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Sri Lanka Railways

Sri Lanka Railways –

The Sri Lanka Railway Department (more commonly known as Sri Lanka Railways (SLR)) (Sinhala: Śrī Laṃkā Dumriya Sēvaya; Tamil: இலங்கை புகையிரத சேவை Ilankai Pugaiyiradha Sēvai) is Sri Lanka’s railway owner and primary operator. As part of the Sri Lankan government, it is overseen by the Ministry of Transport. Founded in 1858 as the Ceylon Government Railway, it operates the nation’s rail and links the capital, Colombo, with other population centres and tourist destinations.


Sri Lanka Railways ( SLR ) is a government department functioning under the Ministry of Transport. It is a major transport service provider and is the only rail transport organization in the country. SLR transports both passenger and freight. At its inception, railway was carrying more freight than passenger. But today, it is passenger oriented. SLR’s market share for passenger transport is about 6.0 % and about 0.7 % for goods transport.

In Sri Lanka, the service provided by SLR in carrying the daily commuters to their workplaces, is inevitable. Sri Lanka Railway operates approximately 396 trains which include 67 Long-Distance and 16 Intercity trains and carries about 3.72 Million passengers daily.

SLR owns and maintains 1561km of rail tracks, 72 locomotives,power sets 78, 565 carriages and the signalling network. At present, it has a workforce of 17,634.

Sri Lanka Railways ( SLR ) functions under the General Manager of Railways (GMR). The General Manager reports to the Secretary of the Ministry of Transport.

SLR has been divided into ten Sub Departments and three Units. Sub departments are managed by the Heads of the Sub Departments who reports directly to the General Manager of Railways.


To be the most sought after land transport provider in Sri Lanka, providing unsurpassed value to our stakeholders.


Provision of safe, reliable and punctual rail transport service for both passenger and freight traffic, economically and efficiently.

Contact Details 

Head of the Organization

  • Mr. M.J.D Fernando
    General Manager of Railways
    General Information
  • Telephones : +94 11 4 600 111
  • Fax Nos : +94 11 2 446490
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Railway Head Office Exchange Number – +94 11 4 600 111
  • Fort Railway Station Inquiries – +94 11 2 434215
  • Deputy Operating Superintendent – +94 11 2 687099
  • Assistant Transportation Superintendent (Operation) – +94 11 2 692286

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