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RAIL MAIL THE MOUNT BEACON INCLINE RAILWAY RESTORATION SOCIETY AUTUMN 2009 Railroad Construction Companies Visit Incline Railway (Beacon, NY) – The Mount partners and potential a typical railway build — their visits. “They told us that Beacon Incline Railway Res- funding sources.” only companies that can that most of the rail is in toration Society recently blend historic preservation amazing shape and can be hosted site visits by two When asked about the with sustainable design saved, and that the power- railroad construction com- Society’s process for solicit- need apply.” house and some of its ma- panies. Engineers from each ing bids, C olaruss o chinery can also be restored. assessed the feasibility of identified several selection Both companies meet these That’s exactly what we were restoring the railway. criteria. “First, as this is a criteria. J-Track, founded in hoping to hear.” National Historic Register 2007, has established itself “We’re soliciting reconstruc- property, we want bids as a leading railway con- Both companies have also tion bids from established from American companies. struction company. Its client committed to delivering initial list includes the New York proposals to the Incline City Transit Authority, the Society before Thanksgiving. New York City Department “These site assessments have of Environmental Protec- made one thing abundantly tion, the Metro North clear,” concluded Colarusso. Railroad, the New York & “Regardless of who wins the Atlantic Railway, and the contract, the incline restora- Hudson River Park Trust. tion is an entirely feasible With its parent company, undertaking.” Judlau, it brings the ability to meet all design and construction requirements Inside this issue: for the incline’s restoration. From the President 2 RCC is an equally impressive Society Joins ARM 2 family of companies, also Mike Colarusso (left) with Scott Sbrocco of J-Track LLC capable of meeting all New Advisory Board 3 companies in the tri-state Second, we want contrac- project requirements. area,” said Mike Colarusso, tors employing union labor Founded in 1926, its client Bricks for the Power- 3 Chief Operating Officer of from our region, to ensure list includes New Jersey house the Incline Society. “These the project generates Transit, PATH, the New York will shape an economic and maximum economic lift for City Transit Authority, the Fire on the Mountain 4 fiscal impact study currently the area. Third, we’re look- Metro North Railroad, and underway at West Point. By ing for firms with a proven Conrail. Meet Kirsten Heincke 5 January we’ll be able to track record of safety and West Point Assists present the costs and bene- customer satisfaction. According to Colarusso, 5 the Incline Society fits of the project to the Lastly, we want innovative both companies delivered public, as well as to our thinkers. This project is not encouraging news during Upcoming Events 6 PO BOX 1248 • BEACON, NY 12508 • 845.765.3262 • WWW.INCLINERAILWAY.ORG 2 RAIL MAIL — Autumn 2009 THE MOUNT BEACON INCLINE RAILWAY RESTORATION SOCIETY From the President — Vision for 2013 Dear Friends, recognized as a leader in its field. Historic Preservation: The Society is a member of the National Trust for With the recent Community Service: We are partnered Historic Preservation. We are working completion of our with organizations sharing our core to raise awareness of our region’s past strategic plan, our values to improve the quality of life for and to inspire the active preservation, vision has come our friends and neighbors in the listing, and long-term protection of our into sharper focus Hudson Valley and beyond. Our national heritage. than ever before. associates devote their time, energy Here’s how we see and talents to selflessly serving others. Environmental Protection: We are the future: members of the U.S Green Building Anne Lynch Council. Our facilities set the standard First, we believe that the Mount for green building practices and are Beacon Incline Railway can be LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy returned to operation by 2013, the and Environmental Design). We centennial of the City of Beacon, New collaborate with organizations sharing York. On opening day, we envision a our environmental concerns. railway that: is Americans with Disabili- ties Act (ADA) compliant; integrates Realizing this vision will require the sustainable design and historic preser- Philanthropy: The Mount Beacon support of our partners, members and vation; and operates in complete Incline Railway and Museum gives via friends, but it’s clear that the support is harmony with its natural setting. direct contributions and partnered there. With your continued help, we’ll fundraising efforts, focusing its get the job done. So climb aboard, and Second, we believe that restoring the philanthropy upon educational and we’ll see you at the top! railway allows us to achieve other children’s programs. ends, as embodied by our five core Anne Lynch, President and CEO values of Education, Community S erv ice, Philanthropy, His toric Preservation, and Environmental Incline Society Joins