Indian Railways News

Indian Railways News

“Saw Iron Pieces On Tracks”: Train Driver Averts Accident In Maharashtra

A train driver on the tracks between Rukadi and Hatkalangane railway stations on Friday averted a major accident by applying emergency brakes on time. Pune Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Milind Deuskar said that miscreants had kept iron pieces on railways tracks.

“The train driver averted a major mishap by applying emergency brakes on time as some miscreants had kept iron pieces on railways tracks,” said Pune Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Milind Deuskar.

“Iron pieces were found twice on tracks between Rukadi and Hatkalangane railway stations in the past 10 days. Loco pilot saw it at the right time and pulled emergency brakes, averting a major mishap,” Mr Deuskar said on Friday.

“In December last year, some children placed steel pieces on rail track in Vathar, derailing 6 wheels of the engine. 8-10 such incidents have taken place so far. Loco pilots averted them, but it is not actually their work. They have other works and we cannot depend on them for safety,” he added.

UP Railway Police Personnel Arrested For Allegedly Looting Businessman

A Government Railway Police (GRP) inspector and two others were arrested for allegedly robbing a businessman in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur.

Police said that GRP inspector Lalit looted Rs. 8.43 lakh from the businessman in the early hours on May 13.

“Lalit was the incharge of the control room in Agra. He has been arrested by Saharanpur Police based on a loot case against him. Two other GRP personnel are wanted,” Superintendent of Police, GRP Abhishek Yadav said.

Upon arrest, Rs. 4.94 lakh was recovered from the possession of the accused.

Mr Yadav added that the GRP personnel have been suspended and the matter is under investigation.

57-Year-Old Murder Accused Missing For 16 Years Arrested In Mumbai

A murder accused who was missing for almost 16 years was arrested from Borivali railway station in Mumbai by Palghar police, an official said today.

Kamlesh Jain (57), a resident of Bhayander, was accused of involvement in the shooting of builder Rajesh Patange in Tulinj area on October 25, 2003, said senior inspector Jitendra Vankoti of the Palghar Crime Branch.

“A total of 14 people, including Jain, were made accused in the murder case registered at Nalasopara police station at the time. While 10 were arrested, one was killed in an encounter with Mumbai police and three, including Jain, were missing,” he said.

“We got a tip-off that Jain was to arrive at Borivali railway station on Monday. We kept watch and arrested him,” he said.

Patna-Bound Train Runs Over Cattle In UP, Stranded For 3 Hours

A Patna-bound train was stranded for nearly three hours between Tundla and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh after it ran over cattle, the railways said on Monday.

The incident took place around 8 pm between the Kanchausi and Jhinjak railway stations, a spokesperson of the railways said.

Some trains were delayed due to the stranding of the Vikramshila Express. The engine of the Patna-bound train was changed too, he said.

“Cattle being run over is a huge problem in this section and it happens almost everyday,” he said, adding the section was cleared for traffic in an hour.

The brake system of the train was damaged in the incident, the spokesperson said.

Indian Railways Luggage Rules: Limit, Extra Charge And Other Details

Indian Railways has certain luggage carrying rules under which each passenger is permitted a free allowance. This is the weight limit up to which the passenger can carry luggage in the compartment without paying additional charges. The free allowance varies for different classes of travel, according to Indian Railways’ website, However, passengers can book and carry excess luggage beyond the free allowance limits in the compartment based on the booking class. Such luggage is chargeable at 1.5 times the applicable luggage rate, according to the Indian Railway website.

