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The Indian power set train of Class S11 consists of modern facilities made its maiden trip from Galle to Matara last morning. Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama, Indian High Commissioner Ashok Sri Kanth and several distinguished invitees join the trip. The train with six compartments has seating capacity for 72 second class passengers and 90 third class passengers. A senior official of the Railways Department said three trains of this model had been imported and orders are placed for 17 more. Pix by By Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk

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  • M6 Friday, 11 March 2011 03:50 AM

    These were used in India for ten years..............

    Siri Friday, 11 March 2011 07:33 AM

    Isn't one 'pocketing' one too many? Even a mere drop of dung fallen in a bucket of milk is never OK.

    Siri Friday, 11 March 2011 07:37 AM

    Hope someone finds a blood relatives of MR in the Central Provinces - so that they too will gain similar facilities.

    Kaycee Friday, 11 March 2011 03:48 AM

    Yeah. Some of them don't fit into the chairs. They must be full of 'commissions'!!!

    tharanga nanayakkara Friday, 11 March 2011 07:45 AM

    well done

    Knight RIder Friday, 11 March 2011 04:00 AM

    What happened the Local Train Manufacturing Project proposed Lawrence "MICRO'' Perera ?

    Denuwan Friday, 11 March 2011 04:01 AM

    This train is broken down in Hikkaduwa today.Sad story................

    Ameen Friday, 11 March 2011 04:12 AM

    Why all the facilites only for MR area.....why not consider other areas.....Very very help fish to gain poor votes from public,,,suba chintanayak

    Gayan Samarasekara Friday, 11 March 2011 04:20 AM

    girls in the third photo are surprisingly beautiful,... heaven on earth.

    sltk2004 Friday, 11 March 2011 04:24 AM

    Some nice dancers too ;)

    Gabriel Friday, 11 March 2011 08:29 AM

    Really Appriciate the effort!, lets build the whole country in the same way, as mentioned by everyone, lets spend the Public money for Public and not for any individualys benifit!!

    Dinesh Friday, 11 March 2011 04:44 AM

    I think they dressed inappropiately,

    m.m.usoof Friday, 11 March 2011 03:49 PM

    extend the train upto kandy. Matara to kandy.

    kumaraya Thursday, 10 March 2011 10:07 PM

    What a song and dance, just to do a small "service" ! These are normal events in other countries and here, its the day of the politicos!!

    Silva Friday, 11 March 2011 05:11 AM


    Dash dissan Friday, 11 March 2011 05:10 PM

    What a song and dance for an event that should be routine.

    observer Friday, 11 March 2011 05:39 AM

    thats a common phenomena in most of the countries...
    after all, its still better seeing some public work happening even with somebody pocketing something out of it(its bad and I accept it)...
    but thats the sad truth we have to understand and live with it..

    some time back, we had no work happening but all the money went to the pockets of politicians...irrespective of the party...

    lanka Friday, 11 March 2011 01:19 AM

    What a waste of public money for doing same thing again and again just for their showoff.

    ZZ Friday, 11 March 2011 05:53 AM

    the train is decorated like a statue in a kovil..

    Karol Friday, 11 March 2011 01:50 AM

    I bet those overhead fans will not be there for very long

    tma Friday, 11 March 2011 01:58 AM

    Lets hope this train will be maintained and kept clean

    the undertaker Friday, 11 March 2011 06:07 AM


    Adaraya Soya Friday, 11 March 2011 02:18 AM

    Nice Nice........well done MR

    haawa Friday, 11 March 2011 02:40 AM

    2opening ceremonies at the two ends of the same line,what a joke! By the way shoudn't the power sets have the Indian flag instead of our flag on it?

    Kochchi Friday, 11 March 2011 02:32 AM

    What is the cost of one train and the cost of inaugaration ceremony?.

    Kamal Friday, 11 March 2011 02:42 AM

    oh pls.......change the on a train doesn't look good.......

    wara Friday, 11 March 2011 02:59 AM

    thanks you India! But we need more help to overhaul our British Railway System!

    rosh Friday, 11 March 2011 06:38 AM

    The design n look of the new DMUs are very awkward. Compare it with those chinese locos, very nice design.

    lionheart Friday, 11 March 2011 03:32 AM

    I reckon the distinguished guests also had distinguished commissions.

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