This is probably the coolest thing to have happened to the Indian railways. For those of us who've love our train travel, but want to keep a more accurate check on where exactly is their train travelling, Indian Railways has just launched RailRadar. You can check it out here.
RailRadar uses Google maps to track trains in real-time. The service is only available on 6,500 trains for now, but will be expanded in the future.
And how does one use this? On the screen right, your left, you will see, the option to search for trains. Click on it and type in the train number or name and it will show you exactly where the train is at the point. And if it's not running it will reflect that. You can also find trains by entering the name of the station.
The blue light indicates that the train is on time, red means it's delayed. We just started testing it, and found that currently there is a lot of red on the map! The maps also show the number of trains that are live on the chart, and the ratio of blue to red that is on time versus delayed trains, right on top.
You can also click on the train to see and a small pop-up will appear showing what time the train started, where it currently is and the status of the train.
You can also open the service on your mobile browser. Hopefully there will a live app for this soon!