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Hopewell Depot Restoration (rshsdepot)
 
« on: Apr 12th, 2005, 4:49pm »
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Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 16:22:15 -0400
From: Bernard Rudberg <brudberg at frontiernet dot net>
Subject: Hopewell Depot Restoration (rshsdepot)
 
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This is the new floor being installed in the depot by our contractor.
 
       ANNUAL MEETING
    Hopewell Depot Restoration Inc.
    Annual meeting and election of officers.
 
     7 PM Wednesday 27 April 2005
    East Fishkill Community Center
 Located off Rte. 82 in the center of  Hopewell between the RR overpass
and the Rte.376 traffic light across from McHoul's.
 
This will be our annual election of officers and a report on depot work
progress.  Most of the work has been done by a very small dedicated
group.  The depot project is sadly in need of help from Saturday work to
fund raising and publicity.   For example; in addition rebuilding the floor
structure, Jerry Carey is also the VP and treasurer.
 
       DEPOT PROGRESS
With the backing of the Town of East Fishkill, work has been progressing
on replacing the foundation sills and the floor beams of the depot.  Phase
1 includes new sills around the foundation, a new floor and a new roof.
We have recently speeded up  operations by hiring a contractor.  We also
have temporary construction electrical service on a pole near the building.
The pole was provided and installed by our good neighbor, Rich Carroll.
 
 The original sills have rotted because the wooden structure of the
building was in contact with the ground.  Plans call for replacement of the
sill beams and later, new construction of a wooden walkway around the
building so the new sills will not touch the ground.  The walkway will be
very similar to the platform around the depot in older photographs.
 
volunteer labor we get, the farther the money will go toward future
restoration.  In the coming weeks we will be asking for volu Part of phase
1 is replacement of the dry rotted floor.  Our VP and Treasurer Jerry
Carey has already started on the project.  In the last few weeks the
contractor has finished installing new sill beams and a plywood floor.  At
a later time the plywood floor will be covered with hardwood similar to
the original depot floors.
 
One of the cross beams on the east wall has separated and needs repair
and the chimney needs some attention. The next major project in phase 1
will be the roof structure repair and resurfacing. By the completion of
phase 1 the building will be safe and dry to work inside.  Then much of
the detailed restoration work can begin on the interior, walls, ceilings,
doors and windows.
 
There will also be work needed on the stairs down into the basement.
Water erosion had caused a buildup of sand at the bottom of the basement
steps.   The sand has been removed and a new masonry wall installed to
prevent more erosion.  New steps and a floor hatch will be added.
 
Recently the two ceramic sections and the cap on top of the chimney have
been removed and stored.  They will be reinstalled when the chimney and
roof work is done. There are enough projects to keep us busy for years to
come.
 
 With only a small group of volunteers actually working, the progress is
slow.  The more nteer time and effort to make the best use of the town
financial support.  Keep an eye out for E-Mail notes and/or snail mail
letters for specific projects.  We will need all
the volunteer help we can get.
 
Hopewell Junction is rich in railroad history but much of it is in
danger of being lost forever.   We must preserve as much as possible
for future generations.
 
Many towns across the country have recognized the significance of their
railroad past and are restoring their railroad stations.
 
************************************
   THE LIGHTER SIDE OF RAILROADING
     Some of the more interesting tales come under the heading of
unusual cargo. For example, conductor Hemingway got a note from
superintendent Kimball saying that on Saturday morning his train was to
carry one cow from Hopewell Junction to Pine Plains. Just where the cow
was supposed to ride was not specified.
 
In the ND&C letterbooks there are at least two letters explaining that the
fare is double the standard adult rate for carrying corpses to the cemetery.
The ND&C Railroad charged a rate of $6.00 per car for hauling the
Barnum and Bailey circus from Millerton to Shekomeko while they
hauled stock free if the animals had been exhibited at the state fair in
Syracuse.
 
     General Freight Agent Underhill wrote special instructions to
agent G. H. Bontecou at Dutchess Junction regarding the handling of five
carloads of willow blocks. The blocks were to be loaded on a Hudson
River schooner and shipped to A. A. Marks, 701 Broadway, New York
City. Mr. Marks, it seems was a manufacturer of artificial limbs and the
blocks of willow wood were destined to become wooden legs and arms.
 
