Rambukkana railway station
View from Rambukkana Railway Station
|Location||Railway Station Road, Rambukkana-Katupitiya Road, Rambukkana|
|Owned by||Sri Lanka Railways|
|Platforms||Two side platform|
|Connections||Via SLTB Central Bus Stand and Private Bus Stand|
The station is located 114 kilometres (71 mi) from Colombo Fort railway station and 116.82 m (383.3 ft) above sea level. It is the start of the steepest incline along the Colombo - Kandy railway line, between Rambukkana and Kadigamuwa, a climb of 430 m (1,410 ft) over 21 km (13 mi), with the gradient reaching a 1 in 44 slope, and curves of 201 m (659 ft) in radius.
The line was originally double-tracked from Colombo to Rambukkana in 1933 however the section between Polgahawela and Rambukkana was reduced to a single track in 1940 after a bridge on the line was washedaway. This section was only re-instated as double track in 1998, as a result of an increasing numbers of passengers alighting at the station to visit the nearby Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
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