About those Juice Jacks…

I’ve been going through old projects that are half-finished, and finishing them. It feels good.

I recently wrote about updating my O scale model of the 1921 Mack Switcher. Here’s another project I’ve been working on: two O scale Sacramento Northern steeple cabs. I now have DCC+Sound in the first one:

(You can also watch this video directly on YouTube, where you may be able to enjoy it in larger formats)

These are important models to me. I have a lifelong fascination with traction and interurbans, heavily influenced by the writings and photos of Robert Hegge. I’ve written about that on this website before – see California Juice Jacks for more.

Given that history, it feels really good to be working on these…

13 thoughts on “About those Juice Jacks…

  1. I feel *somewhat* less guilty about some of current off-theme model railroading after reading this. The Bob Hegge/traction bug is very difficult to shake, and I’ve often wondered when you might circle back to your SN and Niagara electrics models. My own Hegge-inspired journey has recently taken me to some of what is believed to be some of Bob’s lesser-known source material: backwoods mountain electrics of the Alps. One Crooked Mountain Lines place name, Winterthur, was borrowed from a famous Swiss loco works. A few glances at photos of the Rhaetische or Mariazell electric narrow gauge lines, still more or less operational in contemporary Switzerland and Austria, and it’s not hard to imagine a modern day Crooked Mountain lines. Where this is leading: red slim gauge electrics in HO scale have been visiting my workbench, blog posts to come once my work travel and real life interruptions slows down.

    • Hi Steve:
      Great to hear from a fellow “sufferer”. 😉
      I’ll have to put you in touch with my friend Mark Zagrodney, who is also a big fan of the Swiss metre gauge and once planned an extensive layout based upon it.
      When I look at the CML, I see its influences – including the SN and some of the Pacific Northwest interurbans, such as the Oregon Electric. I’d never considered the Swiss lines, but yes – you’re right. That’s some new perspective for me to apply to Hegge’s work. Thanks!

  2. Trevor
    Great to see your posting on the SN loco.

    Another possible caboose model is the PFM D&RGW wood. It is very similar to if not identical to the SN car.


  3. Ah, once tangled in the copper web, always ensnared even when it is pushed into the background.
    Bill Schaumburg (always generally tangled up)

    • Hi Bill:
      I was just having a bit of fun. Thanks for this. I have recordings of the SN, plus a DVD.
      – Trevor

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