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What are "Premium Special" trains?
Recently, the railways introduced a new category of trains known as "Premium Specials". At the moment, there are over 30 such "Specials" running across India.
Premium Special trains were introduced to allow passengers to get accommodation on busy routes at short notice as well as gain the railways more revenue than regular trains. As such, these trains differ from regular trains in many aspects. The major features of Premium Special trains are summarised below:
This section deals with the world of waitlisted tickets in the Indian Railway network. Some of the most basic and frequently-asked questions about waitlists and waitlisted tickets are briefly discussed here, with links to more elaborate articles for passengers who need more information.
I have a ticket which is on the waitlist (WL). What does this mean?
If you are issued a ticket on the waitlist, it means that the train is already full. However, as and when other passengers with confirmed reservations cancel their tickets, your ticket's waitlist position will...
This section talks you through the process of booking tickets. What are the different ways you can book tickets? What are the possible discounts and concessions you can get whilst booking tickets? Can you book multi-city tickets on a single itinerary? What are the various quotas you can take advantage of to book your ticket? Also, does a railpass make more economic sense than buying point-to-point tickets?
When do bookings open for a particular train?
The Advance Reservation Period (ARP) for most trains opens at 8 am, 60...
Let's start with some of the most basic questions about the Indian Railways. It must be said, though, that elementary questions are often the most difficult to answer...
What is the Indian Railways like?
Erm, it's complex. And large. Really, really massive. With a total route length of 64,600 km and over 80,000 stations (as of March 2012), it is the fourth largest rail network in the world, and one of the busiest. On an average day, over 11,000 passenger trains criss-cross the country, carrying over...
If you plan to take a train on your next trip, you need to first find out which train best serves your needs, not to mention whether seats are available on your travel date. While travel guides might list a few trains, do their suggestions match your needs?
How do I find out whether there's a train connecting my origin and destination?
You could either refer to the printed timetable, or use one of numerous websites specialising in train routes and timings. Each website has its own format for displaying train...
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