How many of you love the window seat in a train just like that of a bus?
One of the major concerns while traveling via a train is when you get a seat that you don't like. Correct me if I am wrong, but most often it is the middle one.
I bet when you see that you are allotted that seat you go like, "I have spent so much time booking this seat and now I am stuck in between two people."
I totally get you, bro!
Actually, I have gone through this situation numerous times. So why does the IRCTC never allow us to choose our own seat? And after I dug deep, here is what I found out:
When we book movie ticket, we have an option of selecting where we want to sit, then why not in trains. Just to remind you of the difference, a train is a mode of commuting, many things play a part in its functioning.
You will be amazed to know that Indian Railways ticket booking software is such that it allots seats in a way that each coach has an equal number of people. An even allotment.
For your better understanding: Sleeper class coaches in a train are numbered S1, S2, S3 and so on... and in every coach, there are 72 seats. When you first book a ticket, it is mandatory that the software will always assign you the seat in the middle coach like S5, that too middle seat numbered between 30-40, and preferably lower berths. It is said that railways fill the lower berths first then upper berth to maintain the low center of gravity.
Now, after you book your ticket, the software works in such a way that all coaches have uniform passenger distribution and seats are filled starting from the middle seats to seats near the gates in order, lower berth to upper.
Railways make sure that each coach is properly balanced and ensures proper load distribution.
I guess now you understand why when you book a ticket at the last moment, you are always allotted an upper berth, until and unless a booking is cancelled.
Now, what if the railways book tickets randomly? Since a train moves around at a speed of around 100km/hr on the rails, there are a number of forces and mechanics performing on the train.
Now just imagine a situation when only S1, S2, S3 are full and S5, S6 are completely empty and others are partially full. So, when the train will take a turn, some of the coaches will surface highest centrifugal force and some will face the minimum force. This can lead to derailment.
When brakes are applied in the train, there are different forces working on each of the coaches. Every coach weighs differently and so the stability of train becomes an issue again.
A railway board member Mohammad Jamshed told a news daily that the booking of the seat is not done as per the physics but according to the traveller's profile.
Like, women above the age of 45 and senior citizens are given lower berth seats. Pregnant women also get lower berth seats.
That's all. I hope this is an information worth sharing.
Source: Economic Times
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