Old 12-29-2014, 07:23 PM   #1
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Just curious if anyone has ever tried to track down any of the locations he used? I've located locations for Stanley and Luray, Va. I have been looking at Seven - mile Ford but haven't come across the location there, if it even still exists. Just curious. I may be heading to VA this summer and I'm interested in recreating some photos.
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I would suggest this book:

O. Winston Link, life along the line : a photographic portrait of America's last great steam railroad

Reevy, Tony.


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1419703722 (hbk.)

I got it from my library. We have a great library system in Pittsburgh,PA. Check with yours. If they don't have it you can request a copy through the inter-library loan system.
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Carl, I actually got that book from my parents for Christmas. I can't put it down. I've been at the computer looking up locations and then checking them out in Google Earth for the last few days. Fabulous book.
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I've been to most of them. Some are unmistakeable even today, and then some are now very hard to spot. "Hot Shot Eastbound" taken near Iaeger, WV comes to mind as one very few would recognize.

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I've been to most of them. Some are unmistakeable even today, and then some are now very hard to spot. "Hot Shot Eastbound" taken near Iaeger, WV comes to mind as one very few would recognize.

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I've researched many of his locations heavily (for obvious reasons)... as Loyd says, many are easily distinguishable to this day, while others are not at all recognizable.

I've done night photos of five of the locations done by Link. Of the five, only one of them is immediately recognizable as one of "his" spots. That being the bridge over Hawksbill Creek in Luray, VA. (Loyd was there for that one.) All of the others you'd be hard pressed to compare the shots side by side and be comfortably able to say they're the same spots.
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I would suggest this book:

O. Winston Link, life along the line : a photographic portrait of America's last great steam railroad

Reevy, Tony.


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9781419703720 (hbk.)
1419703722 (hbk.)

I got it from my library. We have a great library system in Pittsburgh,PA. Check with yours. If they don't have it you can request a copy through the inter-library loan system.
That is an amazing book. I've checked it out of our library several times.
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Old 12-30-2014, 01:20 AM   #7
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I retraced some of those locations, long before I started shooting digital, and many upon many are still recognizable. Only issue is the lack of trains, or at least, frequency making it very difficult to get more then a shot or two on any given night.

Would love to see some modern day examples.

Here's one that made it into the database:

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Carl, I actually got that book from my parents for Christmas. I can't put it down. I've been at the computer looking up locations and then checking them out in Google Earth for the last few days. Fabulous book.
Well since you have the book I would suggest acquiring this

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I would suggest this book:

O. Winston Link, life along the line : a photographic portrait of America's last great steam railroad

Reevy, Tony.


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9781419703720 (hbk.)
1419703722 (hbk.)

I got it from my library. We have a great library system in Pittsburgh,PA. Check with yours. If they don't have it you can request a copy through the inter-library loan system.
Is this a reincarnation of the original "Steam, Steel and Stars" from the '80's? I bought that book as soon as it came out. If there are additional images in the Reevy book, I will need to get it.
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I retraced some of those locations, long before I started shooting digital, and many upon many are still recognizable. Only issue is the lack of trains, or at least, frequency making it very difficult to get more then a shot or two on any given night.

Would love to see some modern day examples.

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Here's one of several that I've done at Luray, VA over Hawksbill Creek.

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A few from about 10 years ago -

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Here's one of several that I've done at Luray, VA over Hawksbill Creek.

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Couldn't find any kids to splash around in the water?
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We had a fisherman one night. Hawksbill Creek isn't exactly a warm water stream.. lol

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Couldn't find any kids to splash around in the water?
They'd have looked like kids splashing in a mud puddle anyways. Deepest part of the creek there is less than a foot now. Bridge has been rebuilt, and creek regraded since Link did his shot there.
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Thanks for the replies guys. Carl, my fluxcapacitor is broken in my delorean right now so I'm not going anywhere. Btw, anyone know what type of film he used? I know the prints were silver gelatin but just curious about the film...
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Thanks for the replies guys. Carl, my fluxcapacitor is broken in my delorean right now so I'm not going anywhere.
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That is amazing!
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Great find Mitch! If he submits his order right at midnight, he can get it FREE due to a glitch in Amazon's software. Wishful thinking
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Mitch, fun job on the recreations. I went through there in 1993 but was at different spots.

I find it a great thrill to stand in the foot prints of the greats. I feel you gain a great deal of knowledge when doing so. This knowledge is then absorbed and is used the next time you shoot.
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