Trincomalee line

The Trincomalee line is a railway line in Sri Lanka. Branching off the Batticaloa line at Gal Oya Junction, the line heads north-east through North Central and Eastern provinces before terminating at the eastern city of Trincomalee. The line is 70 kilometres (43 mi) long and has nine stations.[1] The line opened in 1927.[2] The rail line was originally called the Batticaloa-Trincomalee Light Railway, as only locomotives with light axle loads were permitted. The circuitous route led to some rail employees wondering if the construction costs were paid on a mileage basis, with a manager stating "it followed the path of an intelligent cow". In the 1950s the route was deviated removing a number of sharp curves and steep gradients together with a switch to heavier rails to match the rest of the country's rail system.

Trincomalee line
Overview
StatusFunctioning
OwnerSri Lanka Railways
TerminiGal Oya Junction
Trincomalee
Stations7
Service
TypeRegional rail
SystemSri Lanka Railways
Operator(s)Sri Lanka Railways
History
Opened1927; 95 years ago (1927)
Technical
Line length70 km (43 mi)
Number of tracks1
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
ElectrificationNo
Route map
Trincomalee
China Bay
Thampalakamam
Mullipothanai
Ganthalawa
Kanthalai
Agbopura
Aluth Oya
Batticaloa Line to Batticaloa
Gal Oya Junction
Batticaloa Line to Colombo Fort

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistics – Sri Lanka Railways". Ministry of Transport, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 2012-12-28.
  2. ^ "The Rail Routes of Sri Lanka". Infolanka.com.