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The electronic departures & arrivals board is just out of shot on the extreme left of the photo.
2nd & 3rd class on classic trains 1st class observation cars, Colombo to Tea Country Chinese-built blue train, Colombo to Kandy & Tea Country S11 diesel trains from Colombo to Galle & Matara 2nd & 3rd class in newer cars on the northern lines Night Mail 1st class berths Night Mail 2nd & 3rd class sleeperetts Privately-run Exporail car Privately-run Rajadhani car The typical Sri Lankan mainline train has 2nd & 3rd class unreserved seats in elderly brown coaches like this...
Taking the train is a great & inexpensive way to get around, the train journeys are real cultural experiences and the most scenic routes will be highlights of your visit - in particular the wonderful journey from Colombo to Kandy and up into Tea Country and the coastal train ride from Colombo to Dutch colonial Galle.
British visitors will find the stations, signal boxes and old red semaphore signals very familiar!
Doors and windows usually remain wide open, the trains seldom exceed 50mph...
A 1st class observation car is attached to the rear of train 1007/1008 on the amazingly scenic route from Colombo to Hatton, Nanuoya, Elle, Haputale & Badulla, and to several other trains on that route, see the timetable here.
Allegedly open - but possibly until , closed for lunch -. That's the station building on the left of this photo.
From the front of the station, you walk through one of several passageways past a ticket barrier onto platform 3, which is the platform visible on the left of this photo. The central footbridge - from which this photo was taken - connects mainline platforms 3-6.
The Man in Seat 61 says "If you can get tickets for it, the 1st class observation car is the best way to experience and photograph the journey from Colombo up into Tea Country.
2nd & 3rd class cars are not air-conditioned and come with large opening windows.
Luggage up to back-pack sized fits on the overhead racks, or in the 2nd class cars there's also a floor to ceiling luggage rack for larger items.
It's not air-conditioned, so the side windows open, ideal for viewing & photography.
Don't expect any catering, so bring your own food & drink.