• Hopewell Junction depot restoration thread

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New York State.

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  by Bernard Rudberg
 
We had six volunteers working today and we accomplished a lot. Rebuilt one attic vent, dug holes for deck supports, and salvaged a hundred year old section of rail. More work was done on the north end of the roof overhang. In addition we took in $260 in sales and donations. The new souvenir spikes mounted on depot boards were popular. Two new volunteers signed up for next week.
Don’t forget, we have a tag sale next Saturday. If you have anything to donate just bring it on Saturday morning 20 August. The artist who makes the ceramic tiles of the depot said she would be here with a new supply in the railroad colors.
Of course we will be working Wednesday 17 August and Saturday 20 August.
Bernie Rudberg
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
We will need volunteers for Wednesday 8/17 to help mix concrete for pier footings for deck.
Volunteers for Saturday 8/20 to help frame deck and work on north gable end overhang.
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
On Wednesday 8-17 the the support piers for the new deck were installed and leveled. We also accepted two donation of a hand cart and a rocking chair for the museum. The sales table sold T-Shirts and golden spikes. It was a good day.

Saturday 8-20 will be a combination work day and tag sale. If you have any items to donate just bring them around to the depot Saturday morning. All profits will be used in the depot restoration.

We need all the volunteers we can get for Saturday 8-20-2011.

Bernie Rudberg
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
8-20-2011 After the fog cleared we had a blue skies day. The work crew put together the deck frame and the sales crew sold items at the tag sale. One volunteer came all the way from Kansas City. We had a 1930 Model A Ford for atmosphere and a harp player for entertainment. It was a long day but everybody went home smiling.

The next work days in the plan will be Wednesday 8-24 and Saturday 8-27.

Come on down and join the fun.
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
We had a good day Saturday. Got a lot done.
Volunteers for Wednesday will be working on completing deck framing and finish rake trim boards on north gable, also some work for the electricians. For Saturday we will be working on installing Trex decking. Volunteers should bring battery or power drills with 1/8 " drill and #2 square bit for screws.
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
Most of Wednesday’s work session was dedicated to reducing the flooding possibilities. A new drainage area was added on the north side of the depot and a water barrier was built around the deck supports to block further floods. In addition, almost all of the water has been pumped out of the basement. We will definitely be in better shape for the next storm.

The next work session will be Saturday 3 September. Work will continue on the deck surface and other flood control item. Meanwhile there is still more work to be done on the north end of the roof overhang.

Bernie Rudberg
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
We had a good day Saturday, got most of the decking in place, finished placing the cement board water barrier, finished misc. framing for electrician, rough electric in visitor's center complete and ready for inspection. Keith is setting up inspection for this week and inspector will donate his fee.
Wednesday, Andy will be leading the work day as Maureen and I will be heading to Brimfield Mass. for 3 days. I'll be looking for door latches and other items for the Depot.
Saturday the 10th we will be working on painting, exterior trim work, completing any loose ends of the deck, finish all interior framing for rough framing inspection the following week.
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
Saturday 9-10-11 We had crisp blue skies weather today. Just a touch of fall in the air. The main projects were salvaging the soggy lumber out of the flooded basement and more work on the deck and deck supports for the east wall. Meanwhile our electrician had worked on the interior wiring.
As a finishing touch we added a date over the only surviving original arch top door.

The next work sessions will be Wednesday 9-14 and Saturday 9-17.
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
Wednesday 9-14-2011 More new windows were installed and a new section of deck frame was added along the east wall.

The next work session will be Saturday 9-17-2011.

As it is with any organization, fund raising is a high priority. We are no different. We have the volunteers to do the physical work but we need money to buy the materials. At this date our treasury is very low and there are bills waiting to be paid. Any donation whether large or small will help finish the depot restoration. Our biggest upcoming expense is finishing the roof with material that looks like the original slate. The cost estimate for that is $10,000.

Send your donations to:
Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.
P. O. Box 144, Hopewell Junction , NY, 12533.

We will have a table at the East Fishkill Community Day. We need volunteers to help with the sales and information. If you have some time to work with us, contact us at 845 221-9330.
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
Saturday 9-17-2011 The attached photo was our sales and info table at East Fishkill Community Day. A work crew and a sales table were also at the depot. It was a good day for sales and donations and we also made some new friends.

It was a cool brisk day and the crew did some finishing work around the deck while the electrician worked on the interior wiring. The next work sessions will be Wednesday 9-21 and Saturday 9-24.

On Thursday 9-22 we will be doing a dog and pony show for the East Fishkill Town board meeting. If you are available, come to the meeting wearing you Depot T-Shirt.
  by Otto Vondrak
 
Bernard Rudberg wrote:Saturday 9-17-2011 The attached photo...

Hopefully you can start sharing some of the great photos in this thread! We'd like to see what you've been up to... (When you post a new message and want to include a photo, click on "upload attachment" to choose the file you want to add...)

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