1 ‘The Northern Railway’, Jaffna Catholic Guardian, 1 August 1905.
2 Asian Development Bank, United Nations, World Bank, Sri Lanka: Assessment of Needs in Conflict Affected Areas, (May 2003), pp. 46–47. Available at: <http://www.peaceinsrilanka.org>, [accessed 27 November 2011] or on request from the author.
3 Freeman Michael, Railways and the Victorian Imagination (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999); Schivelbusch Wolfgang, The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986).
5 Initially (as in Britain) constructed by private companies, in the 1870s the colonial state assumed direct responsibility for the production and management of the railways. The Indian railways represented the largest single investment by the British empire in any colony. Goswami Manu, Producing India: From Colonial Economy to National Space (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2004).
6 Mukerji Chandra, ‘Intelligent Uses of Engineering and the Legitimacy of State Power’, Technology and Culture, 44 (4), 2003, pp. 655–76.
10 Goswami, Producing India, p. 47.
12 Kerr Ian J., ‘Representation and Representations of the Railways of Colonial and Post-Colonial South Asia’, Modern Asian Studies, 37 (2), 2003, pp. 288–89.
14 See Wilson's account of how road building in the Peruvian highlands was integral to state projects, rendering rural provinces legible and thus governable. Wilson Fiona, ‘Towards a Political Economy of Roads: Experiences from Peru’, Development and Change, 35 (3), 2004, pp. 525–46.
15 Kerr, ‘Representation’, p. 291.
16 See Hansen Thomas Blom and Stepputat Finn, ‘Sovereignty Revisited’, Annual Review of Anthropology, 35, 2006, pp. 295–315.
17 These were the Portuguese (1505–1658), the Dutch (1658–1796), and the British (1796–1948).
18 Perera Niha, Society and Space: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Post-colonial Identity in Sri Lanka (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1998).
19 Jeganathan Pradeep, ‘Authorizing History, Ordering Land: The Conquest of Anuradhapura’, in Jeganathan Pradeep and Ismail Qadri (eds), Unmaking the Nation: The Politics of Identity and History in Modern Sri Lanka (Colombo: Social Scientists’ Association, 1995), p. 115.
20 Perera, Society, p. 45.
21 Munasinghe Indrani, The Colonial Economy on Track: Roads and Railways in Sri Lanka (1800–1905) (Colombo: The Social Scientists’ Association, 2002); Murphey Rhodes, ‘Colombo and the Re-Making of Ceylon’, in Broeze Frank (ed.), Gateways of Asia: Port Cities of Asia in the 13th–20th Centuries (London: Kegan Paul, 1997).
22 Munasinghe, Colonial Economy, p. 24.
23 Goswami, Producing India.
24 See Nissan E. and Stirrat R. L., ‘The Generation of Communal Identities’, John Rogers, ‘Historical Images in the British Period’, and Jonathan Spencer ‘Introduction: The Politics of the Past’, in Spencer Jonathan (ed.), Sri Lanka: History and the Roots of Conflict (London: Routledge, 1990); Wickramasinghe Nira, Sri Lanka in the Modern Age: A History of Contested Identities (London: Hurst, 2007).
25 R. A. L. H. Gunawardana, ‘The People of the Lion: The Sinhala Identity and Ideology in History and Historiography’, in Spencer (ed.), Sri Lanka, pp. 45–86.
26 Tambiah S. J., Sri Lanka: Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986), p. 8.
27 Nissan and Stirrat, ‘Generation’, p. 28.
28 Spencer, ‘Introduction’.
30 Planters wanted roads and railways that brought in indentured South Indian labour and took plantation goods out. Murphey, ‘Colombo’, pp. 197–98.
31 Jayawardena Kumari, Nobodies to Somebodies: The Rise of the Colonial Bourgeoisie in Sri Lanka (London: Zed Press, 2002), p. 203. As she demonstrates, the three dominant non-Govigama castes represented newly rich merchant capitalists, who were freed from service to the dominant agricultural caste by their involvement in non-service activity and new forms of trade (see pp. 168–69).
32 Roberts Michael, Caste Conflict and Elite Formation: The Rise of the Karava Elite in Sri Lanka 1500–1931 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982).
