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What does the terminology UP and Down mean in Indian train numbers?

Asked by SRINIVASAN N, 21 Apr '09 02:58 am
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1.

Up meansgoing to destiny.
down means back to origin.
Answered by pramod rajapurkar, 21 Apr '09 05:01 am

 
  
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A train from its starting point is a DOWN train, whereas a train coming to the starting point again is UP train.
Answered by dhananjay dinkar desai, 21 Apr '09 09:00 am

 
  
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It is very simple each train has an origion and destination
so
origion to desination is UP
AND
back to destination to origion is down
it is quite simple and does not require a lengthy reply at all
Answered by iqbal seth, 21 Apr '09 08:06 am

 
  
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Down refers to a train travelling away from its headquarters (i.e., the homing railway) or from its Divisional headquarters, whichever is closer. Up refers to a train travelling towards its headquarters or divisional HQ, whichever is closer. Eg, 2903 DN Frontier mail is down travelling away from its HQ (Bombay) and from the division that homes it (Bombay division) and similarly 2904 UP refers to it travelling back towards Bombay, its HQ and division. Usually the numbers for the \"up\" and \"down\" trains differ by just 1.

As for the Shatabdis, the odd number indicates the Down run and the even number for the Up run. E.g. New Delhi - Bhopal Shatabdi (the first Shatabdi) is numbered 2001 DN (away form Delhi) and 2002 UP (towards Delhi).

There are numerous exceptions to this scheme! Beware if you are trying to find method in the madness. Numerous inconsistencies and oddities arise near zonal or divisional boundaries. At Howrah, the Kalka Mail was numbered 1 Up / 2 Down and the Howra ...more
Answered by radhikamruta, 21 Apr '09 05:58 am

 
  
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