Colombo to Kandy
Trip Start Feb 10, 2012
22Trip End Mar 05, 2012
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We arrived at the train station where you can step back in time and see how things were done 70 years ago. The ticket office is virtually unchanged since the 1940s and I must say works just fine. Not a computer or electronic device to be seen.
Next another blast from the past are the trains. They are the charming remnants of the trains installed by the British with original fittings. Aircon is a 70 year old fan and the windows pulled right up. The 3 hour trip to Kandy was just lovely with stunning views as we moved into the mountains.
My favorite old fashioned feature however is a cunning device first introduced by the British to prevent head on collisions. There is a section that has only a single track as the terrain is so steep. To stop collisions, a large metal ring about 2 feet across is used. There is only one and it must be carried by the train driver on that section. As the train leaves the last station heading towards the single line the driver must collect the ring, he then leaves it at the next station. This has proved to be foolproof (and so simple)