I have used the term “juice jack” as a reference to electric locomotives for as long as I can recall ( a period time becoming perilously short), but I had no idea of the roots of the term. So, I put the question to “the internet” and the replies are paraphrased thusly: The word “jack” is an archaic word with the meaning “locomotive”. It is not in common useage due to confusion with an alternative meaning: “a lifting device”. The word “juice”, in context, means “electricity”. Thus, A “juice jack” is a “locomotive propelled by electrical energy”. Now you know.
The “297” makes an appearance on the main line but rarely, so it was a welcome treat for me to be in the right place at the right time and have the opportunity to photograph the 297 pulling the weekend trains to Perris.
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