Down memory lane as Yal Devi forges ahead after 24 years (Special Report)

Down memory lane as Yal Devi forges ahead after 24 years (Special Report)

Written by News 1st

13 Oct, 2014 | 9:48 am

The Yal Devi will resume operations to Jaffna after a lapse of 24 years.

News1st takes a look at this historic endeavour.

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It was in 1895 that a commission was appointed to fulfill the growing need for railway operations for the north. Accordingly, train services commenced from Kurunegala to Anuradhapura from November 1, 1904.

It was on  September  15, 1902 that train services commenced between Kankesanthurai and Chavakachcheri.

Whilst a train service named Yaalpaanam Express was in operation in 1955, it was in the year 1956 that a train named Yal Devi with a diesel engine, was put in place.

From then on, until operations were disrupted owing to the war, the Yal Devi bridged the distance between the north and south.

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