhi-Goa passengers and there is more chance of getting confirmed berths in Madgaon Rajdhani..
General Travel
Jan 07 2016 (18:15)  

peternelson444   88 blog posts
Entry# 1704157            Tags   Past Edits
Anyone know how i can find or contact the chap that allocates berths in 1AC. We have reservations on overnight Konkan Kanya Express from CST to Madgaon. My wife and I are both senior citizens and would like to request the Coupe.
Any suggestions/help etc much appreciated.
General Travel
Dec 31 2015 (22:07)  

peternelson444   88 blog posts
Entry# 1697590            Tags   Past Edits
If I took the 08.40am Konkan Express from CST to Neral arriving at 10.03am would I be able to connect with a Toy Train?
I could get the earlier Deccan Exp leaving at 7.00am and arriving at 8.25am.
Any help/advice would be much appreciated. We travel on 18th January.

Dec 31 2015 (22:12)
Addicted To IRI®♔®~   15082 blog posts   623 correct pred (62% accurate)
Re# 1697590-1            Tags   Past Edits
It's Koyna not konkan & Yes 10.40 Ki Neral Matheran Train hai
General Travel
Oct 07 2015 (19:55)   11024/Sahyadri Express

peternelson444   88 blog posts
Entry# 1610634            Tags   Past Edits
Unable to book the Sahyadri Express (11024) from Neral to CST due to not within area etc. I tried from Karjat but still the same message. However from Lonavala it's ok. So i booked to lower berths in AC2.
Of course i will not be boarding at Lonaval but will board at Neral. My question is will my berths still be valid even though i didnt occupy them from Lonaval? Will i be regarded as a non show.
I did try through the booking process to choose Neral as boarding point but kept
getting same error message.
Need some reassurance my wife and i will be ok.

2 posts - Wed Oct 07, 2015

2 posts - Sat Oct 10, 2015

Oct 10 2015 (16:49)
warriorsultan   1206 blog posts   48 correct pred (81% accurate)
Re# 1610634-5            Tags   Past Edits
Mr Nelson, I am afraid booking wouldn't be possible under any circumstances. Neral and CST, under railway parlance comes under similar set of groupings ie the suburban railway and hence a reservation is technically not possible between these two stations. You gotta either take your chances and trust the ticket checker to not have stuck to the rule book (which is common in India), in which case you get your seat at Neral OR you can cancel the present one, and take an unreserved 2AC ticket at the ticket counter at Neral. You can then hop on to the 2AC coach and sit in any empty berth available. And I am sure you will find berths in this train.
Alternatively I
would suggest you to buy a first class ticket and take any fast local train to CST. Around noon on a weekday/weekend, the first class coach would be fairly empty. You have dozens of fast locals from Neral to CST which takes about 90 mins, the same as Sahayadri exp. Here is the list- click here

Oct 10 2015 (16:52)
peternelson444   88 blog posts
Re# 1610634-6            Tags   Past Edits
I just tried it again and still got error message
Reason for failure as indicated by IRCTC:

Oct 10 2015 (17:45)
peternelson444   88 blog posts
Re# 1610634-7            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks for that. What i foind diffiult to understand is why i was given a drop down menu with a choice to board at Neral as opposed to Lonavala where ticket is valid from.
However i understand what you're saying.
How about if we just boarded the train with our original printed out ticket(which i am in possession of now) and sat anywhere where a seat was free. Of course we will try to board at coach our reservation is at. A1.
was even thinking emailing someone "in the know" at IRCTC. Do you have any ideas re email addresses? Seems such an easy problem to solve. But as with the UK there are 'jobsworths' everywhere.

Oct 10 2015 (18:11)
warriorsultan   1206 blog posts   48 correct pred (81% accurate)
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Emails dont work in this regard with IRCTC.
You can actually go about with the option you've listed. Board the train, find any empty seat and sit. 99% you will find empty seats in 2AC, but incase you do find it full, just get into the next coach which is 3AC. Highly unlikely that the TTE is going to de-board you on this count.

Oct 10 2015 (18:45)
ಅಶೋಕ್ अशोक Ashok*^~   18025 blog posts   37957 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 1610634-9            Tags   Past Edits
Regarding dropdown menu its uniformly designed for all trains/stations and can't be changed for a specific train/station where in some peculiar reason will be bothering (in this case, stations falling in same suburban network). Ideally short distance bookings are given less importance and as suggested by Mr. Raviraj, try taking first class ticket in suburban and travel or with this booking, try boarding at Neral and convince TTE onboard somehow (may be by telling that due to urgency you boarded some other coach or so)...
General Travel
Oct 05 2015 (16:03)  

peternelson444   88 blog posts
Entry# 1608559            Tags   Past Edits
Getting from Matheran to CST for about midday on 20th January.
Want to try and do this the most comfortable way as possible. Any tips/advice please?
I read the first Toy train is about 7.20am and a bookable sleeper train Sahyadri Express (11024 leaving Neral at 10am. Even though it says Sleeper can i still book seats on it?
the other way maybe
is taxi from Matheran to Karjat to get either Sinhagad Express (11010) leaving at 8am or the Pragati Express (12126) leaving at 9.20am. Both those trains have 1AC seats too which i can book.
Any thoughts? I've no idea if there are taxis from Matheran to Karjat and how long it would take and what the cost would be either.
Any advice appreciated.
General Travel
Sep 22 2015 (20:26)  

