ROANOKE, Va.—The old "1776" is getting a make over.
The diesel locomotive will be cosmetically restored to its original red, white, and blue glory.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation won a $10,000 preservation grant dollars from Trains Magazine. The publication chose the 1776 Locomotive from 120 submissions from all over country.
"Our rail fans are from around the world and around the country and they participated in getting the 1776 voted as a 'people's choice,' said Peg McGuire, Virginia Museum of Transportation director of marketing and special events. "It means that rail is important and this is a national icon."
With the grant, the Virginia Museum of Transportation is halfway to its goal of $20,000 needed for the restoration work.
The 1776 was listed as a "people's choice" in the Top 10 Endangered Artifacts List produced by the Virginia Association of Museums. The Top 10 list included photographs with cellulose nitrate negatives at Booker T. Washington National Monument.