Talk:December 2013 Spuyten Duyvil derailment

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Better title?[edit]

Can we come up with a better title, one that is more user-friendly? Most people in the general public do not know the term "Spuyten Duyvil". Most will try "2013 New York City train derailment" ... or "2013 Metro North train derailment" ... or "2013 Bronx train derailment" ... or some such. Few will know the very specific title of "Spuyten Duyvil". Thoughts? Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 21:42, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

The current title it just got moved to is even worse, there have already been several other derailments- albeit without fatalities - in NYC in the current year. —Elipongo (Talk contribs) 22:57, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
A better article title would be December 2013 Spuyten Duyvil derailment---especially given that there was a derailment on the next curve southbound in July 2013. --AEMoreira042281 (talk) 23:04, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
December 2013 Bronx Derailment would be a better title. Few people outside New York know what Spuyten Duyvil is and the article is hard to find under this name Timo46 (talk) 23:15, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
So add a redirect from the titles you're thinking of. The only change I would make to the current one would be to add MetroNorth to the mix, something like December 2013 Metro North Spuyten Duyvil derailment, if that isn't getting too unwieldy... —Elipongo (Talk contribs) 00:22, 2 December 2013 (UTC)
Geez... why specific, less familiar names? I prefer "2013 New York City derailment(s)". What do you think? George Ho (talk) 07:59, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
I agree that the title should not contain the phrase "Spuyten Duyvil". It is an unfamiliar term to 99% of the population. The general public will search under "New York City" or "Bronx" or "Metro North", etc. If anything, the "Spuyten Duyvil" title should be a redirect to the more user-friendly title that is (hopefully) selected. Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 17:02, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
"December 2013 Bronx train derailment" would be good since there were other derailments in the city this year. Epicgenius (talk) 01:37, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
What's wrong with precision? Personally, I think the original title was fine (Spuyten Duyvil derailment) as the derailment was in sight of the station. Redirects are cheap, use them. Mjroots (talk) 23:18, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Shall I create a new request right now? George Ho (talk) 20:25, 7 December 2013 (UTC)


Next several days are busy for me; I would cancel other activities if my pix were really valuable. Good thing I'm not trying to make a living as a news photographer. Must get a bigger camera for the occasional long-range work like this. These two are uploaded exactly as the camera made them, and I inserted one. Other retouchers ought to crop, increase contrast, etc and maybe they'll think I inserted the wrong one. I hope to retouch and upload a few more before Sunday's road trip, but they will be even less relevant than these. Jim.henderson (talk) 00:00, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

MN train wreck Spuyten Duyvil sta fr west of HHB, crop jeh.jpg
So, maybe this is the best after crop and adjust and maybe a fellow editor will think it better than what I sent before. No others of the few dozen I snapped are really better. The next day that I have nothing scheduled is Saturday. I'll watch the news to find whether the SD station offers useful views. For that matter if opportunities seem really good I'll drop a scheduled meeting or something. Jim.henderson (talk) 15:43, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
Metro-North, as usual, has some great pictures on its Flickr stream of the repair work, which are under a CC-BY-2.0 license, so we'll probably want to use some of them. We should also have a map, probably from OpenStreetMap.

And we might as well get a Commons category set up soon, too. Daniel Case (talk) 01:58, 5 December 2013 (UTC)


It seems that ATC was operational on other parts of the Metro-North line, but not at this curve. It would be interesting to know why. This curve seems to be a prime candidate for ATC protection. --Westwind273 (talk) 19:51, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

The dicussion has been about PTC, not ATC (which I do think is in use on some other parts of the MNRR system). Daniel Case (talk) 01:48, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
i don't think that this part of the line has ATC yet… Epicgenius (talk) 14:04, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was not moved. --BDD (talk) 23:27, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

