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HASSO HERING

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On Water Avenue, rail history gives way

Written October 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

No more swerving to keep your bike tires from catching in the rails on this part of Water Avenue on Albany’s riverfront. The spur that used to slice across the street is gone.


On Queen, smoother ride is two years away

Written April 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If you mention railroads in Albany, the reaction you get most likely is a complaint about the grade crossing on Queen Avenue. So here’s another update on how much longer you and your vehicle can expect to endure the bumpy ride across those tracks.


Train horn complaint lands at city council

Written March 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

[youtube video=”r4AVIWF5_a8″] Doug Hiddleson and some of his neighbors on S.W. Washington Street are fed up with the volume of the horn of Switch Engine 1501 of the Portland & Western Railroad, and they’ve turned to the city for help.


The riddle of the Baker Street rails

Written January 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

I’ve looked for clues in various archives, but so far I haven’t been able to learn why there are remnants of a railroad track buried in Baker Street downtown.


Progress on crucial Albany rail link

Written December 3rd, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Passersby can see that work has resumed on the so-called Santiam Lead, a stretch of new railroad track parallel to the Union Pacific Mainline in Albany. High time, too. Under an agreement between the Portland & Western Railroad and ODOT-Rail, the project is supposed to be completed by Dec. 31.


 
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