Northbound Metro-North Hudson Line Train Approaches Spuyten Duyvil
It's late afternoon on Christmas Day 2019 as a northbound Metro-North Hudson Line
train snakes its way through a massive rock cut as it approaches Spuyten Duyvil station.
The third rail infrastructure is mainly for the M7 multiple unit trains that operate from Grand Central Terminal to
Croton-Harmon. However, the dual-mode GE P32AC-DM diesel-electric locomotive on this train, which is going
beyond Croton-Harmon, also uses third rail power to depart GCT and pull these longer-distance trains through
the long Park Avenue tunnel, emerging at 97th Street in Manhattan.
The line has been running beside the Spuyten Duyvil Creek (*), but after departing Spuyten Duyvil Station,
it will curve north to follow the Hudson River for the rest of its journey. Also just beyond Spuyten Duyvil is where
Amtrak's Empire Service (from Penn Station) joins the line after crossing the Spuyten Duyvil swing bridge. (**).
©2020 Steve Ember