The booking of train tickets has now been made very easy. A passenger has loads of ways to book a train ticket. He could consider going online, go to a travel agent, book a ticket at the official railway department, etc. The passenger receives his ticket, which also contains the PNR id. He checks the seat availability using the PNR.
Just in case you are not climbing the train from its source station, you could always check the status in the Indian railway live running status service as provided by the department. There is a little twist in the tale, though. Have you ever wondered why you could not choose your seating arrangement? Why do you not get a window seat all the time? Why is it that you might always get a middle berth? Here’s why.
When you are booking a bus ticket, you have all the freedom to choose where you want to sit. You could love sitting next to the window, or would wish to have an aisle seat. This flexibility though does not exist when booking a train ticket.
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It is often a misconception that train seats are assigned from one compartment to another, starting from the first. The lower berths, middle berths, and the upper births are assigned in a particular order. This is done to maintain the balance of the train. If people get to choose the berths, then they would prefer upper berths, which may leave the lower berths empty. Whenever the train takes a sharp turn, it may topple. The train balance gets heavily affected when the seating arrangement is not made in the best way possible. The seating arrangement can be explained in the following manner. The concept of stacks and queues do not apply here. The first ticket booked is assigned in the middle of the middle coach, and is a lower berth ticket. The next two tickets are booked either side of the already scheduled ticket. The algorithm goes on, and all the lower berth seating for all the coaches of the train is filled first. So hence, the first ticket is in the middle of the train, and the last two tickets are on either side of the train. The next tickets are for the middle berth, again starting from the middle of the train. The upper berths are booked last, so the balance of the train has been maintained. This ensures that the safety of the passengers is up to the mark, and no accidents occur.
Now another thought might crop up in your mind. How do families get tickets allotted in the same compartment? Well, the number of tickets brought at the time of purchase is also taken into account. There are also some berths reserved for only ladies. Once the entire train is booked out, the algorithm reshuffles the seating arrangement such that tickets booked together are seated alongside each other. This ensures complete satisfaction to each and every passenger. The railway department hopes to make the travel for all its passengers safe, secure, and comfortable.
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