Anderson-Tully Company of Vicksburg, MS
In an earlier blog post focusing on some HO scale Thrall All-Door boxcars I have painted for my Proto-Freelanced Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad, there were images of a stock Walthers All-Door boxcar lettered for the Anderson-Tully Company. This car was purchased by me to be repainted into my Y&MV scheme. The image below is linked to the Walthers executive summary of the model.
My father asked me if I had purchased this car intentionally because the Anderson-Tully Company was headquartered in Vicksburg, MS. In fact, an industry next to the railroad yard on Levee Street in Vicksburg, MS that I have seen loading GM&O and ICG woodchip hoppers belongs to Anderson-Tully. This significance of the car purchase was completely coincidental as I had no recollection of the name Anderson-Tully being associated with Vicksburg.
The above images were sent to me by my father - Vicksburg exactly as I remember it. The detail of the faded Anderson-Tully Co. Mill "D" sign above the cars being loaded escaped me however. The above image is linked to a larger file posted on rrpicturearchives.net.
I have no recollection of having ever seen a red Anderson-Tully Co. Thrall All-Door boxcar nor can I find any images of these cars easily on the Internet. I have to imagine there is a prototype for it since Walthers produced the model. It is very interesting that the car has Roscoe Snyder & Pacific (RSP) reporting marks. A search of RSP cars on rrpicturearchives.net yields very few results, and no Thrall-Door boxcars. The button below will take you to the RSP freight car index on that site.
While searching the Internet for clues about these cars I came across a wonderful image as part of an 'Urban Decay" blogspot posting. This image below credited to Andrew Morang is linked to that urban decay blog article. The article is actually focused on the brick railroad shop building in the yard adjacent to the Anderson-Tully Co. Mill "D". There are a number of really great photos of the once proud and busy Vicksburg shop in this blog post and is worth checking out!
So I will share this post to a number of Facebook and Google groups looking for anyone who might have images of a prototype Anderson-Tully Company Thrall-Door Boxcar. Does anyone know how many, if any, were decorated for Anderson-Tully Company? Did they operate much in Mississippi? Does anyone have more detailed images of Mill "D".
I suppose, given the circumstances, this model of RSP 20277 will be removed from the stock of cars to be repainted and will be allowed to operated on my Vicksburg Terminal railroad decorated as is!
Thanks Dad for bringing this to my attention.