Transfer your train ticket to your family!

Did you know that you can transfer your ticket to your family members?
You had planned a trip, but you are unable to travel on the reserved dates. Now, instead of cancelling the ticket, someone in your family can travel in your place – your father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, husband or wife. This has the advantage of not worrying about the seat availability at the late stage, and no further charges are added for making this name change. You also get to keep the same berths if travelling in a group.

How to do it?

  • For transfer of ticket, an application must be submitted atleast 24 hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train.
  • You should contact the Station Master/Chief Reservation Supervisor of the nearest railway station and submit an application for the transfer.
  • Documents needed – You need to submit photocopies.
    1. Proof of age of both parties
    2. Proof of relationship – Some accepted documents for proof of relationship are ration card, voter identity card, bank passbook, passport etc.

A new ticket won’t be issued, but the changes will be noted in the ticket as well as the reservation chart. If you are an e-ticket passenger, take a printout of the ‘Electronic Reservation Slip’ along with the documents.

Transfer of tickets is also allowed in various other cases, with relevant documentation.

  • Where the passenger is a Government Servant while on duty, makes a request in writing 24 hours before the scheduled departure of trains
  • Where the passengers are students of a recognized educational institution and the Head of the institution makes a request in writing 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, that the reservation made in the name of any student be transferred to any other student of the same institute.
  • Where the passengers are members of a marriage party and any person deemed to be Head of such party makes a request in writing 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train that the reservation made in the name of any member of the marriage party be transferred to any other person.
  • Where the passengers are a group of cadets of National Cadet Corps and any officer who is the head of the group, makes a request in writing at least 24 hours before the departure of the train that the reservation made in the name of any cadet be transferred to any other cadet

Such request will be granted only once for the ticket. Please note that travelling on a ticket reserved for someone else is an offence unless you make the required name change as above.

Railways open FDI for CST-Panvel high-speed corridor

For the first time, Indian Railways have thrown open the proposed CST-Panvel high-speed corridor to foreign direct investment. The proposed project is estimated to cost around 14000 crore and will connect south Mumbai to the proposed international airport in Navi Mumbai.The project is to be completed on a Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer basis. While railway board rules allows a foreign investor to put in 100 per cent FDI, the railways are willing to chip in up to 20% the project cost by way of viability gap funding.

The CST Panvel High Speed Corridor is a proposed elevated suburban rail corridor on the Harbour Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway for air-conditioned EMUs (Electrical Multiple Units). This was proposed in the 2009-10 Railway Budget.The 48.3 km long corridor will be elevated for 31.6 km of the route and will be at grade for 12.4 km, where it will run parallel to existing lines. The corridor will also require the construction of a 4.3 km bridge over Thane Creek.

Rs 28,000 cr package for new railway lines in the Northeast

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 28000 cr package for the Northeast, for establishing 14 new railway lines in the region and for developing the tourism potential of the area. He is on a visit to the region, the first as Prime Minister.“So many tourists are coming here from other parts of the country and abroad. This is the best destination for tourists. But for that we require connectivity. Unless we have road connectivity, rail connectivity, air connectivity, it is very difficult to develop tourism. That is why for the development of this area and for the development of tourism, Rs 28,000 crore will be provided for a new railway-line project and 14 new railway lines”, he said.

National Rail Museum

There is a National Rail Museum dedicated to Indian Railway in New Delhi? Started in 1977, this has several exhibits featuring early antique trains in India, and has both indorr and outdoor installation in an area of 10 acres. It has two working trains of Patiala State MonoRail from the turn of the last century, the world’s oldest working steam locomotive, various carriages built for the erstwhile royalty of the region, and various other older engines and carriages. The place also features other instruments in use by the railways, and you can take a tour of the museum in a toy train run as well.

Advance Reservation

How many days in advance can you book your ticket?

