Work this afternoon to get all of the Metro North Railroad cars up righted and removed from the derailment site went smoothly as the lead car that almost wound up in the Hudson River has been placed back on Metro North Tracks. Just the first three cars remained as of this afternoon, and all three are expected to be taken away by tomorrow. All that is left to do is clean up the debris from the derailment and fix the track that was damaged.
Late this afternoon it was said that the black box recorder in the derailed Metro North train showed that the train was going 82 MPH as it entered the sharp curve north of the Spuyten Duyvil station. The top speed limit for the track is 70 MPH and goes down to 30 MPH at the sharp curve. It was also said that the National Transportation Safety Board has not spoken to the engineer yet, but was looking into his cell phone data to see if he might have been distracted before coming to the sharp curve. Service should now be back to normal by the end of the week or early next week.
Left - Cranes dig the first car from the banks of the Hudson River.
Right - This car is being placed back on the tracks.
Left - The first car is now back on the tracks.
Right - Another car that had been placed back on the track is awaiting to be taken away. That is the cut off to the Amtrak Bridge as both Amtrack and Metro North share the Hudson Line tracks above where the train derailment occurred.