December 2013 Spuyten Duyvil derailment → ? – 2013 New York City derailment or December 2013 New York City derailment I prefer. The current title is too specific and NYC-biased. George Ho (talk) 09:32, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Probably December 2013 Bronx derailment, to be precise. 2013 New York City derailment is too generalised in relation to the time of year, and December 2013 New York City derailment is too generalised in relation to the location. 2013 Bronx derailment is too general for the same reason as that for the 2013 New York City derailment. Epicgenius (talk) 15:12, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
I don't see why "Spuyten Duyvil" is too specific. Not when we have 2008 Chatsworth train collision for an accident most people think of as just being in Los Angeles. Not when we have Kew Gardens train crash ... not many people outside of the metro area (who aren't rabid Simon & Garfunkel fans, anyway) know that's in Queens. Why do we have to single this one out? I don't see its name as too specific compared to those other ones. Daniel Case (talk) 23:26, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
Well, "Bronx" the burough can do also. "Spuyten Duyvil" is not a city or town. And "Kew Gardens"? At least there's Chatsworth, a city. George Ho (talk) 01:26, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Read it again: "The Chatsworth train collision occurred at 16:22 PDT (23:22 UTC) on Friday September 12, 2008, when a Union Pacific freight train and a Metrolink commuter train collided head-on in the Chatsworth district of Los Angeles, California." (The article about that district is here: "Chatsworth is a low-density, older-aged, maritally stable, high-income neighborhood of some 36,500+ residents in the northwestern San Fernando Valley district of Los Angeles, California ..." Daniel Case (talk) 02:56, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose - The original title was fine (Spuyten Duyvil derailment). I don't see the need to add a month and year disambiguator as no other notable derailments occurred at Spuyten Duyvil in 2013. There's really no need to dab by year (2013 Spuyten Duyvil derailment) unless there is another notable derailment at/near Spuyten Duyvil in another year. I do Support a move back to the original title. Mjroots (talk) 21:50, 13 December 2013 (UTC)
There was the CSX freight derailment directly on the other side of the station in July 2013, so the date is necessary. oknazevad (talk) 23:22, 13 December 2013 (UTC)
I don't disagree with that, but it would probably be a sounder reason for including the month if we had an article about the other derailment. Daniel Case (talk) 01:29, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
  • I agree with mjroots on this one. Of course, sources tend not to use such unwieldy, unnatural phrases as "December 2013 New York City derailment". bobrayner (talk) 05:46, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose – The current name has no problems. Besides, the derailment happened near Spuyten Duyvil Station, so it would be easier to state, in the title, the neighbourhood/station that the derailment happened near. Epicgenius (talk) 15:21, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose, per Epicgenius. ---------User:DanTD (talk) 02:38, 25 December 2013 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Earlier derailment[edit]

Here's a few photos of the July 2013 freight derailment that took place before this one, just in case anyone is curious. ---------User:DanTD (talk) 20:26, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

Howard Permut's retirement[edit]

<> (Link to MNRR press release on Permut's departure)

I believe that Permut's retirement and departure is significant enough to merit mention, as a result of Metro-North's bad year. I understand if people disagree with me on this. Northeastern292 (talk) 03:16, 30 January 2014 (UTC)Northeastern292

Yes, but to be mentioned in this article, it would have to be shown to be related to the accident, or speculated to be as such. Daniel Case (talk) 05:05, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Report from the Federal Railroad Administration 2014-03-14[edit]

Alvar 13:48, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Yup, I read the Times story too. Thanks for the link to the FRA document. I will be incorporating this into the article when I have a chance to read through it. Daniel Case (talk) 14:10, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
@Daniel Case: - The NTSB have released an open docket too. May be some good material there. Mjroots (talk) 19:58, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

previous accident[edit]

There was another accident in almost this exact spot on the night of January 13, 1882. The Western Express from Chicago to NYC stopped suddenly because a passenger pulled on the stop cord. The Tarrytown Special, also heading south, couldn't see the stopped train because of the curve of the tracks. The Tarrytown smashed into the last car of the Western Express, which was then pushed into the next car forward. The two cars caught on fire, and despite efforts to quell the flames with river water and snow, eight people died and nineteen people were injured. Webster Wagner, Senator of NYS and inventor of the Wagner Sleeping Car and Wagner Palace Car, was in the last car of the Express. The Senator was burned beyond recognition and was only able to be identified by his pocketwatch and some senatorial papers in his pocket.

(Railroad Stories magazine, December 1935)

I only add this because the two accidents seem to have occurred in practically the same exact spot, which I find interesting. Also, further up on the talk page is a note about the Did You Know page, stating that the 2013 accident of the commuter train "caused the first passenger deaths in the railroad's history". Unless this Did You Know sentence only includes the Metro-North Commuter train, it wasn't the railroad's first passenger fatality.

(I've never submitted anything to Wikipedia before, so I hope I've done this right.)

Sosew (talk) 07:46, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Interesting. But to answer your second question, yes the "Did you know" hook was referring to the first fatalities under Metro-North, for any line they operate. oknazevad (talk) 12:48, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Helping To Keep Things Up To Date[edit]

Hi all, there have been some recent developments regarding William Rockefeller, the engineer involved in the crash, so I have been helping to keep the relevant part of the page, "Legal actions", up to date. I welcome constructive help in this regard too.TH1980 (talk) 23:05, 28 December 2016 (UTC)