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Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

Whist taking in the breathtaking scenery. Demodara, one of the railway stations along the Colombo-Badulla line, is quite special for its remarkable construction.

Having begun operations in 1921, this station was an engineering feat in the history of railways in Sri Lanka. As a making the level difference by maintaining 1:44 which is maximum allowable gradient in Sri Lankan Railways. The new route reduced the stretch to a length of 3 miles. Wimalasurendra also went on to design the nine arch railway bridge nearby.


How the loop works in that a train travelling from Colombo passes through the Demodara station twice. First it enters the station and passes arround the mountain range to enter the tunnel beneath the railway station to cross the station again. Today, Demodara railway station, situated in the Badulla district of the Uva Province in Sri Lanka at a distance of 172 miles (276.8 kilometres) from Colombo and a height of 2990 ft. (911.61 meters) above sear level, stands as a marvel of railway architecture.
The length of the Demodara tunnel which runs beneath the railway station extends 1049 ft (320 metres).

Nine Arch Bridge

Referance : Sri Lanka The Treasure Island Magazine