HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


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 […]


When the crossing gates come down …

Written August 16th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

  If you like watching trains, Albany is a good place to be: Lots of crossings, and many trains coming through.


Long train, long wait at Albany crossings

Written January 21st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

For most of its history Albany has been a railroad town, and I like it that way. For drivers this comes with the occasional inconvenience of long waits at grade crossings, as happened Thursday.


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.


Hope this doesn’t happen often

Written December 15th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Last week, somebody went across the lowered gates at an Albany railroad crossing and lost his life, and people were shaking their heads why anyone would ignore all the warnings at grade crossings. And then I came across this today: Gates, flashing lights and bells being activated at the Main Street crossing without a train anywhere in sight.


 
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