S14 diesel trainset supplied to Sri Lanka by CRRC Qingdao Sifang

SRI LANKA: The first of nine S14 diesel trainsets being supplied by CRRC Qingdao Sifang has entered revenue service on the Colombo Fort – Badulla line, which has a journey time of 8 h 43 min.

S14 diesel trainset supplied to Sri Lanka by CRRC Qingdao Sifang

Sri Lankan Railways ordered the 120 km/h trains using financing from a US$79·8m Chinese sovereign loan.

Each S14 has two 74 tonne Bo-Bo power cars with a 1 950 hp MTU 12V 4000 R41 diesel engine, plus seven intermediate coaches. There are two first class air-conditioned cars with a capacity of 88 passengers, two second class cars to carry 96 people and three third class cars able to accomodate 216 passengers.

S14 diesel trainset supplied to Sri Lanka by CRRC Qingdao Sifang

The trains are equipped with a passenger information system, and the first class cars have entertainment screens. There are also wheelchair accessible toilets.

  • An in-depth article on the modernisation of Sri Lanka’s railway network appeared in the August 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.