HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

What’s that smell? It’ll soon be gone

Written February 28th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

As I was heading east on First Avenue Wednesday, a peculiar smell in the air made me wonder if there was a fire upwind. Then, after a left on Columbus and another left on Water, the nature and the source of the odor became obvious: Creosote fumes from batches of new railroad ties being stacked […]


For rail buffs, this Albany track is a gift

Written July 30th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s Water Avenue is a gift for rail fans like me. The old Oregon Electric track runs down the middle of the street for seven blocks, and right next to it for 14 more, giving us a close look at train operations. And sometimes a different sort of rig. For residents on Water this is […]


Work upgrades trestle on P&W line

Written January 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

For weeks there’s been heavy construction on the Portland & Western’s long trestle bridge across the Calapooia River and its floodplain outside Albany. The work is upgrading and strengthening the structure and will probably make it last many decades more.


It may look bad, but don’t worry

Written May 23rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Well, that big crack in Pier 1 of the Willamette River railroad bridge in Albany is one less thing we have to worry about. It looked ominous to me when I published this photo in March. But an independent engineer has told the Portland & Western Railroad and its parent company that the pier is […]


A piece of railroad history

Written October 8th, 2013 by

There’s a story behind this passenger rail car, which was parked under the Albany overpass a few days ago. To get it, I went to Bob Melbo, who has had the answer to every railroad-connected question I have ever asked him. The lettering says the car belongs to the California Northern, a subsidiary of RailAmerica. […]


 
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