Amtrak offers 'surprise and delight' gift box for railfans; appears sold out in hours

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WASHINGTON — You might be too late to grab a "Surprise and Delight" railfan gift box Amtrak offered for sale on Monday.

A National Railroad Passenger Corp. representative confirmed to Trains on Monday afternoon that the railroad's online store offered a limited set of 50 surprise boxes to customers — announcing the rare offer through social media during the day.

The boxes contain "17 different Amtrak items. Most of them have never been available for sale before, and some are old favorites long out of production. Each box has the same mix of items, but one item comes in different sizes and the size used in each box will be random," Amtrak's website says.

According to the representative, the Surprise and Delight box was a way for Amtrak to "tackle Cyber Monday in a new and engaging way. The Amtrak Store recently had a major refresh by releasing 40 new items, but the surprise box is a special addition just for Cyber Monday."

The box retails for $74.99 and appeared to be sold out as of 4:15 p.m. Central time on Monday.

In addition to the surprise box, the railroad is offering customers a 15% discount on all Amtrak store sales for customers who also purchase a wooden Acela toy or wooden P42 and Superliner set through Sunday, Dec. 8.

More information is available online.

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