• Hopewell Junction depot restoration thread

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  by Bernard Rudberg
 
The new roof trusses for the Hopewell Junction 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 Junction Depot on the former Maybrook line in Dutchess County, NY.

Let me know if you will be volunteering on Saturday. [email protected]

Bernie Rudberg
  by Otto Vondrak
 
Bernard Rudberg wrote:The new roof trusses for the Hopewell Junction Depot have arrived. As soon as all the red tape paperwork is cleared we will be doing some serious roof work... 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.
Outstanding news, Bernie! Thank you for sharing!
  by nysw3636
 
Otto Vondrak wrote:
Bernard Rudberg wrote:The new roof trusses for the Hopewell Junction Depot have arrived. As soon as all the red tape paperwork is cleared we will be doing some serious roof work... 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.
Outstanding news, Bernie! Thank you for sharing!
Excellent news Bernie!! This should be posted on the HudsonRiverRailLines group at yahoogroups as well for others to here/see about this. No offense to Otto, just trying to spread the word on this great accomplishment...
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
We made more progress on removing the old Hopewell Depot roof saturday. 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
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
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.

Hopewell Depot Restoration
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  by Bernard Rudberg
 
I don't have any control over the photos. When I send them out via E-Mail, the program automatically sends a link instead of attaching them. On the forum you lose the link. So far I have not found a way around the problem.

Bernie
  by Defiant
 
Best of luck in all your work. But I hope I will not offend anyone if I ask why this work started so late in the season when it is so cold. Or was it due to financial issues? Also, will the donations that we make be tax deductible?
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
We got a late start mostly because of tons of red tape paperwork from the County and the Town. It is still not completed but we are working anyway. You would not believe how many "requirements" they can come up with at the last minute.

We are a 501 C3 non profit organization. The donations can be taken off your taxes.

Bernie
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
Where is everybody ?

The weather on Saturday was nice, sunshine and little wind but only two volunteers showed up.
Even so we managed to get about half of the roof center section down.
If the weather holds out, we plan to take down the other half on Saturday 12/18 starting around 8:30.

Last minute paperwork is in process so the plan is to have “Roof Raising” in the week between Christmas and New Years.
With decent weather we will put the new trusses on the roof and add the plywood sheathing plus temporary tar paper.
For that effort we will need a few things.

1. A minimum of five volunteers preferably with some construction experience.

2. A crane or cherry picker to lift the trusses.

3. Reasonable weather.

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.

We will be watching the weather reports for next Saturday, 12/18/10.

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)

See the attachment for more details.

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.
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
The weather turned out to be quite nice today. The temperature was 19 when we started but the sun warmed things up to over 30 by noon time.
The county has been working on the Rail Trail by the building. There are new fences and an extension to the entry road and parking area. People have been using this section of the Rail Trail even though it is not officially open yet.

We had five volunteers today so the work went along quite well. We got the rest of the old roof rafters down and modified the scaffolding in preparation for raising the new roof trusses. With a bit of trim work on top of the walls we will be ready for the new roof. With any kind of luck we will be able “raise the roof” during the week between Christmas and New Years. For that effort we will need a few experienced construction workers plus some people for the “ground crew”. We will send out an E-Mail about the schedule when we get things set up.

1. A minimum of five volunteers with construction experience.

2. A crane or cherry picker to lift the trusses.

3. Reasonable weather.

We need all the help we can get. Some of our volunteers are getting very tired. Come on down and join us mornings at 8:30.

We will be watching the weather reports for 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 Inc.
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
Royal Carting donated a large size dumpster. It arrived today and we started filling it.
If you have any free time, stop at the depot and stack some more of the scrap lumber in the dumpster.

Also, we plan to do some work on the top of the walls in preparation for installing the new trusses.
We will start work around 8:30 on Wednesday morning December 22. The job will be measuring,
marking and notching the top edge of the walls for placement of the trusses.
As usual we need volunteers for the job.

We still do not have a crane or cherry picker for lifting the trusses. If you know anybody who has that kind
of equipment, tell them we need help.

We need all the help we can get. Some of our volunteers are getting very tired. Come on down and join us.

We will be watching the weather reports for 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 Inc.
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
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.
  by Bernard Rudberg
 
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

845-221-9330

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.
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