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What is Preferential Traffic Schedule?

It is also known as Priority schedule. It lays down the traffic and conditions under which allotment of wagons can be made under the priority concerned. Various type of traffic has been divided into priority A to E as per this schedule. A being the highest priority and E is the last. The General Order of the Government of India in the public interest issues this schedule.

For detailed information please consult Preferential Traffic Schedule General Order No. 78 for allotment of wagons issued by Government of India, Ministry of Railways.

What is wagon registration fee?

It is the prescribed fees payable at the time of registration of demands for wagons. This fees is payable on the basis of per wagon rate. The rate in force can be obtained from the goods booking Station.

Customers having regular business at a Station can, if they so desire, obtain the facility of depositing lump sum amount in lieu of making payment of wagon registration fees every time an indent for wagons is placed. This facility is given by Senior Divisional Commercial Manager through Station Manager concerned on specific application of the customer.

For more details on this issue please consult chapter II of IRCA Goods Tariff No. 41 Part I - (Volume I) and Indian Railway Commercial Manual Volume II. Alternatively, these details can also be obtained through Station manager of a goods booking Station.

How allotment is done?

Allotment of wagons/rake is done against an indent placed by the party at a goods booking station. While making allotment priority of traffic and date of registration are considered.

Highest priority is accorded to A and then B, C, D and the last being the E. Within a priority allotment is as per the oldest date of registration (ODR) of indent. Restrictions, if any, for a particular traffic or the destination, which are enforced from time to time, are also taken into consideration. These restrictions can be operating restrictions or civil restrictions.

The details of restrictions in force at any point of time can be obtained from the Station Manager/Chief Goods Supervisor of the goods booking station. Once in a week allotment is done only as per the ODR without considering the priority. Quotas specified by Railway Board from time to time for certain type of traffic also influence the allotment, e.g., allotment for destinations in North Frontier Railway.

What is General Order (Rationalisation Scheme) ?

General Order is an order issued by Railway Board to all Zonal Railways directing them the route to be followed for the movement of wagons from originating station to destination station over the entire Indian Railways. The provisions of this Order are not applicable to Over Dimensional Consignments, POL traffic and edible salt i.e. salt for human consumption. The provisions of this order apply to the branch lines connected with different sections covered by this order unless specified otherwise.

What is Mini Rake ?

With a view to attract short lead, less than standard trainload traffic and in view of condemnation of CRT wagons which were hitherto utilised for moving such traffic, Ministry of Railways has introduced a new concept of Mini Rakes as a marketing strategy on experimental basis.

This is subject to some terms and conditions :


This scheme will be offered to only those customers who are offering traffic above 70% rail coefficient or are willing to give 5% additional traffic over and above the previous years loading and give commitment for the specified level of traffic.


Mini rakes will have minimum composition of 20 BCX wagons. The trainload class rate shall be granted to such Mini rakes.


Mini rakes will run for distance of upto 300 kms. Such movements are permitted to the adjoining Zonal Railways also.


For Mini rakes, the free time for loading/ unloading shall be five hours only.


No Station to Station concession will be allowed against traffic moved under Mini rake system. Similarly, this traffic will be eligible to be counted under the Volume Discount Scheme only upto the Benchmark fixation stage.

For details refer to Railway Boards Rate Instruction No. 84 of 2001 circulated vide letter no. TCR/1017/2000/11 dated 13.9.2002.

What are Station to Station Rates ?

Station to Station rates are a marketing strategy of Ministry of Railways to retain the existing traffic and attract additional traffic to rail . The powers to grant the concession has been delegated to General Managers. STS concession in freight rates is applicable to a specific stream of traffic of a particular commodity for movement between a specific pair of originating and destination stations. STS concession in freight rates can be granted only to either a consignor or a consignee, both for paid and to pay and only for block rake traffic.

For details refer to Railway Boards Rate Instruction No. 36 of 2002 circulated vide letter no. TCR/1618/2002/7 dated 06.06.2002.

What is Volume Discount Scheme ?

Volume Discount in freight rates is another marketing strategy introduced by Ministry of Railways in the financial year 1998-99. This scheme gives concession on the incremental traffic . For the purpose of calculating the incremental traffic, the benchmark corresponds to the traffic offered during the corresponding 6 months period of previous financial year.

For details refer to Railway Boards Rate Instruction No. 93 of 2001 circulated vide letter no. TCR/1618/2000/24 dated 22.10.2001.

What are Operating restrictions?

Operating restrictions are imposed as a result of some operational problems on a route or terminal, which prevents railway to handle the traffic for that via or location. These are communicated from time to time to goods booking stations through divisional control offices. During the time restriction is in force, loading for that via or destination can not take place.

What are minimum weight conditions?

Minimum weight conditions for train load classification have been specified by Railway Board both in terms of minimum number of wagons to be loaded per rake and the minimum tonnage for each type of wagon. These instructions also specify the standard rake size.

The detailed information is available in Rate Instruction No. 49 of 1998, dated 17.08.1998 issued by Railway Board, New Delhi. These details can also be obtained through Station Manager of any goods booking Station.

What benefit is available for loading in open stock?

Railways allows concession of 10% in freight rate for cement and Chemical manure when loaded in block rakes of open wagons, provided such wagons are covered by tarpaulins supplied by the consignors at their own cost.

Classifications as per Goods Tariff.

Railway has classified the commodities for the purpose of transportation into certain classifications. The Base Class is 100 and there are 32 percentage classes in relation to base class ranging from 90 to 300. The freight rates are based on these classifications. There are separate classifications for train load and wagon load traffic.

Source : Central Railway / Indian Railways Portal CMS Team Last Reviewed on: 30-08-2011  

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