O. Winston Link

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

Train No. 17, The Birmingham Special, Southbound, Gets a Highball, Rural Retreat, Virginia

December 27, 1957 (printed later)

Gelatin silver print

15 3/8 x 19 1/4 in. (39.1 x 49.0 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Thomas H. Garver


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Around 11:30 pm, station agent James L. Akers raised his lantern to send a “highball”—a signal that there are no passengers to board and the tracks are clear to move ahead. Link captured one of the last times this scene took place, as steam passenger service ended on the Bristol line of the Radford Division less than a week later.

United States
Gelatin Silver
Black and White