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Dozens of friends, volunteers and officials recently came out to help us celebrate the new switching tower we added to the Hopewell Depot park in Hopewell Junction.

The building houses the only real restrooms on the adjacent William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail. The second floor will eventually feature exhibits explaining how the tower controlled traffic on the nearby train lines.

Four years ago, our all-volunteer group, the non-profit Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp., restored and reopened the Hopewell Depot across the trail from the tower. rsz towerstart

The replica 25-foot-tall tower sits almost exactly where the original structure stood from 1892 until 1938. The original building contained control signals and switches to direct train traffic in the nearby rail yard and on the intersecting tracks passing by the tower. The tower was removed as train traffic started to decline.

rsz towerbernieThe restrooms will be open during normal rail trail hours. When the new tower's second floor is completed, visitors will find displays and information about the switching gear.

The basic building and restrooms with flushable compost toilets cost about $75,000 and have been 100 percent funded. Additional donations are needed to complete the historical displays and a few other features, according to Joe Sullivan, president of the Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp.

The Depot is open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Help in two ways:

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Compostng Toilet System $27,000

Roof Structure $1,800

Framing Materials $1700

Wall & Ceiling Planking $1,200

Finish Flooring $900

Exterior Stairs $750

Cottage-Style Windows $650 each, 15 available

Ext-Insulated Steel Doors $530 each, 2 available

Door Transoms (2) for $525

Exterior Chimney Unit $500

Please consider sponsoring a tower item to help with the costs of buidling the tower. Feel free to contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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