A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Stuck on Queen, and seeing the danger

Written May 23rd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

On bike rides around Albany I usually avoid  Queen Avenue because of the rail crossing south of the Albany yard. On Thursday afternoon I did go that way and witnessed motorists practicing amazing patience while the crossing was blocked for what seemed like a very long time.

Is this pile of river debris a problem yet?

Written May 7th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

After yet another winter, the log jam on one of the piers of the Albany railroad bridge has once again grown, and somebody asked me about it in a Facebook message.

Finding out why street is blocked

Written April 23rd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Sometimes you wonder why something is there. Take, for example, these concrete blocks at the extreme eastern end of Water Avenue in Albany.

Dwelling on the riverfront: It’s a big project

Written April 17th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

This corner of Water Avenue in Albany is one of the places where a new pedestrian access to the Dave Clark Riverfront Park is being opened up.

Pix from a ride: Ties and crossing panels

Written February 22nd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

If you’re in Albany, go down to the riverfront and take a look at the work going on at a brisk pace along the Water Avenue railroad track.

Finding a railroad relic at the Albany yard

Written February 4th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

I had heard about an interesting artifact in railroad history at the Albany yard of the Portland & Western. Looking for it Saturday, I found it on a track near where Ferry Street runs into the east side of the yard.

UP to replace trestle on Periwinkle Creek

Written December 15th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Here’s a railroad bridge construction project in Albany that likely won’t affect anyone other than, perhaps, the immediate neighbors.

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