Matale line

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Matale line
Overview
Type Regional rail
System Sri Lanka Railways
Status Functioning
Locale Sri Lanka
Termini Peradeniya Junction
Matale
Stations 20 stations
Website www.railway.gov.lk
Operation
Owner Sri Lanka Railways
Operator(s) Sri Lanka Railways
Technical
Line length 33.8 km (21.0 mi)
Number of tracks Single track: Peradeniya Junction to Matale
Track gauge 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm)
Electrification No
Route map
Matale Line
Matale
Thawalankoya
Kohombiliwala
Elwala
Ukuwela
Udaththawela
Marakona
Patanpaha
Yatawara
Wattegama
Uda Thalawinna
Palle Thalawinna
Katugastota
Mahaweli River
Mawilmada
Mahaiyawa
Asgiriya
Kandy
Sarasavi Uyana
Mahaweli River
Peradeniya Junction Main Line to Badulla
Main Line to Colombo Fort

Inaugurated in 1880, the Matale line (sometimes referred to as the Kandy line) is a branch railway line in Sri Lanka. Operated by Sri Lanka Railways, the line includes some of the busiest rail services in the country.[1]

History[edit]

The 28.2 km (17.5 mi) route was surveyed between 1875 and 1877. In May 1878 the contract to construct the rail line was issued to David Reid for Rs. 1,782,408.[2] The total estimated cost of the Matale extension amounted to Rs. 3,300,000, being a rate of Rs. 189,247 per mile. The line was opened for traffic on 4 October 1880 by the Governor, Sir James Longden, eight months earlier than the contract date, for which Reid was given a Rs. 35,000 bonus.[3]

Route definition[edit]

The Matale line begins at Peradeniya Junction and runs east towards Kandy Railway Station. It then turns north and runs through Katugastota and Wattegama before reaching the Matale District. It passes through Ukuwela before terminating at the Matale Railway Station.

Infrastructure[edit]

The Matale line has a gauge of 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge.The line is not electrified. Regular services run on diesel power.

Timetable[edit]

Downwards[edit]

Starting station Departure time Destination station Time Name Frequency
Kandy 05.00 Matale 06.13 Daily
Kandy 07.04 Matale 08.38 Daily
Kandy 10.20 Matale 11.40 Daily
Kandy 14.00 Matale 15.23 Daily
Kandy 17.10 Matale 18.23 Daily
Kandy 18.40 Matale 20.03 Daily

Upwards[edit]

Starting station Departure time Destination station Time Name Frequency
Matale 05.00 Kandy 06.20 Daily
Matale 06.40 Kandy 07.55 Daily
Matale 10.15 Kandy 11.45 Daily
Matale 13.55 Kandy 15.25 Daily
Matale 17.00 Kandy 18.28 Daily
Matale 18.40 Kandy 20.00 Daily

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Train travel in Sri Lanka". lanka.com. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers". 63. Institution of Civil Engineers (Great Britain). 1881: 71. 
  3. ^ Perera, G. F. (1925). The Ceylon Railway: The Story of Its Inception and Progress. Ceylon Observer. p. 272.