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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany log yard: The story behind it

Written May 7th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Sawmills disappeared from Albany decades ago, but a part of the business has returned in the form of a small company that buys logs and resells them to mills in Oregon and as far away as China.


A century later, it still does the job

Written September 1st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

On my way back from Shedd on Thursday, I was glad to see that my favorite railroad bridge has not yet been replaced. I like all bridges, but this one especially because it shows that a simple design properly built can do a hard job for more than a hundred years.


Saving space on Interstate 5

Written August 5th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Here’s another reason to welcome double-stacking of containers on Union Pacific’s mainline through Albany: Think of the additional congestion prevented on Interstate 5 that the trains represent.


Queen crossing to remain bumpy

Written July 31st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s busiest railroad crossing on Queen Avenue will be improved for safety one of these days. But it won’t be soon, and when it’s done it will still be a bumpy ride for cars.


Site seen as valley’s link to big ports

Written February 7th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The sprawling Millersburg site where International Paper shut down and demolished the Albany Paper Mill still sits mostly empty, presumably awaiting a buyer. But some local officials have visions of turning the place into an intermodal shipping hub that would bypass the troubled Port of Portland and link the valley to the world.


The passing parade: Military gear

Written May 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

I was on the section of Seventh Avenue paralleling the Union Pacific’s mainline. And I nearly jumped over the handlebars when a UP freight, pounding up the tracks behind me, let loose with its horn, twice. Then I stopped and watched a long line of war-fighting equipment being hauled north.


Quiet zones in Albany: Better not

Written December 4th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany has been a railroad town since 1870. Some people don’t like the sound of that. Train horns at crossings bother them. But turning the entire city into a “quiet zone” might cost in the neighborhood of $14 million.


Railroad safety on Cox Creek Path

Written January 18th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

This is something you don’t see all that often: Flaggers keeping an eye on traffic where Albany’s Cox Creek Path ducks under the Union Pacific mainline.


UP permit issue stalls new path

Written June 6th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If you’re anxiously waiting for that new bike and walking path under the Pacific Boulevard overpass — and even if you’re not — you’re going to have to wait a while longer. Construction was to have started in May. But nothing’s going on at the site. The reason: The project apparently needs a permit from the […]


No, the track’s not clear yet

Written May 24th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

So I’m sitting in a queue at the Queen Avenue crossing, one car back. Just when the switch engine looks like it’s about to clear the road so we can go, a Union Pacific freight barrels through on the track we can’t see, on its way south.


 
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