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Pannipitiya Railway Station Contact Number, Sri Lanka

Name : Pannipitiya Railway Station
Location : Pannipitiya
Distance from Fort : 19.012 KM (30.6 miles)
Phone Number : 011-2421281
Web : [email protected]

Pannipitiya Train Station and KV Line Overview

LocaleSri Lanka
TerminiColombo Fort to Avissawella
TypeRegional rail
SystemSri Lanka Railways
Operator(s) Sri Lanka Railways
Opened1902 (as narrow gauge)
Closed1992 (to start gauge conversion)
Reopened1996 (as broad gauge)
Number of tracksSingle track
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Old gauge2 ft 6 in (762 mm)
Minimum radius(?)

What is KV Line?

The Kelani Valley railway line in Sri Lanka, covering the breadth of Colombo District. The line is owned, maintained, and operated by Sri Lanka Railways.

Route definition and overview

The Kelani Valley line runs southeast from Colombo Maradana Station, through much of the city of Colombo. It runs through major business centres, like Nugegoda and Maharagama, before turning eastwards. It crosses the Southern Expressway near Homagama and continues east towards Avissawella, the current terminus of the line. The line serves an increasingly urbanising community.

Major railway stations on the line are Colombo Fort, Maradana, Narahenpita, Nugegoda, Maharagama, Pannipitiya, Kottawa, Homagama, Meegoda, Padukka, Waga, Kosgama, and Avissawella.


Narrow-gauge era

The Kelani Valley line was originally built from Colombo to Yatiyanthota via Avissawella during 19001902. It was branched off at Avissawella and extended up to Opanayaka via Ratnapura (completed in 1912). Originally built as a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow-gauge line to serve the rubber plantations in the area, the railway line between Avissawella and Yatiyanthota was removed in 1942, the line from Homagama to Opanayaka abandoned in 1973.

The services were restarted up to Avissawella in 1978.

Gauge conversion

In 1992, a project was started to convert the line to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in). The project was finally completed up to Avissawella (58 km or 36 mi) in 1996. The tracks beyond were completely dismantled leaving only ruined stations, bridges, and bunds.

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Last Update On : 01st Thursday April, 2021

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