Swirling snowflakes and a tropic country it doesn’t come together. Christmas is the cosiness of an open wood fire with a well decorated tree aside and singing songs for Santa Claus. In Holland for long known as Sinterklaas a slightly different figure though both descend from the same origin and try to make people happy with gifts especially the children.
Unfortunately the festival became more and more a commercial happening and these days only the very young still believe in the fairy tale; a white beard and a lot of ho, ho, ho! The bells shall jingle al the way.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
About the train; the picture above was taken in Davos in Switzerland before the W.O.II An ordinary photo turned into a postcard but with a Thai connection. The engine is a 2-8-0 type: consolidation and made by SLM Winterthur between 1912-1915. Most of them sold tot the SRT where they run with the numbers 331-348. The 336 (former Rhätische Bahn 123) and 340 (RhB 118) are preserved. The first in a more or less dilapidated constitution at the Makassan workshop in Bangkok, the latter is plinthed at the Chiang Mai station and once in a while fresh painted but nonetheless slowly falling apart.