Train Facts

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  • The advance booking for Indian train ticket opens 120 days before the date of journey.
  • Tickets can be booked both offline at Passenger Reservation System (PRS) or online using the IRCTC website.
  • You may also book an i-ticket wherein the ticket is booked online and then couriered to the passenger.
  • All the tickets issued have the unique 10-digit PNR (Passenger Name Record).
  • The ticket also contains all the other journey details like train number, journey date, travel class, origin, destination, ticket status, berth details for confirmed tickets, passenger details etc.
  • A maximum of six passengers can travel in one ticket depending on the status of your ticket.
  • Waiting List (WL) : The wait list number determines the number of people who need to cancel their ticket in order for your booking to get confirmed.
  • Confirmed : Confirmed or available status means that your seat on the train is guaranteed and your name will appear on the final chart.
  • Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) : This means you are entitled to half a berth on the train if you wish to board it. There are very high chances of an RAC ticket getting confirmed when the chart is prepared.
  • Remote Location Waiting List (RLWL) means the ticket is issued for intermediate stations because usually these are the most important towns or cities on that particular route.
  • Pooled Quota Waiting List (PQWL) is shared by several small stations. Pooled Quotas normally operate only from the originating station of a route, and there is only one Pooled Quota for the entire run.
  • Roadside Station Waiting List (RSWL) is allotted when berths or seats are booked from the originating station for journeys up to the roadside station and distance restrictions may not apply.
  • RQWL: If a ticket is to be booked from an intermediate station to another intermediate station, and if it is not covered by any other quota.
  • CKWL or Tatkal waiting list: For Tatkal tickets, the waiting list issued is CKWL. If Tatkal ticket goes up, it directly gets confirmed and doesn't go through RAC status.
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