33 Murphey, ‘Colombo’, p. 200.
34 Under the British, five different missionary bodies arrived in Sri Lanka and were heavily present in Bastin Jaffna. R., ‘The Authentic Inner Life: Complicity and Resistance in the Tamil Hindu Revival’, in Roberts Michael (ed.), Sri Lanka: Collective Identities Revisited (Colombo: Marga Institute, 1997), Vol. 1, p. 406. The census of 1871 showed that between 1816 and 1827 the population of Jaffna increased by 19 per cent and doubled in the next 44 years between 1827 and 1871. In 1921 the Jaffna peninsula was the most densely populated area of cultivated territory on the island. Arasaratnam S., ‘Sri Lanka's Tamils under Colonial Rule’, in Pffafenberger Bryan and Manogaran Chelvadurai (eds), The Sri Lankan Tamils: Ethnicity and Identity (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1994).
35 Arasaratnam S., ‘Historical Foundation of the Economy of the Tamils of North Sri Lanka’, in Thaninayagam Fr. Xavier (ed.), Chelvanayagam Memorial Lectures (Jaffna: Saiva Press,  1986), p. 40.
36 Denham E. B., Ceylon at the Census of 1911: Being the Review of the Results of the Census of 1911. (Colombo: H. C. Cottle, Government Printer Ceylon, 1912), p. 68.
37 Singam S. Durai Raja, A Hundred Years of Ceylonese in Malaysia and Singapore (1867–1967) (Kuala Lumpur: N. T. Pillay, 1967).
38 Munasinghe, Colonial Economy, pp. 117–51.
39 The first extension line in 1864 ran to Ambepussa.
40 Munasinghe, Colonial Economy, p. 118.
42 The Jaffna Railway Committee's 1889 memorial launched in Colombo was signed by ‘thirty-three eminent Colombo men’, and included the Ceylon Observer's owner-editor John Ferguson and Ponnambalam Ramanathan, the Tamil member of the Legislative Council. Ramanathan also debated the railway in the Legislative Council and served on the both the special commissions for the Northern Railway Line. Thus, the non-official world, composed of influential men, either from the new indigenous elite or liberal Europeans outside the colonial administration, was beginning to assert itself with the colonial government and civil service.
43 Annexure No. 6, memorandum by Mr Ramanathan, ‘Railway Extension Northwards’, Sessional Papers 1896, pp. 22–23: Colombo, Sri Lankan National Archives (SLNA).
44 ‘Railway Extension Northwards’, Sessional Papers 1896, pp. 22–23, Sri Lankan National Archives.
45 ‘Enclosure 87a, Jaffna, July 1980', Correspondence on Railway, Sessional Paper 1981, p. 94, Sri Lankan National Archives.
47 Jaffna Catholic Guardian, 12 August 1905.
49 Denham, Ceylon, p. 70.
50 Tracing by Senthilkumaran, the exact date of the poster is unknown. Subsequently, this poster featured in a 2009 Sri Lankan government campaign video for the planned reopening of the Northern Railway Line: see the video on <http://www.uthurumithuru.org/ta/home.html>, [accessed 11 October 2011].
51 There are other minorities but they are not involved in the ethnic conflict on grounds of language or ethnicity.
52 Tambiah, Sri Lanka; Spencer, ‘Introduction’; Krishna Sankaran, Post-colonial Insecurities: India, Sri Lanka, and the Question of Nationhood (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000).
53 Nissan and Stirrat, ‘Generation’, p. 35
55 Krishna, Post-colonial Insecurities.
56 Valentine Daniel, personal communication.
58 Krishna, Post-colonial Identities.
59 He, unlike me, was quite unperturbed by the staff's attention to bureaucracy and procedure in the midst of the assault on their passengers.
60 Hoole Rajan, Sri Lanka: The Arrogance of Power: Myths, Decadence and Murder (Jaffna: United Teachers for Human Rights, 2001), pp. 22–38.
61 As the Sansoni Report into the 1977 riots found, a false message was sent from police in Jaffna to others on the radio waves telling of crowds of Tamils waiting to kill Sinhalese passengers arriving in Jaffna. Ibid.
65 Stokke Kristian, ‘Building the Tamil Eelam State: Emerging State Institutions and Forms of Governance in LTTE-controlled Areas in Sri Lanka’, Third World Quarterly, 27 (6), 2006, p. 1022.
67 Thiranagama Sharika, In My Mother's House: Civil War in Sri Lanka (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011).
68 Multiple interviews, London, 2004.
72 Thiranagama, In My Mother's House.
74 McDowell Christopher, A Tamil Asylum Diaspora: Sri Lankan Migration, Settlement and Politics in Switzerland (Oxford: Berghahn, 1996).
75 Kerr, ‘Representation’.
77 The President donated his April salary, government employees had one day's pay docked, children donated through their schools, and celebratory tickets were sold for prospective journeys.
79 It also shows glimpses of the famous Mihintale Buddhist Stupa and a farmer waving through the window.