December 6, 2013 Celebrate the Holidays with Amtrak

Christina Leeds

Media Contact

202 906.3860

Travel certificates, other gifts and special video eCards available;
Model train circles National Christmas Tree

WASHINGTON – As Amtrak connects families and friends for the holidays, America’s Railroad® is also celebrating the season by offering a variety of Amtrak-related gifts at the Amtrak Store, providing a chance to send customized railthemed video eCards, and will have a model train circling the National Christmas Tree.

For holiday gift-giving, Amtrak offers a wide variety of merchandise including Travel Certificates, apparel, toys, collectibles, posters and calendars at the online Amtrak Store. New for the 2013 holiday season is a limited-edition ornament that is the first in a series featuring long-distance trains. The ornament depicts a red cardinal overlooking the Cardinal train as it passes through snowcapped mountains. Also offered are eCertificates for last minute gifts.

Amtrak offers another way to help family and friends connect this holiday season with Amtrak Holiday Connections, a video eCard. Visitors can upload photos to place themselves aboard an Amtrak model train and create a custom video of their journey. The video can be shared along with a special holiday message with family and friends.

As part of the national tradition of the National Christmas Tree, Amtrak worked with the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, and the National Christmas Tree Railroad, to have an Amtrak model train circle the evergreen located at President’s Park just south of the White House through Jan. 1, 2014.

The Amtrak model train is a G scale (1:22.5) and includes two GE Genesis P42 diesel locomotives and four single-level Amfleet passenger cars plus a café car. The model represents Amtrak’s Midwest Corridor service, as well as the Northeast Regional service south of Washington, D.C., where the trains operate using this type of equipment.

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