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O. Winston Link Museum

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Address: 101 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone Number: 540-982-5465
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If you like old railroad photography you will find a pure genious work here. Link was the definition of good photography. A must see museum.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

If you like old railroad photography you will find a pure genious work here. Link was the definition of good photography. A must see museum.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

IF you are a lover of classic, black and white photos, or love trains, you will love this place. Our kids loved this museum when they were small, not as much when teens. A day of this and the Transportation Museum is a lot of fun for small or elementary school children.

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Roanoke, Virginia, USA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is a neat place to visit and learn about rail road and trains. You can walk outside and see how big the trains are.

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Floyd, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I wasn't a train enthusiast when I went in but I came out of this museum with a interest into the history of the man and the area. You can visit this museum in an hour and the photographs are just outstanding. Highly recommended!!

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Dunnellon, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Link. What else is there to say? He was the master of photography. Every railroad photographer who has followed either learns from his technique or tries to copy it. This collection of prints, equipment and artifacts sheds light on that technique. Well worth the pittance requested to enter.

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Knoxville
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93 reviews 93 reviews
9 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is an extremely well organized museum in the old Roanoke train station devoted to the photography of O. Winston Link. It is well worth a visit.

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Annandale, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I hadn't heard of O. Winston Link before, but we really enjoyed his photographs and learning about his history and the steam railroads. This is worth seeing. Lots of stuff to take in.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wonderful history of the area and the train industry. Can't say enough about the collection of photos and the artist who created them.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

In 1983 I purchased an original photograph titled "Sometimes the Electricity Fails" (1956) by the legendary train photographer O.Winston Link, who was present at the showing of his work at the Kathleen Ewing Gallery in Washington, DC. I innately knew that his work was brilliant and decided to purchase one of his prints, In 1987 I took a road trip... More 

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Greensboro
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18 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

If you consider yourself a railroad buff this is a MUST see while in Roanoke. The photographs are almost overwhelming and it is a slice of history that is no longer around for us to see in real life. Mr. Link captured steam powered locomotives in all their glory and his photographs are a national treasure.

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