This past December, Patrick Tillery stopped by to see the railroad. He was in town to visit family and we had a nice chat about coal haulers, the Short Line, and railroad modeling in general. Patrick is a close friend of Stuart Thayer, one of the founding members of the CWE operating group, and Stuart helped arrange the visit. Patrick is also a very fine modeler and you can see some of his work here on the Appalachian Railroad Modeling website: https://appalachianrailroadmodeling.com/models/ln-models/.
Fast forward to last week and a package arrives in the mail. In the box is a fully assembled Tichy pulpwood flat. It even has the plate for the ACI label and the plates on the bulkheads for the end reporting marks. All of the features that you would expect to find on one of the CWE pulpwood flats are included as you can see in the photo below.
The car is Patrick's work and it is beautifully done. Next up is decals and weathering, and then it's on to work on the railroad.
Thanks again for the nice gift, Patrick.