O. Winston Link

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

The Meet of N&W Train No. 2 and B&O Train No. 7, Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia

January 28, 1957 (printed later)

Gelatin silver print

15 1/2 x 19 1/4 in. (39.4 x 49.0 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Thomas H. Garver to honor the Akron Art Museum and curator Barbara Tannenbaum for continuing to support American photography


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The N&W’s train No. 2, en route from Roanoke to New York City, pulled into the station at 1:16 am and had a six minute layover. Link captures it opposite the No. 7, “The Diplomat,” a train owned by the Baltimore and Ohio, which had converted to diesel engines long before. Several years into his project, Link was more aware of what he had already missed and noted regretfully, “too bad we weren’t a few years earlier at this point—when there were about 40 trains a day through this junction.”

Black and White
United States
Gelatin Silver