Angela Trotta Thomas says, “I have been intrigued with The Best Friend of Charleston train for sometime now and started doing some research about its economic importance to Charleston in the early 1800’s. Being know as “The Trainlady”, I have a great interest in all trains but especially Lionel Trains. I have been licensed with the Lionel Train company for 25 years to create paintings of their iconic memories. When I learned that the Best Friend Train was created as a Lionel Train some years back I knew I had to paint it! It seemed a perfect combination! Being the only artist Licensed with Lionel and living in Charleston it was something I had to do.
“This is a very special painting with local historical value and was created as part of my body of Lionel Train art and not commissioned by anyone. The original painting was the feature painting of a one woman art show at Coco Vivo Gallery , 25 Broad Street, in 2014. Every December I do a Lionel Train art show at this gallery. These shows have been very well attended.
“We have a small Lionel Train layout in the window of the gallery. In the postwar era Lionel trains were in almost every window of every business in America. Looking through the window at the Christmas trains was a very big part of the postwar era.
“My paintings depict memories most people can relate to, as Lionel is a part of the American Fabric.”