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19th Century Trains in 3D

The new exhibit "Double Exposure: Photography and the Transcontinental Railroad" starts on September 14, 2013 in Sacramento, California capital city. The exhibition examines the emergence of stereoscopic photography and the ways in which railroads used the new medium during the construction of America's First Transcontinental Railroad. Ultimately, the technology of photography not only helped to tell the story, but also helped to shape public perception and foster acceptance for this massive endeavor that encouraged westward travel and settlement.

Works by photographers Andrew J. Russell, Alfred A. Hart and others will be on display and guests will be able to view many of these using stereoscopes and stereopticons.

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A stereocard exhibited at the California State Railroad Museum

Photography and Stereoscopy History Started in 1839

The new exhibit will showcase a timeline of the development of photography from 1839 through today, along with a wide range of photography elements, including original daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, salted-paper prints, stereographs, albumen prints and tintypes, high quality photographic reproductions, illustrations in popular newspapers and booklets, cameras and equipment, historic graphics, and maps. The science and optics behind early photography are covered and visitors will learn to tell the various types of photographs apart.

Where and When

The "Double Exposure" exhibit will be located in the Mezzanine Gallery of the California State Railroad Museum (111, I Street, Sacramento, CA, USA) and will remain on display from September 14, 2013 through October 5, 2014.

A 14-minutes video tour of the museum in 2012 by (before the "double exposure" exhibit) is on YouTube.

For more information about the California State Railroad Museum, please visit or call (001) 916-445-6645.