Pamela Wade Gallery

O. Winston Link

Capturing the Last Steam Railroad


until January 30 2024

Opening at the Montgomery Museum is “O. Winston Link: Capturing the Last Steam Railroad.” The exhibit features prints from Link’s 1955-1960 work, including some signed by Link himself. These were donated to the Museum in 2022 by Link’s nephew, Robert Zider. The exhibit will focus on Link’s artistic process and his important role in the history of art photography.

In January 1955, O. Winston Link set out to photograph the Norfolk & Western Railway’s evolution from steam to diesel locomotives, effectively documenting the last steam engines in America. Link traveled along the N&W Railway for five years, passing through Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina, skillfully capturing the essence of the steam railroad. 

The exhibit includes some of Link’s most well-known works such as Hotshot Eastbound, Lager, West Virginia, and a rare color print, Maude Bows to Virginia Creeper, Green Cove, Virginia. The stunning gelatin prints demonstrate Link’s meticulous attention to composition and detail and his dedication to chronicling those who lived and worked on the N&W Railway.