Best Friend Models

BEST  FRIEND  of  CHARLESTON  MODELS

MODEL PRESENTED TO PASSENGERS IN 1927

LIONEL LIMITED EDITION 2005 and 2007

MODEL AT THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE

MODEL ON DISPLAY AT THE CHARLESTON MUSEUM

MODEL ON DISPLAY AT THE BRANCHVILLE SC MUSEUM

MODEL ON DISPLAY AT  AUGUSTA RICHLAND COUNTY MUSEUM

2005 BEST FRIEND CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

MODELS IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

MODEL MADE FROM SODA CANS

MODEL MADE OF PAPER

LIONS CLUB PIN 1984

          Models of the Best Friend of Charleston have long been of interest to the Charleston Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.  Special interest has been given to the paperweight of the replica that was presented to the first passengers of the locomotive when the replica, built in 1929, made its first trip. The Chapter has been contacted over the years by owners of the paper weight, wanting information about it.  Since there was never a record of the names of the passengers in 1929, the information herein represents the beginning of such a record.   This information will be updated as new details are available.

  PAPER WEIGHT OF REPLICA PRESENTED TO PASSENGERS IN 1927 . . .

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Accompanying the paper weight presentation was a card that read:

Southern   Railway   System

is   sending   with   its   compliments

a   paper   weight   replica   of   its

first   locomotive   to

Captain and Mrs. John M. LeCato

and   ventures   to   hope   that   they

will   honour   it   with   a   place

on   their   desk.

           Fairfax Harrison

                                       President

                                         Washington, D. C.

                                                  May 16, 1927

                                                      “     7, 1929

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The paper weight specifications are . . .

Engraving reads:………The “Best Friend of Charleston” 1830……………………………………………….

The paper weight specifications are . . .

Engraving reads:………The “Best Friend of Charleston” 1830

…………………………..First Locomotive on Southern Railway System

…………………………..Van Gytenseek, Inc. @1927 New York

Material:……………….Metal undetermined

Consist:

     Engine…………………1 5/8″ x 5/8″

     Tender…………………1 1/4″ x 3/4″

     Passenger Cars………..1 1/4″ x 3/4″

     Base…………………… 7 1/2″ x 1 3/4″

OWNERS OF BEST FRIEND PAPER WEIGHTS

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Charlie Long Family

Alcoa, TN

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CCNRHS ARCHIVES

(On loan to Norfolk Southern)

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CCNRHS ARCHIVES

(On loan to Norfolk Southern)

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Ron Plunkett Family

Isle of Palms, SC

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Judge Clarence Singletary Family

Moncks Corner SC

(Family of Mrs. Singletary visited train in Atlanta in 1929)

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Carl Pool

Mesquite TX

(Purchased from an estate)

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Bill Passman Family

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Joe Boatwright

Dublin OH

(Given to his mother by her father)

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Paper Weight now on display at Best Friend Train Museum

Donated by the

Michael H. Irwin family

Carmel, Indiana

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Sandra Strother Hudson

Watkinsville, GA

estate of her great-grandfather, Rhodes Browne of Columbus, Georgia

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Gibson Family

Vancouver, British Columbia

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best friend soda model

Best Friend Model made from soda cans.

Built by Jim Casey of Manchester, TN in 2016.

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(NOTE:  This page under construction as of 8.14.16)