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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Those old iron rails: Keep them, or what?

Written January 5th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The news is mostly bad and getting worse, so let’s consider something completely different: What should Albany do with the remnants of long-abandoned railroad tracks in its streets?


What’s next on Pirtle Drive: Honeybees

Written May 14th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Whatever industry was here decades ago, its traces are long gone. And now it looks like honeybees are coming in.


So what’s happening on Pirtle Drive?

Written May 7th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

On a ride through the countryside south of Albany this week, the bike took me to Pirtle Drive, where to my surprise it looked like something big was going on.


Unique place: Rail, river and new housing

Written April 6th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Because of  its unique location, the Edgewater Village housing complex keeps getting my attention. Not only is it Albany’s first such development on the Willamette River, but it also sits at the over-and-under intersection of two historical rail lines.


Revisiting Pirtle: A station in rail history

Written June 25th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

It was three years ago, in April 2015, that I wrote about the former Pirtle power transfer station on the old Oregon Electric Railway. Last week I looked at it again and, no surprise, it and the graffiti are still there.


Life in a railroad town

Written April 30th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Pity the poor people who do not live in railroad towns. They miss the fun of sitting at a crossing and watching a freight rumble past.


Just another day on the RR track

Written March 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

When you’re riding your bike around town on a sunny afternoon, you have the chance to stop and take a closer look anytime you see something, well, not exactly spellbinding, but unusual anyway.


 
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