Trainenquiry.com, the official train enquiry and search site of the Indian Railways, has launched a revamped web interface, in partnership with RailYatri.in. The website which provides information such as current status of the train, last known location and the estimated time to reach the next destination, in addition to the last two and next two destinations with estimated time, claims that the site has been visited by 55 lakh train travelers in India, within two months of the launch. While the new design has been made the default one, users can still access the old interface.
The site is powered by information collected by Centre for Railway Information Service (CRIS), and claims that it covers 80% of 3.29M sq kms of India with 7500 trains/week, 9000 train stations and 20 million daily riders. RailYatri.in claims to be a platform that combines passengers’ context of the journey with location-based information systems and operating/running parameters of the transportation mode.
New Interface: The new web interface is a welcome change from the previous one, and supports features such as auto-complete on train search queries. It’s also available in Hindi and is mobile friendly. The site features a search box which offers instant suggestions as the user enters the name of a train or station. Once the user selects the appropriate train, he can choose the date of his journey, following which the status of the arrival/departure along with estimated time of arrival, last location updated and previous and next stops, along with the expected arrival and departure time are displayed.
Mobile version: When we tried it access the website on our mobile it redirected us to railyatri.in/l. Having said that, the mobile site worked flawlessly on our Nokia Lumia 800 and we found that it sports a design similar to its desktop version. However, the auto-complete suggestion feature does not work on the mobile version.
Earlier, we had reported that Indian Railways will install GPS devices on trains to track location in real-time. Once that project wraps up, CRIS will be able to receive information on train status in real-time. It might be possible that real time location tracking on Google maps is integrated with the site, in the future.
Anupam Saxena also contributed to this post.