      THE ND&C RAILROAD
There are still some soft cover copies of the book Twenty Five years on
the ND&C RR available.  All the hard covers are sold out. Barnes &
Noble in Poughkeepsie had a few  as well as the model train shop in Red
Oaks Mill.  Other book stores may have a copy or two left.  In addition
they are available by mail from the Purple Mountain Press in
Fleischmanns NY and also over the internet on the web site of the New
Haven RR Historical Society.
Their web site is:
http://NHRHTA.ORG
Just click on the book sales icon.
 ************************************
       SHARING HISTORY
Do you know of any photos of Hopewell History ?   If you have or know
someone who has photos to share with the members, send a note or call
me, Bernie Rudberg, at 221-9330..   I have facilities to scan and print
photos without any damage to the originals.  I can also do minor repairs
of cracks or marks on the scanned prints.  I can even do the scanning at
your location with a portable computer and scanner.  If you have photos
let me know and I will pick them up and return them after scanning or
scan them on site.  We would love to see any old pictures you might have
hidden away in a family album.
**********************************
 
   MEMBERSHIP DUES
     Individuals     $10.00
    Families    $18.00
      Seniors/Students  $  5.00
If you get your newsletter via E-Mail, your renewal is due one year from
the last time you paid.  If you get the newsletter via snail mail, take a  
look
at the address on your newsletter envelope.  The date after your name is
the last time your membership was renewed.  If the date is more than a
year ago it is time to renew.   Send to the treasurer:
Jerry Carey
Hopewell Depot Restoration
P O Box 1044
Hopewell Junction, NY, 12533-1044
***********************************
      CURRENT OFFICERS
     President.   Bernie Rudberg
     VP and Treas. Jerry Carey
     Secretary    Jackie Prusak
   Newsletter Editor   Bernie Rudberg
 
Bernie Rudberg
7 Marion Ave.
Wappingers Falls, NY, 12590-6017
phone    221-9330   or   E-Mail
Brudberg at frontiernet dot net
 
Jerry Carey
27 Tamarack Dr.
Hopewell Junction, NY, 12533-6432
phone   897-2145    or   E-Mail
jcarey_mba at idsi dot net    Or
jerry at mcgrathandco dot com
 
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Hopewell Junction, NY (rshsdepot)
 
« Reply #1 on: Sep 25th, 2006, 10:39am »
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Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 20:27:46 -0400
From: Bernard Rudberg <brudberg at optonline dot net>
Subject: Hopewell Bay Window (rshsdepot)
 
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The attachment is the Hopewell depot new bay window frame.
 
                Hopewell Depot Restoration Inc. Progress
 
 Hopewell Depot Restoration work is currently at a standstill due to lack of funds.  Our major
source of funds for the construction work has been the Town of East Fishkill but their situation
has changed.  Our town financial support has been stopped along with other cutbacks.   Our
treasury at this point has enough to cover insurance and electricity etc. but nowhere near enough
to finish the next phase of construction.                                                              
 
All floor and sill beams have been replaced.  The walls have been straightened and braced.  Both
bay windows have been framed awaiting new windows.  The next project was supposed to be
reconstruction of the roof rafters and roof.  Presently we have a used pool cover on the roof to
keep out most of the rain but it still leaks in.  Estimates for rebuilding the roof run about $60,000
to $70,000.  We are searching for funding sources.
 
After completion of phase 1 the building will be safe and dry to work inside. Then much of the
detailed restoration work can begin on the interior, walls, ceilings, doors and windows.  
 
There will also be work needed on the stairs down into the basement. Water erosion had caused a
buildup of sand at the bottom of the basement steps. The sand has been removed and a new
masonry wall installed to prevent more erosion. New steps and a floor hatch will be added.
 
Recently the two ceramic sections and the cap on top of the chimney have been removed and
stored. They will be reinstalled when the chimney and roof work is done. There are enough
projects to keep us busy for years to come.  
 
With only a small group of volunteers actually working, the progress is slow.
The more volunteer labor we get, the farther the money will go toward future restoration. In the
coming weeks we will be asking for volunteer time and effort to make the best use of the town
financial support. Keep an eye out for E-Mail notes and/or snail mail letters for specific projects.
We will need all the volunteer help we can get.
 
Hopewell Junction is rich in railroad history but much of it is in danger of being lost
forever. We must preserve as much as possible for future generations.  
 
Many towns across the country have recognized the significance of their railroad past and are
restoring their railroad stations.
 
************************************
Donations for Hopewell depot
If you have or know of any such items we would dearly love to have them for the future
Hopewell Junction Depot display. Any items donated are eligible for deduction from your taxes.
************************************
                   Dutchess County Rail Trail
                                                                
Water line construction is completed and the plan is to pave the old roadbed
for use as a hiking and bicycling trail. The Hopewell Junction end of that rail trail will be at the
depot. There are also plans for a parking area near the depot. One of these days soon you will be
able to hike from Hopewell Junction to the big railroad bridge in Poughkeepsie.
 
