Christmas train – level 3

22-12-2021 15:00

The multicolored lights of Bogota’s Christmas train have returned to Colombia’s capital for Christmas after it was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

400-meters-long and comprised of 14 cars, the lit-up trin makes use of old railways that were out of commission in Bogota for more than three decades. The holiday express can carry up to 600 passengers at a time, some of which tend to be foreigners. Staff dressed up as nutcrackers and Santa Claus greeted passengers at the train station, and they passed cabin to cabin to visit passengers as the train chugged along.

The train follows a route through the South American capital, leading to Bogota’s popular attraction, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira.

The Christmas train will be running all through December, and according to the train’s manager, besides being a publicity event, the attraction also helps bring joy to the people of Bogota who always come out to see it passing by every night.

Difficult words: comprise (to consist of), out of commission (not in working condition), chug (to move with repeated low sounds like that of a steam engine).

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