What to do when your link train is missed

Are you worried about how to handle the situation, if your linked train had left before your arrival to the station? How to manage your onward journey after train had left or cancelled? This article is written to answer such type of questions and to provide guide to deal in such emergency situations. Readers are requested to read the article and take care in case your train has missed.


Summer is approaching. Children's examination is going to be over. Summer holidays to be planned and enjoyed often to lead stress free life. Many people plan holidays at tourist places. There are many people who do not plan well their journey and get puzzled if their link or onward train had missed. People should not get puzzled or panic in such situation. Instead be calm and think about next course of action. This article provides the complete details of information to be taken if link train has missed/ cancelled. Readers will be benefited by reading this article. People should keep in mind the tips to overcome out of such situations.

General precautions

We should keep in mind some points while booking onward tickets such as-
  1. There should be minimum 4 hours gap between the arrival of your train and the departure of next train.

  2. Time can be reviewed on the basis of weather, distance to be travelled and the reliability of train. If the weather is cold and foggy, there is a possibility of becoming train late. If the journey is short the chances of train becoming late is likely less. But if the journey distance is more there is a possibility of train becoming late. So accordingly select the onward train.

  3. Do not book onward journey ticket in the trains which is just after one hour or two hours after your scheduled arrival on the onward journey station. Becoming train late by one or two hour is quite natural. Do not take unnecessary risk.

  4. Have a list of onward trains within 12 hours from the onward journey station.

  5. Search for other alternates such as bus and taxi etc.

  6. Carry some cash and debit/credit card to meet the emergency requirements of money. You may require to book onward journey tickets if the link train has missed.

Steps to handle the situation when link train has missed

If your link train has missed. Follow the steps listed below: -
  1. Come out peacefully out of the train and approach to the reservation counter.

  2. Get your onward reservation done

  3. File TDR on the onward journey station or take refund on the destination after the arrival of train at destination station

  4. For filing TDR some rules are there. You must know those rules. TDR cannot be filed for RAC and e ticket. If you file a TDR it may take 90 days to get the refund.

  5. You can directly can go the counter on the destination station after arrival of the train. The TTE will declare vacant/ not travelled seat.

  6. You will get 50% amount of your ticket amount.

  7. Next try for current reservation. Current reservation is opened 2 hours before the train departure. You have a fair chance of getting current reservation.

  8. You can do current reservation online also.

  9. If you do not get current reservation try for tatkal tickets.

  10. Meanwhile you can take rest in waiting rooms.

  11. If the reservation is not available and the distance is not much try by unreserved, bus or taxi mode.


Plan your journey well and book train tickets after considering all the aspects of the journey. Be careful and take all the precautions mentioned above in this article. If still met with such incident, re- plan your onward journey reservation. If the reservation is not available and the distance is not much, try by unreserved tickets, by bus or taxi mode. File TDR or take refund on the destination after the train reaches the station. You can directly can go the counter on the destination city and get 50% amount of your ticket amount.

Article by NK SHARMA
I am Mechanical engineer with MBA and M Phil degree. I have a passion for reading and writing. I enjoy in sharing knowledge with people.

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Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao03 Apr 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

When we plan a trip to have some fun with the family members we should plan all the steps to have a comfortable journey. It is always better to book on a direct train if available. If it is not available the best thing is to plan a break journey and based on the distance you will be given the time of break journey. You may get 24 hours or even more based on the actual journey time. That will make your travel easy and you need not be under tension and there will not be any problem of waiting in the waiting room for hours together. Plan the tour early and see that you will get comfortable seating on the train. The last minute bookings will not give you the choice of selecting the seat as per your liking.

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