Slave Island railway station

Slave Island Railway Station (also known as Kompanna Vidiya Railway Station) is a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It serves the Slave Island area in the centre of the city. It is served by commuter rail. The station building is significant for its historic architecture.

Slave Island Railway Station
Coordinates6°55'25.12"N 79°50'58.60"E
Owned bySri Lanka Railways
Line(s)Coastal Line
Platforms2
Tracks2
Electrifiedno[1]
Services
Commuter Rail

History

Slave Island Station was built during the colonial era. It was built in the 1870s, under the government of Governor William Henry Gregory. The Coastal Line was originally designed across the Galle Face Green, but due to requests by the public to avoid the promenade, an alternate route was made through Slave Island. The Slave Island Railway station was built shortly after the construction of the track.[2]

In 1913 it became the first station on the Coastal Line to have a double platform.[2]

Architecture

The station carries significant architectural and historic value. The station displays stylish arches, intricate woodwork and metal installations, and the signature Victorian mixing of iron and stone. According to Sirisena Rajapkashe, author of The History of Sri Lankan Railways, the architecture of the station was influenced by the era stations on the Liverpool-Manchester line and the London-Birmingham line in Britain.[2]

The station is now a historic building that receives preservation support by the John Keells Foundation. John Keells also supports the restoration of worn-out features.[2] Part of the work also involves the ambience of the station building; lights, paint, and paving are being improved for a better environment for commuters.[3]

Location

Located in the Slave Island area, just east of the Galle Face Green, the station sits in a commercial locale with business establishments, hotels, and shopping centers.[2]

Services

Slave Island is served by commuter rail services of Sri Lanka Railways.

Preceding station Sri Lanka Railways[4] Following station
Secretariat Halt   Commuter Rail   Kollupitiya

References

  1. "Daily News". IESL proposes railway electrification project. 2010-12-25. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08.
  2. "Protecting historic Slave Island Railway Station". Community/Livelihood Development. John Keells Group. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  3. "JKH says committed to protect historic Slave Island Railway Station". The Sunday Times. 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  4. "Sri Lanka Railways Timetable" Archived 2012-01-04 at the Wayback Machine

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