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Old October 14th, 2014, 07:55 PM   #1
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From Railway Gazette:

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President reopens railway to Jaffna
13 Oct 2014


Jaffna railway reopening

SRI LANKA: The final section of line reconnecting the Jaffna peninsula in the north with the rest of the rail network was formally opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on October 13. The 38 km Pallai – Jaffna link restores what was one of Sri Lanka Railways' most important routes before its disruption by war in 1990.

Guests at the reopening celebrations included Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, High Commissioner of India which funded the US$800m project with a soft loan. Construction was undertaken by IRCON International, which installed concrete sleepers and welded rail suitable for speeds up to 120 km/h.

Jaffna station is being reconstructed by Sri Lanka Railways with the assistance of Bank of Ceylon, and will have ‘modern facilities while preserving its ancient architecture’

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Old October 18th, 2014, 07:48 AM   #3
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Northern Railway a milestone in India - Sri Lanka partnership


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COLOMBO: The reconstruction of the Jaffna - Colombo railway line represents a milestone in historic partnership between India and Sri Lanka and would enhance connectivity between the two nations, the Indian High Commission here has said.

The 55-station 339 km northern railway line from Jaffna to Colombo has been rebuilt by IRCON International, the state-owned engineering and construction company of Indian Railways.

The project cost US$ 800 million and is financed by soft loans from the Indian Government.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 06:58 PM   #5
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Some recent photos from Sri Lanka, including a trip on the new line to Jaffna at https://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]

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Old April 18th, 2017, 09:36 PM   #6
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From Rail Journal

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php...ml?channel=528

Sri Lanka orders Indian locomotives and DMUs
Tuesday, April 18, 2017



SRI LANKA Railways (SLR) has awarded Rites, India, a Rs 680m ($US 126m) contract to supply 10 1676mm-gauge diesel locomotives and six DMUs

The locomotives will be built at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi and deliveries will be completed by next year

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The extraordinary beauty of Sri Lanka viewed from the train is presented in DW documentary recently published on youtube. Sri Lanka's Main Line starts from Colombo and runs east and north till Rambukkana, where it continues upwards through the mountainous region in Sabaragamuwa Province. The line offers passengers spectacular views of highland's nature passing nearby the numerous tea plantations, its branch line reaching Kandy and Matale.

After climbing to Pattipola, the highest railway station in Sri Lanka with an elevation of nearly 1900 m above sea level, the line descends past Bandarawela to Badulla.
Over 40 minutes of travel report, do enjoy.
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Old February 10th, 2018, 06:47 AM   #9
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Hi,
Thanks for creating and posting info about Sri Lanka trains.

Here are some more details about railway and trains in our country...

Current railway map of Sri Lanka...



If you want station to station schedules and times use the search on the Government website: http://www.railway.gov.lk/

Another interestig map with approx time to travel from Colombo


this link has a visual map of train schedule...
https://www.yamu.lk/trains
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Old February 10th, 2018, 06:51 AM   #10
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SLRailwayForum Facebook Page Community -
(Great source for info and amazing photos of SL railways)

"Welcome to the SLRailwayForum. Our Community aim is to offer you a window seat for a railway journey around SriLanka. Reposts are from Instagram."

Link:
https://www.facebook.com/SLRailwayForum/


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Below are some interesting photos pf Sri Lanka railways and trains shared by fans in SLRailwayForum on Facebook...


https://www.facebook.com/SLRailwayFo...type=3&theater

Being able to hang outside the train door with the wind blowing in my hair, makes me feel like a kid again. From @_letsescapetogether_ -

This train ride from Ella to Nuwara Eliya has some of the most incredible sights.



This is the famous Nine Arch bridge in a tea estate in central Sri Lankan hills.. This hill country railway line is of historical and commercial importance in Sri Lanka. It was built starting from around 1860’s during British colonization when trains were used to transport tea.


https://www.facebook.com/SLRailwayFo...type=3&theater

From @myblueberry_adventures - A very happy Sophie on the way from Ella back to Kandy.


https://www.facebook.com/SLRailwayFo...type=3&theater

From @amalmadawa - Blue dragon passing the famous Nine Arches Bridge.