 
          How did Hopewell become Hopewell Junction ?
                                
Hopewell Depot Restoration Inc has produced a new book about the railroads of Hopewell
Junction and the East Fishkill area. The book is packaged in a 3-ring binder so you can
add your own notes. It contains 173 pages with a brief history of the railroads and 188
pictures of old trains and other scenes around Hopewell Junction. If you would like to see
what Hopewell Junction looked like when steam trains were king, this is the book for you.
You can almost hear the whistle and smell the coal smoke.
 
These books are a fund raiser for the restoration of the Hopewell Junction depot. All
profits from this book will be used for the restoration of the depot.
 
 
                Books are $25 plus $8 shipping.  
                                                              
If you are in the area, we can arrange a pickup and forget the shipping cost.
 
1. Make out the checks to Hopewell Depot Restoration Inc.
 
2. Be sure that your return address is included.
 
3. Mail your order to:  
Bernard Rudberg
 7 Marion Ave.
 Wappingers Falls, NY
 12590-6017
 
If you want to pick up your book locally, send me an E-Mail or call and we will arrange a
time and place.  
 
Phone 845 221-9330
E-Mail Brudberg at optonline dot net
 
                     CNE Historical Tours
                                                                
Each spring the CNE Historical Tours group explores a section of the old CNE Railway. Here is
some feedback from one of the group after the April 2nd tour.
 
"Last but not least I met Bernie Rudberg. Besides the literary giant that he is, he is also another
"keeper of the Keys" to another special place in my heart. None other than my "Home away from
home" for two years, the Hopewell Junction Station house. He along with others are restoring the
grand old building that I spent two years of my life in. When I first moved into the station I had a
two holer outhouse, and a hand water pump for running water inside. I had bid the job after
having been laid off with a wife and two children so our nest egg was long gone. I had to live
there as it was a 124 mile each way commute to work during two gas shortages no less. Though
rustic when I first moved into the old station it is nothing to what Bernie has left to work with.
Fire damage and vandals have taken their toll on the station. I was shocked when I saw the
station on the way home from the trip."
 
                        ND&C Railroad History
                                                                
There are still some soft cover copies of the book Twenty Five years on the ND&C RR available.
All the hard covers are sold out. Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie had a few as well as the model
train shop in Red Oaks Mill. Other book stores may have a copy or two left. In addition they are
available by mail from the Purple Mountain Press in Fleischmanns NY. (Call 1-800-325-2665)
and also over the internet on the web site of the New Haven RR Historical Society. Their web
site is:
http://NHRHTA.ORG
Just click on the book sales icon.
              ************************************
                        Sharing History
 
Do you know of any photos of Hopewell History ? If you have or know someone who has photos
to share with the members, send a note or call me, Bernie Rudberg, at 221-9330.. I have facilities
to scan and print photos without any damage to the originals. I can also do minor repairs of
cracks or marks on the scanned prints. I can even do the scanning at your location with a portable
computer and scanner. If you have photos let me know and I will pick them up and return them
after scanning or scan them on site. We would love to see any old pictures you might have
hidden away in a family album.
**********************************
                      Do You Have E-Mail ?
 With the expansion of our mailing list, the cost of each newsletter has gone up. Currently each
newsletter mailing costs about $50. We feel that this money could be put to better use on the
depot. Therefore we will be distributing an E-Mail version of the newsletter which costs
essentially $0 to send out. In addition, an E-Mail version will reach the members sooner than a
standard post mailing. Our E-Mail list now contains over 75 names while the snail mail list still
has about 90 names. Future newsletters will be sent via E-Mail whenever possible.  
 
