'Denuwara Menike' luxury train to Badulla makes its debut today | Daily News


'Denuwara Menike' luxury train to Badulla makes its debut today

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The 'Denuwara Menike', an S-14 class locomotive train was newly added to the Sri Lanka Railways commenced operations today from Colombo to Badulla.

The launching ceremony of the train service was held at the Fort Railway station with the participation of Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga and the train left for Badulla from Fort Railway Station at 6.45 a.m last morning. Former Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva also took part in the event.

According to the daily schedule of the new train, it departed Colombo Fort at 6:45 am and is expected to reach Badulla railway station at 3:27p.m and the train will depart from Badulla following day at 7:20 a.m and will reach Colombo Fort at 4:30pm.

This will comprises two first class compartments, two second class compartments and three third class compartments.

The Railways Department said that the seats to all these classes could be reserved in advance.

 The release said that the train consists of two air-conditioned (AC) compartments, two-second class compartments and three third-class compartments including a canteen.

The express train will stop at Polgahawela, Rambukkana, Peradeniya, Kandy, Gampola, Nawalapitiya, Hatton, Talawakelle, Nanu Oya, Ambewela, Pattipola, Haputale, Diyatalawa, Bandarawela, Ella, Demodara and Badulla.

The first class ticket fare on AC compartments is Rs.1,700 for Badulla from Colombo Fort, the second class ticket fare is Rs.1,000 and the third class ticket fare is Rs.700.

According to the Railways Department, all the compartments of this luxury train would be equipped with television and mobile phone charging facilities would be available in the air-conditioned first class compartment.

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