Spuyten-Duyvil

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I ride the trainline on which the tragic tragic MetroNorth accident occurred just after Thanksgiving. I had ridden the northbound line since the accident, but yesterday was my first ride going south, towards the City. Here is a pic I took shortly past the site of the accident. I confess I was not thinking about it directly, but more about the beauty of the snow until I realized how dramatically the train had slowed. The picture was taken in color and has not been edited in any way. (For those who do not know, this is at the edge of the Bronx.)

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9 Comments on “Spuyten-Duyvil”


  1. Beautiful but sad picture, from the growth of the vines it looks like it has been there awhile and not just placed in that spot. I love all the old Dutch names that still are used after almost 400 years. Thank you for being able to capture this picture.

  2. Steve King Says:

    I’ve been around that curve so many times on the way in to GCT…It’ll never seem the same.

  3. hedgewitch Says:

    Striking photo, k. And very glad your train slowed way down. Tragic, indeed, and the spot almost looks haunted in that shot.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Yes, so sad. One feels sympathy for all involved–the conductor sounds like he just lost it==just nodded off for a moment–I honestly was surprised they only had one guy in charge at a time. Like everything–trying to cut costs, I suppose. They have about a zillion trains a day, but that one was so early and on a holiday weekend–one can imagine the guy was tired, out of sync, and then this terrible terrible thing happened. k.

      On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM, ManicDDaily


  4. There wants to be a purifying aspect to snow, but the depths of the pain felt there is not so easily dispelled. As a child I grew up in the Pasadena area of CA and there was a horrible,explosion of a propane carrying rig on the Pasadena freeway. It left its marks on the asphalt and every time we drove over it, it made me think.One thing that strike me about this photo is the telephone pole looking almost like a grave marker.


  5. It’s a beautiful photo but with sad undertones.

    Greetings from London.

  6. brian miller Says:

    whew…def much to think on as you pass…the snow does cover everything a bit in a layer of purity but def would have been on my mind…at least those that never made it…


  7. Thanks so much for catching the typo in my poem, Karin. I guess in your profession you do need to be attentive to those things.

  8. janehewey Says:

    the layers of light seem to reach into other dimensions. brilliant photograph.


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