.The creenshot shows the official website which is recommended to be referred before train travel in srilanka.
Today i came from Galle to Dehiwala by the Matara - Colombo express train.
I got the information about the schedule from the website http://www.railway.gov.lk
The railway website was simply designed and extremely accurate as well, i am really impressed by the professionalism shown by these people. Awesome stuff!
It was scheduled to start from galle at 3.45pm . Instead though it was at the station by 3.30pm , it started travelling only at 3.55pm . A slight delay of 10mts which can be neglected.
It came to moratuwa at 6.04pm , and according to schedule it was to arrive at 6.05pm. So it was on the dot.
It came to dehiwala at 6.16 pm while scheduled arrival was 6.19pm .
Lets now compare the average sped of travel by this particular train.
Distance from galle to moratuwa = 100Km
Time taken = 2 hrs 10mts approx
Average speed between moratuwa and galle = 46Km/hr
Accurate Distance moratuwa and dehiwala (from wikimapia.com) = 8.7 Km
Time taken = 12mts
Average speed = 43.5Km/hr
The conclusion that it is awesome stuff . In times where train is not crowded e.g. From galle to colombo in the evening (colombo to galle in the morning) , It is recommemded to take the train if both bus and train options are available at the same time. It is safer than bus, more relaxing and a great way to enjoy the beauty of the coastal beaches, swamps, rivers and lagoons of srilanka.
It is also much faster as my experience shows. Ofcourse it is assumed that this kind of professionalism is maintained through out by SRD .