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Undergoing constructions of Colombo to Kandy Railway 1860

Undergoing constructions of Colombo - Kandy Railway Line 1860

Undergoing constructions of Colombo - Kandy Railway Line 1860 #IMG394


Location: Scouts’ Hill, Near Kandy
The Railway Network was introduced by the British in 1864. The main reason for building a railway system in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) was to transport Tea and Coffee from the hill country to Colombo. Initially the service began with the Main Line of 54 kilometres connecting Colombo and Ambepussa.

Extensions were made to the main line in 1867, 1874, 1885, 1894 and 1924, extending its service to Kandy, Nawalapitiya, Nanu Oya, Bandarawela and Badulla, respectively. Many other railway lines were added to Ceylon Railway System within the first century of its life, such as a line to Matale in 1880, Coast Railway Line in 1895, Northern Line in 1905, Mannar Line in 1914, Kelani Valley in 1919, Puttalam Line in 1926, and Railway Line to Batticaloa and Trincomalee in 1928. Thereafter, no more extensions were added to the Sri Lankan (Ceylon) Railway Routes as the British left the country for native rule. -Wiki-

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