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Aug 02 (16:57) Trains At A Glance’ booklet to be available only in digital format now (
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Remember going through the popular booklet ‘Trains At A Glance’ to get details of trains, their stops, fares, routes and other information whenever you had to plan a train journey? It will not be printed anymore as the Railway Board has decided to go digital and offer the booklet in a digital format. It will now be called ‘Digital At A Glance’.
Trains At A Glance, a handy book published annually by Indian Railways, used to offer exhaustive information about the Railways, including timings, routes, reservation procedures, rules and regulation of travelling, passenger amenities available on trains and at stations including catering, menu and rates, rail-tourism information, fare, etc. A must-have for frequent train travellers for decades, the booklet will now be
available only in digital format.
Although the booklet is being printed since 1927, the Indian Railways printed its first concise train timetable in the name of ‘Trains At A Glance’ only in 1977. In 2020, the booklet was not printed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Barring last year, the timetable of trains has been printed throughout the last 92 years. Now the new online booklet, called ‘Digital At A Glance’ will be available for the users across the country.In a letter to the CMD of IRCTC, the Railway Board gave him the responsibility of preparing the digital format of the popular booklet. IRCTC has, in turn, sent a letter to all the zonal Railways of the country, including North Central Railway (NCR), informing them about the decision of the board.
Trains At A Glance has been disseminating information about all the trains of the country including Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Duronto, Garib Rath and express trains. All the zonal Railways have also been issuing timetable of the trains being operated by them. The railway timetable issued at the zonal level mentions the smaller railway stations where the passenger and memo trains halt. However, it has been realised in the past few years that the utility of these booklets has reduced substantially as people have started using the national train enquiry system and the 139 dial service.Commenting on the issue, chief public relation officer, NCR, Dr Shivam Sharma, said, “The decision to do away with the printed form of ‘Trains At A Glance was that of the Railway Board. IRCTC has written to all the zonal Railways of the country informing them that now the digital format of the same booklet would be rolled out.

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