peternelson444   88 blog posts
Entry# 1597228            Tags   Past Edits
Ive booked on Deccan to Neral leaving CST at 0700hrs. Will that be OK to connect with first Toy Train? (18th Jan)
On way back on 20th I dont think I can reserve seats on trains due to timings. Late atfernoon etc or too early in morning from Neral. We have seats C1/5(window) and C1/4 both confirmed. Whereabouts are those seats in coach- i'm assuming right by the entrance which is a pain i think.
Can I assume there will be plenty of local trains I can get from Neral to
CST. I don't know what time first toy train is from Matheran though.
Would appreciate any help/advice. Thanks

2 posts - Tue Sep 22, 2015

Sep 22 2015 (21:31)
The Journey matters more than the Destination~   1009 blog posts   44 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 1597228-3            Tags   Past Edits
Do confirm about the toy train services on the Neral- Matheran stretch which are non-operational during monsoon. I visited Neral a month back and these services were suspended. The stretch between Aman Lodge and Matheran is operational throughout the year though. If NRL-Matheran isn't operational, you can take the share taxi upto Dasturi Naka(which are available just after exiting the station through PF#2 i.e to the Eastern side). From Dasturi Naka, walk upto Aman Lodge station which is very close by and take a toy train to Matheran.
There are plenty
of Local trains from Neral to CST hence don't worry about this factor.

Sep 23 2015 (18:37)
peternelson444   88 blog posts
Re# 1597228-4            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks. WE'll be there 18th to 20th January 2016. Hopefully the monsson finshed by then but i guess will be a tad chilly in evening. But thanks for your advice.

Sep 23 2015 (20:04)
The Journey matters more than the Destination~   1009 blog posts   44 correct pred (79% accurate)
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There is no problem at all then.
That would be the best season.
Do note that the toy train tickets are sold 45 minutes prior to the departure and are issued on first come first serve basis. Hence be at Neral atleast 60 minutes prior to the departure as there is huge demand for the tickets and additionally it would be peak season when you visit.
you a great and safe holiday!!

Sep 23 2015 (20:16)
peternelson444   88 blog posts
Re# 1597228-6            Tags   Past Edits
If i got the Konya which gets in Neral at 10.03 is there a Toy Train i could get too?

Sep 23 2015 (22:42)
The Journey matters more than the Destination~   1009 blog posts   44 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 1597228-7            Tags   Past Edits
Yes. There is one at 10.40 am.
You can find the list of trains from the below link:
General Travel
Sep 21 2015 (21:10)  

peternelson444   88 blog posts
Entry# 1596374            Tags   Past Edits
Help please.
Tried to book 1AC seats on Deccan train 18th Jan from CST to Neral. I want to get toy train from Neral.
Went through whole process of booking and always get the following message
does this mean please?

7 posts - Mon Sep 21, 2015

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Sep 21 2015 (22:20)
peternelson444   88 blog posts
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Sep 21 2015 (22:28)
Soumitra Chawathe*^~   30224 blog posts   98197 correct pred (72% accurate)
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That suggests booking is not allowed for given pair of stations. Please try booking to a further station, say Karjat or Lonavala. The train has a halt at Neral so you can alight there.

Sep 22 2015 (01:53)
indiagenie   2393 blog posts   2354 correct pred (90% accurate)
Re# 1596374-11            Tags   Past Edits
As the error message itself suggests, the system is not allowing bookings between 2 stations considered part of the same metropolitan area. If you choose a station further away, it should let you book. You can then get down from the train and any scheduled stop including and up to the destination you reserved.

Sep 22 2015 (20:03)
peternelson444   88 blog posts
Re# 1596374-12            Tags   Past Edits
Thank you. Worked OK!

Sep 22 2015 (20:03)
peternelson444   88 blog posts
Re# 1596374-13            Tags   Past Edits
Thank you. Worked OK!
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Jun 25 2015 (15:42)  

peternelson444   88 blog posts
Entry# 1523801            Tags   Past Edits
Also what's confusing is that apparently the Jan Shatabdi terminated at Karmali. I seen somewhere that it now goes to Madgaon. Can someone clarify please. Its difficult for a foreigner overseas to get the up to date stuff. Thanks for any help and advice. Not travelling till next January anyway but would still like to now as will be staying nearing Madgaon in Colva so if it does go all the way to Madgaon it benefits us.
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Jun 21 2015 (16:45)  

peternelson444   88 blog posts
Entry# 1519883            Tags   Past Edits
Wonder if someone can throw some light on this please.
Trying to organise Mumbai to Goa. Last year took the Mandovi Exp. I have noticed that there's a train now Karmali Shatabdi Premium Special. Is this a JanShatabdi or the real McCoy Shatabdi with meals etc served on board. Can someone help please.
My travel date not until about 21st Jan 2016.
Appreciate any
advice/help etc. Thanks
General Travel
Apr 01 2015 (17:07)  

peternelson444   88 blog posts
Entry# 1414350            Tags   Past Edits
Does the Toy Train to Matheran leave from the same station as the train from Mumbai to Neral arrives on please?
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