Symbolic Journey

Sri Lanka The first train since the December 26th tsunami has passed along reconstructed tracks by the spot where the surging waters washed away away another train and nearly two thousand lives. Sri Lanka The first train since the December 26th tsunami has passed along reconstructed tracks by the spot where the surging waters washed away away another train and nearly two thousand lives. The symbolic, 75-mile journey from the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, took Cabinet ministers and other dignitaries to the train disaster site following a visit to a nearby Buddhist temple. The dignitaries honored the victims and chanted blessings for the journey.

The train also passed by three wrecked coaches of the Queen of the Sea, which have been put on parallel tracks as a reminder of the tragedy.

Of the two thousand, 824 bodies were found. Some were passengers, others were villagers who climbed onto the train in attempt to get above the water. Scores were buried in mass graves. – AP