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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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Midnight Special (Colorized): 1957

Midnight Special (Colorized): 1957

Colorized from this Shorpy original. My take on the O. Winston Link Rural Retreat, VA photo. The original B&W is one of many classic photos Mr. Link shot on the Norfolk & Western Ry in its last years of steam operation. The train is the "Birmingham Special" en-route from Washington, DC via Bristol, VA in December, 1957. Southern Ry handled the train from Washington to Monroe, VA with N&W taking it to Bristol where Southern Ry resumed the operation on to Birmingham, AL. The locomotive us one of N&W's famous class J 4-8-4's. View full size.

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