Bar cars make last run on Metro-North trains

Photo courtesy: MGNonline
Photo courtesy: MGNonline

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The bar cars on Metro-North Railroad’s commuter trains are making their last run.

A fixture on the trains for at least a half century, the bar cars with orange walls and faux wood paneling were for some riders much more than a place to have a drink on the long ride home from work. Commuters played dice, formed friendships, talked business, pulled pranks and even had Christmas parties with a jazz band on the cars.

They’re being retired Friday because they cannot be coupled to the new fleet of train cars on the New Haven line.

Transportation officials are hoping to buy new bar cars or retrofit some, but no decisions have been made yet. That means there will be no more bar car service for now.

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