HASSO HERING

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.


So what’s the stuff in those black tanks?

Written March 30th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

On a bike ride this month, I stopped at the Queen Avenue crossing to let a Union Pacific freight go by. Standing there, I wondered about all those tank cars heading south.


Locomotives: Old, not so old, and really new

Written June 15th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Back on March 1, the Albany Parks Commission heard something about an aging railway switch engine that had been at work in the Albany and Millersburg yards for years.


It’s less bumpy on Queen Avenue tracks

Written October 7th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Judging by their speed, motorists are finding Albany’s Queen Avenue railraod crossing much easier to navigate now that the pavement has been repaired.


At this bumpy crossing, a fix is in sight

Written March 10th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Well, here’s a surprise likely to be welcomed by Albany motorists: After planned improvements were delayed year after year, the uneven railroad crossing on Queen Avenue now will be fixed in a matter of months.


Queen Avenue crossing: A saga without end

Written December 12th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

When it comes to fixing the Queen Avenue railroad crossing in Albany, the motto seems to be: What’s another year or two?


Crossing on Queen: Another year of bumps

Written November 22nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Bad news for drivers using the railroad crossing on Albany’s Queen Avenue: A project to fix the uneven crossing is likely to be delayed another year. Instead of being constructed in 2022, it may be done in 2023.


 
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