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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Trains: Hot Shot Eastbound

That's the title of this old favorite of mine, found again today at Iconic Photos:

Be sure to click and enlarge so you can drink in the details of this masterful, very shrewdly composed photograph.  I think it speaks for itself, so I won't explain other than to say it was taken on August 2, 1956, by the great O. Winston Link, who famously documented the final years of steam on the Norfolk and Western.

I have a couple of books of his photos.  Click here to view the entire collection online.  Below, an N&W magazine ad from 1948 showing the territory it served.


dave said...

It is indeed an extraordinary photograph. Thanks Russ!

Stan said...

I love trains! It's a shame the country's main focus is so much dependant is on the auto.

Russ Manley said...

Glad you like guys. Yes Europe and Japan are waaaaay ahead of us on trains - would save a lot of energy if we got up to speed with the railroads.

Vic Mansfield said...

I used to live in Abingdon, VA, a big stop for a branch of the N&W. I've seen many of Winston Link's photos. Great stuff.

My father was a fireman and engine dirver (an engineman) for many years. even fired some of the last oil-burning steams.

I enjoy your blog and will read more often. Cheers

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