Central Virginia’s fall foliage attracted a group of tourists on an old-fashioned train trip Saturday. The National Railway Historical Society's ‘Fall Rail Excursion’ rolled into Charlottesville’s Amtrak station.
More than 1,000 train enthusiasts made the round-trip from Spencer and Greensboro, North Carolina before spending the day exploring Charlottesville.
One train visitor, Frank Mollineaux, says "Well, trains are part of America. They built the country. The railroads actually built the country. A lot of people don't realize that, but they did. We had real transportation before we had airplanes or cars."
This is the group's third year visiting Charlottesville in the fall. Tourism directors say their one day economic impact is $85,000.