Last October, I had the privilege of driving a bus tour around New England for America By Rail, the country's largest purveyor of rail tours. I picked the group up at the Albany Amtrak station and drove them for 7 days to various scenic railroad attractions in Vermont and New Hampshire. The tour group was composed of a cross section of American and foreign travelers. So- called "Railroad Buffs" constituted less than a quarter of the group ( I took a survey at the end of the trip). The rest were just sightseers, in search of fall foliage and views of the lakes and the mountains. They were men and women of various ages and back grounds. For most of them, it was not their first excursion with America By Rail. Some had also traveled with other rail/tour companies. We had a few European and Oriental tourist on board, too.