Bar cars make last run on Metro-North

Nan Buziak Lexow, left, Srikanth Reddy, center, and Mark DeMonte, right, raise a toast while riding the bar car on the 7:07 p.m. train from Grand Central Terminal in New York to New Haven, Conn., Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael R. Sisak)
Nan Buziak Lexow, left, Srikanth Reddy, center, and Mark DeMonte, right, raise a toast while riding the bar car on the 7:07 p.m. train from Grand Central Terminal in New York to New Haven, Conn., Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael R. Sisak)

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The bar cars on New York City-area commuter trains are making their last run.

The cars were a fixture on Metro-North Railroad trains for at least a half century. For some riders, they were 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.

The cars, decked out with orange walls and faux wood paneling, are 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. That means there will be no bar car service for now.

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