Talk:Coaster (commuter rail)

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Page Design[edit]

I think a long term goal is to make this page more caltrain-like. (similar in details and structure.) MrHudson

I am going to work on some of the page content this weekend, and move around a couple sections, too. I will put up an uncopyrighted system schematic when I have time. The Coaster page will more closely resemble the Caltrain page then. -DavDaven 18:25, 1 October 2005 (UTC)

Page Content[edit]

Is the security section really necessary? It seems overly vague. -DavDaven 18:25, 1 October 2005 (UTC)

I dropped the security section. -DavDaven 05:52, 2 October 2005 (UTC)

Reporting Marks[edit]

I believe the Reporting marks are SDNX, not SDNR, as this is not a Class I Railroad. Anyone agree? -Unregistered User —Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.207.122.119 (talk) 01:54, 7 March 2008 (UTC-7)

Nope it's SDNR... NCTD who runs the COASTER also owns the San Diego Northern Railway (SDNR) who purchased the tracks used by Coaster from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1994. NCTD created the subsidiary San Diego Northern Railway Corporation in 1994 and dissolved it in 2002. NCTD still owns the SDNR reporting marks and uses it for its rail equipment. RickyCourtney (talk) 04:19, 10 June 2008 (UTC) The railroads reporting marks are in fact SDNR but all SDNR locomotives and rolling stock are marked with SDNX

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Requested moves[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: pages moved. The arguments for disambiguation by type (rather than location) were stronger, and further disambiguation from the Australian DMU can be done with a hatnote. Miniapolis 21:37, 17 June 2013 (UTC)



– Both rail lines are operated by the same transit agency, yet their article titles are disambiguated completely differently. The disambiguated titles used to be somewhat "reversed" – as Coaster (North County Transit District) and Sprinter (San Diego County), respectively. I don't think it makes sense to use the locations or the transit agency to disambiguate the titles. Using the location doesn't make sense because there are no other rail lines with the same names (such as Metrolink (Southern California) and Metrolink (St. Louis). Using the agency doesn't make sense either because I don't think that "North County Transit District" is very recognizable for readers and it won't help them find the article they are looking for. Let's just keep it simple and disambiguate it to the type of rail lines they are. –Dream out loud (talk) 02:32, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

  • Oppose both the proposed disambiguations are unintuitive. For most people, these geographically limited trains aare more easily accesible through their locality names. And Oppose "Sprinter", there's also NS Sprinter Lighttrain. -- 65.94.76.126 (talk) 05:07, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
What do you suppose we move them to then? Both articles should have consistent titles, regardless. –Dream out loud (talk) 03:58, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
Why would you need consistency over accessibility? Redirects handle systematic naming issues. You could do Coaster (North County Transit District) for consistency as a redirect. -- 65.94.76.126 (talk) 04:42, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
  • After much thought, I think I'll give weak support. Honestly, I don't see the need for these to be consistent with each other, because despite connecting, they are separate services, but I don't think the current disambiguators are good. Sprinter is poor, as, with a few exceptions, transit agencies are too obscure to make effective disambiguators (like the (NICTD) at South Shore Line (NICTD); it doesn't tell anything to anyone that doesn't already know what it is, and isn't needed anyway as a primary topic). Especially here, as "North County" is so vague as to do nothing to actually disambiguate. Meanwhile, "(San Diego)" would be a fine disambiguator if there were other trains named Coaster in other places, but there's not, so it is actually an over-précise disambiguator. That it is a commuter train is the first thing that sets it apart from the other entries at Coaster (disambiguation), not that it is in San Diego. So I support. oknazevad (talk) 04:39, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
There's a different Sprinter light rail which we have an article for. "Sprinter (light rail)" should be a disambiguation page. (or redirect to Sprinter (disambiguation) ) -- 65.94.76.126 (talk) 04:42, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
Actually, that's a model of EMU that happens to have that similar, but not identicle name. We don't need a disambiguation page for two items; a hatnote covers it fine. And the Sprinter in San Diego County appears to be the primary topic for the term in relation to light rail in English sources, so that article should be at Sprinter (light rail) with a hatnote pointing to NS Sprinter Lighttrain. That would accomplish that task of better disambiguators (because the current one is truly poor) while still allowing for anyone searching to get to the EMU model article to follow only one more click and not requiring an additional click for the majority of users who are looking for the service in California. oknazevad (talk) 04:50, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
Just to point out, if we do decide to go with the locations to disambiguate, it should be noted that only two Coaster stations are located in San Diego, while none of the Sprinter stations are located in San Diego. Both lines, however, run entirely within San Diego County. –Dream out loud (talk) 16:56, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
Well, if we do do that, we could use Coaster (San Diego county) and Sprinter (San Diego county) / Coaster (San Diego County) and Sprinter (San Diego County) then. -- 65.94.76.126 (talk) 23:20, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
"County" would have to be capitalized, that's basically indisputable. –Dream out loud (talk) 00:12, 30 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Weak support per oknazevad. Use a hatnote on Sprinter to the Dutch line. --BDD (talk) 22:03, 6 June 2013 (UTC)
  • Support as proposed. In general and in this specific case, I think it is better, clearer and more helpful to disambiguate by what the thing is, rather than by where it is - or what agency it is a part of. --MelanieN (talk) 12:40, 7 June 2013 (UTC)
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