There is no reason there should be a problem with fuel or your trains. Remember, Canada does not let you carry a gun, or bing one into the country. If you drink buy it in the states, our prices are high.
My best bet is to get all your custom advice from the canadian revenue agency(customs) and the us border patrol(americancustoms) ( that way you are aware of what each countrys rules are and have a plesent trip through the borders and no hassle , us canadians in this forum could accidently give you the wrong advice and not know it . But yes Fire arms are a touchy subject here in canada , NO hand guns or automatics through the border , riffles have to be registared to the owner and a permit to transport them . So Yes leave all guns at home .
I have transported live steamers and gas across the US/Canadian border many times with no difficulty as have Canadian friends coming here for steamups. I did hear of an incident where proof of ownership of the trains was required but I have never experienced this. I have been questioned about selling or gifting items that will be staying in Canada, for the purpose of collecting duty I'm told. On return from Shay Days a few years ago, towing our travel trailer, (with two 30 pound propane tanks on the tongue by the way) we were "lucky" enough to be singled out for inspection. A no-neck guy with leather gloves went in the trailer, looked at everything in the truck (including a couple of boxes of rolling stock) but did not ask to have any of the loco boxes opened, nor did he bat an eye at the very visible supplies including gas, lighter, oil etc then let us go.
Are you traveling to Newark Valley? Have a safe trip!
See you there,
The live steamers have upset the way they operate (don't operate) but never bad enough that I want to shoot them so I don't need to bring a firearm across the Canadian/US border. Thanks for the information about the butane.
I too visit Canada with my steam locomotives and have experienced no difficulties at the border. In fact I buy my metyl alcohol at the Home Depots in B.C. and bring home several gallons when I do. If questioned, I just tell them that the stuff burns better in the trains and in the stove aboard our sail boat.