A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

At Burkhart crossing, seeing a new railway

Written July 13th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Having torn myself away from the national news Saturday night, I was taking my usual bike ride through the east end of old Albany when I heard the horn of a train coming down from the north.

Dome car followup: Chat with the owner

Written February 7th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Following up on Sunday’s story about the old Southern Pacific dome car, the car has been taken to a shop in Independence, where the owner will rebuild the classic railcar so passengers can ride in it once again.

Among Albany’s sights: A pile of old ties

Written August 9th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

If you were wondering what happens to old wooden railroad ties after they are replaced, here’s one partial clue: They are piled up, at least for a time, in an out-of-the-way corner of the Union Pacific’s Albany yard.

Not your ordinary railroad train

Written April 26th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Now that was a weird-looking train that inched its way across Albany streets on Wednesday morning.

An old rail car and the story it told

Written February 12th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

There was a battered old rail car sitting on a spur in Albany Saturday. When I got off the bike to take a look, I learned something I hadn’t known before.

A home base for rail maintenance work

Written January 10th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Once again, a reader’s question sent me on a little ride to see for myself what he was asking about.

Still a railroad town after 152 years

Written August 25th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Just about every weekday afternoon, a Portland & Western feight train enters Albany on the Toledo branch from the direction of Corvallis. If you like trains and happen to be cruising past on a bike, you’re likely to stop and watch, like this:

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