Gampaha railway station

Gampaha railway station is a railway station in the western city of Gampaha in Sri Lanka. The station is served by Sri Lanka Railways, which is the state-run railway operator.

Gampaha Railway Station
LocationGampaha
Sri Lanka
Coordinates07°05′36.8″N 79°59′37.3″E
Owned bySri Lanka Railways
Line(s)Main Line
Other information
Station codeGPH
ElectrifiedNo

Location

Gampaha railway station is located in the centre of Gampaha and is located next to the Henarathgoda Botanical Garden. Also Bandaranaike International Airport and Colombo Fort Station are about 15 and 28 kilometres away from Gampaha railway station respectively. It is the 15th station on the Main Line from Colombo Fort railway station with elevation of 10.97m high above mean sea level.[1]

Station has three platforms and one siding line with crossing loop and it is designed as a commuter rail terminus.

History

In 1864, British colonists built this station as Henarathgoda railway station to facilitate the transportation of Tea and Coffee from the hill country to Colombo.[2] In 1926, the station upgraded with double rail line and became a main railway station in the country.

Later, the original station abandoned and it moved to current location with its present name, Gampaha railway station. But old Henarathgoda station is still visible on the line approximately 100 m away from the present station.[1] Currently this old Henarathgoda Railway Station Building serve as the Department of Archaeology Gampaha regional office.[3]

Continuity

Preceding station   Sri Lanka Railways   Following station
Daraluwa   Main Line   Yagoda

See also

References

  1. "Gampaha Railway Station". podimenike. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  2. "Henarathgoda Old Railway Station". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). Wijeya Newspapers. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  3. "Henarathgoda old railway station". Daily news. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
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