" Once upon a time... ”
By Yasas Ratnayake
Various Royalists of yore would recall, even today, to their children and grandchildren the total annual pilgrimage to Kandy every Royalist viewed, and still looks forward to. But in home buying of older, where Royalist traditions were followed with enormous satisfaction and tremendous passion, the annual visit to the Bogambara stadium was one full of adventure, color, and festivity. While this Bradby revelers from Colombo journey throughout the crowded streets of Gampaha and Warakapola and snake through the changes and transforms of the hilly terrains of Pilimathalawa and Kadugannawa, the Old Boys of yesteryear talk about an entirely distinct experience that today's Royalists would have hardly ever heard of. It had been an experience that all Royalists people looked forward to more than actual game itself. It absolutely was a journey that kindled the very essence of the perception of adventure that slumbers inside every person young and old. It was an experience that, much more than 20 years since its inescapable halt, lives on to this day throughout the unforgettable memories it provided to those who were lucky enough to live it. It had been...... A train. A Bradby train.
Modern-day ubiquitous practice of traveling in buses of older boy groups and private automobiles only received popularity when the Bradby Teach was forced to a cease due to the appearing state of civil warfare in the country. The security of important lives came before virtually any tradition, regardless of old or venerated, and because of this, the tradition of the Bradby Coach never saw the light of day following the mid 1980's. But even though the tradition was stopped, the memories injury around it were never erased. The imagery with the captivating emerald green paddy domains of Polgahawela, the experience of feeling the wind of Kadugannawa's rolling hillsides with its amazing creeks, waterfalls, and crispy fresh air, and the exciting tales of shouting at the top of the lungs at night and mystical railway passageways of the...