Here it is, November 2013, and here I am… a full time resident of southwest New Mexico! My interest in the southwest American desert began as I watched my first TV western in the 1950s. Majestic mountains, canyons, desert cactus, wide open spaces filled with endless mystery and excitement. Western comic books played a role as well.
The Butterfield Trail, Lincoln County War, our own Concord, NH coaches transporting people across the desert. Almost living in the shadow of Cooke’s Canyon, one of the three most dangerous places to travel through during the years between 1850 – 1888. Massacre Valley, the remains of Fort Cummings, so much to explore and study and photograph.
I’ll always have special roots in New England, but at last I’m here full time in the desert and I love it. As most all of you know, Silver Hill is always somewhere in my mind. New England memories are deep and more than plentiful. Seventy years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Honestly good, precious years!
I sold my Derry, NH properties last May 2013 and rode into town out here in July 2013.
Southern Pacific trains run beside long portions of Interstate Rt. 10 hauling freight loaded in Los Angeles heading east, returning to Los Angeles along the same basic route. Two long, one short one long crossing into and out of the outskirts of town. I’m living where the Second Transcontinental RR was completed. A ceremonial Silver Spike joined the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe Railroads in 1881. My postcard celebrating this historical event is selling well out here and at RR shows “back east”.
Please send an email for your card courtesy of “the Silver Hill Boys and the Secret Railroad Club”. Remember to include your name and address. I am still JosephAKaras@comcast.net.
Happy rails to you from New Mexico, U.S.A.
As many of you know a B&W photo postcard of the elevated gateman’s tower at the top of the Silver Hill grade in South Lincoln, MA is part of the SRRC Classic Postcard Collection. I’m delighted to present the latest HO scale drawings of this historic tower. Those of you modeling the Silver Hill area, the home of the Silver Hill Boys and the Secret Railroad Club, will find these drawings most valuable indeed as you have great fun working to capture the area. What a find, thanks to Honorary SRRC Member Bruce Bowden who recently sent to The Club these excellent drawings. Happy Modeling! Make it Happen !
A fabulous summer 2013 for all you fabulous SRRC Fans including your families and friends. Sincerely, Joe Karas.
The center piece of The Silver Hill Boys and the Secret Railroad Club is, of course, railroading. BUT…In addition the book touches on some very interesting history regarding Baseball and Christmas. Touches of ornithology and dendrology.
In memory of the healthy way the boys enjoyed Halloween in the 1950′s (In the book)
…all of us here in the Secret Railroad Club wish you a Happy Halloween 2012.
Each purchase of The Silver Hill Boys and the Secret Railroad Club now includes The SRRC Classic Postcard Collection. Nine postcards highlighting major locations featured in the book. Rare B&W and Color photography from the 1940′s and 1960′s with detailed notes on the back of each card. Silver Hill Depot at various times…Steam and Diesel power on those Silver Hill tracks…a haunting shot of Silver Hill Bridge in winter…some trains passing by the location of the Silver Hill Boys’ “Place”. A peak into the town where the tracks bend to the right after the Green Signal Light highlighted in the book. We suggest not opening your classic postcards before reading the book.
For even more pleasure…let your imagination picture Silver Hill for you…then…see it for real… open your postcards… and enjoy!
This C16 former B&M caboose moved from Lawrence, MA and was set up at the Windham, NH Depot. The Windham rail trail, part of the Salem, NH to Concord, NH rail trail presently features 8 miles of beautiful paved trail. More than any other deserted rail bed in New Hampshire. Onward to Concord!
Windham depot was built in 1849. You’ll see the depot in the background. First passenger train: Nov. 12, 1849. Last passenger train: July 10, 1953.
Happy Rails To You!