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. | Click image for Comments. | Home | Browse All Photos