Master photographer O. Winston Link, who died on January 30, 2001, at age 86, attained wide acclaim for his striking night views of Norfolk & Western steam locomotives. Indeed, no other photographer achieved greater fame for his railroad work than Link did. But decades before Link's photos were "discovered" by art galleries and poster publishers, his sound recordings of N&W engines were the talk of hi-fi magazines. His sound work is the subject of Classic Trains'
cover story in the Summer 2001 issue.
One of Link's five LP records, The Fading Giant of 1957
, is available as a CD. Visit the O. Winston Link Museum
Web site for details. Memories of Working with Link
In an interview at his Winnetka, Ill. home of February 5, 2001, David Plowden, a master photographer in his own right who worked for Link briefly as a young man, talked about the making of the photo "Highball for the Doubleheader." This famous night photo of two N&W A-class 2-6-6-4s passing a section shanty at Boaz, Va., appeared on the cover of Link's album Thunder on Blue Ridge
. It's also on the cover of the Summer 2001 issue of Classic Trains
Below is Plowden's moving description of the approach and passage of the train.