IRCTC Vikalp | Alternate Trains Accommodation Scheme

If unfortunately you have to travel with a wait listed ticket in Indian Railways then there is a good news for train you and all other train travel lovers, just ahead of busy festive seasons as the IRCTC is working towards making the booking of train tickets easier.

Indian Railways going to provide confirmed tickets to passengers on the wait list, who are forced to travel with waiting tickets, on an alternative trains on the same route to make their travel smoother and hassle-free.

Mind Blowing Facts About Indian Railways and IRCTC

The Indian Railways took on its maiden journey on April 16, 1853 from Mumbai to Thane. It was declared a public holiday at that time.

A book found it IIT Roorke library (Report on the Ganga Canal, 1860), however, claims that the first train actually ran between Roorkee and Piran Kaliyar on December 22, 1851.

Image: A train pulled by two vintage steam engines makes it way through a cheering crowd in Bombay, April 16, 2002 to mark the 150th anniversary of Indian Railways.

IRCTC Agent | Precautions while Buying e-tickets from Authorised Travel Agents

E-ticket is a railway ticket booked online. An e-ticket can be booked online by an individual itself on IRCTC website, Check how to complete IRCTC registration to book an e-ticket by your self. Or through a railway ticket booking agent. There are several travel agents in India who are authorised to book etickets. A travel booking agent has a IRCTC agent login through which he can book etickets for the customer. You can find an IRCTC agent near you here.

139 Rail Sampark | IRCTC SMS and IVRS Service

IRCTC “139-Rail Sampark”, the national enquiry for Indian Railways has been in operation for around 5 years now. The services on this number i.e. 139 include enquiries regarding PNR Status, Current Train running position, Accommodation availability and Fare Enquiry. Apart from voice enquiry on IVRS, the above mentioned services are also available through SMS. Passenger can get the desired information by sending SMS to 139 in the following format.

IRCTC Autofill | Magic Auto Fill Forms for Tatkal Booking

The Indian Railways IRCTC website opens up for train Tatkal reservations at 10 AM daily, but the tickets get booked within minutes and most of people are not able to book tickets. But you can use autofill form tools. The IRCTC Autofill tool improves your chances of getting a train ticket under Tatkal scheme.

IRCTC Advance Reservation Period for Ticket Booking Increased

Advance Reservation Period (ARP) has been increased from 60 Days to 120 days advance railway reservation, from 1st April, 2015. The Ministry of Railways has increased the booking period for train tickets from 60 days to 120 days advance railway reservation. Now IRCTC advance reservation period is four months excluding the day of journey. With effect from 1st April, 2015 4 months advance railway booking in trains from train originating stations can be done.

IRCTC I-Ticket | List of Cities for Home Delivery of Internet Tickets

We can book I-Ticket  and E-Ticket on IRCTC website through our logins. I-Tickets are delivered to your home while E-tickets are delivered to e-mail and mobile phone via SMS. The following cities and Pin codes are covered for door delivery of l-Ticket but E-Ticket can be booked from any city irrespective of the delivery limitations.