HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


More crossing arms on Water? Not in the plans

Written February 3rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Will ODOT require automatic gates, lights and bells at any of the new Water Avenue railroad crossings being planned as part of Albany’s riverfront redevelopment project?


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?


Another crossing and another train

Written August 22nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

As you may have gathered by now, I have a thing for trains. So when the gates at a railroad crossing go down just as I get there on the bike, I welcome the delay so I can watch. Or try to get a video, like this one: This freight came through Albany a few […]


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.


Queen crossing: Now, a noise complaint

Written January 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

[youtube video=”GHc_DcfEbo4″] Albany’s Queen Avenue railroad crossing has long annoyed motorists because of the condition of the pavement and frequent delays. Now comes a new complaint: The length and volume of the air horn blasts of switch engine No. 1501.


Another rail crossing “adventure”

Written July 29th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Here’s an example of how drivers might get into trouble — although this one didn’t — at the Geary Street railroad grade crossing.


 
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