Illuminating an American Railroad

From CNN: “When commercial photographer O. Winston Link turned his attention to the Norfolk and Western Railway in 1955, he created beautiful and timeless images of one of the last steam-powered locomotive railroad systems in the United States.”

Link used flashbulbs to illuminate the trains and stations at night, along with parallel-wired flashes so his system could work even when one of the bulbs didn’t go off. Glancing through this set of bygone-era photos is unreal. Or perhaps surreal. It’s like peaking into a country that feels completely disjointed or unrelated to the one we’re living in now.

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