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Baggage rules for Railway

Baggage rules for Railway

If keeping to baggage limits while flying is a nightmare, think twice before you load up on a train. As a result of numerous complaints about excess baggage being towed into coaches, the Indian Railways has decided to strictly enforce its baggage allowance rules, which will see passengers paying up to six times the stipulated amount as penalty, if caught travelling with overweight luggage. Seems rules for a 40 kg limit for sleeper and second classes were already in place but will now be implemented during random checks.

Found guilty, pay a penalty and a luggage van fee. But will this airline model work in the railways where people have for long been used to travelling heavy duty with family, personal effects and a mobile life in short. The Railways is considered a more egalitarian way of travelling without being slotted into categories. Admitted, over spillage of luggage in lean compartments can lead to cramped travel, but Indians are used to making room for mutual adjustment during train travel. Going by precedent, except some strict norms on high-speed trains in Japan, there are not many precedents for baggage weight control on trains except for spatial limits in isolated cases. While this move can certainly raise some revenue for the railways, it must remember that its airline-like flexi fare scheme did not quite take off. Copying the airline model may not always work for a mass transport system like trains. 



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