Railroad is in my blood. My grandfather was a conductor during the steam era, although not on the Norfolk & Western. I built model railroads and spent all my pre-teen years hanging around the local freight trains, making friends with the brakemen, and hopping trains when they weren't looking. And I love photography.
I had never heard of O. Winston Link before my friend took me to this museum, but I was usre glad he did. The Norfolk & Western retained steam longer than any other railroad in the US because they hauled coal and built the best and most efficient locomotives in the country. In the 1950's Link captured the equipment, scenary, people, and magic of an era that was very magical.
Roanoke, Virginia is a railroad town. So stay at the Hotel Roanke (built by the railroad), eat at the great restaurant there, and go to this museum to get the real feel for this city.
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