A leafy deciduous tree was growing through the middle of the 1947 International school bus when it was uprooted and sold to Southland Transportation in 2002. About a year later, the maintenance team at the Calgary, Alberta-based company decided to restore the run-down bus to celebrate the province's centennial. Despite the vehicle's condition, the staff became excited at the thought of such a major restoration project. "It was a total derelict, but the guys in the shop rallied around it," says Harry Davis, Southland's manager of fleet and facilities. For 18 months, Southland's technicians and volunteers dedicated numerous hours to the project.