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CEYLON RAILWAY HERITAGE
CEYLON RAILWAY HERITAGE
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K.A.D. NANDASENA - VINODH WICKREMERATNE
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9789550093137
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THE AUTHORS WERE MINDFUL TO INCLUDE A FEW DETAILS USEFUL TO CEYLON RAILWAY ENTHUSIASTS. IT WILL BE WELL TO NOTE THAT BRITISH COFFERS WERE ENRICHED SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE VICTORIAN ERA BY WAY OF LARGE REVENUES FROM THE COFFEE AND TEA PLANTATIONS OF COLONIAL CEYLON. THE RAILWAY LINES NEEDED FOR THE TRANSPORT OF COFFEE AND TEA HAD TO TRAVERSE THROUGH ONE OF THE MOST ENDURING TERRAINS TO FULFIL THE REQUIREMENTS OF THESE PLANTATIONS.THE MAGNIFICENT ENGINEERING FEAT IN LAYING THE RAILWAY TRACKS THROUGH SRI LANKA’S MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN IS EVIDENCED BY THE METICULOUS EXCAVATIONS OF TUNNELS,BRIDGING VALLEYS WITHCURVILINEAR TRACKS EVEN INSIDE TUNNELS DUE TO THE GEOLOGICAL FEATURES OF THE MOUNTAINSCAPE, THUS LINKING THE MOUNTAINS WITH VIADUCTS AND SPANNING THE VALLEYS WITH INGENIOUSLY DESIGNED BRIDGE.
THE MAIN LINE TO THE PLANTATIONS WAS NAMED THE “UP COUNTRY LINE”.THIS, NOT ONLY SHOWCASED THE CHALLENGES OVERCOME BY THE RAILWAY ENGINEERS OF THE COLONIAL PERIOD, BUT ALSO THE SENSITIVITY WITH WHICH THEY PLANNED ITS EXECUTION, SAFEGUARDING THE SCENIC BEAUTY OF SRI LANKA’S MOUNTATINOUS LANDSCAPE.IT IS, INDEED,A DEDICATED TESTIMONY TO THE APPLICATION OF BOLD AND INGENIOUS ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS OF THE HIGHEST ORDER UPON THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE WITH MINIMAL INTERVENTION IN ORDER TO SAFEGUARD THE RUGGED LANDSCAPE OF GREAT BEAUTY
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