RRIRD

SECTION B.5    BLUEPRINTS
  AND MAPS

OF
THE  BEST  FRIEND  OF  CHARLESTON


Blueprints of the Best Friend  are available for a donation to the
 Charleston Chapter - NRHS
  bfoc1830@yahoo.com
or
mail donation and order to:
CCNRHS
P. O. Box 21561
Charleston, SC 29413

Engine  (24 x 25*)
(16 x 17*)
     
B5 (1)
  
Minimum donation of  $15.00                       
 Passenger Car   (16 x 34*)
   (13 x 28*)

B5 (2)

Minimum donation of  $10.00
Tender  (18 x 30*)
(15 x 27*)

B5 (3)
Minimum donation of  $10.00
Boiler  (16 x 34*)
(13 x 28*)

B5 (4)
Minimum donation of  $10.00
                                              Set of 4               

B5 (5)
Minimum donation of  $40.00 
* measurements are approximate 
* size of blueprint depends on availability
RRIRD
YEAR
SIZE
TITLE
COMMENTS
B5 (1)
March 10, 1928
25 X 24

Best Friend Engine
Developed from a copy of the original  drawing of the Best Friend used by The West Point Foundry Association in 1830 to build the train.  Several changes to the original engine are shown on this drawing:  iron wheels were substituted for the original wooden wheels, engine width is slightly reduced  to standard width and a tubular type boiler substituted for the porcupine type boiler. 
B5 (2)
June 27, 1928

16 X 34
 
Best Friend Passenger Car
Includes a note that all boards and timbers be long leaf pine, with bolts burred over nuts.  Requirement included that curtains be made of canvas with rod at bottom for rolling up.   Roof detail is shown as T & G roofing, covered with canvas.
B5 (3)
July 3, 1928

  18 X 30

Best Friend
Tender

Includes detail for corner braces and a note requiring that long leaf pine timbers be used and that bolts and rods be burred over nuts. 
B5 (4)
May 11, 1948

16 X 34

Best Friend
Boiler

Lists working pressure as 90 lbs, hydrostatic pressure as 113 lbs, factor of safety as 5.56, water heating surface as (2 gauges) at 143 sq. ft., super heating surface as (2 gauges) of 98.75 sq. ft. and grate area as 6.08 sq. ft. Includes revision by Lucey Boiler Co. Nov. 1969 and revision by Mr. L. F. Smith. 



Section of Blueprint Showing Engine Wheel
and
Reduced Scale Blueprint of Engine in Black Line


Best Friend of Charleston




CHARLESTON CHAPTER BLUEPRINT AND MAP COLLECTION


1906  Map of Charleston , Lands, Tracks, Buildings and Wharfs, Charleston Terminal Co., Southern Railway - Atlantic Coast Line RR, 3' X 12'
Southern Railway - Carolina Division  Right-of-Way and Track Map  Charleston Division  Dec 31, 1927  Sta 0 + 00  to Sta 211 + 20
                                                                                                                                                                Sta 8 + 00  to Sta   71 + 00
Southern Railway Handbrake Gear and Brackets for Passenger Equipment  August 9, 1895
South Carolina State Ports Authority - Cooper River Waterfront  Schedule of  RRs to be transferred from Port Utilities Commission toSC Public Railways Commission   November 1972

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