MEET BERNIE RUDBERG
BERNIE RUDBERG, author of Twenty-five Years on the ND&C, grew up in a Swedish family on a farm in southern New Jersey. Railroads were a part of his family tradition for at least three generations. His great grandfather started with the Swedish railroads in 1874, and by 1894, was stationmaster in Polcirkeln, a small town where the tracks cross the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden. His grandfather was foreman of the station in the junction town of Boden near the Arctic Circle.
He served a tour in US Navy electronic systems during the Korean War. He spent four years in the Navy and never set foot on a ship, although he managed to fly to several naval air stations in California and the Pacific Islands. After leaving the Navy, he began a career with IBM engineering that lasted thirty five years.
After retirement, at the end of 1991, he had time to get back to railroading. He is the current president of the Hopewell Junction Depot Restoration Inc. It owns the Hopewell depot and plans to restore it as a small museum and educational facility.
Bernie and his wife live in the Town of East Fishkill, within hearing distance of the Beacon line and the former Maybrook line. They have been married for forty-six years and have three grown children plus two grandchildren, who love to play with the model train layout in the basement.
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