Sri Lanka has about 1,440 route-km of railway and like South Africa; the system is 150 years old. To mark this, the Sri Lanka National Railway Museum, currently situated at the old Colombo Terminus Railway Station in Maradana, is being relocated to the city of Kadugannawa.
Construction (on a six-acre site) is to go ahead with financial assistance from China. The new facility will bring all the preserved railway equipment currently spread across the country under one roof. The museum will display all types of locomotives, coaches, wagons and trolleys used since the founding of the Sri Lanka Railway.
The museum – to open in 2014 – is to feature an air-conditioned auditorium, souvenir shops and restaurants.