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The Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) and a leading vehicle manufacturing company in Sri Lanka launched a special vehicle transporting system by using a train with several cars from Polgahawela to Hunupitiya Railway station in Kelaniya today.

A senior officer for the SLR said this system would reduce the vehicle transporting cost, time and the mounting traffic on roads with heavy vehicle carriers.

“As per the first ever launch, we transported four cars and we hope to expand the facilities to transport vehicles up to 30 at a time. Thereafter, we are planning to expand the vehicle transportation island wide,” he said.

He said that if the new system turned out to be a success, the SLR would deploy dedicated trains to transport vehicles in future.  

“We modified a wagon with loading and unloading functions as well as loading and unloading pits at the railway stations. After loading vehicles we tightened each and every vehicle with security belts to make the vehicles stable and secure in the wagon,” the official said.

A reasonable cost would be charged for transport after the system was implemented. (Chaturanga Pradeep-DM Online)
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  • Sam Friday, 13 December 2013 01:17 AM

    Good Move Similar system can be added to transport fuel and Flour from Trinco to Colombo and elsewhere. Then the Roads will be free and can have long life time.

    sena Friday, 13 December 2013 01:45 PM

    Hope we can have our own vehicle transported to Nanuoya and save fuel cost to have a tireless journey up country in the future.

    sarath Saturday, 14 December 2013 01:13 AM

    Please tell us your priority list for the govt to act. govt will take you as an adviser. for some any thing is wrong and you are one of them

    Goofy Thursday, 12 December 2013 04:26 PM

    That is nice. The cars and soon the railway locomotive will not need drivers.

    shaffaath Friday, 13 December 2013 12:01 PM

    Great news....

    Kelum Saturday, 14 December 2013 03:16 AM

    Fuel and flour from and to Trinco is already being transported by train. It is very economical and efficient transportation system and all parties who involved in that get the benefit of it.

    Rohan Friday, 13 December 2013 12:00 AM

    This is soo very good move. Many countries use trains as a mean of replacing many trucks on roads by carrying goods. They carry only containers sometimes 25 carriages replacing 25 trucks from busy roads. We should expand this to all parts of the country. Well done. via DM Android App

    traveler Friday, 13 December 2013 12:12 AM

    Is this a priority to the nation when we have more serious problems.


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