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At Albany Station, waiting for a train…

Written February 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

[youtube video=”TPO7ZjJc6is”] Albany once was served by 50 passenger trains a day. Now there are six. But that’s still better than nothing, I’m thinking as I’m waiting for Cascades Train 507 to arrive from Portland Tuesday night.


Costly pathway turns into trashy walk

Written January 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Sometimes you get the feeling it makes no sense to spend big money on public improvements as long as vandals and vagrants remain free — and motivated, if that’s the right word — to ruin them with spray paint and trash.


At Albany Station, glimpse a little history

Written November 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Waiting for a train at Albany Station, I looked down. That led to an online introduction to what must have been a remarkable man and his life.


Albany Station: Items worth noting

Written July 25th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Three things I noticed when I stopped by Albany Station on a bike ride this week, and one of them seems slightly odd for a train depot and transit center: You have to ask an Amtrak agent if you want to use the restroom.


Swanson paths: City applies rules

Written May 1st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The walking and bike paths connecting Albany Station to Swanson Park now are part of the Albany park system, and that means park rules against drinking and drug use, among other things, apply.


Luxury on the Starlight’s tail

Written September 1st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

As I was passing Albany Station on my bike Thursday, the sight of two rail cars with a red and white paint scheme drew my attention. The cars were attached to the tail end of Amtrak’s Train 14, the northbound Coast Starlight. Later, I looked them up online and learned they represent pretty much the height of luxury in rail travel in […]


That missing sign: What mystery?

Written June 3rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The case of the roof sign missing from Albany Station was not a great mystery but, alas, a case of incomplete reporting.


What happened to station’s sign?

Written May 11th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

All those people milling about Albany Station for Railroad Day last weekend didn’t need a sign to know where they were. Good thing, too, because the station sign on the roof had evidently disappeared.


Station-Swanson path is open

Written July 6th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The latest addition to Albany’s network of off-street paths is open. It’s the 600-foot link underneath the Pacific Boulevard viaduct between Albany Station and the open-air pool at Swanson Park.


Albany asks that trains be funded

Written May 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Whether letters to legislators get results probably depends on whether legislators are inclined to do in the first place what the letters request. So Albany’s plea to fully fund Amtrak’s Cascade passenger trains may do no good, but it can’t hurt.


 
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