Indian Train Tracking using RailRadar

Let’s admit it, tracking trains in India can be quite a tedious and painful process. The Center for Railway information service (CRIS) has announced a new web app called RailRadar that attempts to solve this particular problem. It helps users track over 6,500 trains overlaid on a map in real-time. CRIS and RailYatri have jointly developed the web-based service.

The service offers features similar to Google Maps and users can zoom-in or out on a particular train on the map using a mouse scroll or plus or minus buttons built in to the user interface. The blue arrows in the map show the trains on time and the red ones indicate the delayed trains. The map also shows the number of trains active at that particular time. Currently, RailRadar is configured to update/refresh itself every five minutes, which means that in any scenario, the location and status of the trains displayed on RailRadar will always be five or more minutes delayed. You can also click on the train to see and a small pop-up will appear showing what time the train started, where it currently is and the status of the train.

Other cool features offered by the service include the percentage of trains on schedule, trains that are on-time and trains that are late. This service would make things quite easy for a user to keep a tab on a particular train, and avoid frequent calls to the Indian Railways to find out if the train is on schedule or not.

In June this year, Indian Railways in association with CRIS had launched a newer version of a site that features train running information in real time and also displays earlier information. Indian Railways had also launched a National Train Enquiry System (NTES) app that offers live status information of more than 8,000 trains. The free app can be used exactly like site.

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