I try to travel exclusively by train in India, and let me tell you that Indian Railways is making it as difficult as possible.
Let me take my longest single journey: Bangalore to Guwahati. One train (12509, Kaziranga Express) used to leave late night from the City station and reach Guwahati after 36 hours, and I used to take it.Now, according the Railways schedule, that train starts from Cantonment Station at 2340 hrs.
The other train, 22501, New Tinsukia Exp, is only once a week, and leaves City station at ..yes...0310 hrs in the morning! This is a most inconvenient departure time for a long-distance train.
I can see no reason for these kind of odd starting station and departure timings, and it makes it near-impossible for me, an elderly woman travelling alone, to take a train.Neither can I imagine that they are convenient for any train traveller.
Another nonsensical parameter is opening bookings 120 days in advance. This means that by the time one plans one's trip, tickets are just not available, as everyone books and cancels at the last minute if they do not want to go on the journey.
I also keep getting ads from IRCTC for tour packages ...by air! (I thought I R in that acronym stood for Indian Railways).Why is Indian Railways pushing so hard for tourism by aircraft travel? Again, I can see no good reason.
The idea of train travel is to journey at leisure, and this is not suited for those who are in a hurry. It is also to reduce the carbon footprint that is caused by travel. So I would appeal to the Indian Railways to make train timings more convenient for those of us who want to use the trains and not jet-set across our country. I have leisure and want to reduce my carbon footprint, but Indian Railways is making this very difficult indeed.