A Twin Ports man has made history after helping solve a huge mystery for a Canadian railroad town off of Lake Superior.
For 106 years a small railroad town in Ontario has been trying to locate a missing locomotive. That all changed in July with help from a rare device.
Hes an underwater explorer, who uses a remotely operated vehicle with sonar and a camera to put eyes in a place no people have been.
“The camera has better quality than a diver can see underwater,” said Tom Crossman.
Crossman and a team of other explorers were asked to tackle a unique mission this summer.
“There was a locomotive that had gone off a cliff near a big tunnel, people said ‘yeah we'd like to find it,’” said Crossman.
It's a 106-year-old tragedy for the town of Schreiber, hhe wreck took the lives of all three crew members on board when a rock slide covered the tracks and forced the train into the lake.
The remains of locomotive 694 were never found despite several searches.
“We figured (it would take) a full day of search at least even with the little info we had,” said Crossman.
Fueled with knowledge from previous divers, Crossman’s ROV exceeded expectations and in just an hour on the water the great mystery was solved.
“I was blown away, as well as the other guys in the boat,” said Crossman. “We talked about it a year and did all that research. Now we know it does exist.”
An the discovery puts an end to an emotional piece of history for one small town, finally giving them some closure.
“One of the divers located a shoe at the wreck site yesterday, it tugs at your heart strings because it belonged to one of the crew members who died,” said Crossman.
Crossman hopes the locomotive stays right where it is as a piece of history people can learn about for years to come.