O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line

O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line

A Photographic Portrait of America's Last Great Steam Railroad

Tony Reevy, Scott Lothes, Conway Link


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The renowned photographer’s stirring tribute to the last steam locomotive railway and the end of an American way of life.
O. Winston Link photographed the Norfolk and Western, the last major steam railroad in the United States, when it was converting its operations from steam to diesel in the 1950s. Link’s N&W project captured the industry at a moment of transition, before the triumph of the automobile and the airplane that ended an era of passenger rail service. His work also revealed a small-town way of life that was about to experience seismic shifts and, in many cases, vanish completely. Including a collection of more than 180 of Link’s most famous works and rare images that have never before been published, O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line offers a moving account of the people and communities surrounding the last steam railroad.