For decades, it’s been an enduring image of suburbia.
The business executive lingers over a 3-martini lunch. Later, he (it’s always a man) boards the train to Connecticut, heading straight to the bar car. In Westport he steps off the platform and rolls into Mario’s.
You can still order 3 martinis at lunch (unless you have a job). Mario’s will be here forever (we hope).
But — as of Friday — the bar car is gone. It’s joined the coal car and steam engine in that great switchyard in the sky.
Metro-North‘s bar car — part of the commuting experience since the 1930s — fell victim to (of course) progress. Their design was incompatible with the railroad’s new M-8 cars, which have gone into service at the same time Metro-North has done 2 things previously believed impossible: take longer, and be less reliable.
Yesterday’s New York Times assured readers (and riders) that drinks will still be available at Grand Central, via carts near the tracks.
“It’s a rebranding,” said MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan. He’s a Staples grad (Class of 1994), so he may or may not have 1st-hand knowledge of the bar car.
But tens of thousands of Westport commuters do. Click “Comments” to share your memories. Due to the what-happens-in-the-bar-car-stays-in-the-bar-car nature of this topic, we’ll allow anonymous comments just this once.