By Allen Pierleoni
Photographer-journalist David Plowden is the dean of railroad photography. You can see why at the California Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento, where a special exhibit of his dramatic black-and-white photographs are on display through Jan. 6.
The pictures are from his new book, "Requiem for Steam" (W.W. Norton, $65, 200 pages), a collection of 140 photos "documenting the last of America's steam locomotives."
A bonus for aficionados: Plowden will appear at the museum at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 6 to "deliver fascinating lectures about his five decades of railroad photography."
The railroad museum is at 111 I St., (916) 445-6645. Attendees to Plowden's lectures must pay the regular museum admission fee: $9 adults, $4 ages 6-17, free for age 5 and younger.
Also, the Center for Railroad Photography and Art will host "An Evening with David Plowden" Nov. 4 at the railroad museum. It will feature a lecture by Plowden at 5 p.m., followed by a reception. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 members, $75 non-members. Details and tickets are at www.railphoto-art.org/plowden.html.
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.