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Train service resumes between Colombo and Jaffna 24 years later

Long wait for train finally over!
Long wait for train finally over! Image by calflier001 / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Queen of Jaffna train service has resumed between Colombo and Jaffna after a gap of 24 years. Trains were suspended on the route throughout Sri Lanka’s long and bloody civil war following attacks by Tamil Tiger rebels. The reopening of the north-south train line is a key psychological milestone in the reconstruction of the country following the end of hostilities in 2009. Many younger Sri Lankans in the north had never seen a train which lead to jubilant scenes as the first train rolled into Jaffna on Monday. Read more bbc.co.uk and dailymirror.lk.