01/06/13 199 W, 2 I - + 3 - 3 Old Engine 1 > Station 28

On Saturday, January 5, 2013, the Raleigh Fire Museum relocated its 1961 American LaFrance 900 Series pumper. The old beauty was moved from Station 9 on Six Forks Road to Station 28 on Forestville Road. Old Engine 1 now proudly resides with the city's fleet of antique apparatus: one steam engine (1905 ALF), three pumpers (1926 ALF, 1950 Mack, 1982 Mack), and two rescue boats and a trailer (1953). Talk about a place that provides instant happiness!

The 1961 pumper was purchased earlier this year with donations from active, retired, and former members. (A plaque is planned for the rig, to display the names of the donors.) The museum continues to raise money for maintenance, repairs, and, maybe, restoration. To contribute to the cause, visit this donation page.

The engine served the city from 1961 until 1982, and was sold to the Stem Fire Department in Granville County in what we believe was 1986. It was later sold to a private owner. See photos of the engine's journey from Jan Chamblee and others, as well as photos from Lee Wilson.

To see this absolutely cool collection of antiques, swing by Fire Station 28 at 3000 Forestville Road. Or use this contact form to inquire about scheduling a station tour.

Lee Wilson photo

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