| Indian Railways , the largest rail networks in Asia and the
world's second largest rail network under one management covers
more than 1 lakh track kilometers, 300 yards, 2300 good sheds
and 700 repair shops. Its rolling stock fleet includes 8300
locomotives, 39,000 coaching vehicles and 3.5 lakh freight wagons.
Its work force is 1.65 million and it runs some 11,000 trains'
everyday. Freight traffic on Indian Railways has registered
an impressive growth from a mere 93 million tons of originating
freight traffic in 1950-51, to nearly 376 million tons in 1992-93,
an increase of about 304%. This has been despite the ever-increasing
pressure of passenger traffic, which increased during the same
period from 1.28 billion passengers carried to 4.2 billion.
CLASSES AND ACCOMMODATION
First class Air-conditioned (AC) (Code: 1A)
AC 2-tier sleeper (Code: 2A)
AC 3 Tier (Code: 3A) · AC chair Car (Code: CC)
First class (Code: FC)
Sleeper Class (Code: SL)
Second Sitting (Code: 2S)
SUPER FAST DELUXE TRAINS RAJDHANI EXPRESS - India's super
fast, fully air conditioned, deluxe trains give you the unique
opportunity of experiencing Indian Railways at its best. Afternoon
snacks and tea are offered after the trains begin their journey.
Indian and continental cuisine, soft music and the train's rhythmic
movement provides a comfortable journey. The trains link New
Delhi (the capital or Rajdhani) to India's major cities.
SHATABDI EXPRESS - India`s fastest deluxe trains connects
you with major cities and offer facilities with most comfortable
travel. While you relax, the Shatabdi hospitality treats you
to meals and snacks. Before you are through, your destination
There is nothing to match the experience of chugging up the
hills. If you have some time to spare and want to have the real
scenic view of beauty then take a slow toy train up to the hill
resorts of Shimla, Ooty (Udhagamandalam), Darjeeling or Matheran.
Shimla - The toy train journey from Kalka to Shimla is
entrancing with 107 tunnels and lofty arched bridges. The dazzling
view and the stop at the picturesque stations along the way
would add to your life long experience.
Ooty (Udhagamandalam) - At a maximum speed of 33km per
hour, this "toy train" treks across plains, plantation and forest
clad hills. The 16 tunnels and tall girder bridges on the way,
along with the breathtaking view, make this toy train journey
to Ooty, something which you never like to be missed out.
Darjeeling - The most famous of the little trains, is
the one linking the town of New Jalpaiguri in the plains to
the lovely hill station of Darjeeling. The 86km Darjeeling line
allows you to have an uninterrupted view of the breathtaking
scenery of the Himalayas. Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR)
is recognized as "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO.
Matheran- The 77-year-old line, connecting Neral to Matheran,
is the main way to reach the tiny hill resort, close to Mumbai.
As the little train wheezes up into the clear mountain air ,
one can view the scenic vista of hills and plains below. The
toy train runs between sunrise and sunset.
Shivalik Delux Express - introduced on the lines of Shatabdi
Express this train chugging its way up the hills has only one
stop - Barog. The journey time is 4hrs 45min. The amenity fittings
match the modern times - wall to wall carpets, wide glass windows,
reversible cushioned chairs, improved toilet facilities, cabins
for couples, tables for meals, tube lights, music system, micro
phones for communication with the guard to name just a few.
With a sitting capacity of 120 it connects the Howrah-Kalka
mail. Breakfast is served in Up and dinner in Down direction.
Shivalik Palace - For an exciting and charming journey
for the elite class tourist between Kalka and Shimla, this Tourist
Coach has free on board catering with an exclusive range of
kitchenware. Special features include - decorative lights, musical
cordless bell, music system, variety of indoor games, magazines
and books, most ultra modern amenity fittings in bathroom, artificial
decorative plants, dining table with beautiful cushioned chairs,
folding beds etc. Shivalik Palace is meant normally for a party
of 6 persons. Two complimentary retiring rooms at Shimla is
also provided for the tourists travelling on this train for
Shivalik Queen - Also on the Kalka - Shimla line this
Tourist Coach has been launched for honeymooners. Each coupe
offers exclusive privacy and big windows for panoramic view
of hills. The coupe has wall-to-wall carpet and the windows
are elegantly curtained. All meals are provided on the train.
There is an alarm bell for communication with driver while microphone
keeps you in touch with the guard. Free newspaper and magazines
are provided at Kalka and Shimla.
RULES FOR LUGGAGE
Each passenger is allowed a free allowance upto which he can
carry luggage with him in the compartment, free of cost. The
free allowance varies for different classes of travel. Children
aged 5 and below 12 years are allowed half of the free allowance
subject to the maximum of 50 Kgs. You are also permitted a marginal
allowance. there is a maximum ceiling on the luggage which can
be carried inside the compartment for each class. These are
indicated in the table below : -
Maximum quantity permitted ( including free allowance)
AC First Class
AC 2-Tier sleeper/First class
AC 3-tier sleeper/AC chair car
If your luggage marginally exceeds the free allowance, you will
be charged at the normal luggage rates applicable to your class
of travel. Make sure to book your excess luggage in the luggage
office, pay the prescribed charges and get your tickets endorsed
by cross-referencing the luggage ticket details, before commencing
your journey. Free allowance is not admissible for articles
such as scooters, cycles etc.
Indian Railways Travel Reservation Form