Travelling with the Indian Railways just became easier! Enquire about the arrival and departure of your train, seat availability, tatkal seats or spot your train by just one SMS (Short Message Service). According to the Ministry of Railways, the SMS is to be sent to the number 139 along with the specific inquiry.
Here is the list of various types of SMSes that need to be sent for specific inquiries:
For example, if you want to enquire for Seat Availability —
The code is –
SEAT <Train number> <Date: ddmmyy> <from station STD code> <To station STD code> <Class> <G>.
So, the SMS will be —
SEAT 12956 010617 0141 022 SL
Class field is specified as follows:
1A – First AC
2A – Second AC
3A- Third AC
CC- AC Chair Car
2S – Second Sitting
If you are planning to travel in train anytime soon, do try out this super cool new feature.