Association of Railway Museums Protection. With these values to guide The Mount Beacon Incline Railway Lynch. “Building collaborative relation- us, here’s how we imagine the Society Restoration Society was recently ships is critical to our success.” in 2013 and beyond: accepted into the Association of Rail- way Museums (ARM), joining over 125 “Membership brings many benefits,” Education: The Society is registered peer organizations in the U.S. and says Incline Society co-founder and with the New York State Education Canada dedicated to preserving North Vice-President Andy Chiusano. “One is Department and holds a full charter America’s railway heritage. ARM’s Recommended Practices for issued by its Board of Regents. It Railway Museums, a tutorial that’s operates a vibrant interpretive center ARM was founded in 1961 to encour- guiding us as we make plans for our on Main Street in the City of Beacon, age railway museums in the exchange own heritage railway museum.” New York, with the nearby Incline of ideas and information, and to be of Railway as its centerpiece asset. It has assistance to one another. To learn more about the Association of a multi-disciplinary focus on Railway Museums, please visit education, historic preservation, and “Membership in ARM was the first of www.railwaymuseums.org. environmental protection. The Society several professional associations we’re partners with institutions of higher seeking,” said President and CEO Anne education in all of its disciplines and is PO BOX 1248 • BEACON, NY 12508 • 845.765.3262 • WWW.INCLINERAILWAY.ORG RAIL MAIL — Autumn 2009 3 THE MOUNT BEACON INCLINE RAILWAY RESTORATION SOCIETY Society Builds Advisory Board in 2009 In July of this year, a rewrite of the As an absolute believer in the educa- Seattle and the Hudson Valley. Her Incline Society’s constitution and by- tional component of museums, Reel professional expertise encompasses laws called for the creation of a Board enjoys developing exhibitions using institutional and capital project of Advisors. In rapid succession, the original historical artifacts that help management, start-up projects, capital first two advisors took their places on narrate the host museum’s mission. and annual fund development and new the board. Both are extremely talented program initiatives. professionals, whose skills in museum Sara Pasti currently serves as The Neil management will prove vital to the C. Trager Director of the Samuel Dorsky The Society is continuing to build its success of the Incline Society. Museum at the State University of New Board of Advisors, and additional York. She is also a member of the members will be announced in the new David Reel, Director and Chief Curator Beacon City Council. year. of the West Point Museum, is a nation- ally recognized expert in the museum Pasti has over 25 years of arts admini- DID YOU K NOW? field. In his fifteen years of museum stration and consulting experience in experience, he has worked with the visual and performing arts, The Mo unt Beacon private collectors, auction houses, including institutional leadership Inc line Ra ilwa y is corporate curators and numerous experience at important contemporary museums to assemble outstanding arts institutions in New York City, 2,200 feet lo ng! exhibitions and collections. Bricks for the Powerhouse — The Incline and Denning’s Point The Mount Beacon Incline Railway’s bear the brand “DPBW,” standing for railway in 1901-1902, thousands of powerhouse was recently visited by “Denning’s Point Brick Works.” This is bricks were transported to the top of construction engineers, who marveled hardly surprising given the railway’s Mount Beacon via pack mules. at its solidity twenty-six years after the proximity to the Point, which is in plain fire that destroyed it. Their assess- sight from Mount Beacon’s summit. ment? The powerhouse can be saved. The distinctive frog (indent) and brand of a Denning’s Point brick. Pack mules carried the railway bricks Operating from 1881 to 1939, the works produced millions of bricks an- Because Denning’s Point bricks can still nually, which were used throughout be found throughout the area, the Powerhouse w alls: made entirely of the Hudson Valley and beyond. Incline Society’s restoration plans call Denning’s Point Bricks Denning’s Point’s abundant supply of for their reuse. This is a perfect blend- That happy news is a testament to both clay and river quicksand made it an ing of best practices in historic preser- the engineers who built the railway and ideal place to build the works, although vation and sustainable design. the materials that they used. Any the environmental toll was devastating. Sources : Denning’s Point: A Hudson River casual hiker to the railway’s ruins will History by Ji m Heron and “Bri ck Collect- note that bricks throughout the area During the construction of the incline ing .com” — www.brickcollecting.com PO BOX 1248 • BEACON, NY 12508 • 845.765.3262 • WWW.INCLINERAILWAY.ORG 4 RAIL MAIL — Autumn 2009 THE MOUNT BEACON INCLINE RAILWAY RESTORATION SOCIETY Fire on the Mountain — a Short History By Ken Charney pression systems are currently used in F ire Fa cts: the Rail- the railway industry to