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The Colombo-Kandy luxury train service, which was expected to begin operations today, was postponed until further notice, the Transport Ministry said today.

Ministry officials said the train service -- Sri Lanka Railway Department’s first luxury train service -- had been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.

The fully air conditioned intercity train service has ten compartments and can accommodate some 200 passengers. The train service would include adjustable seats and entertainment facilities. A one-way ticket is priced at Rs.500.

The train is scheduled to stop at Ragama, Gampaha, Peradeniya Junction and Kandy.
Ministry officials said the special train service would be the first of its kind in Sri Lanka since the Railway Service began in 1864.

The train will run from Friday to Monday and cater to passengers travelling during the weekend providing a further boost for tourism. A private company already operates a luxury train service called Expo Rail which travels to Kandy and back at a much higher ticket price. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
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  • SEANan Monday, 27 May 2013 11:01 AM

    this is great idea and will remove the cgr from any financial issues with the sale of tickets.

    Chanu Monday, 27 May 2013 11:01 AM

    Fort-Kandy train wont be it, without the the fresh wind that comes out of the windows.

    Feeling the change in the temperature, atmosphere is another experience. Dont put A/C.

    Why you need entertainment with the awesome scenaries, people that pass by?

    Dont dedicate a whole traine for this. May be 1 or 2 cabins would do for the local posh elites.

    Foreigners should take the normal one.

    lyza Tuesday, 28 May 2013 12:28 AM

    The addition of ANY kind of service or new line would have been "the first of its kind in Sri Lanka since the Railway Service began in 1864." How much of the train service has been improved since the 1940s ? The rush hour traffic in Colombo is unbearably bad. We need more suburban services (new lines and trains) before we fix seat recliners and AC to the older ones.

    chin Wednesday, 29 May 2013 01:32 AM

    OK. I think your suggestion is more applicable to Badulla Train. Temperature drop is not that much in Kandy.

    BTW, I have traveled in A/C observation unit in Badulu train in 1970s. When we go out of that compartment we enjoyed the real natural cool.

    Mohan Tuesday, 28 May 2013 04:24 AM

    Before they introduce new train services Its high time the railway authorities introduce an online ticket booking system. Priority is given to railweay warrants not to paasengers who want to purchase tickets which will generate more income for the railway. If you step in 10 minutes late after the door is opened thats 10 days before the actual date of travel all berths are prioratised for warrants in the berth booking office.

    Chewing Gum Monday, 27 May 2013 12:19 PM

    100% agree.

    welgama Tuesday, 28 May 2013 03:15 PM

    who said he is a saint
    ur guess is godd as mine

    welgama Tuesday, 28 May 2013 03:21 PM

    decided by expoair

    Dilip Monday, 27 May 2013 01:01 PM

    Politics is a big business rite mr minister?

    Kondebedapucheena Monday, 27 May 2013 01:42 PM

    Pudana kotama kaapi Yaka (Yakada)

    Rohan Tuesday, 28 May 2013 12:00 AM

    That private company must have political influence. via DM Android App

    sobers Tuesday, 28 May 2013 05:39 AM

    First discipline the CGR, One of the worst government departments, If not the fittings will be removed, toilets wouldn't be cleaned, corruption and finally a big loss!

    Cee Jay Tuesday, 28 May 2013 09:28 AM

    Harak Dennek !!!!!

    ela Monday, 27 May 2013 02:13 PM

    ela

    warra Monday, 27 May 2013 10:33 PM

    This is like putting the cat before the horse. in the first place rehabilitate railway stations, have proper electronic ticketing systems and time management. i would rather pay higher and go with expo lanka better service and its private so they work accordingly.

    king of wanathey Monday, 27 May 2013 10:47 AM

    before that can you guys bring up a proper management system
    on 23rd may 2013
    5.45 Col-Kdy delayed by 1 hour and reached Kandy by 10.30 normal time is 9.00. who's responsible for such things???
    so many missed their last buses and struggled a lot

    Jahamanaya Monday, 27 May 2013 10:48 AM

    Refer to last line of the article for details of "unavoidable circumstaces".

    sam Monday, 27 May 2013 10:55 AM

    Please turn that to Hambanthota

    china Monday, 27 May 2013 10:59 AM

    Good. at least for Colombo to minimize the rush !

    saradiyal Monday, 27 May 2013 10:57 AM

    Only things that does not get postponed in this country is perks for politicos


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