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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Longest stamp marks Viceroy Special 25th anniversary


Sri Lanka has issued five stamps including the longest ever stamp to mark 25 years of service of the Viceroy luxury coal powered steam train.

The 123mm long and 30mm wide stamp was issued at the Rambukkana Railway station under the patronage of Post and Telecommunication Minister Jeewan Kumaratunga and Transport Minister Kumara Welgama.

The Viceroy Special is the only coal powered steam locomotive still in operation with two air-conditioned compartments including 64 plush reclining seats and adjustable tables. The train has been utilised as a tourist attraction to offer visitors an enthralling experience of passenger transportation of the yester years, Transport Minister Welgama said.

The Minister said tourists would be keen to travel by Viceroy Special since only a few steam locomotives are in operation in the world.