Rambukkana railway station

Rambukkana Railway Station is a railway station in the Kegalle District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka. The station is served by Sri Lanka Railways, which is the state-run railway operator.

Rambukkana Railway Station

රඹුක්කන දුම්රිය ස්ථානය
View from Rambukkana Railway Station
LocationRailway Station Road, Rambukkana-Katupitiya Road, Rambukkana
Sri Lanka
Owned bySri Lanka Railways
Line(s)Main Line
PlatformsTwo side platform
ConnectionsVia SLTB Central Bus Stand and Private Bus Stand
Other information
Station codeRBK

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,[1] 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.[2]

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.[2] 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.[3]


Preceding station   Sri Lanka Railways   Following station
Yatagama   Main Line   Kadigamuwa

See also


  1. Lelwela, D. C. (14 November 2012). "Rules ignored causing worst ever accident - The Kandy-Colombo Intercity Train follows Newton's Law of Gravity". The Island. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  2. Dr David Hyatt (2000). "Railways of Sri Lanka" (PDF). Comrac. ISBN 0-9537304-0-9.
  3. Antony, J (12 September 2006). "Up Country railway line extended, but shortcomings remain". The Island. Retrieved 19 June 2017.

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