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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


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.


Mayors back Amtrak rail preference

Written April 15th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

With one exception caused by a thief in California, Amtrak trains have been arriving in Albany more or less on time this week. But the mayor is worried that a proposed change in federal regulation would weaken the law that says railroads must give passenger trains preference on their tracks.


On Railroad Day, service in doubt

Written May 9th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Saturday was Amtrak Railroad Day in Albany, as the video shows, and at Albany Station people could look at a few displays and pick up some swag. But the future of expanded passenger rail in the Willamette Valley is anything but a sure thing.


Keep passenger trains rolling

Written March 4th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Amtrak may not make sense in dollars and cents, but I’d hate to see Albany and much of the country lose passenger train service. So I’m glad the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed HR 749, the Amtrak funding bill. As Oregon’s Congressman Peter DeFazio said on the floor of the House, without passenger trains we’d […]


Train service to increase

Written January 4th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Things are happening on the passenger rail front in the Willamette Valley, one right away and the other in the indefinite future. Oregon’s two new Talgo train sets start revenue service on Monday (Jan. 6), when the number of southbound trains stopping in Albany on weekdays increases from three a day to four.


 
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