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|Year and Month||05th February 2017|
|Number of Days||One day|
|Crew||Two-Myself and Chamara|
|Transport||Three wheel and walking along the rail track|
|Activities||Rail hike, Visiting wild elephants and photography|
|Route||Gal Oya junction (ගල් ඔය හන්දිය)->Agbo Pura (අග්බෝපුර) railway station|
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If someone asks about the longest distance between two railway stations of Sri Lanka, do you know the answer? The longest distance between two railway stations is 25.3km from Gal Oya junction railway station to Agbo Pura railway station. Galoya junction station is the place where Batticalo and Trincomale railway line get separated. There was a railway station at Aluth Wewa (in between these two) and it was closed 30 years ago.
Special feature is this part of Trinco line is margined with Kaudulla NP (12km from Gal Oya junction) and Somawathiya NP (10km from Gal Oya junction). There is a high possibility of visiting wild Elephants and other wild animals in this rail walk. Therefore the speed limit is about 20kmph in most places.
It was continuation (2nd part) of rail walk in dry zone. Chamara has visited Polonnaruwa for Omanugala visiting in previous day and we have reached Minneriya early morning. Following breakfast we inquired about the bus to reach Gal Oya junction but it is scheduled at 8.30am. Then we hired a threewheel and came to Gal Oya junction station.
Weather was prefect and we started the rail walk to reach Agbo Pura railway junction. As usual we snapped rail way line with different angles, bridges and tried to capture some wild animals while they were crossing the railway line. Like previous sections of rail walk in dry zone this part also have less human activities. Main reason is due to national parks. According to history there was a station at Aluth Oya but closed 30years ago. We could notice the old entrance to Kaudulla National park as well. We have crossed Yodha Ela twice. One important thing is a slow train has stopped when we were capturing it at railway line. The driver and the guard blamed us for walking on railway line while train is coming. At one place railway line get closer to the A6 road and then deviates.
Agbo Pura town and station are situated close each other. We started the journey around 8am and spent 6 hours and 30minutes for this rail walk.
Enjoy the photographs of the journey: