Mark DeMonte, right, of Wallingford, Conn., joins other riders in the bar car on the 7:07 p.m. train to New Haven, Conn., at Grand Central Terminal on Thursday in New York. DeMonte, a bar car regular, has been dubbed "Mayor of the 5:48" by friends and riders of his usual train. Metro-North is retired bar cars from the New Haven Line after Friday's afternoon rush hour. They were the last commuter bar cars in the U.S.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Friday, May 9th, 2014
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STAMFORD, Conn. — The bar cars on trains between Manhattan and Connecticut were making their final run Friday after decades as a gathering place for commuters who played dice, found jobs and had annual Christmas parties with a jazz band.