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Old February 11th, 2018, 02:00 PM   #11
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This is a new tourist attraction on the Sri lanka railway lines.

Seen above video is a vintage steam locomotive (from the British Colonial Period of Sri lanka before 1948). It's carrying a group of tourists from German, Australia, England and Japan is shown arriving at the Hatton railway station in the central hills of Sri lanka (about 175km journey from Colombo).

This service is resuming after a long pause on Feb, 2018.
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Old March 6th, 2018, 02:11 AM   #12
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Badulla Night Mail Train Hauled by Double M6 Locomotives at Nine Arch Bridge, Demodara in Sri Lanka

I woke up early in the morning to take a video of my favorite train. It was too cold at that time, but was worth the effort.



Badulla night mail train is considered as one of the most difficult and dangerous train journey in the world. The journey to the hill country during the night is the most compelling yet also the most fascinating.

The train tracks get narrower when proceeding to the upcountry. At night it often gets raining and cold and also heavy mist comes. From Nanu Oya station, the track is almost impossible to see. However, thanks to skilled and experienced locomotive drivers, they manage to bring the train on time while carrying lots of responsibilities.
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Old April 23rd, 2018, 07:37 AM   #13
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Dumped old trains in Sri Lanka





Dumped class A3a locomotive no. 277 (Hunslet, 1929) at Dematagoa Coaling Stage, Colombo

read more train travel tales
Colombo Fort to Dematagoda
https://folkestonejack.wordpress.com...to-dematagoda/



Class B2b no. 213 crosses Nine Arch Bridge, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka

The Demodara loop and other delights
https://folkestonejack.wordpress.com...ther-delights/
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Experience Sri Lankan Scenic Train Route from Badulla to Nanu Oya with Original Sound Effects



Embark on a scenic and the most atmospheric train journey with the full length including original sound effects. When watching the video, you will feel like you are inside the train! Please use your headphones to maximize the experience in this unique journey.
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Old November 21st, 2018, 06:25 PM   #15
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1008 Colombo Express Train Hauled by M6 in Sri Lanka - 4K Ultra HD



Listen with headphones to witness the epic and loud engine beat of unique German made class M6 788 diesel locomotive. This is the most favorite locomotive among many Sri Lankan railway fans.

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Podi Manike and 1008 Colombo Express Crossing at Ohiya Railway Station in Sri Lanka - 4K Ultra HD



Podi Manike train and 1008 Colombo express train at Ohiya railway station in Sri Lanka. This is one of the most scenic railway stations in Sri Lanka. You can travel to Horton Plains from here. Known as Upcountry railway line, this is the most difficult and dangerous train route in Sri Lanka.

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Steam train in Sri Lanka

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Railroad Crossings of Kandy Mixed Train and Podi Manike at Haputale



This is how railroad crossings typically happens in Sri Lanka. Due to lack of dual rail tracks, most of the time the other train has to wait for a long time until the next train comes.

In this video, mixed train from Badulla to Kandy is waiting at Haputale railway station until Colombo to Badulla train is arriving. Here it took around 20 minutes, however, they are moments you have to wait like an hour even!

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Udaya Devi (Batticaloa Train) Hauled by M4 Leaving Moragollagama in Sri Lanka




Batticaloa train also is known as Udaya Devi train leaving Moragollagama station after a moment of stopping for a while for passengers to get down. You can listen to the amazing sound of class M4 locomotive in full throttle.
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Train Engine Coupling in Sri Lanka | Railway Employees | Udaya Devi Express Train




A complete video of train engine getting attaching/coupling to compartments in Sri Lanka. This is how engine coupling happens here.

Please watch with headphones to listen to the sound effects properly.

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