HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A slow train to China? Not really, but …

Written November 15th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

When you’re standing on Albany’s Third Avenue watching a slow freight train go by, as I did on Saturday, you may not realize you’re looking at a tiny part of a huge business enterprise that spans the globe.


Up for yet another train-watching episode?

Written October 22nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

You’d think that sooner or later, I’d get tired of watching trains go by. But as you can see, that day has not yet come.


If you like trains, here’s something for you

Written October 20th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

There’s a little paved path across the old Oregon Electric Railway tracks at Burkhart Street in Albany. It’s on one of my bike routes through town, and I spent a few minutes there on October 8, trying to decipher the lettering that graffiti artists had left on the cars.


Rail bridge reaches its century mark

Written January 19th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Watching a freight train crossing the river on the “Toledo District Willamette Bridge” on Tuesday made me realize something: This is a big anniversary year for that steel structure spanning the river at Albany. It was built 100 years ago, in 1921.


Adventures, sort of, at a grade crossing

Written December 8th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Two things I had not seen before I happened to stop at the Second Avenue railroad crossing in Albany on Tuesday afternoon. One was the remarkable mural visible from the track. The other was the crossing gates coming down again and almost nailing a couple of cars after the train had passed. You’ll see what […]


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.


Checking for problems along the track

Written September 29th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

It is mid-day on Tuesday, and this is one small part of the passing Albany scene: The Portland & Western is doing a routine track inspection on the Water Avenue line.


 
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