Saturday, 28 December 2013
The Viceroy Special, Sri Lanka.
The Viceroy Special train in Sri Lanka transports guests throughout the rail-way system in Sri Lanka.
A ride on this unique luxury steam train to Kandy, the Hill Capital is one of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world. Specially popular are trips from Colombo to Kandy and the tea plantations of the hill country and down the west coast to the beach resorts to the walled city of Galle. Also the lush rain forest, cascading water falls, broad rivers, terraced paddy fields, shimming on the sun light, misty tea-clad hillside, herds of elephants and mile upon mile of sandy beaches, are best seen by train. As you journey through, in the modern and relaxing comfort, you are sure to witness and experience a way of life that has existed since time immemorial. Being steam-hauled, the train can stop on request and guests can photograph scenic beauty spots and even ride in the engine driver's cabin.
The Viceroy Special is a 75 year old private train and the only steam train still in operation in Sri Lanka. The train has two air-conditioned observation saloons furnished in period style, with 64 plush reclining seats and individual adjustable tables. A public address system is available for guides to describe details of the journey or for suitable music to be broadcast. Each saloon has an adjoining smokers' lounge and a modern toilet.
There is also a restaurant car, elegantly furnished with Edwardian ribbed fans and teak-trimmed wood paneling is complete with a fully equipped kitchen and a well complemented bar.