protect track- way ’s Da rkest Hours When is fire a good thing? For the land- ways and rolling stock. As the Incline owners, proprietors, and Incline riders Society prepares for a rebuilt railway in 1927: During the early fall of that year, of the original Mount Beacon Railway, 2013, advanced engineering and envi- fire destroyed the Hotel and Casino. the question would have been prepos- ronmentally sound and safe systems The Casino was quickly rebuilt; the Ho- terous; the definitive answer—never! will be at the forefront of the building tel was not. The Railway powerhouse process. Better land management will was thankfully left untouched. Starting in 1927, ruinous fires—nearly also greatly reduce the risk of fire. one a decade, and sometimes twice, 1936: “Forty Descend Mt. Beacon in were part and parcel of the Incline’s So yes, we can say fire is a good thing Flaming Car; Terrified Women existence. Fire on the mountain has when its destructive ways can teach us Restrained from Leaping.” So screamed always been, and will continue to be, a invaluable lessons for the future. A the August 3rd edition of The New York concern. But as we build for the future, comforting thought, indeed. Times. No one was injured, but one fire-prevention and mitig ation railcar was destroyed and had to be measures will be engineered into the rebuilt. railway's design. 1983: In September, the end finally Companies working on the new Rail- came. A cataclysmic fire swept the way will no doubt incorporate fire- mountain, totally destroying the Rail- resistant materials such as fiber- way. Both stations, the powerhouse, cement, and fire detection and protec- the cars, the trackway and trestles — tion systems into their designs. all were consumed by fire, likely the Eco-friendly, high-pressure water mist result of vandalism. fire protection, and argonite fire sup- Lower station in flames, 1967 Ken Charney (courtesy Beacon Historical Society) Thomas Ellis Brown — Designer of the Incline Railway Thomas Ellis Brown (1854-1923) was a projects were the inclined elevators member of the American Society of installed in the Eiffel Tower in Paris in Civil Engineers (ASCE). He attended the 1888 and 1889 and the elevators for Columbia School of Mines but did not the Woolworth Building in New York graduate due to eye problems. He later City (1914). overcame this infirmity. From 1875 to 1884 he worked as a surveyor and en- While with Otis, Brown also designed gineer on a number of railroad and several funiculars in the U.S. and elevated-railroad projects in New York abroad, to include the Mount Beacon City. Incline Railway. A signature feature of his design was the “Brown Patent Turn- In 1884, Brown became chief engineer out,” an ingenious passing track that for the Otis Elevator Company, where required no mechanical switches. he played a large role in the develop- ment of hydraulic and electric mecha- In 1923, Brown died of heart disease in Thomas E. Brown Chief Engineer, Otis Elevator Co. nisms for elevators. Among his notable Morristown, New Jersey. PO BOX 1248 • BEACON, NY 12508 • 845.765.3262 • WWW.INCLINERAILWAY.ORG RAIL MAIL — Autumn 2009 5 THE MOUNT BEACON INCLINE RAILWAY RESTORATION SOCIETY West Point Collaborates with Incline Railway Society New Member Focus: (West Point, NY) – Dr. Dean Dudley, dents,” said Steve Gold, co-founder of Meet Kirsten Heincke Professor of Economics at the United the Incline Society and a current Vice- States Military Academy, is supervising President. “Allowing the cadets to work We feel very cadets in the completion of an on this study provides them with an privileged to have economic impact study of the Mount ideal learning tool while at the same Kirsten Heincke as a Beacon Incline Railway’s restoration. time saving our project thousands of new Incline Society dollars.” and marketing team The project is part of a class called "the member. Kirsten, Economics of Public Policy." The course “It’s a win-win situation,” says Dr. Dud- otherwise known as examines practical and theoretical ley. “So often, students have to work Kiki, is a talented art issues in social welfare, public expendi- on theoretical projects, but in this case dir ect or a nd tures, taxation, and public choice. It they can create economic models that designer with 15 years of experience develops understanding of the value of may help save a National Historic creating corporate branding materials, economic models in addressing Register property. It’s more than good advertising and direct mail campaigns, complex policy questions – from envi- education — it’s good public service, product and packaging design, print ronmental economics to public goods too.” collateral, and websites. to health care reform – that occur in a fluid political environment. The study will be validated by Dr. After working at a small design Dudley, and cadets will present their agency — on clients ranging from Blair “As an educational organization, we’re conclusions to the Incline’s Board of Television, Comedy Central, Estee excited about working with college stu- Trustees on December 8 at West Point. Lauder International Fox Television Sa le s, Lifet ime T ele vis ion, Mt. Beacon Fire