HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


A puzzling tale about an odd little sign

Written June 29th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In the Age of Corona and General Upheaval, you take your amusement where you can. So here’s something about an odd little sign. Actually two signs that looked about the same.


Slow going at the Queen Ave. crossing

Written May 11th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Waiting at Albany’s Queen Avenue railroad crossing gives you plenty of time to contemplate one of the riddles of our time, such as why it takes ODOT so many years to get going on a simple project that doesn’t seem all that necessary in the first place.


A sign of work: Those stacks of ties are gone

Written April 17th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Big stacks of rail ties stored along the Water Avenue railroad tracks near Burkhart Street in late February now are gone, and so is the aroma of creosote they gave off.

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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.


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 […]


 
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