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Sri Lanka 15th to 25th January 2015

The tour used the 'Viceroy Special' train with steam operation using the railways now three operational steam locomotives:

B2b 213 4-6-0TT built by Vulcan Foundry in 1922 and only just returned to service this month after overhaul & is of course a Tender Tank locomotive.

B1a 251 4-6-0 Sir Thomas Maitland 4-6-0 built by Beyer Peacock in 1928.

B1d 340 4-6-0 Frederick North built by R Stephenson in 1944.

The train tour started at Colombo and ran to Anuradhapura the first day, then to Jaffna and Kankesanthural being the first steam operation to both in 45 years. The route north of Vavuniya is all newly layed track as this whole area was in the hands of the Terrorist Group The Tamil Tigers for thrty years and during the civil war which ended in 2009 the railway line had been destroyed.

Locomotive 340 worked the train to Jaffna and the destination of Kankesanthurai north tip of Sri Lanka still a restricted Military Zone and obviously a lot of people had never seen a steam locomotive before.

The train returned south visiting Trincomalee and then Batticaloa another area held by the Tamil Tigers for many years, before returning to Colombo the final stage hauled by 213.

The railway gauge in Sri Lanka is 5ft 6" inches. Weather was around 30 degrees and sun every day with no rain & it is their winter!!

1. 251 departing Veyangoda whilst working Colombo - Maho 16/01

2. 251 & 340 at Maho whilst changing locomotives 16/01

3. 340 makes a smokey departure from Maho 16/01

4. 340 departing Maho 16/01

5. 340 on turntable at Palai, returning from Jaffna 18/01

6.340 at Kilinochchi during servicing 18/01.

7. 213 at Tambuttegama drawing into loop to cross northbound express 19/01
with driver about to hand single line token to Station Master.

8. 213 comes off river bridge near Galgamuwa 19/01

9. PW work on Maho Junction shed in front of 340 & 213 19/01.

10. 340 departing Maho for Habarana 19/01.

11. 340 departing Goloya Junction for Trincomalee 20/01.

12. 340 at Kalkuda en-route Batticaloa 21/01.

13. fires from 340 returning from Batticaloa 22/01.

14.Head & Assistant Guards at Welikanda 22/01

15. 213 taking water at Kurunegala from fire engine on final leg from Maho to Colombo 23/01

M10A 942 departing Colombo Fort Station with

S9 16063 at Maradana Station, Colombo and how you commute when train full! 16/01.

M4 751 arriving at Kurunegala with a mixed train 16/01

M7 804 built by Brush in 1981 arriving at Kurunegala with passenger train 16/01

RB4 & 3 Railbus at Anuradhapura 17/01.

M8 842 arriving at Vavuniya with a Jaffna - Colombo pasenger train 17/01.

M10A 940 at Jaffna Station 18/01.

Rear of a nouthbound express near Ranenigama 19/01.

M2B 595 'Newfoundland' departing Galoya Junction with passenger train for Trincomalee 20/01.

M4 747 approaching Welikanda Station with a Batticoala - Colombo passenger train 22/01.

Y692 a Hunslet Engine Company 0-6-0DH built 1968 shunts Viceroy Special stock Maho Jnc 22/01

M7 806 Brush Built 1981 with passenger train at Kurunegala 22/01.

M9 864 built by Alsthom in 2000 with southbound passenger from Colombo near Bambalapitiya 24/01.

S11 908 diesel unit near Bambalapitiya 24/01.

S11 908 diesel unit near Bambalapitiya with evening commuter train out of Colombo as sun goes down,note door hangers on 24/01.