One year effort moves a historic diesel railroad locomotive from Canada.
In October 1996, I started a one-year effort for a volunteer group to move a historic diesel locomotive from Stouffville, Ontario back to the United States. The owner had offered the piece to the group, but other volunteers were unable to jump the many hurdles necessary to get it back across the boarder.
The deteriorated Alco model RS3 locomotive had been wrecked and frozen while leased to a Domtar paper mill at Thunder Bay, Ontario and had significant mechanical issues to correct before it could move.
I made two trips to Canada, arranged for a contractor in Canada to perform necessary repairs, herded the unit through all the paperwork and logistics hurdles with multiple railroads and US customs, and got the locomotive to its new home.