Indian railways are one of the world's busiest transport system. We don't even know how much we depend on them. Indian railways have become part and parcel of our lives. Daily thousands of people travel through Indian railways and reach their respective places in order to contribute to the country. Indian railways also provide no. of services to the passengers to help them out in various situations. PNR status helps in taking advantage of those services. You can check status of your ticket, train no. and lot of those things which help in making your journey complete and sound.
PNR is basically an abbreviation for Passenger Name Record, a 10 digit unique no. which is given to the passenger when he/she books a ticket for the journey. Computersgenerate this no. and it is associated with the records of the passenger and other information provided.Indian railways give you this unique identity to check the status of confirmation of ticket and it helps in tracking the train also. Either the PNR status represents one single person or whole group of people if they have booked the tickets collectively. So in a way, every ticket has a unique ten digits identity which is printed on top left corner of the ticket.
There are different methods to check PNR status. You can use whichever you find easy and accessible. The easiest of all is by sending an SMS. Send your ten digits PNR to 5676747 and you will receive a text of confirmation details within seconds or you can also try PNR >10-digits< to 58888 or IRPNR [number] to 57886. They are fast and an easy method but it could cost you a little, but they're worth it.
If you would like to check your PNR status from the internet, then IRCTCPNRStatus.ind.in is the best website to do so. Here, we have given an simple and effective way to check your PNR status. Get the PNR number from your e-ticket or printed ticket, enter it in box "Enter your 10 Digit PNR number" given at the top of this page and click "Check Status" to check your PNR status.
There are some codes and symbols in IRCTC which you must know. Without a complete understanding of these symbols maybe you're unable to get what they mean. So here are some common used symbols in Indian railways.
|Symbol||What it means|
|CNF / Confirmed||Confirm (Seat no. and coach no. will be available in chart.|
|CAN / MOD||Cancel or Passenger Modified|
|CKWL||Current Quota Waiting List|
|WL#||Waiting List Number|
|RAC||Reservation against cancellation|
|RLWL||Remote Location wait list|
|PQWL||Polled quota wait list|
|GNWL||General Wait List|
|REGRET / WL||More ticket booking not permitted|
|RELEASED||Ticket Not cancelled but alternate accommodation provided|
|R## RAC||Coach number and birth number|
IRCTC stands for Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. It is the body of government which handles all the tourism, catering and other things related with Indian railways. It is the official website of Indian railways which offers lot of services like e-booking and recently they have also started online shopping, which is also a success.
|First Passenger Train Ran On||16th April 1853 (between Bombay to Thane)|
|First Railway Bridge||Dapoorie Viaduct on the Mumbai-Thane route|
|First Rail Tunnel||Parsik Tunnel|
|First Ghats Covered by the Rail lines||Thal and Bhore Ghats|
|First Underground Railway||Calcutta METRO|
|First Computerized Reservation System started in||New Delhi (1986)|
|First Electric Train ran on||3rd Feb' 1925 (between Bombay VT and Kurla)|
|Toilets on Trains were introduced in||1891 (1st Class) & 1907 (lower classes)|
|Shortest Station Name||Ib (Orissa)|
|Longest Station Name||Sri Venkatanarasimha rajuvariapeta (Tamil Nadu)|
|Busiest Railway Station||Lucknow (64 trains everyday)|
|Longest Run (Time)||Vivek Express (3715 km in Approx 71 hrs)|
|Shortest Run||Route between Nagpur to Ajni (3km)|
|Longest Run for Daily Train||Kerala Express (3054 km in 42.5 hrs)|
|Longest Non-Stop Run (Distance)||Trivandrum Rajdhani (528 km in 6.5 hrs)|
|Longest Railway Platform in the World||Kharagpur (2,733 ft in length)|