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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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Roanoke is lucky to have this Railroad museum

Situated in the renovated passenger rail station across the street from The Roanoke Hotel, this museum presents black and white as well as color photos of steam trains in soutwest... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Situated in the renovated passenger rail station across the street from The Roanoke Hotel, this museum presents black and white as well as color photos of steam trains in soutwest Virginia, West Vrginia and Kentucky. This shows the trains, locomotives, employees and towns they passed through in the LAte 1940's and early 1950's. O.Winston Link was a brooklyn born professional... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like photography, you have to see this museum. O. Winston Link was taken with steam trains and the people who made them run. His photos tell such stories of a fairly recent past but the museum tells you HOW he got these shots, and even has hands on interactive ways to explain it. I was taken with it.

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Thank Lori Z
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An absolute must for anyone who has ever had an interest in trains. This gem of a museum is great for the kiddies as well as adults. Well worth the price of admission.

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Thank dlschertz
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The O. Winston Link Museum is a gem, located in Roanoke's former passenger rail station, and contains Mr. Link's extensive archive of photographs. In particular, you will see the iconic photographs capturing the final era of the steam locomotives photographed in Southwest Virginia. In addition to train buffs, this collection would appeal to anyone who appreciates beautiful black and white... More 

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Thank Valiant1968
Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

A terrific facility displaying the classic photography of Mr. Link, who, in the late 1950s, captured images of the last years of the steam age of railroading. Link was given broad cooperation by the Norfolk & Western which resulted in his masterful photos of the people, scenery, and rail equipment in the upper south of the 1955-1960 period. This museum,... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

I was intrigued and surprised! Link was a man who had a passion for trains. In addition, he was an excellent photographer. Combining the two, he left a huge display for future generations to enjoy. I learned a lot about his life and the varied techniques he used to capture stunning photos. His pictures and equipment were tastefully presented. I... More 

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Ripley, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

Learn about trains and the impact of railroads on transportation and rural communities. Link has some amazing photographs. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

If you are passing through Roanoke, vacationing here or new to the area, you must check out this awesome collection of train photography taken by the world famous O. Winston Link. Located in the old Roanoke passenger train terminal, the history of Mr. Link's black and white photos hang throughout. If you ever took a train out of Roanoke, going... More 

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Thank Dorie H
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

A must see for anyone interested in world class photography or documentation of the steam railroad. Photos taken primarily at night on various branches of the old Norfolk and Western Railroad.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

This is the type of place where you would have to be interested in the steam train and the history of O Link photography. I found the place to be quite interesting. It is the type of place I could spend hours in

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