A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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:

New trestle: Wondering about headroom

Written June 14th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The way the construction crew has been making progress, the new railroad trestle on Cox Creek in Albany should be spanning the bike and walking path there any day now.

Crossing Cox Creek: UP makes a move

Written June 10th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

There’s some massive construction work happening on Albany’s Cox Creek, just off the trestle that carries the Union Pacific’s main line. I didn’t know what I was seeing when I went by there a week ago, but now I know a little more.

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