A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.

Finding a railroad relic at the Albany yard

Written February 4th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

I had heard about an interesting artifact in railroad history at the Albany yard of the Portland & Western. Looking for it Saturday, I found it on a track near where Ferry Street runs into the east side of the yard.

100 years later: Remembering Tunnel 13

Written October 12th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

On Thursday I sat outside the former courthouse in Jacksonville where, 96 years ago, three “former Albany boys” were sentended to life in prison for killing four men in the last train robbery of the West.

On the centennial of a notorious crime

Written May 14th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

If you’re interested in American railroads and Oregon history, and even if you’re not, this is an important centennial year.

Decades of crashes without a permanent fix

Written May 7th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

More or less on a regular basis, tall vehicles have hit the trestle on First Avenue in Albany since at least the 1960s. Despite efforts to prevent them, the crashes continue.

Old railroad track spurs memories of years ago

Written May 16th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

There’s a short length of rusty railroad track, just south of Crabtree Automotive, that reminds me of stories the Albany paper reported many years ago.

Bridge completed 100 years ago: No big deal

Written August 2nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Nobody is making a big deal of the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Albany railroad bridge across the Willamette River. That’s fitting, because when it was accomplished in 1921, the job made no splash in the papers of the time.

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