If you would like to get your newsletter via E-Mail you can write a short note to the editor:  
Bernard Rudberg
7 Marion Ave.  
Wappingers Falls, NY  
12590-6017  
Or better yet, you can reply via E-Mail to  
BRudberg at optonline dot net
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                        MEMBERSHIP DUES
                       Individuals $10.00
                         Families $18.00
                     Seniors/Students $ 5.00
If you get your newsletter via E-Mail, your renewal is due one year from the last time you paid. If
you get the newsletter via snail mail, take a look at the address on your newsletter envelope. The
date after your name is the last time your membership was renewed. If the date is more than a
year ago it is time to renew.  
Send to the treasurer, Jerry Carey at: Hopewell Depot Restoration
P O Box 1044
Hopewell Junction, NY, 12533-1044
***********************************
                        CURRENT OFFICERS
 President. Bernie Rudberg
 VP and Treas. Jerry Carey
 Secretary Jackie Prusak
 Newsletter Editor Bernie Rudberg
 
Bernie Rudberg 7 Marion Ave., Wappingers Falls, NY, 12590-6017  
phone 221-9330 or E-Mail  
 
BRudberg at optonline dot net  
 
Jerry Carey 27 Tamarack Dr., Hopewell Junction, NY, 12533-6432
phone 897-2145 or E-Mail  
jcarey_mba at idsi dot net Or
jerry at mcgrathandco dot com
JC101694 at CS dot com
 
 
 
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 15th, 2006, 10:11am »
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Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2006 21:48:31 -0400
From: Bernard Rudberg  
Subject: Hopewell Depot Tarp (rshsdepot)
 
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The Town of East Fishkill paid for a new tarp for the roof of the Hopewell Depot.   We put it up Saturday 14 October.
 
The only volunteers available were Jerry Carey, Jim Reynolds and yours truly Bernie Rudberg.  Through the heroic efforts of Jerry with Jim and I as ground crew, we managed to get the tarp on the roof.   Using rope and a couple ladders plus a few boards and nails the job took about 5 hours.  A 40 foot by 60 foot tarp makes a very good sail on a windy day.
 
We are hoping this tarp will keep out the worst of the winter weather until we can raise enough money to put up a new roof.
 
Bernie Rudberg    President  Hopewell Depot Restoration Inc.
 
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 3rd, 2008, 10:38am »
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Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2008 19:50:40 -0400
From: Bernard Rudberg <brudberg at optonline dot net>
Subject: Hopewell Depot Restoration 11 (rshsdepot)
 
Hopewell Depot Restoration Status
 
Dutchess County Rail Trail planners had money in the budget to replace the roof on the Hopewell Depot. The engineers report came back with a cost estimate higher than planned. The County decided to back out of the deal. Now we are back to square one trying to raise funds for a new roof.
 
We have had a couple planning sessions and have identified a few items that can be done to the depot with current resources and volunteer labor. The general plan is to work on what we can accomplish now and renew our fund raising efforts for the new roof. It seems likely that we will be keeping the tarps on the roof for another winter at least.
 
As part of our publicity and awareness efforts, I have started another web site and BLOG dedicated to the Hopewell Depot. Check out the following web site.
 
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=PluckPersona&plckPersonaPage=PersonaHome&plckUserId=b53aa1f690af43eea50344a9fc9d48ba&U=b53aa1f690af43eea50344a9fc9d48ba&sid=sitelife.poughkeepsiejournal.com
 
For those of you who have railroad interests in other parts of the Hudson Valley, The Lake Mirabel web site takes a bit wider view on the Central New England Railway ( CNE Rwy ). It has 23 sections around the valley so you can browse all day. There are also links to other railroads in the area. Take a look.
 
http://www.lakemirabel.com/Railroad/CentralNewEngland.html
 
Feel free to send me your questions and comments. Any bright ideas on fund raising sources will be welcome.
 
Bernie Rudberg
 
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Rail Trail at Hopewell Depot (rshsdepot)
 
« Reply #4 on: Oct 5th, 2010, 3:09pm »
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Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2010 14:56:15 -0400
From: Bernie Rudberg  
Subject: Rail Trail at Hopewell Depot (rshsdepot)
 

 

 
The section of the Dutchess County Rail Trail past the Hopewell Depot is under construction. Soon there will be many more people hiking and biking past the depot. In talking with Dutchess County and our insurance company, we have agreed to put up a "safety fence" around the depot to discourage curiosity. A fence will not keep out determined vandals but it will cut down on the foot traffic near the depot.
 
We have the materials and now we need to install the fence. This will involve driving a number of stakes in the ground and stringing the fence material. We would like to do the job Saturday morning, October 9th starting about 9:00 AM. The total job should not take very long but we need a few good volunteers.
 
If you are available on Saturday morning we would very much like to install the fence and maybe one or two signs.
We would be happy to have you join us. The weather forecast looks good so hope for a good day.
 
Bernie Rudberg President Hopewell Depot Restoration Inc.
 
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 7th, 2010, 4:31pm »
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That station is in sad sahape and is gonna take some serious structural repair. including a new roof...
 
Wish the folks involved luck in saving it.


