Vintage fire engine built in Roanoke donated to transportation museum

Published: Aug. 30, 2018 at 8:53 PM EDT
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Roanoke is well-known for the steam locomotives that were built in the Norfolk and Western shops.

But did you know one of the country's largest manufacturers of fire engines was once located here.

A gift to the Virginia Museum of Transportation celebrates that history.

Built by the Oren Roanoke Corporation in 1952, the truck served as Roanoke City Squad 1 for many years.

Karl Ehlshlager donated the vintage fire engine to the transportation museum Thursday morning.

"I've enjoyed 17 years with the vehicle," Ehlshlager told WDBJ7. "It's one of a kind. It's the only one made of its design, so it's what we called a one-off in the business."

Ehlshlager worked for Roanoke Oren Corporation for about a year, and he purchased the fire engine in 2001.

He says he's glad it's now under cover at the Transportation Museum for everyone to enjoy.