Tower added Ms. Foundation, Nickelodeon, Petry to National Historic Register Television, and Vanity Fair—Kiki put in a stint at Seven Worldwide, the in- The Incline Railway is no longer the house agency for MasterCard only National Historic Register property International, and RFA, Inc., a Hudson on Mount Beacon. Thanks to the Valley advertising agency. There, she efforts of a restoration committee worked on creative designs for sponsored by the Society, the Mount Incline Society Joins Beacon American Express, PACE University, Beacon Fire Tower has been added to Business Association Ricoh Electronics, and Sharp Electronics accounts. the listing as well. The Mount Beacon Incline Railway Sitting atop South Beacon Mountain Restoration Society recently became a Kirsten now runs her own creative since 1931, Beacon’s 60-foot fire member of the Beacon Business design consultancy, KHCREATIVE, Inc. tower stands at 1,650 feet and has Association. Her clients include ad agencies, as well been a treasured hiking destination for as national and local clients, including years. According to Mike Colarusso, Chief several Beacon establishments. Operating Officer, the Society is explor- The effort to restore it continues and is ing membership in other business slated for completion in the spring of associations as well. “We’re excited In just the past couple of months, 2010. Additional funding is still about the prospects of collaborating Kirsten has been instrumental in required to complete the effort. Visit with our neighbors, and joining busi- helping redesign the Incline Society’s www.beaconfiretower.org for more ness associations is a great way to build brochure, logo and other marketing information. partnerships.” www.beaconny.org materials. Welcome Kiki! PO BOX 1248 • BEACON, NY 12508 • 845.765.3262 • WWW.INCLINERAILWAY.ORG 6 RAIL MAIL — Autumn 2009 THE MOUNT BEACON INCLINE RAILWAY RESTORATION SOCIETY Upcoming Society Events • Nov 8: 38th Annual Railroad Exposition, Poughkeepsie • Apr 25, 2010: Incline Railway Earth Day Hike • May 16, 2010: Annual Incline Society Day, Beacon • May 30, 2010: 108th Anniversary Ascent, Mount Beacon • Jun 27, 2010: Guided Mt. Beacon Incline Railway Hike • Jul 25, 2010: Guided Mt. Beacon Incline Railway Hike • Aug 29, 2010: Guided Mt. Beacon Incline Railway Hike 1905 advertisement for Mount Beacon from The • Sep 19, 2010: Guided Mt. Beacon Incline Railway Hike Four Track News, a travel magazine of the time. • Oct 24, 2010: Guided Mt. Beacon Incline Railway Hike Note its reference to the incline railway as “the steepest in the world.” Details are at: http://www.inclinerailway.org/calendar.htm Reader Photo — Mike and the Mystics, 1965 This month’s photo comes to us from Matt “Skip” Wills in Vermont. Skip wrote to the Society, saying “I thought you might enjoy these pictures of my band ‘Mike & the Mystics’ of Poughkeepsie, taken be- fore and after an audition in the pa- vilion on Mount Beacon during the summer of 1965.” According to Skip, in the photo “we prepare to load our gear on the Incline Rail Car (left to right, Mike Lawry, Phil Pugnali, Pete Crispell, Spencer Brinkley, Skip Wills). Not long after, we changed some person- nel and became ‘Group Therapy,’ one of the most popular bands in the Mid-Hudson Valley in the late- Sixties.” Our thanks to Skip for sharing this The band w aits at the lower railw ay station before riding to the mountaintop for an audition. great bit of history with our members and supporters. Readers wishing to submit a photo may send it electronically. Attach your photo to an email, title it, and send it to us at: email@example.com PO BOX 1248 • BEACON, NY 12508 • 845.765.3262 • WWW.INCLINERAILWAY.ORG RAIL MAIL — Autumn 2009 7 THE MOUNT BEACON INCLINE RAILWAY RESTORATION SOCIETY Board of Trustees President — Anne Lynch / Vice President — Andy Chiusano / Vice President — Steve Gold / Recording Secretary — Sandy Piccone / Treasurer — Kitty Stager / Legal Counsel — Mary Gold, Esq. / Jim Bopp / Neil Caplan / Dorothy Bell / Terry Brown / Yonni Groza / Maria Mersinger / Joan Pagones / Sheila Ronca / Henry Trofinoff / Memorial — Gloria Trofinoff Honorary Trustees Margaret Brown Kasin Board of Advisors David Reel — Curator and Director, West Point Museum Sara Pasti — Neil C. Trager Director, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art Executive Staff Chief Executive Officer — Anne Lynch / Chief Operating Officer — Mike Colarusso / Senior Writer — Ken Charney / Graphic Designer — Kirsten Heincke / Historian — Lieutenant Colonel John Vigna / Website Administrator — David Dudley / Database Manager — Luke Gallagher Give the Gift that Lasts — Join Us, Donate, or Donate on Behalf of a Friend or Loved One! This holiday season, why not join us, make a donation in your own name, or donate on behalf of someone else? Your contributions are tax deductible. You can use the form below, or if you’d prefer, you can contribute securely online by visiting: www.inclinerailway.org/join_online.htm or www.inclinerailway.org/donate.htm. From all of us at the Incline Society, thanks for your continued support and have a great holiday season! 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