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Mr and Mrs Ben Pope watch the last steam-powered passenger train, Max Meadows, Virginia, 1957 by O. Winston Link, aka "OWL"

Mr and Mrs Ben Pope watch the last steam-powered passenger train, Max Meadows, Virginia, 1957 by O. Winston Link, aka "OWL"

O. Winston Link - Train #17, the Birmingham Special, arriving at Rural Retreat. Rural Retreat, Virginia, December 26, 1957

O. Winston Link - Train #17, the Birmingham Special, arriving at Rural Retreat. Rural Retreat, Virginia, December 26, 1957

The Norfolk & Western's coaling tower at Shaffer’s Crossing, Virginia (Roanoke) is teaming with locomotives refueling on the night of December 12,1955. From left to right: Class S-1a 0-8-0 #243, Class Y6 2-8-8-2 #2142, and streamlined J Class 4-8-4 #608. Standing beside the big Y-6 compound is coaling tower operator Coleman Hairston (left) and hostler R. E. Hall (right).

The Norfolk & Western's coaling tower at Shaffer’s Crossing, Virginia (Roanoke) is teaming with locomotives refueling on the night of December 12,1955. From left to right: Class S-1a 0-8-0 #243, Class Y6 2-8-8-2 #2142, and streamlined J Class 4-8-4 #608. Standing beside the big Y-6 compound is coaling tower operator Coleman Hairston (left) and hostler R. E. Hall (right).

"On the train you get smaller as you get farther away. The roar covers everything you wanted to say." - Tom Waits

"On the train you get smaller as you get farther away. The roar covers everything you wanted to say." - Tom Waits

O. Winston Link Photograph

O. Winston Link Photograph

Silent Night at Seven Mile Ford, Virginia     photo by O. Winston Link, 1957

Silent Night at Seven Mile Ford, Virginia photo by O. Winston Link, 1957

O Winston Link photo of N passenger line. Sometimes he would place his car in the shot, in this case under the bridge

A Gorgeous Photographic Elegy to the Last Great Steam Train

O Winston Link photo of N passenger line. Sometimes he would place his car in the shot, in this case under the bridge

Train photos1.jpg (1080×830)

Train photos1.jpg (1080×830)

Photo by O. Winston Link who captured the last days of steam operation on the N & W Railway in the late 1950s. Link captured the sounds and sights of the powerful locomotives and the communities along the rail.

Photo by O. Winston Link who captured the last days of steam operation on the N & W Railway in the late 1950s. Link captured the sounds and sights of the powerful locomotives and the communities along the rail.

O.Winston Link

O.Winston Link

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