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Railroad Museum debuts new photo exhibit

SACRAMENTO — The California State Railroad Museum, in collaboration with the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, has debuted a visually-enticing new photo exhibit titled Steam: An Enduring Legacy, the Railroad Photographs of Joel Jensen.

Showcasing 50 dramatic black-and-white images, the exhibit features a selection of railroad photographs taken and published in a new book of the same name by the famed railroad photographer. Visitors to the Railroad Museum will see how Joel Jensen has artfully succeeded in visually capturing the bygone era of steam railroading and, in fact, has documented virtually every major steam operation west of the Mississippi.

Although regularly scheduled steam locomotives for American trains were virtually gone by 1960, Jensen’s dramatic photographs of steam locomotives beautifully capture the spirit of American railroading throughout the West. The images featured in the new photo exhibit showcase the immense mechanical power available at the time but also demonstrate the human component needed to keep the trains operating in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

The photographic book “Steam: An Enduring Legacy, the Railroad Photographs of Joel Jensen” (W.W. Norton & Company) is available for purchase in the museum store.

Steam: An Enduring Legacy will remain on display through July 29.

For more information about the exhibit or presentation or other upcoming activities happening at the California State Railroad Museum call (916) 445-6645 or visit www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org. Or, for more information about Joel Jensen, his book or the Center for Railroad Photography & Art visit www.railphoto-art.org.

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