The Last Steam Railroad in America

The Last Steam Railroad in America

From Tidewater to Whitetop

Oversize Book - 1995
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"In the mid-1950s the Norfolk and Western Railway began converting its operations from steam to diesel. Although the railroad ran some of the finest steam locomotives in the world and was a major coal-hauler, it decided to abandon steam. It was the last American railroad to do so." "Coincidentally with the N&W decision, photographer O. Winston Link began to pursue a decade-old vision of photographing steam railroading at night using synchronized flash. A chance assignment in Virginia brought him to the N&W and for the next five years Link traveled up and down its divisions photographing the trains, the towns, and the people who worked on the railroad and lived beside it." "Winston Link published many of his fine N&W images in his first book, Steam, Steel & Stars, a classic of its kind. But many other of his splendid photographs did not appear in that book. Published here are striking portraits of the workers of the railroad, powerful images of the double-headed engine link-ups that pushed long coal trains up the Blue Ridge, and pictures along the length of the Abingdon branch, on which a single combined freight and passenger train ran only during daylight hours. These include some of his most charming scenes of the rural life in Virginia and North Carolina towns served by the N&W."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : H.N. Abrams, [1995]
ISBN: 9780810935754
Branch Call Number: 385.0975/GARV
Characteristics: 144p. 38cm.
Additional Contributors: Garver, Thomas H.


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