Heikki Pietiläinen

Driver of Hullu-Jussi

Heikki made a life’s work of building railways. In the first half of the 20th century, a number of railways were built on the Karelian Isthmus. Whereas railway building still required hard manual labour in the late 19th century, in the 20th century, machines began to replace the labourers’ contribution. The Hullu-Jussi (‘Crazy Jack’) operated by Heikki was the first steam-powered excavator in Finland.

Since Heikki was also interested in photography, he took many pictures at the work sites. In addition to the Hullu-Jussi, a lot of people who worked at railway construction sites have been immortalized in his photos.

More about online exhibition

Museum’s work group:
Mona Taipale, Satu Ståhlberg and Johanna Piipponen

Script for the online exhibition: Pauliina Veijalainen
The online exhibition’s script is based on the joint exhibition Barefoot of the Lappeenranta museums, which was scripted by Anna Kortelainen. The character texts of the online exhibition are based on the articles by Anna Kortelainen in the book Avojaloin – 20 tositarinaa Karjalan Kannakselta (publisher: Gummerus).

Graphic design: Päivi Veijalainen / Huhtikuu

Technical implementation: Marko Myllymäki / Atadone

Audio clip scripts: Anna Kortelainen

Audio clip readers:
Jukka Lehtinen
Liisa Lehtinen
Maria Lehtinen
Mikko Pirinen
Netta Salonsaari
Antti Taipale
Helmi Taipale
Mikko Taipale
Mona Taipale

Image copyrights:
Etelä-Karjalan museo (EKM)
Etelä-Karjalan taidemuseo (EKTM)
Lintulan luostari
National Board of Antiquities
Pietarin kaupunginmuseo
(State Museum of the History of St Petersburg. St Petersburg)
Ostrobothnian Museum
Border Museum
Finnish Labour Museum Werstas (TW)
Private collections

The exhibition is supported by the National Board of Antiquities