Here are the key things to know about luggage rules of Indian Railways:

1. Here are the free allowance and paid allowance limits applicable to carriage of luggage in the compartment, according to

ClassFree AllowanceMarginal AllowanceMaximum quantity permitted (including free allowance)
AC First Class70 Kgs15 Kgs150 Kgs
AC 2-Tier sleeper/First class50 Kgs10 Kgs100 Kgs
AC 3-tier sleeper/AC chair car40 Kgs10 Kgs40 Kgs
Sleeper class40 Kgs10 Kgs80 Kgs
Second class35 Kgs10 Kgs70 Kgs

2. Trunks, suitcase and boxes having outside measurement of 100 cms x 60 cms x 25 cms (length x breadth x height) will be allowed to be carried in the passenger compartments as personal luggage.  If the trunks, suitcases and boxes, which in outside measurement exceed any one of the dimension, such articles are required to be booked and carried in the brake van, according to the Railways website.

3. However, the maximum size of the trunk/suitcase that can be carried in the AC 3 tier and AC chair car compartment is 55 cms x 45 cms x 22.5 cms.

4. The luggage of larger dimension is to be carried only via a brake van for which the minimum charge is Rs. 30. There is no restriction on carriage of luggage in brake van of passenger trains as far as quantity and type (personal or merchandise) of luggage is concerned.

5. Children aged five and below 12 years are allowed half of the free allowance subject to the maximum of 50 kgs, according to railway’s website

Railway JE Exam Begins On May 22

Railway Junior Engineer exam will begin on May 22 and admit cards will be released online May 18 onwards. This is the first selection process, to be conducted by the railway recruitment boards (RRB), for recruiting Junior Engineer, Depot Material Superintendent and Chemical & Metallurgical Assistant posts. Candidates who have registered for the exam can check the exam city and date beforehand. “Link will be published in RRBs’ official websites shortly and candidates will be informed through their Registered Mobile and e-Mail ID,” reads the official notification released on RRB portals.

The RRB JE exam will comprise 100 questions and candidates will be allowed 90 minutes to attempt the exam. For every negative answer, one-third of the total marks will be deducted from the total marks allotted to the particular question.

Mock tests will be available online on RRB portals and candidates can take the exams and acquaint themselves with the online test pattern.

On the exam day, candidates should carry the original ID proof, e-call letter and passport size color photograph to the exam hall.

On the other hand, RRBs will conduct the aptitude test for ALP, technician posts on May 10. The exam, however, has been postponed in Odisha (except for Rourkela).

Indian Railways Season Ticket Rules, Validity, Distance, Details Here

Indian Railways issues season tickets to passengers who travel regularly between residence and their place of work or study. Season tickets are issued for suburban as well as non-suburban sections. Fares for first class monthly season tickets (MST) are four times the second class MST fares. Mumbai local trains are one such example of suburban railway system being run by Indian Railways. Passengers who regularly travel in trains usually opt for season tickets in order to save time on buying tickets from counters. (Also Read: Tatkal Ticket Charges, Rules, Booking Timings Other Details Here)

Here are details of rules, distance covered and validity of season tickets being issued by Indian Railways:

1. Season tickets are issued up to 150 kilometres only. Season tickets for more than 150 kilometres are issued only on those sections where they were being issued prior to 1951 (except on those sections where they have been withdrawn due to lack of demand), according to Indian Railways website

2. Season tickets are not valid for travel in reserved coaches and trains. They are valid for travel by passenger trains. In the case of mail/ express/superfast trains, they are valid for travel by only those mail/express/superfast trains where it has specifically been permitted by Railway administration, Indian Railways noted.

3. Season ticket can be renewed 10 days in advance of the date of expiry. In such cases, it will be made valid only after the date of expiry and not from the date of renewal, Indian Railways said.

4. Season tickets to students are issued for first and second class up to the maximum distance of 150 kilometres.

5. The student monthly season tickets are charged at half of the normal adult season ticket fare and student quarterly season tickets will be charged at 2.7 times of the student MST fare, according to Indian Railways.

Woman, 22, Delivers Baby At Mumbai’s Virar Railway Station

A 22-year-old woman delivered a baby on a local train coach at Mumbai’s Virar station, earlier today. The mother and the baby are in good health and have been admitted to a hospital, reports news agency ANI.

