Railways of Ceylon and the old world – Compiled by Raj Gonsalkorale   Information and photographs sourced from the Wikipedia The Sri Lanka Railway, originally known as Ceylon Government Railways, was conceived in the 1850s and service began in 1864 with the construction of the main line from Colombo to Ambepussa, 54 kilometers to the east. The Railway was initially built in Ceylon with the intension of transportation of Tea and Coffee from hill country to Colombo. For many years, transporting such goods was the main purpose and the source of income on the line. With time and population growth, however, passenger traffic increased. In the 1960s, passenger traffic overtook freight as the main source of revenue. The railway is now primarily engaged in the transport of passengers, especially commuters to and from Colombo, thereby reducing road congestion. The first train that ran on 27 December 1864, was officially opened for ...

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