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Valachchenai Railway Station Contact Number, Sri Lanka

Name : Valachchenai Railway Station
Location : Valachchenai
Distance from Fort : -
Phone Number : 065-2257718
Web : [email protected]

Valachchenai Train Station and Batticaloa Line Overview

Overview
OwnerSri Lanka Railways
TerminiMaho Junction to Batticaloa
Stations31
Service
TypeInter-city rail and regional rail
SystemSri Lanka Railways
ServicesUdaya Devi Express Train, Pulathisi Intercity Express
Operator(s)Sri Lanka Railways
History
Opened1928
Technical
Line length212 km (132 mi)
Number of tracks1
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
ElectrificationNo

What is Batticaloa Line?

The Batticaloa line is a railway line in Sri Lanka. Branching off the Northern line at Maho Junction, the line heads east through North Central Province and south-easterly through Eastern Province before terminating at the eastern city of Batticaloa. The line is 212 kilometres (132 mi) long and has 31 stations. The line opened in 1928. There were no services on the Polonnaruwa-Batticaloa stretch of the line between 31 October 1996 and 12 April 2003 due to the civil war. The Udaya Devi service operates on the line.

Route definition

The Batticaloa line runs through the North Central and Eastern Provinces, connecting Mahawa (Maho Junction) on the Northern Line with the eastern city of Batticaloa.

The line runs east of Maho Junction towards Habarana. At Habarana, the construction of a new line to connect to Kurunegala has been proposed in June 2013 to cut short journey times between Colombo and Batticaloa-line destinations. East of Habarana, the Trincomalee Line diverges off the Batticaloa line at Gal Oya towards the port city of Trincomalee. The Batticaloa line continues south-east towards Polonnaruwa before continuing to Batticaloa terminus.

History

The Batticaloa line opened in 1928, as a light railway. Only locomotives with light axel loads were used on the line.

In the 1950s, the route was upgraded to support broad-gauged operation, under the administration of then CGR General Manager B. D. Rampala. Sharp curves and steep gradients were eased, as well as the change to heavier rails, to match the rest of the system.

Between 31 October 1996 and 12 April 2003, there were no services on the Polonnaruwa-Batticaloa stretch of the line, due to the civil war.

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Last Update On : 01st Thursday April, 2021

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