Photo gallery
Sri Lanka Railways
nostalgia and diversity on the tracks

Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is a tropical island southeast of India in the Indian Ocean, a country with fantastic landscapes that can offer everything from the tropics, the beach and the sea to the cool upcountry. The rail network went into operation in several sections during the British colonial period. The first section from Colombo to Ambepussa was opened in 1864. The Sri Lanka Railways are still "very British" with gantries, semaphores, traditional signal boxes, station pedestrian bridges and platform roofs. And even more nostalgia arises when you buy your train ticket. You will receive an Edmondson ticket in a beautiful purple color. The rolling stock, on the other hand, is international and some vehicles in active service would have been replaced in other countries long ago. Since there are no electrified routes (as at 2020), you can admire diesel locomotives and diesel multiple units from Germany, England, France, Canada, India, Japan, South Korea and China in Sri Lanka.

A lot of railway stations in Sri Lanka are colorfully decorated and that is not graffiti smear, but beautifully painted pictures, preferably related to the "Wonder in Asia", as Sri Lanka likes to call itself, or to the railroad. Pay attention to the decoration of the platforms. In flower pots of various sizes there are bushes, herbaceous perennials and flowers right on the platform that delight the eye and invite you to discover them.

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This photo gallery shows only passenger trains, freight trains and mixed trains, yes, there are also still there, on the coastal line (Colombo - Kalutara - Ambalangoda - Hikkaduwa - Galle), the main line (Colombo - Ragama - Gampaha - Polgahawela - Peradeniya - Kandy - Nanu Oya - Ella - Demodara - Badulla) and the Puttalam line (Ragama - Negombo - Chilaw - Puttalam).

Some Photos have a corresponding Video clip. If you prefer to see motion instead of a HD image then you should switch to Video to photo summary. There you will find videos which are listed in the same sequence as the photos and which are uploaded to the Internet. Please note that as starting sequence the parameter will exported to show only rail traffic and trains on Sri Lankan tracks. You are welcome to Modify as to your personal preference and then rebuild the overview again. Following on from the picture gallery, there are explanations and requirements. Further pages can be found on the subject of railways, train and locomotives.

If you want to admire the Japanese Shinkansen high speed trains, please change to the railway gallery Japan. Also the railway traffic in Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia were joined into a separate national gallery due to the huge choice of available pictures. All other countries are summarized in the international photo gallery. The steam locomotives mustnít be missing, but they have as well their own national galleries, one is reserved for German steam trains, another for Japanese steam train operations. Although there are only 3 operational steam locomotives in Sri Lanka, they have their own gallery, because an organized journey will cause a lot of beautiful pictures in a magnificent landscape. Chinese factory and coal mine railways were also spun off and joined together in its China winter steam gallery, because the amount of available photos is simply too intensive to show them in the regular steam locomotive gallery. All other steam locomotives and trains pictures are joined together in the worldwide photo gallery.

No photo gallery? Worth knowing about technology and program
If your operating system doesnít build the photo gallery, but instead displays a warning that restricts the display of active content, allow the blocked risk. The navigation, the selection menus of the photo gallery as well as the control of the gallery pages are completely written in javascript, which triggers the browser to display this warning. Furthermore, since version 3.0 the entire screen is designed in container technology with a maximum of 5 areas, which are set visible or kept hidden depending on the screen width. Same width also determines how many shots can be shown in a row and automatically adjusts to it when you refresh the screen, similar to your Windows Explorer. Due to the variable structure of the gallery, unfortunately, no headings can be given any longer, which area will be displayed next. The photo gallery itself as one on the 5 subsections is displayed with dynpro subscreen technology, means that in the screen encircled container 2 other containers are connected in the top left position. One of these sub-container shows as transparent background image the Canadian Giant M4 747 reaching Wadduwa station on track 3; the other container contains the text. The wallpaper in the background is fixed with 100% x-axis and 100% y-axis and 3800 pixels, the text container calculates its depth itself. Depending to your screen configuration, one container is displayed deeper than the other, so there it at the bottom an overpowering beyond the edge of one of the containers. In normal cases the wallpaper should finish deeper than the text.

Some patience, please note
The pictures of the photo gallery are extremely compressed to 165 * 110 pixels, thus very fuzzy, but this is the intention. By clicking the frame you will get the actual size with an image resolution of 2250 * 1500 pixels and the detailed data to the picture. You can click the graphics right away, the second screen will open, but it may be that your Internet browser will load all the photos in the gallery before the single photo is activated in the zoom. Also note that your computer may issue a warning about active elements in the background. Without activation and during charging, the zoom screen remains black, which is not a program error, it is just the background color. Please be patient. How the photo description is structured and which possibilities you have in operating the system, is shortly summarized in the guidance to the photo.

Enthusiasts and railway experts
Railway fans are welcome to contribute additional data, since the author doesnít consider himself a professional for example concerning classes or history of a locomotive. Through our link summary you can access to other interesting galleries and presentations on the topic of steam locomotive and railway on the Internet. Webmasters, companies, railway stations, associations, museums, clubs, organizations, who like to be linked to our list, we offer the chance to cross reference by exchanging links to your presentation. Would you like to participate ?

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