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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Train horn complaint lands at city council

Written March 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Doug Hiddleson and some of his neighbors on S.W. Washington Street are fed up with the volume of the horn of Switch Engine 1501 of the Portland & Western Railroad, and they’ve turned to the city for help.


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 […]


How to reduce crossing waits

Written March 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

One little change in operations would reduce the number of traffic delays at Albany’s Queen Avenue railroad crossing, and thus cut down on complaints about long waits as well.


At N. Albany RR track, a novel sight

Written October 10th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

For 39 years I’ve crossed the railroad tracks on North Albany Road just about twice every day. In yet on Monday I and maybe a couple dozen other motorists were treated to a sight that was novel at least for me.


It looked like a close call

Written June 2nd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

This was Monday afternoon and it could have been bad. Flaggers were regulating traffic on North Albany road, and the line of stopped northbound vehicles stretched back across the railroad tracks when the crossing lights started flashing and, moments later, the gates came down.


Albany rail project: It’s done!

Written December 23rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

All year long I’ve been wondering and occasionally asking the Portland & Western when the railroad would start using the new section of Albany track that the state gave it nearly $7 million to construct. Now the long-awaited occasion has come and gone, and I missed it.


Albany rail project near completion

Written June 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Whether it’s a right turn or a left turn depends on which direction the trains are going. But it will be a few more weeks before they use a new Albany track to turn either right or left. That’s the word from Kevin R. Haugh, the general manager of the Portland & Western Railroad.


Check out that crack in the bridge

Written March 14th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Ready for another fascinating report from the wilds of Albany’s riverside bike and walking trail, the Dave Clark Path? The path happens to be part of one of my favorite short cycling routes around town. So what about those cracks in one of the piersĀ holding up the Portland & Western bridge across the Willamette River?


 
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