The Best Friend Moves In

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Nov 032013

The replica of the Best Friend of Charleston, closing in on a hundred years old itself, returned to Charleston this morning. Its new home, a glass museum on John Street will open to the public early next year. The locomotive was transported in on low bed truck then transferred to breakaway flatbed for movement into the actual building.

There were quite a number of people on hand to watch the unloading of The Best Friend including Mayor Joe Riley of Charleston, representatives of the National Railroad Historical Society, and our own Mary Lehr of the Charleston Railroad Museum.

You can also see a nice little piece by the local TV news –

Best Friend Moves In On Sunday

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Nov 012013

Although the museum won’t open until next year, the Best Friend of Charleston will move in to its new home on John Street on Sunday.

The train is being moved this weekend into a new glass-sided building Sunday morning, November 3rd around 8 AM. The train will be coming in on two flatbed tractor trailers from King Street, the train will be off loaded into a new glass portion of the Camden Shed which is currently being renovated. After placement (which is scheduled to take place between 8 am and 2 pm), the remainder of the Best Friend Museum will be built around the train. The completed Museum and Train will be open for exhibit in early 2014.

Best Friend Museum Building 01 Best Friend Museum Building 02

The Best Friend Train has been on loan to Norfolk Southern for over 5 years. This effort has been an ongoing collaboration between many organizations including Norfolk Southern, Superior Transportation, The History Workshop, Hogan Construction, Ecovest Development, e.e. fava architects, the Charleston Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, and the City of Charleston, including Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., City Council and city staff.

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