Photo Credit – Sujeewa Namal Piyadigama

Sri Lanka’s British-built railway networks complete with picturesque steam trains winding among tea plantation estates present endless fascination to rail buffs. Rail routes such as the Main Line (hill country, coastline, Kelani Valley (broad/narrow gauge)), and Northern Line run through highly varied terrain. The Main Line is Sri Lanka Railways’ showpiece and one of the world’s classic rail journeys; its highlights include 47 tunnels, viaducts, steep-haul gradients, the Demodera Loop and a spectacular climb from sea-level to over 2000m

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