Here’s Why Indian Trains Have Different Number On Coaches


Railways are the most popular means of transport in India. India has the fourth largest railway network in the world and railways in India connect a larger part of the nation across different states.


There’s hardly anyone of us who wouldn’t have travelled by a train in their life. Trains are a very cheap mode of transport and the less affluent sections of the society or even the upper middle class families in Indian prefer to travel. Railways in India ferry around 23 million people everyday.

You might have travelled quite frequently via trains but did we ever care to notice the numbers written on the coaches of trains? Every coach has a number written on it which varies from being a 4 digit number to a 5 digit number. For instance a number written on the coach maybe 98377. What does this number signify?

98377 signifies that the train was manufactured in 1998. But some elite trains like the Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi may not follow this depictions expressed by numbers written on coaches.

The remaining digits, which in this case are 377 signify if the train is AC/Sleeper Class/ AC 1 Tier and so on.

001 – 025 : AC First Class

025-050 : Composite First AC plus AC-2T

050-100: AC 2T

101-150: AC 3T

151-200 : AC Chair Car

201-400: Sleeper 2nd Class

401-600: General Second Class

601-700: 2L Sitting Jan Shatabdi Chair Car

701-800: Sitting come luggage rake

So this is all about the significance of numbers written on the railway coaches. So, next time you board a train you would be able to decode the significance of the numbers written on train coaches. This little activity of deciding these numbers would make your train travel all the more fun.