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Check Indian Railways Tatkal availability on 90di.com

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Our users have been telling us to include the Tatkal availability details for Trains at 90di.com. Yesterday we released this feature.

Now you can get the availability details for both General and Tatkal quota for trains. We have kept the UI simple, just select the appropriateĀ  radio button in the availability column.

Example: Bangalore to Mumbai by train tomorrow

See the below screen shots for more details.

Train Availability - General Quota

Availability details for Train 1014

Train Availability- Tatkal Quota

Tatkal availability details for train 1014

PleaseĀ  try out this at 90di.com and give your feedback on this.

Showing the train availability for next 5 days

Friday, June 26th, 2009

If you are checking for train availability on 90di.com, you will now get the availability details for 6 days in one single click. Once you click “get availability” link, we will show the availability for that particular date and a link for remaining 5 days availability.

Thanks for the feedback. They really help us to improve.

The following screen shots explain this feature.

before clicking the availability link

before clicking the availability link

availability details - shows link to next 5 days availability

availability details - shows link to next 5 days availability

next 5 days availability details

next 5 days availability details

Train fare and availability improvement

Monday, April 14th, 2008

This is Kiran from 90DI team.

I just want to describe the change in our approach to get the train fare and availability. Which also means a slightly more reliable way of searching for trains, with regard to berth/seat availability.

Earlier, our approach at 90DI was to get the fare and availability of train/flight for all the routes upfront. And this fare and availability was got for those classes which were selected during the search.

We noticed that the train traveler is not too happy with this approach. As availability data for lots of legs did not use to come (because of some problems at the service provider end) and so by default those legs would disappear. It was causing people to think that there is no valid route (with availability). Although in actuality there would have been a valid train route with seats available.

So we have changed our approach for trains. Now we display all the trains along with their available classes and fare for each of those classes. And we don’t get the availability data upfront. You need to click on the “get availability” link against each train route/leg to get the availability for that train route-leg and for the selected class.

This approach allows the user to retry yo get train availability multiple times, till the availability comes. Also it offers better usability by allowing the user to change the travel class and try the availability for that class.

Hope this approach suits the train traveler to search the trains in a easier way.

Please do let us know how you find the change. We are all ears on what you say.