SMS based railway enquiry system to inform about train delays

There is good news for railway passengers and those going to the stations to receive or seeing them off. SMS alerts would now alert them about train delays during the fog season. The Delhi division of the Northern Railway has come up with an additional phone helpline and an SMS service which will inform the public within few seconds about trains running behind schedule.

An SMS-based train enquiry system will be put into place for trains coming to or departing from New Delhi, Delhi Junction, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar and Delhi Sarai Rohilla stations. Passengers would be required to SMS the five digit train no. to 9717631813 and within a few seconds the system would SMS back to the passenger the expected arrival/departure of train from Delhi area stations.

“With the fog season expected to hit the Capital by December 20, trains are expected to get delayed. To find out the delay in arrival and departure of trains, besides the usual phone number 139, one can also dial 011-23747110,” said the Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma. The only advice the Railways officials have is to enquire about the timings before leaving for the stations during the fog period.