Queen's Baton Relay: Sri Lanka's historic tea train

  • 24 October 2013

Taking a ride on an old steam train across the countryside seems like a great way to enjoy the weekend, and that is exactly how the Queen's Baton spent its time in Sri Lanka.

The Viceroy Special steam train, built in Manchester, runs from the capital Colombo to Kandy and transported the baton across the country.

The train followed the historic tea route in Sri Lanka that would see the product travel across the country before it was shipped to the UK. Taking about six hours, the engine is still powered by coal from Britain.

Presenter Mark Beaumont met train enthusiast Hemasiri Fernando to find out more about life on the rails.

Read Mark's blog: The Queen's Baton Relay in Sri Lanka