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Indian Railways

Indian Railways has one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world, transporting overIndian Railway Schematic Map 18 million passengers and more than 2 million tonnes of freight daily. It is the world’s largest commercial or utility employer, with more than 1.4 million employees. The railways traverse the length and breadth of the country, covering 6,909 stations over a total route length of more than 63,327 kilometres (39,350 mi). As to rolling stock, IR owns over 200,000 (freight) wagons, 50,000 coaches and 8,000 locomotives.

Railways were first introduced to India in 1853. By 1947, the year of India’s independence, there were forty-two rail systems. In 1951 the systems were nationalised as one unit, becoming one of the largest networks in the world. IR operates both long distance and suburban rail systems on a multi-gauge network of broad, metre and narrow gauges. It also owns locomotive and coach production facilities.

Links You can Use :

1.) For Railway Reservation,PNR Enquiry,Fares,Rules :

http://indianrail.gov.in/

This site provided complete information ,But its Enquiry module has a bit greasy interface .  So for better experience and easy to use interface,you can use :

http://erail.in/

(Recommended for getting Train Details)

2.) Indian Railways publishes a hard copy of its yearly schedule by the name “TRAINS AT A GLANCE” . Its available at almost all of the Railway Stations. However, you can download(or browse online) “TRAINS AT A GLANCE” at :

3.) Online Ticketing System : Indian Railways’s new portal IRCTC provides basic as well as value added services to public. One can register and get reservation :

IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering And Tourism Corporation)

4.) IRCTC Mobile :

IRCTCmobile allows you to perform various ticketing related services through your mobile phone. This service is available for all GPRS subscribers in India.

You can now book tickets using Credit Cards and Cash Cards, view trains between stations, check availability,get fare, perform PNR enquiry and many other information services. The tickets booked through IRCTCmobile shall be delivered to the postal address provided during the booking within 3 clear days from the date of booking.

Pre-requisite:
Java phone and GPRS connectivity is a pre-requisite. To avail GPRS facility, contact your mobile operator.

Please download the IRCTCmobile application using the following short codes:

BSNL West and North Zone Users: Send IRCTC to 59998
MTNL Mumbai Users: Send IRCTC to 52221
Other Users : Send IRCTC to 56767
, for any help Visit this.

5.) Railways Information on SMS:

Sms HELP TRN to 54959 and get the list of services and their commands.
Sms TRNLINK to 54959 and receive the link to access these services via WAP (mobile browser).

e.g:

  • Sms PNR <10-digit PNR No.> to 54959

    IRCTC SMS Codes (Save the Image)

    IRCTC SMS Code (Save this image)

  • Sms HELP TRN to 54959

Supported operators : Vodafone,Airtel,Idea,Reliance,Aircel,Tata Indicom. Virgin Mobile is NOT suported.

For more short codes visit :   SMS Enquiry

6.) IRCTC SMS Service:

IRCTC  has also started its SMS support service. See image for more.

7.) Facilities for International Tourists:

Indrail Passes provide excellent value and enhances the charm of holidays from abroad. Indrail Passes offer visitors on a budget, the facility of travel as they like, over the entire Indian Railways system, without any route restriction within the period of validity of the ticket. These passes can only be purchased by foreign nationals and NRIs on payment of U.S. Dollars, Pound Sterling and other convertible foreign currencies. The pass holder is not required to pay any resrvation fee, superfast charges or surcharge for the journey. The Indrail passes have been made more attractive for transit and short stay visitors. The passes are now also available for half day, two days and four days for the facility of visitors arriving by international flights and visiting only one or two connecting destinations. Indrail passes are sold through General Sales Agents abroad, Indian Airlines and Air-India’s overseas outlets at Oman, Australia, Malaysia, UK, Germany, Finland, UAE, Bangladesh, South Africa, Kuwait, Bahrain, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

In India, Indrail passes are available for sale in Tourist Bureaus at major Railway Stations.

Facilities

International Tourist Bureau,
New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi- 110  001
Phone : 91-11-23405156,23346804, Fax: 91-11-23343050
E-mail: itbnrind@nda.vsnl.net.in

The Konkan Railway was the missing link between India’s commercial capital, Mumbai,
and Mangalore. The 760-kilometre line connects Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka
States — a region of criss-crossing rivers, plunging valleys and mountains that soar into
the clouds.

8.) Palace on Wheels and The new Royal Rajasthan on Wheels (Luxury):


9.) Railway Budget 2009 – 2010

1. 57 New Trains

2. Full Text of Railway Budget

3. Indian Budget 2009

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