While in Staunton, Virginia for an industrial photography job in 1955, Brooklyn native O. Winston Link's longstanding love of railroads became focused on the nearby Norfolk and Western Railway line. N&W was the last major class I railroad yet to make the transition from steam to diesel motive power and had refined its use of steam locomotives, earning a reputation for "precision transportation". Link took his first night photograph of the road on 21 January 1955 in Waynesboro, Virginia. On 29 May 1955 the N&W announced its first conversion to diesel and Link's work became a documentation of the end of the steam era. In the next five years, Winston Link made twenty trips to N & W's tracks in Virginia to continue photographing the N&W. His last night shot was taken in 1959 and the last of all in 1960, the year the road completed the transition to diesel, by which time he had accumulated 2400 negatives on the project. In 2000, Winston agreed to creation of the O. Winston Link Museum to be located in the historic Norfolk & Western Passenger Station, in Roanoke, Virginia.
You have a great eye for the dramatic. Keep up the good work.
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