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      Best Friend of Charleston museum being dedicated

      {}{} CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Charleston is dedicating the new home for a replica of the Best Friend of Charleston, the first train in the nation to offer regular passenger service.{}{} Mayor Joe Riley and Norfolk Southern officials are scheduled to attend Friday's dedication at a downtown museum.{}{} The Best Friend made its first run on Christmas Day, 1830, but was destroyed in a boiler explosion six months later. The replica was created in 1928, marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Co., a predecessor of the Norfolk Southern.{}{} The museum is in the last of a series of 19th Century railroad sheds renovated in recent decades. The first was the Charleston Visitor Center that opened in 1991.
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