Train carriages to be made locally

  • 6 Dec 2005 01:35:29 GMT


    As far as there are good persons like you live/born in Shri Lanka. We can walk all over you.

    Why don`t you make Bus that could carry multiple dead bodies? That would be useful.

  • 6 Dec 2005 01:45:50 GMT

    Before making rail carriages in SL how about making push bicycles first to see if at least they can be ridden on!

  • 6 Dec 2005 02:59:33 GMT

    It is indeed a good idea. Hope they build proper toilets with lockable doors, running water and light. Also ideally if they could build lockers for each passenger to lock up their belongings it is really fine. If you are traveling alone, you can`t even go to the toilet because when you come back your belongings may have gone.

    Some time one has to peep out of the toilet door in a very precarious position(even otherwise most of the time it cannot be locked)to make sure that your belongings are still there. Also use the toilet when the train is moving at maximum speed to reduce the chance of losing the belongings.

    In CGR it is always ideal for two to travel together, because one may be necessary, especially when you are a female, to keep the toilet door closed while the other one uses it.

    Other important place is the `baffat`. Let them make the passengers to bring their own cups and also to enlarge the size of the `Hole` through which one can pull out the coffee or tea (in fact both taste the same). Can they also improve the quality of `maalu paang` and banis.

    Then in front of each seat they must build a containers for spitting so that innocent passengers are spared of some one`s spit on their faces.

    Could they also fix real fans that could rotate and make cool air for the sweating masses? Same with lights too, really working bulbs. May be total darkness is good for many, but yet it could be a problem for some innocent passengers.

    The seat should be made of cut resistant materials so that children can play with blades etc, without damaging the seats.

    Can they build separate carriages for beggars and musicians and any kind hearted souls could go there and express their compassion, love and generosity?

    As AnuD says, because they could not build good carriages because of the LTTE, so let us build a separate carriage for the LTTE too.

    I am sure when AnuD gets constipated, for that too he would blame the LTTE. His mind is pre-occupied with the thoughts of LTTE. Next birth no doubt that he will be a LTTEer.


  • 6 Dec 2005 06:07:51 GMT

    Nada, I don`t know about the other features of the CGR carriages but they sure had running water and built in waterfalls. Any one who was a train traveller and travelled by train in the rain would know!!

  • 6 Dec 2005 16:29:54 GMT

    I hope Fowzie Nana reads this as well. A couple of years ago I made a trip to Badulla with my family. The train had a very brief stop at Weyangoda. In the nick of a minute my bag, and my brothers bags were stolen in lightning speed.

    We saw who took them but to no avail we had no chance of stopping the culprit as he vanished in to the Station. Meanwhile the train had already started it`s journey. Long story short, my brother and I had to make do with what we wore for the night since the shops at that time were all closed.

    Dear Fowzie Nana, just a suggestion for you.Why don`t you take a leaf from the American system of Air travel and install train Marshall`s on our trains. I`m sure the commuter will be more thank full to you for this action than you trying to fix the 50 year old ceiling fan.

  • 7 Dec 2005 10:46:05 GMT

    Do they manufacture any Bullet Proof trains? or bullet proof bicycles?

    Certainly CBK would love to add a couple of these to her fleet of vehicles when she goes on her big holiday.

  • 7 Dec 2005 12:34:13 GMT

    Train carriages were built at rathmalana many years ago at a fraction of cost to import same (in 1980?s) using older chassis. They were OK for the price we had to spend. Beside, our trains run below 40km per Hour so even a `Dakkuwa` can run on those rails.

    What is really required is to rehabilitate the existing Railroads to standard capable of running at speeds to meet the needs of the day and extend the railway network all over the country. The Politicos make big noises about meaningless proposals to please the electorate but don`t see beyond.

    It is the same with the Highways. There is no way to improve the traffic conditions of this country unless and until we have a modern and effective Road network, no matter what our politicians say. Proper Road network, Power and communication means is the key to solve country`s problem, not `Plaster suggestions` of the Politicians.

    Secondly, stop importing older vehicles, make it mandatory to test and pass vehicles before annual registration and either remove or reduce drastically taxes levied on importing new vehicles.

    We will then have a cleaner transport system that is efficient, less costly and environment friendly.

  • 7 Dec 2005 15:58:45 GMT

    Looks like most of the members of this forum see only the negative side and the others blast them. In some of the discussions, it`s just personal information and nothing related to the topic.

    This is a very good idea if Fowzie can overcome the bureaucracy and other obstacles. It will retain a lot of money in Sri Lanka and improve the skills of those who involve in the process.

    As far as I experienced, Fowzie has been an effective minister in every portfolio he had..

    Go Fowzie...

  • 7 Dec 2005 18:09:01 GMT

    Sounds good.

    but ensrue no stuffs are taken home of those fellows who would want to put up a storey to their houses within.

    guide lines

    no commission,

    no matiya

    no lo quality matrials

    no napotism

    no increase of transport charges.

    implementations suggested

    new jobs

    quality products

    assure availabity of spare parts

    assure durability

    save foreign currency and import new engines for those money

    habai, kiyanakota ehemai, koranakota mehemai beha.

  • 7 Dec 2005 18:16:20 GMT

    ``Secondly, stop importing older vehicles, make it mandatory to test and pass vehicles before annual registration and either remove or reduce drastically taxes levied on importing new vehicles.``

    on the face of it a valid point, but folks who cant buy newer vehicles are also the ones who are at the lower end of the scale. you`ll push a sizeable chunk of the population to use Public Transport overnight. rough deal for the poor.