Reminder – Two Upcoming Shows in Charleston and Myrtle Beach

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Nov 102016
Charleston Area Model Railroad Club's 5th Annual Train Show

Just wanted to send out this reminder that the two big model train shows that kick off the holiday season are coming this weekend and next. Both the show in Charleston and the one in Myrtle Beach are just days away!

The 7th Annual Grand Strand Model Train Show and Sale will be held November 12th and 13th at Inlet Square Mall in Myrtle Beach.

7th Annual Grand Strand Model Train Show

The weekend after that, November 19 and 20, is the Charleston show. This will be at the Danny Jones Armory and Gymnasium, 5000 Lackawanna Blvd, North Charleston SC 29405. The show is Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Charleston Area Model Railroad Club's 5th Annual Train Show

Oh, and if you are in the mood to go to a great shop, don’t forget that Train Town Toy & Hobby in Summerville, SC, is now open longer holiday hours. Plus they will be at the Charleston show above.  Their store hours in November area Tuesdays to Friday 11 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. They will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 24th. Starting November 27th and continuing up until Christmas, they will be open on Sundays from noon to 4 pm.


Best Friend of Charleston Returns Home

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Oct 292013

The Best Friend pulled up by the tracks in Summerville on Monday, to the carnival atmosphere of a big crowd, a steel band and vendors selling popcorn and peanuts. People oohed and cheered, their phones snapping photos and shooting videos. Unfortunately the train pulled up on trucks instead of via the rails themselves, but still.  The replica has been in Atlanta for the past few years as an exhibit in the office of Norfolk Southern, but now it is returning home. See the full story at the Post & Courier.

Best Friend of Charleston Arrives in Summerville

Best Friend of Charleston Returns Via Summerville

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Oct 042013

A piece of locomotive history is returning to Charleston after it makes a stop in Summerville. The train is named ‘The Best Friend of Charleston,’ and it is currently in Atlanta outside the headquarters for Norfolk Southern.

The announcement of the train’s return came on Thursday, which was proclaimed Best Friend Day in Summerville.

Best Friend of Charleston on Wall Street

Chris Ohm, the executive director of the Summerville-Dorchester Museum, said the railroad has always been important to Summerville and the Best Friend helped to develop the area around the train stop. He said it took people and materials back and forth from Charleston.

The Best Friend of Charleston was not only the first locomotive built in entirely in America to be put in regular service, its route was the first regularly scheduled route within the US. Additionally, although unfortunately, the explosion that destroyed the original Best Friend is probably the first major, and fatal, train accident within the US.

The replica, built in the 1920s, is owned by the city of Charleston. It’s being returned to the city after six years on loan to Norfolk Southern headquarters in Atlanta. It will be housed in a new, glass-enclosed display museum near Ann and John streets downtown, in an area known as the East Shed.

The locomotive, tender and two coaches, all built in 1928 to specifications of the original equipment, are on loan from the city of Charleston, S.C., for five years. The original Best Friend made its inaugural run Christmas Day 1830. The replica was built to celebrate the centennial of the South Carolina Canal & Rail Road, one of Norfolk Southern’s earliest predecessor companies, which operated the original Best Friend. Railroaders at Norfolk Southern’s Chattanooga Diesel Shop refurbished the replica prior to its Atlanta arrival.

The return — ironically by truck — has been scheduled for Oct. 28, said Chris Ohm, Summerville-Dorchester Museum director. The locomotive, wrapped in plastic for transport, will be unwrapped in the town after arriving about noon.

It will be displayed at a museum in Charleston that is currently under construction.

Sad – Suicide Likely Cause of Train Death

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Apr 172013

The woman struck and killed by a train headed through Summerville to Charleston Tuesday afternoon appears to have traincommitted suicide, according to Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet.

The location is near the Kapstone Paper Plant. As of 4 p.m., crossing over the tracks from Aulds Lane down to North Hickory Street was impeded by the sitting train. The train’s engine had halted between Hickory Street and Cedar Street.

Nisbet identified the woman as Joyce Lillian Brook, 54, of Summerville in a statement Tuesday evening.

Nisbet said Brook “committed suicide by laying on the railroad tracks.” The coroner’s statement verifies a previous statement from an EMS official to Patch. The official said the woman was waiting on the track with no one else around.

The impact from the train killed Brook instantly, but an autopsy is still scheduled for Wednesday, Nisbet said.

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