Having spent the last years of its working life in Sarajevo, Bosnia – this locomotive had recently been purchased by a UK railway preservation society. On paper the task seemed simple enough – load to a specialist trailer and head home to the UK.
If only it were that easy – on the only route out of Sarajevo, there was a weak bridge, incapable of taking the weight of the loco. The solution – select a trailer that was far longer than needed, so that only part of the load was on the bridge at any given moment. The side effect – trying to persuade the rest of the authorities on route to accept a trailer combination that was, demonstrably, much larger than necessary.