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Hopewell Depot Roof Replacement (rshsdepot)
 
« Reply #6 on: Oct 19th, 2010, 10:41am »
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Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2010 21:39:31 -0400
From: Bernie Rudberg  
Subject: Hopewell Depot Roof Replacement (rshsdepot)
 
 
 Call For Volunteers
 
 For the next few Saturdays we will be working on replacing the roof of the Hopewell
Junction depot. We have been working toward this milestone for several years.
Help us make it happen.
 
We will need volunteers for this project. The plan is as follows:
 
Saturday, October 23 Set up scaffolding and begin removing old soffits and roof parts.
 
Saturday, October 30 Continue to remove old sheathing and rafters.
 
Saturday, November 13 and/or 20 New trusses should be ready to install plus sheathing.
 
New roof should be in place by the end of November.
 
 
Now is the time to step up and be a part of restoring the Hopewell Junction Depot. We hope to
see you at the depot Saturday morning.
 
Bernie Rudberg President Hopewell Depot Restoration Inc.
 
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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 19:26:34 -0400
From: Bernie  
Subject: Hopewell Depot (rshsdepot)
 
 
There will be no work done on the Hopewell Depot on Saturday, Oct. 23. We have to get the engineer's report submitted to numerous County officials and East Fishkill building inspector, and get their permission before we can proceed. We will let everyone know about future dates.
 
Bernie
 
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 15th, 2010, 10:03pm »
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Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:24:36 -0500
From: Bernie Rudberg  
Subject: Hopewell Depot Roof Trusses (rshsdepot)
 
http://www.Railfan.net/lists/listthumb.cgi?rshsdepot-11-15-10
 
The new roof trusses for the Hopewell Depot have arrived. As soon as all the red tape paperwork is cleared we will be doing some serious roof work.
 
Meanwhile we can prepare for the construction work. We plan to start preparations on Saturday 11/20 by setting up scaffolding and begin removing old soffits. We particularly need volunteers with some construction experience but others can help as well.
 
All volunteers will need to wear hard hats, N-100 face mask, goggles, and gloves for removing old soffit and roof materials.
If you don't have these items, they are available at Williams Lumber in Hopewell Junction and also at Home Depot. A limited number of masks will be available at the depot on Saturday.
 
In addition the volunteers will need to sign a waiver form. The form is attached to this note. Please print it out, fill it in and bring it with you on Saturday or forms will be available at the depot on Saturday.
 
After years of preparation and work we are finally getting a roof on the depot. Now is the time when we need volunteers the most.
Please join us on Saturday 8:30 AM, 11/20 at the Hopewell Depot.
 
Let me know if you will be volunteering on Saturday.
 
Bernie Rudberg
 
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Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2010 22:47:17 -0500
From: Bernie Rudberg  
Subject: Hopewell Depot Work (rshsdepot)
 
 
We had a very productive work session today at the Hopewell Junction Depot. We set up temporary scaffolding and began removing and cataloging the ornamental roof braces. The braces will be restored and put back on the depot after the new roof is on.
 
Stoked by goodies from Dunkin Donuts, we also removed most of the old soffits. Many of the boards are in salvageable condition so we stacked them inside the depot for future use.
 
 
 We will need volunteers for Saturday AM 27 November.
 
The next work session is planned for Saturday morning November 27, starting at about 8:30 AM. The next phase of the work will be starting to remove the old roof structure. Come out Saturday and be a part of Hopewell Depot Restoration.
Let me know if you can be here on Saturday.
 
We also need financial help to continue the restoration. Maybe you could "sponsor" a roof truss or a roof panel. Any amount would help.
 
Contact me at: BRudberg AT optonline DOT net
 
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« Reply #10 on: Nov 28th, 2010, 11:22am »
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Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 00:16:44 -0500
From: Bernie Rudberg  
Subject: Saturday 11/27 (rshsdepot)
 
 
We made more progress on removing the old Hopewell Depot roof today.
The weather was cold and windy so the hot coffee from Dunkin Donuts was very
welcome. We even had one volunteer all the way from Kansas City. The
crew managed to remove the overhang from one side of the depot. The plan
is to tackle the other side next Saturday 12/4. On following Saturdays we
will begin removing the center section of the roof and then rebuild the roof
with new trusses and sheathing. The objective is to keep the winter snow
out of the inside of the depot.
 
We need all the help we can get. Come on down and join us on Saturday
mornings around 8:30.
 