The reservation open up 60 days in advance of the date of journey. For long distance trains,reservation can
be done 61 days in advance for stations where the train arrives at the second day of journey. You can book your ticket from any reservation centre in the country. (Doesn’t have to be the originating station). Tickets can also be booked through the website

Indo-French Seminar

A seminar on “High and Semi-High Speed, Multimodal Stations – Infrastructure and Financing” was conducted in in New Delhi on November 24, 0214 as a collective Indo-French effort. This seminar aims to expand the scope of Indo-French cooperation in the railways sector.Mr Arunendra Kumar, Chairman of the Railway Board, Member Engineering Railway Board Shri VK Gupta were among those present on the occasion. The Hon’ble minister invited more cooperation between the two nations, and invited collaboration from France on Indian Railways.


It is an offense to transfer or resell your reserved ticket. Identity cards are required for any reserved travel to curb this.

a. Any unauthorized person selling or attempting to sell a reserved ticket,shall be punishable under the Railways Act.
b. If the the purchaser or holder of transferred ticket travels or attempts to travel therewith, he shall forfeit the ticket and shall be deemed to be traveling without a proper ticket.

Luxury Trains – Golden Chariot

Golden Chariot is a luxury tourist train covering the southern states of India.It offers accommodation in 44 cabins in 11 coaches that are named after dynasties that ruled the region.It also has two restaurants, a lounge bar, and conference, gym and spa facilities.It has on-board Wi-Fi connectivity, and satellite antennae providing live television service in the cabins.

It has two itineraries.

  1. Pride of the South is an 8 day itinerary covering Bengaluru, Mysore, Nagarhole National Parkx, Hassan, Karnataka, Belur and Halebidu, Hospet and Hampi, Pattadakal and Badami, and Goa.

    This includes a city visit of Bangalore, meeting the wild in Rajiv Gandhi National Park in Kabini, the opulent palaces of the Maharajas of Mysore, the monolithic statue of Gomateshwara in Shravanabelagola, the temple complexes of Belur and Halebidu, the ruins of Hampi-a UNESCO world heritage site-and the caves temples of Badami.For leisure and sightseeing you will then be off to the beach-side paradise of Goa, before heading back to Bangalore.

  2. Splendor of the South has an 8 day itinerary covering Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry. i.e Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Tanjavur, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Alleppey and Kochi and return to Bangalore.City visit of Bangalore, sightseeing at Mamallapuram,a visit to the laid back former French colony of Puducherry, the famous temples in Tanjavur,the ancient city of Madurai, and the southernmost tip of mainland India, Kanyakumari where two seas meet are the highlights of your trip. You will also visit the beaches of Kerala and enjoy a houseboat ride in the backwaters before heading back to Bangalore.

Luxury Trains – Palace On Wheels

Palace on Wheels was the first in its kind of luxury trains in India and it has gone through a complete revamp in 2009 with a new decor, itinerary and cuisine.There are 14 coaches in the train. Each is named after former Rajput states and matches the aesthetics and interiors of the royal past. It has an 8 day itinerary covering Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur and Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra. The journey starts and ends in New Delhi. Jaipur-the Pink city– is a famed tourist destination for its palaces and heritage hotels. The erstwhile princely states of Sawai Madhopur and Chittaurgarh , Udaipur , Jaisalmer and Jodhpur presents the testimonials to a past in its beautifule placaes and forts. You have two wilderness trails in the itinerary in the Ranthambore national park in Sawai Madhopur and the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur. A detour to Agra in Uttar Pradesh to view the world famous Taj Mahal completes the experience.

Luxury Trains – Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels takes you through a seven day tour of the vibrant Rajasthan as well as the Khajuraho temples in Madhya Pradesh and the holy city of Varanasi and the famed Agra in Uttar Pradesh. The itinerary covers Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur,Chittorgarh,Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Agra before dropping you off at Delhi.You will experience some of the most beautiful places and forts in Rajasthan, marvel at the intricately carved statues of the Khajuraho temples, and visit that everlasting monument of love – Taj Mahal. You will also meet the big cats at the Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur. The train itself has a library, business Center, board Room and fitness Center and 13 deluxe coaches.