NINE ARCHES RAILWAY BRIDGE

The Nine Arches Railway Bridge is one of Ella’s most beautiful tourist attractions. Almost all foreign visitors to Ella make a point of visiting the Nine Arches Railway Bridge. Because of the war, transporting steel from England was extremely difficult. As a result, British and Ceylon railway engineers considered using inland materials to build bridges on the Badulla side. As a result, three arches, four arches, and nine arches bridges were built between Ella and Demodara Railway Stations.

The Nine Arches Railway Bridge stands 300 feet (91.44 meters) tall and 25 feet (7.62 meters) wide. And the railway track and the nine arches bridge are built to a scale of 1:44, with a 9-degree curve and a 30-foot distance between the bridge’s two columns. They made cement blocks from a mixture of cement, sand, and stone in a 3:2:1 ratio. H.R. Marwood designed the architectural plan, while Harry Charnly was the Assistant Engineer and D.J. Wimalasoorendara was the Ceylon railway engineer. During the construction of the bridge, Harry Charnly fell from a shuttle and died instantly. His body was laid to rest at St. Andrew’s Church in Badulla.

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