For those of you who can't help with the construction work, you can help
by "sponsoring" the project.
We are asking for sponsorships as follows:
 
The trusses are $100.00 ea. (need 22 trusses)
 
5/8" plywood sheathing are $20.00 ea. (need 66 sheets)
 
30 year shingles are $18 per bundle or $72.00 per square (100 sq. ft.) (need
21 square)
 
30# felt is $10.00 per roll (need 15 rolls)
 
If you can sponsor any of our needs, send a check to:
 
Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.
P O Box 1044
Hopewell Junction, NY
12533-1044
 
Bernie Rudberg President Hopewell Depot Restoration Inc.
 
Saturday 11/27
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Hopewell Depot Restoration 12/4/10 (rshsdepot)
 
« Reply #11 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 11:25am »
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Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2010 21:08:24 -0500
From: Bernie Rudberg  
Subject: Hopewell Depot Restoration 12/4/10 (rshsdepot)
 
 
We had another good day of preparation for the new roof on the Hopewell depot. The county has been busy laying out a new parking area next to the building. Today's work removed the overhang on the north side of the building. We also removed most of the sheathing and some of the old rafters on the north side of the roof. Most of the structure is put together with square cut nails.
 
While removing the roof sheathing we discovered some of the original 1873 slate. The original roof was slate to prevent fires from sparks out of the steam engine smokestacks. We are also getting closer to solving the question about how the beveled roof ends are supported. Today we opened up one end to shoot photos of the construction. The 1873 engineering must have been good because the roof stood up under the storms and snow load for 137 years. Lets hope that our work can last for many years too.
 
We will be watching the weather reports for next Saturday, 12/11/10.
The 10 day forecast says snow and or showers but that can change. If the weather is decent we will do some more work on removing the center section of the old roof.
 
We need all the help we can get. Some of our volunteers are getting very tired. Come on down and join us on Saturday mornings at 8:30.
 
For those of you who can't help with the construction work, you can help by "sponsoring" the project.
We are asking for sponsorships as follows:
 
The trusses are $100.00 ea. (need 22 trusses)
 
5/8" plywood sheathing are $20.00 ea. (need 66 sheets)
 
30 year shingles are $18 per bundle or $72.00 per square (100 sq. ft.) (need 21 square)
 
30# felt is $10.00 per roll (need 15 rolls)
 
If you can sponsor any of our needs, send a check to:
 
Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.
P O Box 1044
Hopewell Junction, NY
12533-1044
 
Bernie Rudberg President Hopewell Depot Restoration Inc.
 
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 23rd, 2010, 4:24pm »
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Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2010 16:17:24 -0500
From: Bernie Rudberg  
Subject: Thursday 12-23- 10 (rshsdepot)
 
 
It is cold today with snow flurries but we got some work done anyway. The 2 X 12 headers are in place on top of the walls and the humps in the old walls trimmed off.
Most of the scrap wood is now in the dumpster but there is still some raking to be done.
By the way, The county has installed orange snow fencing along the rail trail parking lot. This is the same kind of fencing that they would not let us install a couple months ago.
We are working on a time/date to have a "roof Raising". We will let you know when we get things worked out.
We will be watching the weather reports for possible work during Christmas week.
 
We have started getting donations for the roof materials.
So far we are managing to cover the bills but there will be more needed to finish the roof work.
 
For those of you who can't help with the construction work, you can help by "sponsoring" the project.
We are asking for sponsorships as follows:
 
The trusses are $100.00 ea. (need 22 trusses) (The bill was $2273.07)
 
5/8" plywood sheathing are $20.00 ea. (need 66 sheets)
 
30 year shingles are $18 per bundle or $72.00 per square (100 sq. ft.) (need 21 square)
 
30# felt is $10.00 per roll (need 15 rolls)
If you can sponsor any of our needs, send a check to:
 
Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.
P O Box 1044
Hopewell Junction, NY
12533-1044
 
Bernie Rudberg President Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.
 Thursday 12-23- 10
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« Reply #13 on: Dec 29th, 2010, 11:52pm »
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Pity you can't use slate as done when the depot was new - it is almost indestructible. But - heavy, expensive, and a specialist job to install.

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Hopewell Depot has a New Roof 1-15-2011 (rshsdepot)
 
« Reply #14 on: Jan 16th, 2011, 12:13pm »
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Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 22:58:02 -0500
From: Bernie Rudberg  
Subject: Hopewell Depot has a New Roof 1-15-2011 (rshsdepot)
 
 
Today was a banner day in the restoration of Hopewell Depot. We had the
largest group of volunteers yet, about 20. Most of them were professional
construction people with the equipment to do the job. We started out in
the morning with the temperature below zero but the morning sun warmed
things up to the 20's by noon. There were two professional
photographers there shooting videos to record the events.
The "armstrong" method was used to get the first few trusses up on the roof.
 
