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Matale line

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Type  Regional rail
Status  Functioning
Stations  20 stations
System  Sri Lanka Railways
Locale  Sri Lanka
Owner  Sri Lanka Railways
Matale line
Termini  Peradeniya Junction Matale

matale line local train departs kandy station

Inaugurated in 1880, the Matale line (sometimes referred to as the Kandy line) is a branch railway line in Sri Lanka. Operated by Sri Lanka Railways, the line includes some of the busiest rail services in the country.



The 28.2 km (17.5 mi) route was surveyed between 1875 and 1877. In May 1878 the contract to construct the rail line was issued to David Reid for Rs. 1,782,408. The total estimated cost of the Matale extension amounted to Rs. 3,300,000, being a rate of Rs. 189,247 per mile. The line was opened for traffic on 4 October 1880 by the Governor, Sir James Longden, eight months earlier than the contract date, for which Reid was given a Rs. 35,000 bonus.

Route definition

The Matale line begins at Peradeniya Junction and runs east towards Kandy Railway Station. It then turns north and runs through Katugastota and Wattegama before reaching the Matale District. It passes through Ukuwela before terminating at the Matale Railway Station.


The Matale line has a gauge of 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge.The line is not electrified. Regular services run on diesel power.


Matale line Wikipedia

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