HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Life in a railroad town

Written April 30th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Pity the poor people who do not live in railroad towns. They miss the fun of sitting at a crossing and watching a freight rumble past.


Progress on crucial Albany rail link

Written December 3rd, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Passersby can see that work has resumed on the so-called Santiam Lead, a stretch of new railroad track parallel to the Union Pacific Mainline in Albany. High time, too. Under an agreement between the Portland & Western Railroad and ODOT-Rail, the project is supposed to be completed by Dec. 31.


The wye? The answer!

Written May 8th, 2013 by

How about a special passenger train carrying Portland-area fans to a Civil War football game in Corvallis? It’s just an idea, and here’s how it came up. On April 21, I posted a video wondering whether the Albany wye would be forever lost. That’s the Y-shaped rail junction on the Union Pacific mainline near Sixth […]


Rail route: Keep it simple

Written January 25th, 2013 by

A state committee working on plans for improved passenger rail between Eugene and Portland has been looking at different possibilities for a route that the trains of the future might take. You can’t  say that they have not been thorough. It looks as as though they considered every possibility that somebody suggested. Keep in mind […]


 
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