Williams Lumber delivered a load of plywood. When the bucket truck
arrived, the trusses went up a little easier. The trusses were up and
anchored by noon.
 
Stoked by hot Dunkin Donuts coffee and home made goodies, the afternoon was
spent nailing the plywood sheathing and finishing the rafters around the
ends of the roof. By about 2:00 PM the clouds rolled in and the
temperature started dropping again. Our intrepid construction crew kept
working until the plywood was up on both sides of the roof. The tools were
put away just before dark and we left for home and a hot meal around 5:00
PM.
 
Three cheers for a sterling crew. A hearty thank you is due for every one
of our frozen volunteers.
 
The next step will be to finish the end caps and apply a layer of tar paper
to keep the rain and snow out. If we have decent weather, we plan the work
on that Saturday morning 1-22-2011. In the near future we will apply a
layer that at least looks like the original slate roof. (the cost of real
slate is out of sight) In the meantime we will have to pay for the
materials. We currently have enough in the bank account to cover things so
far. (just the plywood was $1260) With a water tight roof on the
building, we can start working on the siding, windows, and interior walls.
 
For those of you who can't help with the construction work, you can help
by "sponsoring" the project.
 
We are asking for sponsorships as follows:
 
Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.
P. O. Box 1044
Hopewell Junction
New York, 12533-1044
845-221-9330
 
 
With the cold weather nipping at our heels and 2010 coming to a
close, so is Phase I of the Hopewell Depot Restoration's effort to
restore the RR Depot located at the south end of the
Dutchess Rail Trail. Phase I consisted of replacing damaged sections of the
frame work of the building built in 1873. We have replaced the
floor & rim joist, sections of exterior & interior walls and to
complete Phase I, we need to replace the complete roof structure
due to the damage from a fire by vandals in 1986. This final step in this
restoration project has become the most challenging as to
cost and volunteer help. We are challenging the public, businesses and
municipalities to get involved with saving the last historic building
that paints the history of Hopewell Junction and the
development of the railroad industry.
 
Our goal is to raise $118,000.00 to complete restoration and furnishing of
the Depot and open it to the public in August 2012. We feel this building
will become a hub for rail trail users and history buffs and will benefit
the surrounding community just as the Walkway Over the Hudson did for
Poughkeepsie.
 
If you are interested in preserving history for future generations, we
encourage you to make a generous donation or sponsor a section of the Depot
to help save this valuable piece of Americana.
 
Those that give $500 or more will have their names engraved on a plaque in
gathering room
 
Station Master 1 @ $50,000 ( will receive free life membership,
framed engraved slate of Depot, RR Book by Bernie Rudberg) $50,000
 
Conductor 4 @ $10,000 (will receive engraved slate of Depot and
RR book by Bernie Rudberg) $40,000
 
Train Engineer 4 @$5,000 (will receive RR book by Bernie Rudberg)
$20,000
 
Fireman 6 @$1,000 $6,000
 
Brakeman 4 @ $500 $2,000
 
Fundraising goal $118,000
 
Please send all donations to above address in care of Bernie Rudberg.
 
A brief history of the Depot: Built in 1873,it has been relocated twice and
has remained in the same location since 1910, the Depot was closed in 1974
after the fire on the Poughkeepsie RR Bridge, The tracks were torn up in
1983. The Depot was set on fire by vandals in 1986 which caused considerable
damage to the roof structure and some interior walls. In 1996, Rich Taylor
challenged a small group of RR buffs and concerned citizens to come together
and save the Depot for future generations. Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.
is an all volunteer tax exempt group under sections 501 (C) (03) of the
Internal Revenue Code. Thank you for all your support and generous donations
which are greatly appreciated.
 
Stay tuned for the next thrilling chapter in the "Hopewell Depot Story".
 
Bernie Rudberg President Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.
 
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Volunteers Help 1873 Depot (rshsdepot)
 
« Reply #15 on: Jan 26th, 2011, 10:37am »
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Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 20:27:50 -0500
From: Bernie Rudberg  
Subject: Volunteers Help 1873 Depot (rshsdepot)
 
 
Sent Page: Volunteers Help 1873 DepotBRudberg AT optonline DOT net has sent you an article from http://www.preservationnation.org.
Page title: Volunteers Help 1873 Depot
 
Link to full page: http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/2011/story-of-the-day/volunteers-help-1873-depot.html
 
Summary:
 
 
 Once slated for demolition, the Hopewell Depot in upstate New York is on its way to reopening as a visitors center for a rail trail.
 
