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From: Bernie Rudberg brudberg AT optonline DOT net
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:36:17 -0500
Subject: Hopewell Depot Work
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The recent snowstorm has slowed our progress on the depot roof construction. Of course we have to clean out any remaining snow and maybe shovel some paths.

The next Hopewell Depot work session will be on Monday morning, 3 January, 2011. The plan is to continue finishing the tops of the walls and add metal staging for the new trusses.

There is still some clean up around the scrap wood pile to be loaded into the dumpster.

Around 10:00 AM there will be a reporter there from the Poughkeepsie Journal to take pictures for an article. We need a few good volunteers for the pictures.

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:

Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.

P. O. Box 1044

Hopewell Junction

New York, 12533-1044


Help Save the Hopewell Depot

President: With the cold weather nipping at our heels and 2010 coming to a

Bernard L. Rudberg Retired from IBM 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

Vice President: Rail Trail. Phase I consisted of replacing damaged sections of the

Richard M. Taylor Retired Contractor frame work of the building built in 1873. We have replaced the

floor & rim joist, sections of exterior & interior walls and to

Secretary: complete Phase I, we need to replace the complete roof structure

Jacqueline Prusak Retired Teacher 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

Treasure: volunteer help. We are challenging the public, businesses and

B.L. Rudberg (temp.) 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

Urgent Needs: Sponsors

Roof work only Windows (12) _____________________________

$100.00 buys one roof truss. 22 trusses $2,200.00 Doors (6) _____________________________

$20.00 buys one sheet of plywood 66 sheets $1,320.00 Mill Work: _____________________________

$72.00 buys one square of shingles 21sq. $1,512.00 Insulation (ceiling)

$10.00 buys one roll 30# roofing felt paper 15 rolls $150.00 Insulation (walls/floor) __________________________

Misc. nails, dimension lumber & pine fascia $450.00 Hardwood flooring: ____________________________

Total $5,632.00 Electric wiring : _____________________________

Lighting: ______________________________

Please send all donations to above address in care of Bernie Rudberg. Paint (Int.& Ext.) Benjamin Moore

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.

Bernie Rudberg President Hopewell Depot Restoration Inc.

Hopewell Depot Work

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