High Green to you!
Yes, it’s been a while. (Actually, too long.) Thankfully, I can assure you all has been well here in Southwest New Mexico. At high peaks most all the time it seems!
Union Pacific (having pretty much replaced Southern Pacific in these parts) continues to roll along rather busy tracks paralleling a lot of Interstate 10.
I look forward to riding the “New Mexico Rail Runner Express” and the “Cumbres & Toltic Scenic Railroad.” (Perhaps the most famous of all scenic railroads.) (I bet you do too someday! …If you have not already.) Friends returned recently from a grand time up there. Now, ‘walking on air!’ Spectacular! Overwhelming! Beautiful! Words used over and over. Clearly, and understandably, they loved every moment on those NM, CO rails. Many thanks Marilyn and Chuck for the T-Shirt!! (Now, I get asked all kinds of new questions. And you know I love trying to answer them.)
As of this writing, we’re down to just three books left. None in Hooksett, NH. The three are out here.
Again, I’m very pleased to learn some folks enjoy reading the book, coming back a few months later, reading it again. Sharing the book with children. There are some additions in mind for a second edition, if there is one. I’ve been researching one particular historic event that took place not far from Silver Hill Depot. In fact, Silver Hill Depot is mentioned in this almost incredible event. I was not aware of this story until well after the first edition was in print.
The Silver Hill Boys and the Secret Railroad Club continues to be enjoyed even by those who are not big rail fans. The story seems to captivate some people in various ways. I’m still finding there’s enough content in these pages to satisfy a good number of folks in many more ways than one. Thanks again for sharing your comments…Always!
…Keep enjoying HAPPY RAILS !!
Christmas!!! The Silver Hill Boys favorite time of year! Just ahead of those hot, humid, hazy, sun filled summer days…and…playing pick-up hockey on North Avenue Pond in the winter. Once again I’m delighted to hear some of you SRRC fans are planning to spend some time at Silver Hill this Christmas season…2013.
A growing number of you are making it a tradition having visited during past Christmas seasons….with a copy of The Book in hand. Great fun seeing where the depot was located and, of course, enjoying trains from one of The Boys favorite observation areas, overlooking the tracks from beside the fence, just to the west of Silver Hill Bridge. Enjoy every moment!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! 2013 !!!
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!