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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

On the river: Check that pile of debris

Written February 16th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Every winter, or so it seems, logs and other debris drifting down the Willamette River pile up against a pier of the Albany railroad bridge. It looks like trouble, but at this point it worries neither the railroad nor the Oregon State Marine Board.


Just wondering — why no crossing arms

Written October 21st, 2020 by Hasso Hering

  On a leisurely bike ride through old Albany the other day, I noticed something that wasn’t there. Where the Portland & Western Railroad crosses Sixth Avenue, there are no warning lights, bells or arms that come down when a train comes through.


To keep trains running: Trestle work

Written November 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Keeping a rail line in working order is a job that never ends. So the Portland & Western does frequent maintenance and repair work on the old Oregon Electric line that runs through Albany.


Nice crossing job …

Written May 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Before … and after … … a paving crew made improvements on the railroad crossing on Riverside Drive. Nice job! In case you’re wondering, the photos were taken from opposite sides of the tracks. The job was done Thursday and the road reopened Friday. (hh)

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Crossing update on Riverside

Written May 1st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

And finally tonight, this update: A crew working for the Portland & Western Railroad spent Thursday tearing out the bumpy pavement at the Riverside Drive crossing and putting down new asphalt.

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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.


 
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