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.