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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 are interested in either photography or trains....this is the place!

O Winston Link had a fascination with medium format photography and with trains. The combination of the two provides an incredible view of steam trains and B & W photos. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Shenandoah Valley, VA
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Shenandoah Valley, VA
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

O Winston Link had a fascination with medium format photography and with trains. The combination of the two provides an incredible view of steam trains and B & W photos. The results are fantastic.

Thank ChucknCharlie
Salem, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating history wonderfully displayed. Fine selection of artful b & white photos. Interactive exhibits are great. Wonderful use of a historic building. A Treasure!

Thank Grrby
Marshall, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to visit on a whim while visiting Roanoke and it was well worth the trip. Train lovers or photography lovers should definitely stop by this museum as it appeals to both.

Thank emschick983
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421 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommended. If you love photography and are fascinated with trains, you won't be disappointed if you visit this museum in downtown Roanoke, co-located with the Tourist Center in the old train station. The Norfolk & Western railroad was home to the last active operations of steam engines from the industrial era of the United States. Operations ceased circa 1960.... More 

Thank RoverTreks
Richmond, Virginia
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located next to the Hotel Roanoke (just walk across the street from the parking lot,) the O. Winston Link Museum is a unique experience. Mostly large format photos shot of trains at night using large array flash photography. Links cork came at a time when train engine were converting from steam to diesel. Link was "allowed" by the railroads but... More 

Thank BernardAugust
Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is definitely the best collection of photographs of the steam locomotive age, also shows earlier times in Central Appalachian mountain life. Techniques used to capture the pictures are available through interactive displays that all ages will find fascinating.

Thank Jeff H
Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We visited the Link museum after the transportation. Such wonderful photos on display and great information on Winston Link.

Thank Mike R
Huntsville, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

O. Winston Link was an engineer by training but was a self-taught photographer. He worked most of his career for agencies. But, he had a passion for trains and on his own time started photographing them. In the 1950s as the steam engine era was winding down he got permission from the Norfolk line to access all their operations to... More 

Thank RHScott
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Olge Winston Link was a civil engineer from New York whose passion was photography. O. Winston took the photographs that made him and the nostalgic beauty of steam locomotives famous and inseparable in the minds of many rail fans. His incredible attention to detail, and his focus on the interrelationship between people and the iron horses they created create a... More 

Thank RumbleSeat
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Stopped in the museum for a couple hours while our wives were shopping to kill time. We were so surprised. By the time we had to leave to meet the wives we still had a lot to see. Beautiful photos, taken scientifically at a time when computers were unheard of. I went back later to see the rest.

Thank riskman4

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