In 1998 there were some pretty bad ice storms in Canada. One of the worst hit areas was Boucherville, on the South Shore of Montreal. With the power out in January and no quick restoration coming the mayor of Boucherville got creative. They figured out how to intentionally derail a diesel electric locomotive, drive it 1000 feet up the street on it’s flanges (destroying the pavement), and hook it up as an emergency generator.
“the loco went under its own power about 1000ft from the rails, on its own flanges, and left deep grooves in the pavement which had to be repaired afterwards. I’m pretty sure there was a consensus of “who cares” about the pavement - they could fix that in summer in the land of eternal potholes - but this was a crisis!”