With chilly but clear weather, we accomplished three goals today. We set up additional scaffolding for the building end caps, finished loading the dumpster and installed the first truss on the roof structure. Without a cherry picker or crane, four volunteers managed to get the truss up on the roof with “Armstrong Power”. Each truss weighs about 150 pounds.
A reporter from the Poughkeepsie Journal was on site in the morning taking notes and interviewing. In the afternoon a Poughkeepsie Journal photographer came and climbed the ladders shooting for an article which is supposed to be in Tuesday’s paper. We will be looking for it.
Weather permitting, the next work session will be on Saturday, 1-8-2011 starting around 8:30 AM. If plans hold out for the cherry picker, we hope to get the rest of the trusses up by Saturday afternoon. For this effort we will need some volunteers with construction experience for the roof work and other volunteers for the ground crew. Come on down and join the fun.
Donations are slowly coming in 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
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 : _____________________________
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.