O. Winston Link

(Brooklyn, New York, 1914 - 2001, South Salem, New York)

Maud Bows to the Virginia Creeper, Green Cove, Virginia

October 27, 1956 (printed 1983)

Gelatin silver print

15 1/2 x 19 3/8 in. (39.4 x 49.3 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Museum Acquisition Fund


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The Abingdon Branch of the N&W led Link to another approach in his documentation of the railroad. Since the trains did not run at night, all of the images had to be made in daylight, making this branch the source of many of his genre scenes and color images. The branch was short but steep, including the highest point of any passenger train in the east. With top speeds of 25 mph, it earned the nickname “Virginia Creeper.” Link found the slow pace and setting the most bucolic of the entire N&W system. He wrote, “There was beauty at every curve and every bridge.” The line crept by cascading waterways and across high wooden trestles. Although the entire branch was abandoned in 1978, the railbed has since become a hiking trail, with Green Cove the only station remaining and restored to the look of this photograph.

Black and White
United States