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A sign of work: Those stacks of ties are gone

Written April 17th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The track east of Burkhart Street, where the ties were stored before, on Thursday afternoon.

Big stacks of rail ties stored along the Water Avenue railroad tracks near Burkhart Street in late February now are gone, and so is the aroma of creosote they gave off.

On February 28 I noticed and wrote about hundreds of new wooden ties being unloaded and stored along the Portland & Western’s track. They were intended, obviously, for maintenance somewhere along the track, the former Oregon Electric line from Millersburg south, but I could not learn exactly where.

They sat there until this week, and as the bike took me past the spot on Thursday, they were gone. Residents nearby told me all the ties had been moved a few days before.

So what, you ask. So nothing. But during these days of business and industrial slowdowns and shutdowns because of the coronavirus, it may be worth noting even little signs of progress, work, and change when they take place. (hh)

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4 responses to “A sign of work: Those stacks of ties are gone”

  1. Ray Kopczynski says:

    Take a ride down to the end of Belmont and note the very large amount of pipe-laying (sewer I believe) of majority of side streets when you get west of LBCC…

    • Patricia Eich says:

      That work has been going on in our neighborhood for many weeks. Amazing how much they get done in a day. All the homes are getting new water meters with new boxes around them and new fire hydrants are being placed. I walk my neighborhood every day so I’ve seen the progress and find it interesting.

  2. centrist says:

    Vertical, taking nourishment, breathing unassisted.
    Taking pleasure in simple things.
    A good day indeed

  3. Al Nyman says:

    I think the ties got placed on Talbot to Sydney road portion of the railroad. They have a way of removing the old tie and replacing it with a new one then they put excess rock between the rails. It’s 18th century technology but I don’t know how they are doing it.


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