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From: Bernard Rudberg brudberg AT optonline DOT net
Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2007 22:18:04 -0400
Subject: Hopewell Depot Meeting nm
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The attachment is the restored Pleasant Valley Station on West Road in Pleasant valley.
Hopewell Depot Restoration Inc.
Annual meeting and election of officers.
7:30 PM Monday 18 April 2007
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.
Over the past year the depot has had some major work done. The sill beams and floor joists
have all been replaced with new lumber. The walls have been straightened and braced. Both
bay windows have been framed and are awaiting windows. The Town of East Fishkill
supplied much of the funding for this work. With the recent change in administration and
audits, the Town has withdrawn major financial support for the depot. In October 2006 the
Town did supply a new green tarp for the roof to keep out the winter weather. The next big
project will be rebuilding the roof structure. With completion of roof work the building will
be safe and dry to work inside.
The new Dutchess County Rail Trail planning is well under way and it includes the Hopewell
Junction depot. It will be built along the former Maybrook rail line from Poughkeepsie to
Hopewell Junction. The Hopewell Junction depot is designated as the Trail Head. At recent
public meetings we have learned that there is money in the County budget for a new roof on
the depot. Also included are items such as a parking area, landscaping and road access for the
depot area. Construction on parts of the Rail Trail will begin in 2007.
We will present the latest version of the plans at the annual meeting. We have invited some of
the Rail Trail planners to the meeting but they declined stating that the plans are not complete
yet. There are still issues with MTA Metro North ownership of the land surrounding the
depot. In addition the Town of East Fishkill must sort out the road access.
With only a small group of volunteers actually working, depot 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
county 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.
Donations for Hopewell depot
Anybody who has been around Hopewell Junction in the last year or so has probably noticed
the water pipeline construction along the old Maybrook railroad line. During that construction
the crews have found a number of items left over from railroad days.
Other donated items awaiting the depot construction include: A steamer trunk, a pot belly
stove and a matched set of an antique telegraph key and sounder. 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.
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:
7 Marion Ave.
Wappingers Falls, NY
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
CNE Historical Tours
Each spring the CNE Historical Tours group explores a section of the old CNE Railway.
This years tour will include the Hopewell Junction depot. The tour will be on 14 April and
start from Fishkill Landing ( Beacon). Along the tour we will visit Matteawan, Glenham,
Fishkill, Brinckerhoff and Hopewell Junction. From Hopewell the tour will go north to
Lagrange, Millbrook and Pine Plains. This route is essentially the old Newburgh, Dutchess &
Connecticut rail line.
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.
(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:
Just click on the book sales icon.
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.
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
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
Jerry Carey 27 Tamarack Dr., Hopewell Junction, NY, 12533-6432
phone 897-2145 or E-Mail