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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 08, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House


Up for Auction is a ONE OF A KIND BRAND NEW and MINT IN BOX Norfolk Southern "Best Friend of Charleston" Lionel Train Replica, made exclusively by Lionel for Norfolk to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Best Friend of Charleston's first commuter run. The model # is 6-30043 made in 2005 (This was the PROTOTYPE for model #6-30065 of the Best Friend of Charlestown, that Lionel produced in 2007, and ONLY 300 of these were even made) and was a personal GIFT to me from Norfolk CEO David Goode, who was also celebrating his retirement that day in December 2005. I was the sole NYSE market maker in the stock for many years and had a great relationship with Mr. Goode. He confirmed to me that only 3 of this model were made and it would be extremely valuable. Of the 3 made, one was for him, one was given to the NYSE observatory, and the final 6-30043 was for me!! I was so elated that David Goode chose to give me one of ONLY 3 sets!! He knew I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into managing his company for many years!! I am not a Lionel collector, so I would LOVE for the enthusiast to have a chance at such a rare piece. Lionel subtly privately issued a 6-30065 version in small quantity, but this is NOT that one, as only 3 of the 6-30043 model were ever produced. This version was made exclusively by Lionel for Nofolk Southern only and basically never existed. MINT IN BOX!!!! I still have the ORIGINAL packing box that the train was sent to me in, with the Norfolk Southern shipping label, and the box, train, and all contents had never been opened until today, just for the photos. I don't know the value, so I will consider reasonable offers, and please contact me with any questions. The SHORT STORY of this monumental day where we celebrated the 175th Anniversary of the Best Friend at the NYSE is included below. They also brought a full size replica train and parked it at 11 Wall St. What an amazing day!! Experts that I spoke with said not to sell this because it will only go up in value, as it is like the "Honus Wagner T206" of Lionel. ALL ITEMS I SELL ARE FROM A SMOKE FREE ENVIRONMENT.

This would be the centerpiece to even the most high end collector! Thanks for your interest and !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please read the wonderful story below from the Norfolk Southern website that talks more about that historical day in December 2005! Thanks!!!

December 12, 2005

Norfolk Southern’s “Best Friend” Visits
Stock Exchange for Opening Bell Ceremony


NEW YORK - A replica of the first American-built steam locomotive is on display outside the New York Stock Exchange today as part of the opening bell festivities commemorating the 175th anniversary of Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC).

The locomotive symbolizes the beginning of what would become the nation’s leading freight railroad. Today’s Norfolk Southern has an unbroken 16-year record of industry leadership in safety and is FORTUNE magazine’s 2005 most admired railroad.

“Many companies come to the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate special events by ringing the opening bell. But very few can celebrate with as long a history as Norfolk Southern,” said David R. Goode, who recently stepped down after 14 years as the company’s CEO and president and who will retire as chairman early next year.

“At 175, the spirit of innovation is alive and kicking at Norfolk Southern,” added President and CEO Wick Moorman. “By building on our thoroughbred heritage, we intend to deliver profitable growth and excellence in service well into the future.”

Norfolk Southern traces its beginning to Christmas Day 1830, when its earliest predecessor launched the nation’s first regularly scheduled passenger service in Charleston, S.C., on six miles of track laid by the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company. Dubbed the Best Friend of Charleston, the train carried 140 passengers “on the wings of the wind at the speed of 15 to 25 miles an hour, annihilating time and...