List of named passenger trains of Sri Lanka

This article contains a list of named passenger trains in Sri Lanka, by operator.

Sri Lanka Railways

Regular Services

In the mid-1950s, Sri Lanka Railways, under the leadership of B. D. Rampala, started to name major passenger services.[1]

  • Udarata Menike (Upcountry Maiden) - No. 1015 & 1016[2]
    • Colombo to Badulla (Runs via Kandy)[3]
  • Podi Menike (Little Maiden) - No. 1005 & 1006[2]
    • Colombo to Badulla (Runs via Kandy)[3]
  • Tikiri Menike (Little Maiden) - No. 1023 & 1024
    • Colombo to Hatton
  • Senkadagala Menike (Maiden of “Senkadagala” – area name) - No. 1035 & 1036
    • Colombo to Kandy
  • Yal Devi (Princess/Queen of Jaffna) - No. 4001 & 4002[2]
    • Mount-Lavinia to Kankasanthurai (Runs via Jaffna) [4][5]
  • Uttara Devi (Princess/Queen of the North) - No. 4017 & 4018 [2]
    • Colombo Fort to Kankasanthurai (Intercity).
  • Udaya Devi or Uthaya Devi (Princess/Queen of the Rise -East) - No. 6011 & 6012[2]
    • Colombo to Batticaloa
  • Rajarata Rejini (Queen(regnant) of the land of kings) - No. 8085, 8086, 4085, & 4086[2]
    • Vavuniya to Matara (Runs via Colombo)
  • Ruhunu Kumari (Princess of “Ruhuna” – southern province) - No. 8058 & 8059[2]
    • Maradana to Matara (Runs via Colombo-fort)
  • Muthu Kumari (Pearl Princess – North East Province -Chilaw) - No. 3427 [2]
    • Panadura to Chilaw (Runs via Colombo-fort)
  • Samudra Devi (Queen of the Oceans) - No. 8760 & 8327[2]
    • Colombo to Galle[6]
  • Galu Kumari (Princess of Galle) - No. 8056 & 8057[2]
    • Maradana to Mathara (Runs via Colombo-fort)
  • Sagarika (Ocean Girl) - No. 8096 & 8097[2]
    • Colombo (Maradana) to Mathara[7]
  • Sri Devi-No. 4003 & 4004
    • Colombo(Fort) to Kankesanthurai
  • Meena Gaya - No. 6079[2]
    • Runs between Colombo and Batticaloa(Intercity)
  • Deyata Kirula - No. 4017 & 4018.[2] Operating since 11 September 2011. Name was changed to Uttara Devi in mid-2015.
    • Operates between Colombo and Kankesanturai
  • Denuwara Manike - No. 1001 & 1002[2]
    • From Colombo Fort to Kandy

Discontinued Services

  • Boat Mail (discontinued since 23 December 1964)[8]
  • Hijra
    • Colombo Fort to Batticaloa via Trincomalee

Special Services

Airport & Aviation Services

J.F. Tours & Travels

  • Viceroy Special - Colombo to Kandy, Badulla, or Galle; by charter (Tourist excursion train powered by steam)[10]

See also

References

  1. "The Island". Rampala regime in the local Railway History. 2010-07-19.
  2. "Sri Lanka Railways Timetable" Archived 2012-01-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "A beginner's guide to Train travel in Sri Lanka . . ."
  4. http://www.colombopage.com/archive_14B/Oct13_1413188982CH.php
  5. "Dailynews". President requests patriotic citizens: Join us in building Northern rail track. 2009-03-24. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21.
  6. "The Island". Samudra Devi in a Tangle of Love!. 2009-07-12.
  7. "Dailynews". Fifty Sagarika train passengers fined. 2010-10-14.
  8. http://www.irfca.org/faq/faq-seltrain.html Famous Trains
  9. "The Bradby express". Sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
  10. Viceroy Vintage Train Tours
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