I have a luggage bag looking like this:

suitcase on a selling site

Would it be allowed to take this with me when I board an Indian train?

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    What is the size? Cases in this style come from handbag size to big enough to lay down in, or so it seems. There might well be a size limit.
    – Willeke
    Nov 15, 2023 at 21:11
  • Something Like This @Willeke amazon.co.uk/Samsonite-Boost-Spinner-Suitcase-112-5/dp/…
    – Babu
    Nov 15, 2023 at 21:24
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    Link does not work where I live, can you edit the size into your question please.
    – Willeke
    Nov 16, 2023 at 0:26
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    Your new photo still does not mention size. Please give us the size of the case you expect to use, as the style is not the problem but size can be.
    – Willeke
    Nov 16, 2023 at 9:16
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    The bag in the link is 48 x 31 x 78 cm, expandable to 48 x 34 x 78 cm. This exceeds the limits as quoted in Franck Dernoncourt's answer.
    – TonyK
    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:37

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Are we allowed to carry airport style checked luggage when using Indian trains?

Yes. Sources and details (such as weight limits and maximum dimensions):

Excerpts from the above links:

Trunks, suitcase and boxes having outside measurement of 100 cms. x 60 cms x 25 cms (length x breadth x height) will be allowed to be carried in the passenger compartments as personal luggage. If the trunks, suitcase, and boxes, which in outside measurement exceed any one of the dimension, such articles are required to be booked and carried in the brake van and not in the passengers' compartment . Maximum size of the trunks/suitcase than can be carried in the AC-3 tire and AC chair Car compartment is 55 cmsx45 cms x 22.5 cms.

Each passenger is allowed a free allowance up to which he can carry luggage with him in the compartment, free of cost. The free allowance varies for different classes of travel. Children aged 5 and below 12 years are allowed half of the free allowance subject to the maximum of 50 Kgs. You are also permitted a marginal allowance. There is a maximum ceiling on the luggage which can be carried inside the compartment for each class. These are indicated in the table below :

The following maximum limit free allowance, marginal allowance are admissible for carriage of luggage in the compartment :

Class Free allowance Marginal allowance Maximum quantity permitted ( including free allowance)
AC First Class 70 Kgs 15 Kgs 150 Kgs
AC 2-Tier sleeper/First class 50 Kgs 10 Kgs 100 Kgs
AC 3-tier sleeper/AC chair car 40 Kgs 10 Kgs 40 Kgs
Sleeper class 40 Kgs 10 Kgs 80 Kgs
Second class 35 Kgs 10 Kgs 70 Kgs
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    Not that anyone on most Indian trains would much care for such rules. Unless you cross someone like the conductor badly, anyways.
    – Sixtyfive
    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:12
  • The bag in the OP's link is 48 x 31 x 78 cm, expandable to 48 x 34 x 78 cm. This is too thick, right? So in theory it would have to be carried in the brake van.
    – TonyK
    Nov 16, 2023 at 12:41

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