2017-03-15 / Arts & Entertainment News

All aboard for Naples Depot Museum exhibit showing ‘Life Along the Line’


The Abingdon Branch arriving in Damascus, 1956. 
COURTESY PHOTO / COLLECTION OF THE O. WINSTON LINK MUSEUM, ROANOKE, VA. The Abingdon Branch arriving in Damascus, 1956. COURTESY PHOTO / COLLECTION OF THE O. WINSTON LINK MUSEUM, ROANOKE, VA. The Naples Depot Museum presents “Life Along the Line,” a traveling exhibition courtesy of the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Va., on display through April 22.

Friends of the Collier County Museums invite the public to an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. Admission is free.

While in Staunton, Va., for an industrial photography job in 1955, O. Winston Link’s longstanding love of railroads became focused on the nearby Norfolk and Western Railway. The last major Class 1 railroad yet to make the transition from steam to diesel motive power, the N&W had refined its use of steam locomotives and earned a reputation for “precision transportation.”

Mr. Link, a New York-based commercial photographer, went on to chronicle the last years of the N&W steam locomotives, capturing more than 2,400 images and 100 7-inch reels of sound recordings in 21 trips made between 1955-60. His most famous photographs are night compositions made possible by meticulous setups and elaborate lighting.

“Life Along the Line” offers an expansive view of Mr. Link’s multidimensional portfolio and a moving account of the people and communities surrounding America’s last steam railroad.

Set in Naples’ first passenger train station, the restored Naples Depot Museum takes visitors back to Florida’s railroading heydays of the Roaring Twenties and tells how technology and transportation helped Naples grow from a village of 300 souls to the seaside city of today.

The museum is at 1051 Fifth Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday- Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 262-6525 or visit www.colliermuseums.com. ¦

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