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Hopewell Depot Restoration Saturday 4-2-2011 (rshsdepot)
 
« Reply #16 on: Apr 5th, 2011, 8:19am »
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Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2011 21:40:00 -0400
From: Bernie Rudberg  
Subject: Hopewell Depot Restoration Saturday 4-2-2011 (rshsdepot)
 
 
We had another good day at the Depot. There were 5 volunteers there most of the day.
The Cable tying the gable ends is in place. Soffit bead boards have been cleaned and ready for installing on South gable. Blocking between studs have been installed in 2 rooms. Will finish blocking next Saturday so we will be ready for electric wiring. In addition, there was a bit more work done to finish the roof ends.
 
Meanwhile the County has installed a new wooden fence along the rail trail parking lot next to the depot.
 
Our next work session will be Saturday 4-9-2011 starting about 8:30 AM. Our staff of volunteers seems to be changing since the weather has warmed up. We can use all the help we can get. Stop around and lend a hand. We certainly need it to meet our schedule.
 
Of course we are still in need of funds to continue the restoration. Send your donations to:
 
 Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.
 
 
 
 P. O. Box 1044
 
 Hopewell Junction
 
 New York, 12533-1044
 
 845-221-9330
 
 
 
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Hopewell Depot Restoration 4-16-2011 (rshsdepot)
 
« Reply #17 on: Apr 17th, 2011, 12:36pm »
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Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2011 22:40:53 -0400
From: Bernie Rudberg  
Subject: Hopewell Depot Restoration 4-16-2011 (rshsdepot)
 
 
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Saturday morning had a cold wind and later in the day it rained but worked continued anyway.
 
Seven eager beavers showed up and we managed to get a lot done.
All blocking in all rooms is completed, the south gable overhang is ready for fascia trim and bead board soffit to be replaced. The west overhang 2x8 sub-fascia was installed and the 1x10 pine fascia and 1x4 trim was installed.
 
Next Saturday we will concentrate on soffit work on both the south gable and the west overhang.
Take down the south end staging and set up on north gable end. If we have enough volunteers, we can also unload the lumber from the flatbed trailer into our box trailer.
A heartfelt thanks to you, Celeste and Jackie for keeping the volunteers warm with coffee and goodies.
 
The next regular work session will be Saturday 4-23-2011.
 
We are trying to organize a weekday work session for those who would prefer that schedule. Stay tuned for later details.
 
Of course we are still in need of funds to continue the restoration. Send your donations to:
 
 Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.
 
 
 
 P. O. Box 1044
 
 Hopewell Junction
 
 New York, 12533-1044
 
 845-221-9330
 
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Hopewell Depot Restoration 4-30-2011 (rshsdepot)
 
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Date: Mon, 02 May 2011 20:50:44 -0400
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Saturday was an excellent for working on the Depot. There were 8 volunteers
there Saturday. We cleaned out and organized the box trailer, unloaded the
flat bed trailer into the box trailer. Moved the old bead board from north and
west walls to east side of building. Scraped siding of loose paint on west wall
and installed bead board soffit boards. Cleaned up and raked around the
complete building.
 
This coming Saturday (5-7-2011) we will be working on soffits, siding and
possibly window work.
 
Don't forget, we will also be working on Wednesday 5-4-2011.
 
Of course we are still in need of funds to continue the restoration.
Send your donations to:
 
 Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.
 
 P. O. Box 1044
 
 Hopewell Junction
 
 New York, 12533-1044
 
 845-221-9330
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« Reply #19 on: May 10th, 2011, 12:39pm »
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Date: Mon, 09 May 2011 21:37:38 -0400
From: Bernie Rudberg  
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We had another good day working on the Depot on Saturday 5-7-2011.
Soffit completed on the west side and scaffold took down, soffit boards
started on the south gable end, some paint scraping and window framing
started on the bay window. A total of 5 volunteers were there at times,
two of us worked all day from 7:30 to 6:00.
 
Next week (5-11 and 5-14) we will be working on siding repair and paint
scraping. continue framing on bay windows and start building new
window frames. Try to finish up soffit work on gable end so we can take
scaffolding down. If we get more volunteers Wednesday and Saturdays
for the next 2 weeks, we could make plans to paint west side on May 28th.
 
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