HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


Benton: UP won’t allow bikeway underpass

Written April 6th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

It’s hard to say whether the long-planned but never built Albany-Corvallis Bikeway in Benton County is still a possibility, especially now that the Albany portion has to be reconsidered.


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.


Rail bridge reaches its century mark

Written January 19th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Watching a freight train crossing the river on the “Toledo District Willamette Bridge” on Tuesday made me realize something: This is a big anniversary year for that steel structure spanning the river at Albany. It was built 100 years ago, in 1921.


Slow going at the Queen Ave. crossing

Written May 11th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Waiting at Albany’s Queen Avenue railroad crossing gives you plenty of time to contemplate one of the riddles of our time, such as why it takes ODOT so many years to get going on a simple project that doesn’t seem all that necessary in the first place.


Looking around on Corona Day Four

Written March 26th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

On Day Four of Oregon’s corona shutdown, which began with the governor’s order Monday, operations of the Union Pacific didn’t seem to be affected, as you would expect. But just about every other activity in Albany other than construction was closed or slowed down.     And as for me, just as I got to […]


 
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