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Tourists ride on footboards of express trains

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By Shantha Chandarasiri 

Railway passengers on the upcountry mainline expressed concern over the accidents involving foreign tourists riding on footboards of the express trains.

They pointed out that tourists are in the habit of riding on footboards and taking selfies regardless of their danger, and that several accidents, some of which were fatal, had occurred recently.

In the latest incident, a foreign woman fell down the Podi Minike Express on Sunday (21) near the Ohiya railway station, and in a similar incident about a month ago, an Iranian tourist received serious injuries.

Passengers pointed out that the railway guards and the security service officials should take steps to prevent tourists from taking this risky journey.

  Comments - 19

  • Chryshan Wednesday, 24 April 2024 03:31 PM

    You see only tourists. We have been traveling on footboard for so long and so many died by knocking on posts and falling from train and no action taken. This Ella train is popular because it's open and not enclosed like trains in other countries. Only we should do is advice them to be cautious.

    Rene Wednesday, 24 April 2024 03:46 PM

    Long distance express trains should have Proper doors locking system in place whithout no locking system its a danger to all commuters

    Sokrates Wednesday, 24 April 2024 03:53 PM

    In railway trains in developed countries, the doors can only be opened when the train stops at a station.

    Occupational therapist Wednesday, 24 April 2024 03:58 PM

    There should be a notice to say foot board travelling is a civil offence. Fine Rs 25,000 or 3 months imprisonment

    sam Wednesday, 24 April 2024 04:13 PM

    Arrange to fold the footboards when train moves

    Iwazaru Wednesday, 24 April 2024 04:31 PM

    Let them do what they wish. The type of tourist Sri Lanka get are the footboard types.

    Countryman Wednesday, 24 April 2024 04:47 PM

    Please stay calm no need to make fuss over this - these foreign people pay money for their fun and entertainment.

    M Fernando Wednesday, 24 April 2024 06:41 PM

    Why worry? Government has spent a lot of money to invite "influencers" to improve Sri Lanka's tourism profile. This is how they do it. Losing one or two influencers to a good cause is worth the publicity they generate for the tourist industry.

    Sam Wednesday, 24 April 2024 07:42 PM

    Don't allow these tourists to make Sri Lanka like Bali. Give them a heavy fine.

    Sambo Wednesday, 24 April 2024 08:29 PM

    Our officials in every way are def, blind and dumb until the worst happens.

    Jayantha de silva Wednesday, 24 April 2024 08:30 PM

    If they have guards without balls this is what happens.

    Hiran Wednesday, 24 April 2024 11:34 PM

    Keep the traveller's well informed and warning signs clearly displayed on trains and train stations. Taking selfies on this up country train has become a culture, so let's not act like wet blankets.

    Gabriella Thursday, 25 April 2024 01:16 AM

    What these clowns don’t realise is that there are tree branches that can give them a good wallop if they are not paying attention. It is good fun and exciting until someone gets killed. The police can then arrest the train driver. Problem solved.

    Quintus george Thursday, 25 April 2024 01:24 AM

    Don't worry They are finding the shortest possible way to the cemetery Our menike gives them the eternal rest

    Dr.Jeyaraman Devarajan. Thursday, 25 April 2024 06:43 AM

    Ensuring safety is very important when using public or private transport, is crucial whether you are a local or tourist passenger. It is crucial to provide proper information in all three languages and adequate measures must be taken to monitor those who do not respect safety regulations. For those who do not adhere to safety laws, legal action must be taken.

    WSW Thursday, 25 April 2024 09:43 AM

    Cheap hippies proliferating the island disguised as tourists, indulging in risky behaviour to promote themselves. This is all we could attract, so sad !!

    Imtias Thursday, 25 April 2024 04:09 PM

    Absolute truth. Let them reap what they want.

    Mohan Friday, 26 April 2024 06:46 AM

    It is great fun to travel on foot board in the slow moving upcountry train. But, those who are not strong enough should not try that. I did that when I used to travel from Kandy to Badulla during my A levels. I wouldn't do that now, as a 45 year old.

    Percy Wijenayake Friday, 26 April 2024 08:28 AM

    There is no law in Sri Lanka, and Tourists do what they want, no respect.

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