Past the High Bridge, the trail starts bending eastward, running down the length of Vila do Porto park. The name reflects the large Portuguese influence back when Hudson was a big mill town. The community is still big to this day.
I’m now passing the ARRT caboose. It’s an authentic 1921 Boston & Maine RR caboose that was donated to Hudson by the owners of the Edaville Railroad in South Carver, MA. But sometimes free stuff comes with a price. You don’t want to know what it cost to truck a 25-ton object 68 miles!
The caboose is town property but was restored and still maintained by the ARRT volunteers. Most people notice the lantern that lights up at sunset, a red, green and blue sentinel on the side the trail and also visible from Route-62. The lantern is powered by a solar-electric panel on the roof of the cab. The light had been dark for almost a year, when the power converter failed and the lantern was vandalized. But this past May, the light was repaired and in June the converter upgraded. It’s been back working ever since.