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"Luggage" means the belongings of a passenger, which are either to be used by during the course of tour or just after the journey, either carried by him in his charge or entrusted to railway administration for carriage.


Where you can book your Luggage:- Luggage can be booked from Parcel / Luggage office of the journey starting station, round the clock for all railway stations.


For carrying luggage in the Brake van following procedure is to be followed:


How to book:-

a. Properly pack your Luggage.

b. Marking of from and to stations along with your name and address on the packages.

c. Bring your Luggage for booking in parcel/luggage office.

d. Fill the forwarding note available at parcel/ luggage office.

e. Pay the charges and get money receipt from railway staff.

How to take delivery:-

a. Produce money receipt at parcel/luggage office.

b. Pay extra charges if due under rules.

c. Check outer condition of your luggage.

d. Received your luggage.


All luggage, with the exception of those articles which are allowed free without weighment under the rules, should be weighed and booked at the starting station. Luggage may, however, be booked from any station to any station on the direct route for which a ticket is held provided that no luggage in excess of the free allowance is carried unbooked over any portion of the line, the free allowance being granted once on the journey. When a passenger's luggage is booked at his request by a route other than that by which his ticket is available, no free allowance will be granted.


Articles not accepted as Luggage:-

IRCA Coaching Tariff No. 26, P-I, V-I, Rule No. 505

1.Offensive Articles such as Wet skin, leather etc. Exception- Wet skin booked on owner risk will be accepted, when packed in air tight box.

2.Dangerous, explosive & inflammable articles and empty gas cylinder. Ex[ection- Safety cinema film, Safety cartridges, small oxygen cylinder with sick passenger. Empty gas cylinder can be carried in break van but it is not permitted in compartment with passenger.

3.Oily articles such as Oil, Ghee and Paints etc. Exception- Ghee up to 20 kg, securely packed in tin is permitted with the passenger.

4.Dry, grass, dry leaves, scrap papers.

5.Acid and other corrosive substances which are mentioned in IRCA Red Tariff.

6.Dead poultry or game.

7.Mercantile goods/ luggage.

The Luggage which can be carried by passenger in their charge:-


Passenger can carry luggage upto the permissible limit of weight in the class of travelling. The details for per passenger are as under:-


Maximum weight carried without charges

Maximum weight permitted in compartment (including free allowance)

AC First

70 kg

150 kg

AC Two tier

50 kg

100 kg


50 kg

100 kg

AC Three tier

40 kg

40 kg


40 kg

80 kg

AC Chair car

40 kg

40 kg


35 kg

70 kg


In the case of a combined ticket, the free allowance of luggage admissible to a passenger is of the higher class.


In case of excess weight of luggage over permissible limit, luggage will be booked in brake van.

In addition to the free allowance certain articles which are normally used by passengers during the journey are also allowed free without weighment. The articles which are allowed free on each class of ticket are as under:-


a.         In the case of AC First class and First Class passengers, Tiffin basket including small ice boxes, small hand bags or attaches cases (not suit cases), walking sticks and umbrellas are allowed free and will not, therefore, be weighted.


b.         In the case of second class passengers, walking sticks, umbrellas and such articles of food as may be required on the journey are allowed free and will not, therefore, be weight.


In the case of soldiers travelling on duty by ordinary train their arms and equipment are also allowed free without weighment in addition to the free allowance admissible on warrants.

Addressing of luggage- Each and every package forming luggage must be carefully and legibly addressed in English/Hindi; the name of the destination station being invariably written in full. Such packages as are not so addressed will not be accepted for booking and carriage in the brake van.


The owner should be place one or two slips in each package showing his complete address so that in the event of packages going astray, the slips inside the packages would give a helpful clue for the restoration of luggage to the owner.


Packing of luggage- Luggage must be presented for booking in suitable receptacles such as suitcases, travelling bags, leather, tin or steel trunks, hat boxes or other proper and safe receptacles provided with handles, securely locked or otherwise fastened, or sailors', soldiers' or emigrants' bags or bundles properly wrapped and tied, and of sufficient strength and durability to withstand ordinary handling incidental to conveyance by rail.


Delivery of luggage booked by brake vans- Luggage booked in brake vans should be delivered only to the person named on the luggage ticket on collection of the relevant receipt if a person other than the consignee asks for delivery, it should be properly endorsed in his favour in receipt. If the receipt portion is lost, luggage may be delivered on application, if the Station Master is satisfied of the applicant's ownership of luggage. If there is any doubt, Station Master may insist on a stamped indemnity note being executed. The passenger should also surrender the journey ticket while taking delivery.


Free time allowed for luggage- Luggage not taken delivery of at destination will be allowed to remain free of charge for the days allowed free under the tariff rules. If not removed within the 'free' time, it should be removed to the cloak-room and charged for accordingly.

Source : West Central Railway CMS Team Last Reviewed : 05-04-2017  

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