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
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