On Thursday, a 36-year-old woman delivered a baby at the Virar railway station near after she went into labour on her way for a regular medical check-up.

The woman, Sweety Sheikh, who was travelling in a local train, began feeling labour pain at around 7.15 am. She got off the train at Virar, where she was escorted to the Government Railway Police office located at the station.

Head constable Priyanka Mane arranged curtains to cover the office where Sweety delivered the baby after some time.

Last month, Thane railway station in Maharashtra saw two successful childbirths.

Last week, on-board the Konkan Kanya Express, a 20-year-old woman went into active labour and was taken to “One Rupee Clinic” at Thane station when the train stopped.

On April 7, a woman delivered a baby boy at the Thane railway station after she went into labour while travelling to Kurla. The woman officials of the Railway Protection Force took the woman to the “One Rupee Clinic” where the staff helped her deliver the baby.

Train Delayed, Hundreds Miss Medical Entrance Test In Karnataka

The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test, better known as NEET, decides whether students can get into medical college. Thousands sat for the examination in Bengaluru on Sunday afternoon.

However, many others heading to Bengaluru from north Karnataka could not make it on time for the test because of the Hampi Express getting delayed.

The South-Western Railways is now hoping that it can help the students get another chance. “SWR will write to the Ministry of HRD to conduct re-exam for students (who travelled by Hampi Express that reached SBC/Mysuru today) who missed NEET. We will send a letter tomorrow morning…” its public relations officer said in a message, referring to a media group.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy expressed his concern over the students’ career getting jeopardised due to the delay in train services. “Hundreds of students from North Karnataka districts have missed the #NEET Exam being held today at Bengaluru due to a 7-hour delay of the Hampi Express. A last-minute change in the exam centres and lack of proper communication of the same has created confusion among students. I request PM @narendramodi, Rail Minister @PiyushGoyal, @HRDMinistry , @PrakashJavdekar to intervene and ensure that students who have missed the opportunity today get another chance to write the #NEET2019 Exam,” he tweeted.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah claimed that the central government was to blame for the incident. “Mr. @narendramodi, You pat your own back for others’ achievements but will you also take the responsibility for your cabinet min’ incapabilities. Hundreds of students in Karnataka may not be able to take up NEET because of delay in the train services,” he tweeted.

“Mr. @narendramodi, Ask @PiyushGoyal to work properly for next few days and then we will set it right. Also, ensure that the aggrieved students get another chance to write NEET exam,” the Congress leader added.

The examination has already been postponed in cyclone-hit Odisha, and a fresh date will be announced soon. Students who missed the Karnataka exam are hoping that they will be given another chance.

IRCTC E-Ticket: Here Is How You Can Change Railway Boarding Point

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), under the Ministry of Railways, provides the customers with booked tickets with a option to change the boarding point of train before starting the journey. IRCTC, which is the online ticketing arm of the Indian Railways, enables users to book train tickets online through its mobile application and website. The booking options include wait-listed, reservation against cancellation (RAC) and confirmed tickets. (Also Read: IRCTC Offers Concession To Select Categories Of Passengers. Here’s How To Avail It)

Here’s how to change the boarding point of the train on IRCTC ahead of a journey:

A passenger who has booked e-tickets can change his/her boarding station online before 24 hours of the scheduled departure of the train, according to IRCTC’s portal,

In case a passenger has changed the boarding point he will lose all the rights to board the train from the original boarding point. If found travelling without any proper authority to travel, passenger will have to pay fare with penalty between original boarding point to changed boarding point, according to the IRCTC website.


Boarding point change is allowed only once and boarding station can be changed before 24 hours of the scheduled departure of train, according to IRCTC.

Boarding point change is not allowed if the ticket is seized and boarding point change is not allowed for the PNRs with VIKALP option.

Online boarding point change is not allowed for I-Ticket and boarding point change is not allowed for current booking ticket.